The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), the San Diego Center for Children, and Voices for Children, has announced the launch of the Foster Youth Transitions Collaborative, a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at strengthening self-sufficiency for young people in the region transitioning out of foster care. Using the San Diego Center for Children Successful Transitions platform, the collaborative will create an online environment where service providers and foster youth can share information and develop individualized action plans that empower foster youth to successfully transition into adulthood. To that end, the collaborative will establish a model of care for youth age 16 and 17 served by the San Diego Center for Children, age 18 to 26 as part of the JIT community, and, with the help of Lasting Impact Fulfillment Tracking (LIFT), up through the age of 35. The twenty-year window of engagement is designed to inform and improve the way services are delivered to foster youth in the future.
The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced that board member and former board chair Keith Swayne has been named Orange County Philanthropist of the Year by the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition to OCCF, five other organizations nominated him for the honor.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced a grant in support of a merger between the New Haven Land Trust and New Haven Farms. The combined organization will work with local families to start gardens in their neighborhoods, learn how to cook healthy meals, and address food insecurity in the larger community.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has appointed Vicki Pugh as its new vice president of philanthropic giving. A longtime fundraising professional, Pugh most recently served as vice president for development at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced that it is seeking proposals for its Ending Hunger Together grants program. Now in its second year, the program, in partnership with the Ending Hunger Together and Sow A Seed funds, offers a maximum of $40,000 in grant funding. Grant proposals must reflect multiorganizational efforts and address at least two of CFCI's areas of interest related to food insecurity. Letters of Intent are due November 29. Organizations selected to submit a full proposal must do so by February 14, 2020.
The Rochester Area Foundation has announced grants totaling $146,000 to eighteen organizations. Awarded through the 2019 fall cycle of the foundation's Better Communities program, the grants include support for 180 Degrees, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Rockchester, and Zumbro Ridge Estates.
The Minneapolis Foundation has announced that the Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund has awarded grants totaling $65,000 to three local organizations working to address the impacts of climate change. The fund, a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, the McKnight Foundation, and the Minneapolis Foundation, provides funding for place-based, community-driven initiatives with potential to demonstrably reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. Grant recipients include the Black Visions Collective, Dream of Wild Health, and Lake Street Council/West Bank Business Association.
The Omaha Community Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $400,000 in support of twenty-three organizations. Awarded through the Fund for Omaha, the foundation's largest grant program, the grants include support for a workforce development program at a local nonprofit, a voter engagement campaign, and operational funding for several organizations. Grant recipients include the Heart Ministry Center, the Bike Union Mentoring Project, the Nebraska Writers Collective, and the Great Plains Black History Museum.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $200,000 in support of ten organizations that provide services to seniors. Awarded through the Services for the Elderly iFund, the grants include $20,000 to RSVP of Central Oklahoma in support of its Provide-A-Ride Medical Transportation program, which provides safe transportation to medical appointments for low-income seniors in Oklahoma County.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced the opening of a newly renovated building at the Centers for Applied Science and Technology. The renovation, which created space for the CAST Tech school, were funded in part by a $250,000 grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
The Seattle Foundation has announced a $100,000 investment to help address the local opioid crisis from a donor who prefers to remain anonymous. The grant will support the Meds-First Initiative at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Washington, and increase access to a medication called buprenorphine, which is used to treat opioid addiction and has helped reduce mortality rates among Americans with opioid use disorder by 37 percent. However, as much as 80 percent of those who could benefit from the treatment do not have access to the drug. The funding will enable Meds-First to serve more than twelve hundred patients over two years, with the goal of demonstrating that the model of care is effective and could be scaled nationally.