Foundation News

Salesforce, others back Clintons’ job-training initiative

“In its latest philanthropic move, Salesforce.com's foundation will spend $6 million nationally over the next three years on job training for underemployed young adults. The program was announced Tuesday in Denver as part of a Clinton Global Initiative effort to expand job opportunities for the nearly 6 million people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of work and not in school.”

Grant money benefits services in Chula Vista

“Three Chula Vista nonprofit organizations will receive grants today during a special ceremony before the Padres-Dodgers game as part of Chula Vista Community Day at Petco Park. The 2014-15 recipients will be presented with $45,000 from representatives of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation: Turning the Hearts Center will receive $15,000 for its Have a Heart, Meeting Critical Needs program; St. Rose of Lima Church will get $12,000 for the Sister Dolores Outreach, Fresh Food to Families program; and WeSupportU gets $8,000 for the Time For My Health/Tiempo Por Mi Salud program.”

San Jose: Construction begun on $14 million preschool and teacher-training institute

“Construction is beginning on a $14 million preschool and teacher-training institute, touted as a model in care and education for infants, young children and their families. The center will be one of 21 schools in the national Educare Learning Network. The local effort is a partnership of 16 public institutions and private groups, including the Franklin-McKinley School District, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and FIRST 5 Santa Clara.”

Smartphone cancer screenings debut in regional pilot

“Low-income women in San Diego and Tijuana will soon be able receive cervical cancer diagnostic services via smartphone. The pilot program will happen thanks to a $300,000 first place award granted in May by the Vodafone America Foundation to a San Diego and Tijuana based team of public health and research organizations.”

Three schools promised $343,600 in grants

“The Philadelphia School Partnership is scheduled to announce Wednesday grants totaling $343,600 to two Catholic elementary schools that serve low-income students and to a Center City charter [...] Funding comes from a variety of sources, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and the William Penn Foundation.”

Community programs take aim at narrowing 'digital divide' among students

“The Digital Leaders intern program, located 20 minutes northwest of San Jose in Palo Alto, also serves students from lower-income families. It recently received a $20,000 dollar grant from the Knight Foundation, which aims to connect students with technology to improve their overall academic performance.”

Realtors' foundation donates $10,000 to Sacred Heart Community Service

“The Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation, the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, donated $10,000 on June 2 to Sacred Heart Community Service, a non-profit organization that helps local individuals and families living in poverty to become self-sufficient.”

Nonprofits in towns along Ride the Rockies route to receive grants

“Six nonprofits in communities hosting the 29th annual Denver Post Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour will receive $5,000 each in grants from the Denver Post Community Foundation. The nonprofit organizations in Boulder, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Avon, Breckenridge and Golden provide literacy programs or serve low-income kids through recreation, education or the arts.”

Housing next phase for Weinland Park

“After buying and shuttering two carryout stores in Weinland Park, Campus Partners’ next step in improving the area is building and renovating 24 houses in the struggling neighborhood [...] Yesterday, the Columbus Foundation announced its Governing Committee has approved $888,640 in grants this year for the ongoing efforts.”

Early childhood education services expanded in D200

“Last year, the DuPage Community Foundation awarded $75,000 to the Wheaton-Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative, a partnership made up of the school district, family services, and a number of other local agencies. Since then, the program has organized outreach events for more than 200 families and education workshops have been held for 108 early childhood providers in the Wheaton Warrenville area, officials said. […] Estimates show that about 6,400 children under age 6 in DuPage County live in poverty and the rate of child poverty has more than doubled in the past decade, according to the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development.”

'Anchor' collaboration will move city forward

“The Johns Hopkins University, for example, has partnered with the city, state and Annie E. Casey Foundation to invest $1.8 billion in East Baltimore over 20 years. The aim is to create a revitalized mixed-income neighborhood where new housing, retail, dining, public education and child care facilities, supported by science and technology jobs, supplant largely abandoned housing, high crime and infant mortality rates, and a poverty rate twice the city's average.”

JCSU gets $1 million-plus in scholarship aid

“The Leon Levine, Wells Fargo and John M. Belk foundations are giving a collective $1 million to help students at Johnson C. Smith University with emergency scholarship expenses. […] ‘The need is great. Approximately 85 percent of JCSU students receive some form of financial aid, 45 percent are first-generation college students, and 70 percent come from low-income households,’ said [University President Ronald] Carter.”

Housing charity launches homeless peer counseling program

“The city’s fast-growing push to stabilize homeless people and get them into housing quickly has added yet another new twist: Peer counseling. Using part of a $35,000 grant from the Leon Levine Foundation, one Charlotte housing charity has crafted a program that will hire formerly homeless people to advise men and women who are new to all the seemingly mundane concepts of having a home.”

Haley House receives $50,000 grant from Boston Foundation

“Haley House Inc. received a $50,000 ‘Out of the Blue’ grant from the Boston Foundation, the groups said Tuesday, in recognition of Haley House’s longtime advocacy for low-income people. The unsolicited grant will go to helping Haley House secure a permanent home for its social enterprise Bakery Cafe in Dudley Square.”

