The Community Foundation of Broward in Fort Lauderdale has announced that it awarded $9.2 million in grants during 2015, including support for its Ten Issues That Matter effort. Launched after an eighteen-month study, the initiative includes a five-year, $50 million commitment to organizations working in a range of areas, including animal welfare, the arts, education, civil rights, and economic success. Recipients include the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, Hispanic Unity, and H.O.M.E.S.
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Aurora has announced a grant of $8,000 to the Voluntary Action Center on behalf of the Kendall Area Transit program. The funds will be applied toward the purchase of para-transit scheduling and routing software and equipment.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has appointed Lisa A. Dancsok as vice president for marketing and communications.
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, in partnership with the New York Community Trust, has announced that eleven organizations have been chosen as semifinalists in the tenth annual New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards program. Created and administered by NCCNY, the program recognizes excellence in nonprofit management, with a total of $60,000 awarded to three organizations: $30,000 to a Gold Prize winner for overall management excellence, and $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, to the Silver and Bronze Prize winners. This year's semifinalists are the Jericho Project, the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, the Mental Health Association of Westchester, Neighbors Link, the New York Peace Institute, NYC Outward Bound Schools, Part of the Solution, Per Scholas, Restore NYC, the Children's Aid Society, and the HOPE Program.
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has announced grants for the 2016-17 school year totaling $380,000 in support of programs promoting career and college education for Vermonters, with a focus on low-income students, first-generation college students, adult learners, and veterans. Recipients include the Community College of Vermont, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, UP for Learning, and Vermont Works for Women.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is partnering with KEXP to relaunch the KEXP Community Partnership Program (CPP), with the goal of boosting public engagement, awareness, and support for local nonprofits. To that end, KEXP will host a concert series to raise awareness and support for local nonprofits with annual budgets of less than $2 million serving the Greater Puget Sound region. During each funding cycle, the program will focus on a different priority area so as to provide all local nonprofits with an opportunity to participate. Partners in the effort currently are seeking applications from organizations whose work promotes civic engagement and assist communities that are underrepresented in the democratic process.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that the River East Neighborhood Association was awarded the first-ever Great Neighborhoods Award, which includes $88,550 from the foundation and the City of Oshkosh. Presented on August 2, Neighborhood Night Out, the funds will support a redesign of William Waters Plaza and the purchase of trash receptacles for Riverside Park.