Community Foundation Update (12/22/18)

Community Foundation Update (12/22/18)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced the election of Dave Gray as its new board chair and the appointments of Myla Calhoun, Daniel Coleman, and Cathy Wright to the board. Gray is a former CEO of software company Daxxo. Calhoun, president of the Alabama Power Foundation, is also a 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. Coleman is president of Birmingham-Southern College. And Wright is a founding partner of Clarus Consulting Group.


The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that it has restructured its staff of forty-five employees so as to better execute on a new mission aimed at making the Indianapolis area a community where everyone has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential. The restructuring includes the creation of a Community Leadership and Effective philanthropy department to be led by Tamara Winfrey-Harris. Other personnel shifting to new responsibilities include Rob McPherson, who is stepping into the role of vice president of development and strategy; Sarah Cowart, who has been promoted to the role of director of marketing and communications; and Ben Snyder, who has been promoted to the role of marketing and communications manager.


The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that more than $1.5 million is available in scholarships through more than a hundred scholarship funds. Individual awards ranging from $500 up to $10,000 will be awarded in Spring 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that nine journalism projects will share more than $330,000 in grants awarded through the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund. Supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in partnership with the Ford Foundation and CFSEM, the fund supports innovative approaches to local reporting and community engagement. This year, four new projects will receive funding, including an initiative in which the Detroit Free Press and Michigan Community Resources will work with residents of the region and local nonprofits to craft Freedom of Information requests, and a project piloted by Detroit Equity Action Lab that will develop a platform that highlights nuanced storytelling and issues that impact communities of color.


The Cleveland Foundation has announced December grants totaling $12.3 million, pushing its annual grantmaking for the year to more than $100 million for the second consecutive year. Recipients include the Centers for Families and Children, Esperanza, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.


The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $53,400 in support of fifty-one central Oklahoma churches and nonprofit organizations that participate in Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County, as well as grants of $5,000 to Edmond Mobile Meals, which prepares more than a thousand meals a week, and Meals on Wheels of Norman, which serves more than three hundred clients daily.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced Mary Brooks "Polly" Wall as its new board chair. She will succeed Marie Langlois, whose three-year term ends December 31.


The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that it awarded nearly $6.5 million in discretionary during its ninetieth-anniversary year to organizations in Winnebago, Waushara, and Green Lake counties.

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