The Juneau Community Foundation has announced the grand opening of a new public-use cabin at Eaglecrest Ski Area. More than sixty individuals and companies donated cash and in-kind services toward construction of the cabin, which is being donated to the ski area. An event marking the opening of the facility is scheduled for September 28.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a $1 million commitment to the Debate 2020 Local Organizing Committee to help secure the city as a site for a 2020 presidential debate. Hartford is among the six cities selected as finalists to host one of the four U.S. presidential and vice presidential debates scheduled to take place in the fall of 2020. Events and activities to be funded by the foundation in conjunction with the debate would include a Get Out the Vote campaign; facilitated, community-wide issue forums on various topics; paid internships for young people working on debate-related activities; and free tickets for Hartford youth interested in attending the debate. If Hartford is selected as the site for a debate, a local organizing committee will be formed to complete tasks outlined by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
The Community Foundation of Howard County in Columbia has announced the addition of Jim Sanders to its board of trustees. An independent consultant, Sanders previously served as director of strategy and new ventures for Honeywell International.
The Minneapolis Foundation has announced inaugural grants totaling $500,000 from the OneMPLS Fund, which is focused on advancing racial, social, and economic equity in the greater Minneapolis area. To that end, grants of $100,000 were awarded to organizations working to provide stable housing for families and youth. Grant recipients include The Alliance, CommonBond Communities, Hope Community, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that it is sponsoring, in partnership with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, two storytelling workshops for nonprofit officials in the state. Workshop participants will hear about the "science" of storytelling and will explore research that explains why storytelling is the most effective way to motivate people to take action. Participants also will learn the basics of compelling storytelling, plan and execute a storytelling strategy, and get tips on re-purposing content and writing story-based content for different media — including how to write a powerful story about the work of their organization. Trainings will be held on October 31 and November 1.
The Community Foundation of New Jersey has announced scholarships totaling more than $1.25 million to nearly three hundred students for the fall 2019 term. The awards come from funds CFNJ manages on behalf of families and companies.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that its 2019 Animal Welfare Giving Circle awarded grants totaling $92,500 to nine organizations working to protect, respect, and nurture the well-being of pets, neglected animals, and other members of the animal kingdom. Grant recipients include the American Friends Humane Society, the Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Cincinnati, the Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic, and the League for Animal Welfare.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary it is sponsoring an installation of The Musical Swings in Bicentennial Park. Created by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based interaction design studio, Musical Swings is a new media art installation in which ten musical swings represent one of four instruments — a piano, harp, guitar, and vibraphone. Sound is triggered as each swing moves back and forth, and the swings can move synchronously to create rhythms and complex melodies. The exhibit will be open to the public from September 20 to October 13.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced that its twenty-sixth annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award will be presented to seven women. The award honors individuals who, like the late Joe Kraft, have demonstrated a commitment to community, home and hearth, and individuals in need. This year's honorees are philanthropist and fundraiser Clare Armistead; philanthropist and education patron Janet Ayers; the late Colleen Conway-Welch, a dean at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing; Tennessee State University educator, political insider, and civil rights activist Inez Crutchfield; social reformer and adoption champion Annette Eskind; TSU educator and civil rights activist Carrie Gentry; and Tennessee Tribune founder and civil rights activist Rosetta Miller-Perry.