The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced a grant of up to $500,000 to help launch the Microtransit on-demand ride-sharing service, which will complement and extend public transportation in a number of neighborhoods considered high-need and underserved. The service will make it possible for residents of those neighborhoods to travel to work, school, entertainment venues, and health and government locations for a flat fee of $1.50. The grant also will support a community engagement effort aimed at driving awareness and use of the service as it is being piloted.
The Napa Valley Community Foundation has announced that over the past two years its Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund has distributed $9.2 million to those affected by the October 2017 wildfires. The total includes $6.4 million in direct financial assistance to more than twenty-four hundred workers, households, and small businesses who lost homes, personal property, or income because of the fires; $2.4 million to provide relief and recovery services to more than fifteen thousand fire survivors, including temporary shelters, meals, medical care, mental health counseling, legal aid, and help with navigating insurance claims; and $368,000 to defray a portion of the direct expenses incurred by the foundation in managing disaster relief over the past two years. In the twelve months after the first anniversary of the fires, an additional $3 million was distributed, largely through a program that is making cash grants of $35,000 to help qualified homeowners with repairs or rebuilding and grants of up to $12,500 to help qualified renters replace essential household items.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced five new staff members. Liz Carey has joined the foundation as executive vice president, finance, and operations. For the past five years, Carey served as vice president and CFO of the Oregon Community Foundation. In November, Kimberly Myers Hewlett will become the foundation's senior vice president for donor engagement. George Lin is the foundation's new senior vice president for information technology. Chanthi Lune has joined the foundation as its first senior vice president for legal affairs. And Alex Tenorio has been appointed executive vice president, fundraising and business development.
Partners for Green Places, a community-wide public-private partnership that includes the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, various city and county governments, as well as nonprofits and businesses, will launch on October 14, SRQ Magazine reports. The initiative will support energy assessments and water efficiency projects as a way to reduce operational costs for human services and environmental nonprofits in the area. Savings realized by local organizations can then be used to support their mission-driven work. Assessments will be done for approximately a dozen nonprofits in Sarasota County that have either an environmental or human services-focused mission.
The Community Foundation of South Lake in Clermont has announced the appointment of Kathy Smith as its new executive director. For the past five years, Smith has served as the foundation's director of donor development.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the additions of Eric Seling as its vice president of finance and operations, Lauren King as director of workforce programs, and Sherina Clavier as director of finance. Seling previously served as chief operating officer of the Orleans Parish School Board. King most recently served as director of community and economic development at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. And for the past nine years Clavier has been an audit manager at Bruno & Turvalon LLP.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that its Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund has awarded grants totaling $380,500 to ten local nonprofits that provide services for children and youth. Grant recipients include Care House of Oakland County, the Detroit Zoological Society, Friendship Circle, and Starfish Family Services.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $9 million to nearly four hundred organizations that have permanent endowments at the foundation. According to the foundation, its charitable organization endowment program is the largest such program in the country.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced a grant from the USAA Foundation to advance nonprofit leadership training. The USAA Senior Executive Leadership Program is structured around topics such as performance excellence, behavioral styles, emotional intelligence, crucial conversations, change management change, and systematic problem-solving. Twenty-two local CEOs and senior leaders will participate as members of the program's initial cohort.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that it is investing $250,000 to fill a critical funding gap that prevented Housing Vermont and the Springfield Housing Authority (co-general partners and managers) from being able to finance the Woolson Block project. Long a prominent commercial building in downtown Springfield before it fell into disrepair, the historic property will be renovated and converted into a mixed-use structure offering quality affordable housing and commercial retail space on the banks of the Black River. Development plans call for more than five thousand square feet of street-level retail space on the street level, plus fifteen rental apartments earmarked for households with incomes at or below 60 percent of the area's median income. The plans also call for four single-room-occupancy units (and attendant services) for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 18 and 24 with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area's median income. The transitional program will provide a structured environment in which participants are encouraged to develop the skills and habits needed to live independently.