Community Foundation Update (12/26/2020)

Community Foundation Update (12/26/2020)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to local nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the third phase of its COVID Response and Relief effort, the foundation awarded grants totaling $654,000 to thirty-five organizations in support of programs and services, and general operating support grants totaling $543,000 to thirty-three organizations.


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its Santa Cruz affiliate have announced grants totaling more than $240,000 in COVID-19 Community Response Funds/Event Relief grants and from the Santa Cruz Community Foundation's Grant Fund to nearly two dozen nonprofits. Grant recipients include Associated Charities of Nogales, the Patagonia Creative Arts Association, the Santa Cruz Humane Society, and the United Way of Santa Cruz County.


The San Diego Foundation has announced an additional $1.8 million in grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to nonprofit organizations working to help San Diegans in need. The latest round of grants was enabled by dozens of contributions from businesses and individuals, including $8 million to the foundation from Giving Pledge signatory MacKenzie Scott. To date, the fund has granted $54.7 million to more than two hundred nonprofit organizations working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced Beth McConkey as its new vice president of marketing and communications. McConkey's promotion is part of the foundation's efforts to refocus its work and grantmaking on Jefferson County.

The Bonfils-Stanton and Denver foundations are accepting applications for a second round of grants from the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund. Local arts organizations can apply between January 6 and January 27 for grants of up to $50,000. The fund is accepting donations from the public through February 19.


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced two grants totaling $20,000 from its Black Giving Circle Fund. Gardner's House will receive $14,875 in support of an expansion of its Empowering Black Cancer Survivors program, while Wealth Generation Legacy was awarded $5,125 in support of its Personal Finance Does Matter program.


The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice has announced grants totaling more than $13 million from its donors. Awarded in September, October, and November, the grants include $10.9 million from donor-advised funds held at the foundation and $1.57 million from designated funds.


The Chicago Community Trust has announced that Gloria Castillo will serve as director of the Together We Rise initiative, which is focused on developing an equitable and just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Castillo served as president and CEO of Chicago United, a leading multiracial business leadership advocacy organization.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced a bequest valued at more than $3.9 million from the estate of former Caterpillar, Inc. president Robert E. Gilmore. The largest gift from an individual or family ever received by the foundation will establish the Gilmore Fund and provide support for organizations and programs working to strengthen arts and culture, promote job creation and retention, and enhance quality of life in central Illinois. The foundation also announced one-time grants totaling $500,000 from the fund to First Federated Church and the ICC Educational Foundation in support of the Robert E. Gilmore Family Scholarship Fund.


The Maine Community Foundation has awarded $95,000 in grants to eleven recipients through its Downeast Innovation Fund, MaineBiz reports. Launched in 2018, the fund supports nonprofits working to improve or increase entrepreneurship and innovation in business and strengthen local economies in Hancock and Washington counties. Grant recipients include the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, New Ventures Maine, Heart of Ellsworth, and the Downeast Salmon Federation.


The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced a total of $40,000 in grants to eleven neighborhood food pantries and programs. The awards represent the first in a planned series of grants from the Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund to address emergency needs in the community, including food insecurity, housing insecurity, shelter for the homeless, short-term cash assistance, Internet connectivity, and emergency child care. Recipients of grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 include Cambridge City Growers, My Brother's Keeper, the Pentecostal Tabernacle Food Pantry, and St. Paul A.M.E. Church Food Pantry.

U.S. Virgin Islands

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has announced that its first Virtual Giving Tree Project raised more than $33,000 in support of local nonprofits. The effort was sparked by a request from local stakeholders that the foundation do something to help with the holiday-related needs of children, youth, families, and seniors and morphed into a celebration of the foundation's thirtieth anniversary. Grant recipients include All Saints Cathedral School, Catholic Charities, the Family Resource Center, and the Leap and Learn Academy.


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced more than $11 million in venture capital and mission-related investments in 2020 and notes that it is on track to exceed its five-year, $30 million commitment to impact investing as a means of advancing more equitable economic opportunity in the region. The investments include $10 million in partnership with Royal Capital Group in support of the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Gimbels-Schuster site. In addition to a ground floor of amenities for the community, the project, when completed, will serve as the foundation's new headquarters, the home of the community-focused ThriveOn Collaboration, and the Medical College of Wisconsin's community engagement programs.

"Community Foundation Awards $1.19M in COVID Response Grants." Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham press release 12/18/2020. "CFSA + Santa Cruz Community Foundation awards over $240,000 to local nonprofits." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 12/17/2020. "COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants additional $1.8 million to help San Diegans in need." San Diego Foundation press release 12/17/2020. "Community First Foundation launches new strategic plan." Community First Foundation press release 12/15/2020. "Denver's COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund gets ready for a second round of emergency funding – seeks additional support." Denver Foundation press release 12/21/2020. "Black Giving Circle Fund Announces Grants to Support Cancer Survivors and Provide Financial Literacy Training to Students and Young Adults." Hartford Foundation for Public Giving press release 12/21/2020. "Gloria Castillo tapped to lead the Chicago region's equitable economic recovery initiative." Chicago Community Trust press release 12/17/2020. "Community Foundation of Central Illinois receives $3.9 million, largest in its history." Community Foundation of Central Illinois press release 12/17/2020. Renee Cordes. "MCF awards $95K in grants; Biddeford arts group names new leader." 12/15/2020. "CCF awards $40K in need-inspired grants." Cambridge Community Foundation press release 12/17/2020. "Christmas comes early for USVI nonprofits thanks to CFVI's first Virtual Giving Tree project." Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands press release 12/22/2020. "Foundation makes new impact investments of more than $11 million." Greater Milwaukee Foundation press release 12/18/2020.