Community Foundation Update (12/09/17)

Community Foundation Update (12/09/17)

Alaska

The Seward Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $500,000 to organizations serving residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Lowell Point. SCF awarded its first grants, totaling less than $10,000, in 2009 and to date in 2017 has awarded a total of $144,000 to organizations in the area. 

California

The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County in Aptos has announced grants totaling $148,350 to twenty local nonprofits with operating budgets of $200,000 or less. Recipients include the Agricultural History Project, the Watsonville Film Festival, Bike Santa Cruz County, Safe Ag Safe Schools, and Village Santa Cruz.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a two-year, $440,000 grant to LISC Hartford in support of the Hartford Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative. Created twenty years ago, HNDSC brings funders together to support affordable housing development in a cohesive, coordinated way and has enabled smaller funders to invest and engage in work they might not otherwise have the capacity to support. Hartford LISC serves as the program manager for HNDSC.

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven has announced that more than $8,000 was raised during the Progreso Latino Fund's 2017 forum "The Latino Experience: Living in Two Worlds." The event featured a performance by Elizardi Castro, comedian and former criminal defense attorney, who blended his Puerto Rican heritage with American culture to create a one-man Spanglish show, "Made in Puerto Rico." The funds will be used to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and the devastating earthquakes that struck Mexico in September.

Illinois

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in Effingham has announced that Audra Clodfelter, who joined the foundation in 2015 as marketing coordinator, has added communication and scholarship administration to her portfolio. In addition to her work in media and public relations, social media marketing, and design, Clodfelter will take on the administration of the foundation’s seventeen scholarship funds. The foundation also announced that Connie Lilly, who joined the foundation in January, has assumed a new title, accounting/donor services administrator.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has surpassed $500 million in total assets, the Lane Report, a Kentucky business publication, reports. The foundation closed 2016 with approximately $485 million in assets and has awarded more than $780 million in grants over the past thirty-three years. The foundation also announced that since 2024, it has awarded $17 million in college scholarships and raised nearly $14 million for area nonprofits through its annual 24-hour Give For Good Louisville events.

New York

The New York Community Trust has announced forty-four grants totaling $6 million in support of organizations working to provide flood protection for homeowners, home-based child care, and assistance to the city’s ailing mass transit system. Recipients include Lifetime Arts, the New York Immigration Coalition, the HOPE Program, and the Brooklyn Public Library.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head has announced grants totaling more than $215,00 to five organizations. Recipients of grants in its third funding round of the year include Bluffton Self Help, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, OPSPREY Village, Second Helpings, and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort. Since January, the foundation has awarded a total of $479,726 in competitive grants to local nonprofits.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that funding is available from the Vermont Women's Fund for new or existing projects, programs, and initiatives working to support viable career pathways and prospects for Vermont women and girls. Since its establishment in 1994, the fund has awarded more than $2 million in grants and launched Change The Story, a partnership with the Vermont Commission on Women and Vermont Works for Women aimed at strengthening women's economic security. Nonprofits may apply online for 2018 grant funding through February 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Virginia

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, has announced that it will present three recipients of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards in conversation with awards jury member Rita Dove at a public program on March 25, 2018, at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Titled "Writing the American Story: Diverse Voices in Distinguished Books," the program will feature Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes and recipient of the 2017 Chautauqua Prize; Tyehimba Jess, author of Olio and recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction. 

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