Community Foundation Update (12/12/2020)

Community Foundation Update (12/12/2020)

Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced COVID-19 Community Response grants totaling $63,000. Recipients of the grants include Associated Charities of Nogales, Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, the Tucson Regional Educator Collaborative, YMCA of Southern Arizona, and PMHDC Southwest Medical Aid.

Colorado

The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced that more than $50 million was raised during Colorado Gives Day on December 8. Presented by the foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives is powered by ColoradoGives.org, an online giving platform that supports nearly three thousand local nonprofits. Since its inception in 2010, the twenty-four-hour event has raised more than $307 million for nonprofits in Colorado.

The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced a second round of grants totaling $35,000 through the Direct Aid Program of the OUT Boulder County initiative. For this round, the foundation used an equity lens to identify applicants serving underrepresented groups or populations in the area, including Latinx, immigrants, and undocumented communities.

Indiana

The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.2 million through the Violent Crime Prevention Grants Program in support of twenty-six projects. Established earlier this year at CICF'S Indianapolis Foundation affiliate to administer funding allocated by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council, the program is part of an effort to reduce gun violence in Indianapolis. Grant recipients include Central Indiana Youth for Christ, Flanner House of Indianapolis, Horizon House, and Reach for Youth. In addition to the grants, an investment of $400,000 will support implementation of a gun violence reduction strategy in partnership with the Indy Public Safety Foundation, which serves as the program's fiscal administrator.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced a new round of grants. Recipients include the Urban Conservancy, Coastal Communities Consulting, the Good Work Network, and Delgado Community College.

Maine

A former clam-buying station will start operating as a shellfish laboratory next spring in Bunkers Harbor thanks to a program financed by the Maine Shellfish Restoration and Resilience Fund, Maine Community Foundation, and Schoodic Fund, the Ellsworth American reports. Made available at no charge by lobster dealer and D B Fisheries owner Dana Rice, the two-room facility will be used by the town of Gouldsboro to test the feasibility of growing baby clams in indoor saltwater tanks and then transplanting them to nearby coves and inlets. Earlier this year, a shorefront parcel on the eastern side of Prospect Harbor had been proposed as a site for the project, but the town-owned land would have needed to be rezoned from residential to commercial fisheries/maritime use.

Maryland

The Community Foundation of Howard County, the Horizon Foundation, the United Way of Central Maryland, and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County have announced emergency grants totaling $201,000 in support of fifteen nonprofits working to address COVID-related needs in the county. Called HoCoRespond, the collaborative effort launched in March has awarded forty-six grants totaling $608,500 to date to thirty-four nonprofits providing food assistance, housing, child care, and health care to county residents. Grant recipients include Bridges to Housing Stability, Feed Howard County, the Howard County Autism Society, and the Maryland Fuel Fund.

Massachusetts

As part of its continuing efforts to ensure a just and equitable recovery from the long-term impacts of COVID-19, the Boston Foundation has announced a new round of grants totaling $1.95 million from its COVID-19 Response Fund. In addition to the ten organizations receiving grants, the foundation will invest $450,000 in three regional collaborations working to meet long-term needs in the areas of housing, community development, and arts and culture. Grant recipients include the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Violence in Boston, Boston After School and Beyond, and Women Encouraging Empowerment.

New York

The Westchester Community Foundation in Hartsdale has announced the addition of Andrew Herz, John Tolomer, and Ginny Loughlin to its board of directors. The foundation also announced that it awarded seventy-three grants totaling $2 million in 2020, including $1 million from its COVID-19 Response Fund, which to date has attracted $2 million in contributions.

Ohio

As part of its ongoing efforts to support the local nonprofit community during the pandemic, the Cleveland Foundation has announced a third round of Phase II grants through the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Grants totaling $625,684 were awarded to fourteen organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties, boosting the amount awarded in Phase II to more than $1.5 million. With the latest grants, the foundation has provided more than $10 million to Northeast Ohio organizations on the front lines of the public health crisis.

Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.7 million from its Grantmaking for Racial Justice Fund to twenty-four organizations and collectives led by and serving people of color. Established in September, the fund has raised $313,500 in support of its efforts to address systemic racism in southwestern Pennsylvania. Grant recipients include 1Hood Media Academy, the Alliance for Police Accountability, Casa San Jose, and New Voices Pittsburgh.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced the addition of Lisa Hodge as a program associate. Hodge joins the foundation from the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa, where she served as a credit manager for more than twenty years.

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