Foundation News

Dallas Foundation awards more than $1.3 million to nonprofits

“The Dallas Foundation awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to 49 local nonprofit agencies during its recent board of governors meeting. [...] Among the agencies chosen was Educational First Steps Inc., which received $50,000 from the Annie L. Stevens Fund. Educational First Steps provides professional development for day care centers in at-risk Dallas neighborhoods. The funding will support its new Early Childhood Center of North Texas, which houses a training space where teachers learn cutting-edge approaches to early childhood education.”

Onslow County United Way Receives $35,000 Grant

“The United Way of Onslow County received a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help assist with their efforts to combat childhood hunger. [...] The grant was given through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program and will support the CHEW (Children Healthy Eating on Weekends) Program, which provides backpacks of meals for children who would otherwise go hungry.”

Food bank awarded $250,000 to expand health and hunger services in Oakland

“The Lockwood stop is part of the [Alameda County Community Food Bank‘s] expansion of school-based mobile pantries and food programs for youth. The pantry is also coupling with health care promotion and education programs, such as screenings and information about CalFresh. These services are funded by a new $250,000 grant to the food bank from financial company Morgan Stanley as part its pilot Healthy Cities program. [...] ‘We're looking at how we can strengthen the whole tapestry of social services here to increase the impact for kids.’”

Kraft Foods Group Foundation grant helps local food pantries feed more hungry neighbors

“The Kraft Foods Group Foundation is funding a $100,000 grant being administered by Northern Illinois Food Bank to assist 20 food pantries and feeding programs throughout northern Illinois. The grants are earmarked for capacity building projects that will allow Food Bank affiliated food pantries and feeding programs to purchase equipment, update technology or use the funds for other needs that will increase the accessibility to food for families and individuals facing hunger in the community.”

Banking For The Poor: Will This Be Bill Gates’ Greatest Philanthropic Achievement?

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [...] [is] ploughing $65 million into the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), an organization it helped set up to tackle the problem [of the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to bank accounts, loans and insurance]. [...] ‘Our goal is to see concrete policy changes in 60 of the countries we are working with, as a result of our activities.’ [...] ‘Our overall vision of AFI is poverty reduction and inclusive growth. And inclusive growth starts with sustainable financial inclusion.’”

Wells Fargo helps Bend Habitat for Humanity

“Wells Fargo is helping local, low and moderate income people buy affordable homes by supplying both volunteer labor and $45,000 to Bend Area Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit group is using the support to help build three homes for Habitat families in Bend. One was completed earlier this month. It was the 105th home the affiliate has built since its inception 25 years ago. The second house supported by Wells Fargo is currently under construction and the third will begin construction shortly.”

The Standard Charitable Foundation Announces Four Grants Totaling $125,000

“The Standard Charitable Foundation, Standard Insurance Company’s charitable foundation, announced four grants totaling $125,000 to nonprofits in Portland, Oregon; White Plains, New York; and Cincinnati, Ohio. [...] $25,000 was awarded to support the Cincinnati COOKS! culinary job training program, which is free for adults from low-income households who are seeking stable employment opportunities. [...] $25,000 was awarded to support the Workforce Readiness, Placement and Training program, which works directly with disabled clients to provide workforce readiness skills, job placement, on-the-job training and ongoing support services.”

Dallas Women’s Foundation awards $3.1 million to nonprofits

“The Dallas Women’s Foundation announced the awarding of $3.1 million in grants to 98 nonprofits to fund health, safety, education and leadership initiatives. [...] Organizations that received grants and target women ages 18 through 34 include Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater Dallas [...] and YWCA of MEtropolitan Dallas. [...] Funding for CCCS will fuel the nonprofit’s partnership with the Dallas County Community College district to provide financial education to low-income women. YWCA will use the money to help low-income women get the resources to design, launch and establish new businesses.”

Midwest Shelter Receives a $15,000 DuPage Community Foundation Grant To Help Local Veterans Find Jobs

“The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans has received a $15,000 grant from The DuPage Community Foundation to help underwrite its new Veterans Employment Program, designed to help local veterans overcome barriers and develop the skills they need for real-world employment opportunities. [...] Founded by veterans in 2007, the Midwest Shelter operates on a vision of no veteran left behind due to homelessness, joblessness, poverty and/or mental-health issues.”

Veterans housing facility in Warren awarded $160K for upgrades

“A newly opened two-story housing facility for veterans will undergo much needed improvements after receiving $160,000 in grants. During a Tuesday dedication, the nonprofit Volunteers of America Michigan was awarded grants — $150,000 by the Home Depot Foundation and $10,000 from Masco Foundation — to make upgrades to its Safe Haven for Veterans at 3940 Toepfer. Patrick Patterson, executive vice president of Volunteers of America Michigan, said a key portion of its services are geared toward chronically homeless and disabled veterans.”

APS Foundation awards $1M in STEM grants

“The APS Foundation announced today it has awarded more than $1 million to nine nonprofit groups throughout Arizona to support STEM programs. [...] The APS Foundation awarded [...] $50,000 [to Teach for America Inc.] for its targeted math/science initiative to recruit highly qualified individuals to teach math and science in low-income schools and to enhance the effectiveness of these teachers.”

Mill Foundation; $120K awarded to nonprofits

“Junior League of Rockford program that sends low-income students home on weekends with a backpack of food received a $10,000 grant Tuesday from The Mill Foundation.The award was one of 11 worth $120,000 that were distributed to 11 nonprofits by the foundation, a nonprofit that funds programs and organizations that benefit youth.”

Northland Foundation awards more than $500,000 in grants

“The Northland Foundation has awarded a half million dollars in grants to various groups serving a cross-section of ages across northeastern Minnesota, including several on the Iron Range. [...] A major portion of the recent awards were made in support of the region’s young children and its older adults, including: [...] $210,000 to CHUM to deliver supportive onsite programming for children whose families will move from chronic homelessness to stable housing in the Steve O’Neil Apartments.”

AGH, Open Door land $47K in Tufts Foundation grants

“A program based at Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital and a project tied to The Open Door food pantry and social service agency have been targeted for grants totaling more than $47,000 extended by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. [...] The grant to The Open Door will fund the program titled ‘Connecting Seniors to Good Food for Good Health, Independence and Wellness’ — a program that connects low-income and underserved seniors with good food by bringing food directly into public housing neighborhoods and senior centers via a free farmers’ market.”

$2.8 billion to Gates and family charities: Buffett breaks personal giving record

“As part of Warren Buffett’s plan to give away nearly all of his wealth, the billionaire donated $2.8 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities this week. [...] About 16 million shares — worth more $2.1 billion — went to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [...] The Gates Foundation is operated by the world’s second-richest man, Bill Gates, and the charity is focused on ending world poverty, improving birth control technology and aiding education.”

Salesforce, others back Clintons’ job-training initiative

“In its latest philanthropic move,'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.”