Community Foundation Update (11/28/15)

Community Foundation Update (11/28/15)


The 2 Rivers Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Western Colorado Community Foundation, has awarded grants to a variety of local organizations, the Post Independent reports. Recipients include Junior Achievement, the Aaron Roberts Gray Memorial Fund, the River Bridge Regional Center, and Windwalkers.


The Idaho Community Foundation in Boise has named Karen Bilowith as its new president and CEO, succeeding Bob Hoover in that role. Bilowith, currently president and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region in Albany, New York, will assume the job in early February.


The Community Foundation of Acadiana in Lafayette has announced that it is accepting nominations from the community for its 2016 Leaders in Philanthropy Awards. Presented annually, the awards are given to individuals or couples from each of the eight parishes the organization serves who have made a philanthropic impact in their communities through substantial charitable contributions to, or by attracting substantial contributions for, nonprofits, churches, or schools. The deadline to apply online is close of business on Wednesday, December 9. Recipients will be selected in February and will be presented with awards at the sixth-annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in November 2016.


The Omaha Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $328,000 to twenty-two organizations through its Fund for Omaha. Recipients include Ted E. Bear Hollow, the Omaha Creative Institute, Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.

New York

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced fifty-four grants totaling more than $1.5 million to nonprofits working to empower the borough’s vulnerable youth, boosting its total funding for programs serving Brooklyn youth to more than $2 million in 2015. Launched in May, Invest in Youth is a ten-year, $25 million initiative to improve social and economic outcomes for youth between the ages of 16 and 24, particularly youth of color. The new grants will support critical service and advocacy programs of community-based nonprofits in the areas of youth development and leadership, youth justice, and immigrant youth and families.


The South Cumberland Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, has named Laura L. Willis as its first executive director.


The Community Foundation of Utah has announced the five finalists in its Social Investors Forum. The finalists — the East African Refugee Goat Project, Wastach Community Gardens, AyudaFin, Cranium Café, and the Green Urban Lunch Box — will each pitch their ideas on December 1 to the Venture Philanthropy Utah Investment Committee, which will select one project for funding.

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