Community Foundation Update (12/21/19)

Community Foundation Update (12/21/19)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced grants totaling $1.4 million to thirty-nine organizations working to advance economic security and improve quality of life in the greater Birmingham area. Grant recipients include Pathways, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and Hoover Helps.


At an event celebrating its thirtieth anniversary, the Orange County Community Foundation pledged to reach $1 billion in total giving by 2024, Stu News Newport reports. Since its inception in 1989, the foundation has awarded $630 million in grants and scholarships, including $69 million this year.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced Jessica Weare as its new vice president of corporate responsibility and the promotions of Stuart Burden to the position of vice president of corporate and foundation relations and Therese Wilson to the position of chief of staff and executive vice president of donor engagement, corporate responsibility. Before joining the foundation, Weare spent seven years directing Microsoft's philanthropic work in Silicon Valley. Burden, who previously directed grantmaking at the Levi Strauss Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co., has served as vice president of corporate responsibility at SVCF since 2017. And Wilson, who previously served as CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden State, joined the foundation in February as interim vice president of human relations.


The Black Giving Circle at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded $20,000 to Gforce Youth Enrichment Corp in support of that organization's afterschool enrichment program, Gforce 3M. The program provides kids between the ages of 4 and 11 with martial arts uniforms and transportation to the Gforcestudio, where they receive martial arts and meditation training as well as exposure to activities designed to build their math skills.


The Central Indiana Senior Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $715,189 to twenty-five senior-serving nonprofits in central Indiana. Grant recipients include Christamore House, Boone County Senior Services, the Indianapolis Art Center, and Shelby Senior Services.


The Boston Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.1 million. Awards include single- and multiyear discretionary grants totaling more than $1.8 million to eleven organizations as well as $1 million in Open Door grants to forty-three organizations.


The Community Foundation of Western Nevada in Reno has announced that its Depoali Memorial Fund awarded grants to five schools in Washoe County in support of innovative classroom projects, staff development, curriculum enhancements, and classroom tools and supplies. Kendyl Depoali, who passed away in 2007 shortly after cancer forced her to retire, began her thirty-three-year education career in 1974 before eventually becoming principal of her alma mater, Sparks High School.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that its Small and Mighty initiative has awarded grants totaling $371,000 to twenty-three community-based nonprofits. Grant recipients include Arsenal Family and Children's Center, Brothers and Sisters Emerging, the Foster Love Project, and Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs. The program has awarded a total of $1.25 million since 2016.

Rhode Island

In response to a recent study which found that thousands of Rhode Islanders struggle with food insecurity on a daily basis, the Rhode Island Foundation has announced $180,000 in emergency grants to seven social service agencies working to assist low-income households in the state. The Rhode Island Food Bank report found that Rhode Islanders in need missed more than eleven million meals in 2019. In addition to the food bank, grantees include the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the Jonnycake Center for Hope, and the Comprehensive Community Action Program.


The Communities Foundation of Texas has named Alfreda Norman, a senior vice president with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as its new chair and the appointment of Arcilia Acosta, Rob Walters, and Greg Campbell to its board. Acosta is president and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction. Walters is a senior partner with Gibson and Dunn. And Campbell is president and CEO of Rainmaker, a strategic investment and advisory firm.


The Community Foundation of Utah has announced four grants to local social enterprises. After hosting its tenth Social Investors Forum in November, the foundation awarded a three-year matching grant of $30,000 to First Star Academy to assist foster youth as they pursue higher education, a no-interest loan to Hello!Bulk so it can acquire a vehicle for its zero-waste grocery store, and mentorship and training to One Small Miracle and the Family Place.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $180,000 to eight organizations. Awarded through its Resilience Fund, the grants will support groups conducting advocacy on behalf of immigrants and asylum seekers, provide outreach and services to marginalized communities, and strengthen civic engagement among Hispanic voters. Grant recipients include Casa de Maryland, the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project, Identity, Inc., and Shout Mouse Press.

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