The Arizona Community Foundation has announced second-quarter grants and scholarships totaling more than $17.5 million in its priority areas of quality education, health innovation, community improvement and development, environment and sustainability, and arts and culture. Grant recipients include the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, Boys to Men Mentoring Network, the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, and Red Earth Theatre Company.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced twenty grants totaling $1.4 million in support of affordable housing and transportation solutions between San Francisco and San Jose. Awarded through the Silicon Valley Regional Fund and SVCF's building strong communities program, the grants include $60,000 to the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California and $150,000 to the San Mateo County Transit District.
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Aurora has announced a $20,000 gift to the historic Paramount Theatre to fund capital improvements, including the purchase of new sound equipment. The 1,888-seat theater has been renting state-of-the-art microphones since 2011, and the gift promises to generate significant cost savings as well as better sound.
The Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation's endowment fund at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has received a bequest that pushes it past the half-million-dollar mark, the Grand Rapids Herald-Review reports. An anonymous donor bequeathed investment accounts and a house to the library, stipulating that the proceeds be placed in an endowment fund and be used for programs and materials that benefit children.
The Cumberland Community Foundation's Hurricane Matthew relief fund has raised $222,000 in three weeks, the Fayetteville Observer reports. The total includes $122,000 in donations and $100,000 matched by the foundation and the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. Grants will be awarded in collaboration with the Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition to local charitable organizations serving those most severely affected by the storm.
The Erie Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.8 million, including $3 million in donor-directed grants and $638,451 in scholarships. The remainder of the grants were awarded through the foundation's Helping Today program and/or in partnership with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, including $11,798 to the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier, $11,500 to the Veterans Miracle Center, and $30,000 to the Hamot Health Foundation.
The Seattle Foundation has announced the kickoff of the eleventh year of its Youth Grantmaking Board, which over that period has awarded $200,000 to local nonprofit organizations. As part of the year-long program, the twenty-six student board members — including eight returning members — will develop a request for proposals for $20,000 of grant support for organizations working to assist children, youth, and families.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced the planned retirement of its president and CEO, David Pamperin, in early 2017. "Leading the foundation has introduced me to so many people that play important roles in supporting and improving the Greater Green Bay Community. Greater Green Bay is a special place for many reasons and a major reason is because the people who call it home are so giving and welcoming," said Pamperin, who has led the foundation for twenty-five years. "We have a very talented staff and an active and engaged board of directors who will offer a very attractive opportunity for the foundation's next leader."
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that the Green Lake County Area United Fund has awarded grants totaling $23,480 to twelve organizations. Grant recipients include the Berlin Area School District, Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, and Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Public Schools has announced a $100,000 grant from a Greater Milwaukee Foundation donor in support of a peace education program that will incorporate Model United Nations content at the elementary and middle school levels. Spearheaded by the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee, the program initially will introduce UN and global studies and research skills development in the fourth and sixth grades.