Charter school's strategy succeeds

“Drew [Charter Junior and Senior Academy] has become a model for achievement among students from low-income backgrounds, putting up test scores competitive with those at schools in the wealthiest neighborhoods. […] The 200,000-square-foot Drew Charter Junior and Senior Academy is being built as the result of a $73 million capital campaign. Donations over $1 million came from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, CF Foundation, Chick-fil-A Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Georgia Power Foundation/Southern Company Charitable Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, The Marcus Foundation, Robertson Foundation, O. Wayne Rollins Foundation and Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.”

Wyandotte Health Foundation makes major grant

“A proposed $30 million redevelopment project in Kansas City, Kan., has earned backing from the Wyandotte Health Foundation, which announced a $1 million donation toward the initiative. The foundation grant, the single largest gift in its 17-year history, is intended to spark inclusion of a primary or urgent care clinic in the project to serve low-income residents.”

Biogen Idec Foundation Awards The Possible Project with a $500,000 Grant to Support Youth Entrepreneurship

“The Biogen Idec Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to The Possible Project (TPP), a non-profit organization that teaches high school students how to start and run their own businesses through a tailored curriculum, and access to technology and to mentors from the local business community. [...] Located in Kendall Square, the new 1,800-square-foot Makerspace will open this fall in partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority and will support a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum, acquisition of technological skills, and operation of TPP’s in-house businesses. [...]The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) is a national leader in the development, management and administration of subsidized affordable housing for low-income elderly, family and disabled households."

Tackling poverty: Investing for impact

“The D.C.-based Hitachi Foundation last week announced a new initiative aimed at developing business solutions to help low-income Americans. The foundation is teaming up Village Capital of Atlanta and Investors’ Circle, two groups that target entrepreneurs trying to make an impact on social or environmental causes. [...] The Hitachi Foundation, which provides grants that develop business practices to create economic opportunity, gave $520,000 to kickstart the initiative ”

Philanthropists award $100,000 grants to encourage blended learning in D.C.

“A coalition of local and national philanthropists has awarded grants to six groups that hope to lift the achievement of the District’s low-income children with schools that emphasize individualized learning, including programs that will use a combination of online and face-to-face instruction. […] D.C. philanthropist Katherine Bradley, whose CityBridge Foundation is a major funding source for the education initiative and many others in the District, said the grants are part of a larger strategy to rapidly increase the number of “transformational schools.”

The softer side of Silicon Valley

“On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation raised nearly $8 million over 24 hours to benefit local charities. At the same time, 20 companies — including Apple, Google, Dropbox, Box and Jawbone — are partnering with the Tipping Point, an anti-poverty organization in the Bay Area, to raise $10 million.”

40th anniversary: Foundation celebrates

“Community Foundation for the National Capital Region hosted its 40th anniversary celebration where nearly 600 guests attended Arena Stage in Southwest to celebrate four decades of philanthropy in the Washington region. […]The event raised $470,000, which will partly benefit the foundation’s Fund for Greater Washington, which provides grants to programs in education and workforce development for low-income families and individuals.”

Carolyn Livengood: My New Red Shoes nonprofit to receive $10,000 matching grant

“My New Red Shoes, a Redwood City-based nonprofit organization that provides new shoes and clothes for homeless students throughout the Bay Area and San Francisco, will receive a $10,000 matching grant for gifts through the Silicon Valley Gives event being held Tuesday. Silicon Valley Gives is a one-day, online giving event hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation that is designed to rally enthusiasm and support for nonprofit causes in the local region.”

Buhl Foundation sets sights on North Side

“A census team hired by a consultant to the Buhl Foundation will be on the streets of the North Side in the next few weeks to reach as many of the area's 40,940 residents as possible to help guide foundation investments -- potentially $60 million -- over the next 10 to 20 years. […] While about 20 percent of North Siders are living in poverty, which is slightly below the city average, about 40 percent of its children are living in poverty, which is higher than the city average due to the rate of one-parent households, Ms. Bucco said. [...] The foundation wants to help families break the dependency that sustains generational poverty so that it can improve educational and job outlooks and quality of life on the streets.”

New at the top: Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat’s passion for helping women and their families

“[Lockwood-Shabat is the] president and chief executive of Washington Area Women's Foundation, a District-based organization that supports low-income women and girls in the Washington region. [In discussing women’s issues, she says,] Last year, we gave $1 million in grants to 27 organization. One of the things I’m really proud of is our investments in middle school-aged girls and their female caregivers. It’s something I’m most proud of because it’s important to focus on multiple generations in order to erase the cycle of poverty.”

Helen Bader Foundation OKS $407,000 in Milwaukee Youth Grants

“As part of an effort to expand summer learning, environmental activities and employment for low-income youths living in Milwaukee, the Helen Bader Foundation has approved $407,000 in funding for 18 community organizations.”