Community Foundation Update (12/19/2020)

Community Foundation Update (12/19/2020)


The San Diego Foundation has announced $750,000 in grants to help local students pursue degrees and careers in a STEM subject, with a focus on students from underrepresented communities. Grant recipients include the San Diego State University Research Foundation, the Miramar College Foundation, Access Inc., and the Palomar College Foundation.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has announced scholarship awards totaling nearly $500,000 for the 2020-21 school year. Awarded through the Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program, which is administered by the foundation, the scholarships will provide between $1,000 and $3,000 to college-age youth and the grandchildren of employees of the Sutter Health network.


The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London has announced grants totaling $225,500 to forty-one nonprofits working to advance equity for women and girls across the region. The grants were awarded through the foundation's four Women & Girls Funds: the Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund, the Norwich Area Women & Girls Fund, the Southeast Area Women & Girls Fund, and the Windham Area Women & Girls Fund.


The Maine Community Foundation has awarded thirteen grants totaling more than $59,000 in support of Indigenous, ethnic, and rural arts programs, MaineBiz reports. Awarded through the Maine Expansion Arts Fund, the grants will support programs and projects serving areas with limited access to arts events. Grant recipients include Apogee Arts, the Down East Singers, Eastport Arts Center, and the Maine Forestry Museum.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has received $1 million through a partnership with Facebook that it will regrant to Black-led nonprofits working to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CFSEM, the funding will be distributed in quarterly increments of roughly $250,000, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $70,000.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $3 million from the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation in support of the North Carolina Healing Communities Fund. The funding includes a $2 million general purpose grant that will help NCCF provide assistance to local nonprofits and a $1 million challenge grant intended to help the foundation raise additional capital in support of nonprofits working to assist communities disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.


The Columbus Foundation has announced Kate Oliphant as director of Kind Columbus. Oliphant joins the organization after serving on the Jack Hanna Team at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and as vice president of Jungle Jack Productions. Amy Acton, whom Oliphant is succeeding as director, will take over at Human:Kind, an initiative encompassing both Kind Columbus and the foundation's efforts to improve community well-being through research and human-centered design projects.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has appointed Angela Bannerman Ankoma as vice president and director of its equity leadership initiative. Ankoma most recently served as executive vice president and director of community investment at the United Way of Rhode Island.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced a fourth round of COVID-19 Relief Funds totaling $159,612 in support of three local nonprofits. The funding, which is part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) community development block grant awarded to the Town of Hilton Head Island, includes support for low- to moderate-income families impacted by COVID-19. The recipients are the Foundation for Educational Excellence, the Children's Center, and Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island.

South Dakota

The South Dakota Community Foundation has announced a three-to-one challenge grant of $500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area in Pierre from local philanthropists Scott and Julia Jones and Dale Larson. If met, the challenge will generate $1.5 million for BGCCA fund and double the value of the organization’s current endowment.


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced more than $2.4 million in grants to three hundred and fifty local nonprofit organizations. The grants were awarded in support of a range of organizations and activities, including food security, the arts, conservation and preservation, education, employment and training, health and human services, affordable housing, economic welfare, and community development.


Communities Foundation of Texas has announced the launch of Be in Good Company, an initiative of the foundation's CFT for Business program designed to spotlight businesses doing good in the community, with the goal of inspiring companies to commit to making North Texas one of the most business-engaged communities in the country.


The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that, for the first time in a calendar year, its Vermont Women's Fund has distributed a second round of grants. Supported by the 100-for-100 Campaign, which celebrated the centennial anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, unrestricted grants of $10,000 were awarded to organizations delivering wraparound services designed to help displaced workers secure new jobs and, in some cases, help them acquire new skills. Established in 1994, the fund distributed $292,000 in April to nonprofits delivering services aimed at assisting women and girls during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Grantees in the latest round of funding include the Center for Women and Enterprise, Mercy Connections, Southeastern Vermont Community Action, and Vermont Works for Women.

Washington, D.C.

The Fund for Children, Youth, and Families at the Greater Washington Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $2 million to organizations serving disadvantaged children, youth, and families across the National Capital region. Grants of up to $50,000 in project/program or general operating support were awarded to forty-nine nonprofits, including the Wesley Housing Development Corporation, CollegeTracks, Prince George's Child Resource Center, and Rising for Justice.

"The San Diego Foundation Grants $750,000 to Prioritize Equity and Expand Pipeline of Youth in STEM Careers and Classrooms." San Diego Foundation press release 12/09/2020. "Scholarships Help 208 Students Pursue Dreams." Sacramento Region Community Foundation press release 12/15/2020. "Women & Girls funds create opportunities and remove barriers for women and girls in eastern Connecticut through $225,000 in 2020 grants." Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut press release 12/16/2020. Renee Cordes. "MCF awards $59K in arts grants to more than a dozen recipients." 12/11/2020. "Community Foundation receives $1 million to support Black-led nonprofit organizations." Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan press release 12/10/2020. "Kate Oliphant joins Columbus Foundation as director of Kind Columbus." Columbus Foundation press release 12/10/2020. "Angela Bannerman Ankoma named vice president, director of the Equity Leadership Initiative at the Rhode Island Foundation." Rhode Island Foundation press release 12/15/2020. "Three local nonprofits receive $159,612 in COVID-19 Relief Fund." Community Foundation of the Lowcountry press release 12/15/2020. "Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area accepts 3:1 endowment matching challenge." South Dakota Community Foundation press release 12/14/2020. "CFMT awards more than $2.4 million in grants to 350 nonprofits." Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee press release 12/11/2020. "CFT launches Be in Good Company." Communities Foundation of Texas press release 12/04/2020. "The Vermont Women’s Fund doubles down on COVID-19 support with first-ever fall grant round." Vermont Community Foundation press release 12/08/2020. "Fund for Children and Families awards $1.99 million to Greater Washington region nonprofits." Greater Washington Community Foundation press release 12/03/2020.