Community Foundation Update (09/12/20)

Community Foundation Update (09/12/20)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced COVID-19 Response grants totaling $65,000 to five organizations working to provide services to low-income families with children, provide therapy for students and families, and assist with the purchase of personal protective equipment and supplies for teachers. Since March, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in COVID-19 relief funding.


The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has announced social entrepreneur and businessman Scott Syphax as the latest recipient of its Mort Friedman Civic Leadership Award. Now in its seventh year, the award honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to public service through his or her work and community leadership. Currently president of Syphax Strategic Solutions and producer and host of PBS KVIE's Studio Sacramento, Syphax, a member of the foundation's board of directors, has been a prominent leader in the community for decades.


The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced nearly $550,000 in grants through the Central Indiana Senior Fund in support of twenty-four senior-serving organizations. This year, the fund reassessed its guidelines to respond to emerging needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant recipients include Boone County Senior Services, the Concord Center Association, the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, and Silver Citizens.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced grants totaling more than $200,000 in support of nearly two dozen organizations working to address the needs of immigrants and refugees impacted by the COVID pandemic. Recipients of the rapid response grants, which were made through the Southeast Michigan Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative, a group of philanthropic partners that seeks to address needs gaps among the immigrant and refugee populations in the region, include 1 Michigan for the Global Majority, the Chaldean Community Foundation, and the Michigan Advocacy Program.


The Community Foundation of Western Nevada has announced that the Community Foundation of Elko County, one of its affiliates, has awarded grants totaling $24,000 in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. Grant recipients include Nevada Health Centers, Northeastern Nevada Special Advocates for the Elderly, the Wells Family Resource Center, and the Committee Against Domestic Violence.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that its Respect for All Youth Fund, which supports projects and organizations serving LGBTQ youth, young people of color, and young people from struggling families, has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire to launch PRISM (Pride, Respect, Identity, Safety, Mentoring) to provide mentors with information and training on how to handle conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation with compassion and appropriate language.

New Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey in Haddonfield has received a $100,000 grant from the PSEG Foundation in support of Transform South Jersey, an initiative designed to aid small cities and towns in eight southern New Jersey counties working to increase social cohesion and build community capital using the Heart and Soul model, a resident-driven community planning and development process developed by the Orton Family Foundation. As part of the initiative, six communities — Hammonton (Atlantic County), Willingboro Township (Burlington County), Winslow Township (Camden County), Downe Township (Cumberland County), Woodbury City (Gloucester County), and Salem City (Salem County) — were selected to participate in the initiative and use the model to engage residents in shaping their futures.


The Greater Toledo Community Foundation has announced a new round of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund, which has provided nearly $510,000 to sixty-five organizations, and its Community Resilience Fund, which was established in May to assist local nonprofit organizations as they transition from addressing basic needs created by the pandemic to sustainable recovery efforts. GTCF seeded the Resilience Fund with $100,000 and is inviting individual donors, family foundations, corporations, and businesses in the area to add to it.

The Dayton Foundation has announced that Del Mar Encore Fellow Kathy Stevens has developed an innovative training program to help hospitality and retail workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19 get back to work and fill the growing need for skilled home healthcare aides. In partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, the program will offer free certified nurse aide training and a virtual job fair to displaced Dayton-area hospitality and retail workers who are interested in working in home health care. In July, the Area Agency on Aging received a grant of $85,534 from the Ohio Department of Aging and the Administration for Community Living's Critical Relief for COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund in support of the program.


The grants committee of the Erie Women's Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Erie Community Foundation, has announced the Multi-Cultural Health Evaluation Delivery System (MHEDS) as the 2020 recipient of its annual $100,000 grant. MHEDS will use the grant to establish a new healthcare delivery site in the 16510 ZIP code area that provides up to a thousand residents with evidence-based prevention and wellness services in a culturally inclusive manner. Each year, EWF selects a project that best represents the spirit of the EWF mission to empower women and families.


The Walter Cerf Community Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, has announced $77,740 in grants to twenty-five organizations. This year's awards represent a combination of competitive grants in support of basic needs, historic preservation, arts, and education as well as a number of proactive grants to longstanding grantee partners that have experienced significant disruption as a result of COVID-19 or are serving on the front lines of the pandemic response. Grant recipients include Addison Central Teens, the Corner School Resource Center of Granville, Davies Memorial Library, and the Shelburne Museum.

"Week 17: COVID-19 response grants." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 09/03/2020. "Syphax receives award for civic leadership." Sacramento Region Community Foundation press release 09/09/2020. "Central Indiana Senior Fund awards nearly $550k to local organizations." Central Indiana Community Foundation press release 09/03/2020. "Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announces more than $200,000 in grants for immigrants and refugees." Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan press release 09/10/2020. "Community Foundation of Elko County grant awards totaled $24,000 in 2020." Community Foundation of Western Nevada 09/09/2020. "Partnership focuses on training mentors to support LGBTQ youth." New Hampshire Charitable Foundation press release 09/08/2020. "PSEG Foundation $100,000 grant supports CFSJ’s Transform South Jersey initiative." Community Foundation of South Jersey press release 09/09/2020. "GTCF COVID-19 Response Fund and Community Resilience Fund summary." Greater Toledo Community Foundation press release 09/03/2020. "Del Mar Encore Fellow develops win/win solution to help local hospitality workers get back to work, staff home healthcare jobs." Dayton Foundation press release 09/03/2020. "The Erie Women's Fund grants $100,000 to MHEDS to establish new health care center." Erie Community Foundation press release 09/01/2020. "The Walter Cerf Community Fund announces $77,740 in grants to twenty-five organizations." Vermont Community Foundation press release 08/31/2020.