Foundation News

Pearces give $3.4 million to help homeless, the poor

“Jim Pearce started talking with Bob Morris of the Community Foundation about creating an endowment to help needy families about a decade ago. The idea was that when Pearce died, the fund would make grants to local agencies that work with the homeless, people in poverty, people in need. Pearce, who is 92, decided this summer he didn’t want to wait. The first recipients were told Tuesday that they would share in $150,000, the income generated by the $3.4 million endowment.”

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

“Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations. Oregon Health & Science University scientists, [...] said they hope to develop a vaccine that not only prevents the HIV virus from infecting people exposed to it, but also eliminates the virus from those already infected […] The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to eradicate the world’s most deadly diseases and poverty.”

Mothers Trust golf outing raises $25,000 for children in need

“The Mothers Trust Foundation’s recent golf outing at Lake Bluff Golf Club netted more than $25,000 for the charitable organization. Mothers Trust is a nonprofit group that tries to meet the critical needs of disadvantaged children in Lake County [...] