Mission Edge, a nonprofit organization that invests in social interest organizations, has announced Second Chance Youth Garden as the winning social enterprise in the San Diego Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL) Pitch Night, which took place on October 24. Sponsored by the San Diego Foundation, Union Bank, Qualcomm Inc., and Cox Communications, the event highlighted the social enterprise ideas of seven nonprofit organizations, all of which included a cutting-edge, sustainable, revenue-based business model in alignment with the organization's social mission. Second Chance Youth Garden — a six-week job-training program for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 — received the Qualcomm-sponsored Audience Choice award and a cash prize of $10,000.
The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced that its Veterans Fund, a permanent endowment administered by the foundation, has awarded grants totaling $4,500 in support of veterans-serving nonprofits. Recipients include Boulder County CareConnect, Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement, and Warrior StoryField.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced sixty-eight grants totaling $550,000 in support of organizations providing food and other basic needs to residents of the greater Hartford area. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $18,000 were awarded primarily through the foundation's Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund. Recipients include Enfield Loaves and Fishes, Windsor Food and Fuel Bank, the Bridge Family Center, and Farm to Family.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation in Indianapolis has announced the appointments of Diane Schussel as community investment officer; Shanna Young as community investment officer for the Legacy Fund, a CICF affiliate serving Hamilton County; Shelley Raper as director of development for the Women's Fund of Central Indiana, a CICF special interest fund; and Mackenzie Poole as Legacy Fund coordinator.
The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that its Impact Capital fund has extended a $300,000 loan to Volunteers of America in support of the organization's Freedom House campaign. The loan will enable the Freedom House to make renovations to its shelter and offer sixteen additional residential addiction treatment beds for pregnant and parenting women.
Impact 100, a women's giving circle hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and sponsored by Fidelity Bank, has announced that its $100,000 transformative grant will be awarded this year to Live Oak Wilderness Camp, a summer camp that brings together a diverse group of New Orleans kids for leadership development activities and fun. Members of the giving circle heard presentations from four nonprofits in four different categories: the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music (arts & culture); Live Oak Wilderness Camp (education & youth development); the Gulf Restoration Network (environment); and Family Service of Greater New Orleans (health & social services). The three runners-up will each receive $19,000.
The Capital Region Community Foundation in Lansing has announced $1 million in grants in support of riverfront development projects. The funds will match private contributions raised from individuals and corporations through "Penny for Your Thoughts," a contest held earlier this year with the aim of generating ideas for a revitalized urban core that attracts and helps retain talent in the region. Projects receiving grant support include a kayak launch, a boat dock, an outdoor classroom, public artwork and creative lighting, and public seating areas with outdoor fireplaces.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, which recognize the works and achievements of one established artist and an emerging artist. The established artist award was given to costume designer Susan Tsu, while visual artist Sarika Goulatia will receive the emerging artist award. The awards, which are offered as part of a joint program with the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, include a $15,000 prize for each honoree.
The Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation in Media has appointed L. Joy Gates Black to its board of directors. Black is president of Delaware County Community College.