The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced grants totaling more than $1.2 million in support of thirty-five nonprofits in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties. Grants awarded through the foundation's second grant cycle of the year were focused on ensuring that communities are sustainable, livable, and vibrant and that individuals and families are economically secure. Recipients include the Alabama Symphonic Association, Innovation Depot, the Lakeshore Foundation, and Faith in Action Alabama.
Fairfield County's Community Foundation in Norwalk has announced the launch of its 2018/19 Legislative Forum series, which will focus on deepening and strengthening the nonprofit community's relationships with state and local elected officials and highlight the foundation's efforts to close the opportunity gap in the county in collaboration with its nonprofit partners. Held in several locations across the county, the forums have become annual events for FCCF and in 2018 were focused on the structural and policy barriers that impede nonprofits from working together to close the opportunity gap.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced thirteen local students as winners of 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. This year, area high schools were invited to submit the names of up to two qualified students, and the almost one hundred nominees — sixty-nine students from Marion County and thirty from Hamilton County — were then interviewed by nominating committees at the Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, with the winners receiving up to four years of full tuition at any accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation has appointed Nicole Bronzan and Bernard Flynn to its board of directors. Bronzan is a senior communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Flynn is the former president and CEO of NJM Insurance Group.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that it is once again partnering with the Scripps Howard Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side to address endemic poverty in the region. To that end, the foundation and WCPO will provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit to provide books and other literacy resources to families in underserved neighborhoods in the greater Cincinnati area. To be eligible for a grant, programs must provide ongoing support, serve families living in poverty, and deepen parents' role as a child's first teacher. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that partner with other organizations to provide resources to children and their families. The deadline to apply is 12:00 p.m. on January 22.
The Columbus Foundation has announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Edwards to its governing committee. Edwards serves as chair, president, and CEO of Installed Building Products.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the five winners of its 2018 Best Practice Awards. Sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the program recognizes nonprofit organizations in the state for outstanding practice in the areas of advocacy and communications (Economic Progress Institute), board and staff leadership (Providence Public Library), collaboration (the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation), innovation (Family Service of Rhode Island), and volunteer engagement (New Urban Arts).