Community Foundation Update (10/27/18)

Community Foundation Update (10/27/18)


The California Community Foundation has announced thirty-four grants totaling more than $3 million in support of nonprofits working to assist vulnerable communities and advance long-lasting change in the state. The third-quarter grants include $1.2 million in support of health services for underserved populations, including Angelenos experiencing homelessness and mental health conditions, and $562,500 in education investments. Recipients include the Campaign for College Opportunity, the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, Proyecto Pastoral, and Upswell LA 2018.

The Central Valley Community Foundation in Fresno has announced grants totaling $1 million through its Communities Organized for Resident Empowerment (CORE) Initiative. Made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the Irvine Foundation, CORE is focused on supporting lasting, resident-led civic infrastructure that empowers residents to help set neighborhood priorities and take collective action to address community challenges. To that end, eight organizations have been selected to receive operating grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 as well as a year of technical assistance that includes board training, strategic planning, one-on-one mentorship, asset mapping, and additional funding to make pass-through grants in support of neighborhood improvement work. Participating organizations will function as a cohort, learning and training together, and will apply what they learn to improve their organizational effectiveness as well as leadership in their respective communities. 


The Knoxville Community Fund, an affiliate of the Galesburg Community Foundation, has awarded more than $3,000 in grants, the Galesburg Register-Mail reports. Established in 2015 with a gift of $50,000, the fund has more than tripled its assets under management and this year awarded grants in support of a junior high school robotics program, historic sites in Knox County, and Mable Woolsey Elementary School.


The Community Foundation of Louisville has selected a second cohort of fifteen artists to participate in Hadley Creatives, an effort aimed at helping local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network, and carve out time for reflection and planning. In November, the artists will participate in a two-day retreat facilitated by Creative Capital during which they'll attend sessions devoted to strategic and business planning, fundraising, and communications. The group will then meet monthly to further develop their business development skills with support from cultural, civic, and business leaders in Louisville.


The Falmouth Fund at the Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it has met the Willett Foundation Fund Challenge and will receive a $50,000 matching gift to build its endowment. Established in 2009, the fund has awarded almost $500,000 in grants to more than seventy local nonprofit organizations.


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that Sydney E. Parfet, an attorney at Lake, Parfet & Schau, and Von Washington, Jr., executive director of Community Relations at the Kalamazoo Promise, will join its board of trustees in January.


The Columbus Foundation has announced that it raised more than $2.3 million, a record, during its recent Critical Need Alert (CNA) campaign, eclipsing its previous record by more than $800,000. The Our Kids CNA was developed to address the needs of more than twenty thousand low-income pre-K children at risk of losing access to early-childhood education opportunities when the state’s Step Up To Quality mandate goes into effect in 2020, as well as the thirteen hundred youth who are homeless in Franklin County. Recipients of the campaign include Action for Children, FutureReady Columbus, the Community Shelter Board, and Star House.

The Hispanic Fund, an affiliate of the Elyria-based Community Foundation of Lorain County, has announced grants totaling $18,650, the Lorain Morning Journal reports. Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, El Centro de Servicios Sociales, the Roberto Ocasio Foundation, and the Lorain County Free Clinic.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.6 million to organizations working to reduce illness, chronic disease, and health disparities in more than a dozen cities and towns in the state. Recipients include Progreso Latino, ONE Neighborhood Builders, Thundermist Health Center, and the Women’s Resource Center.


The Community Foundation of Utah has announced that Salt Lake City residents will be able to support nonprofit organizations of their choice during its Love Utah Give Tuesday event. Starting November 1 and ending on #GivingTuesday, November 27, individuals are invited to go online and make a donation to their favorite nonprofit. The foundation also announced that it is providing a $10,000 matching gift to kick off the event.

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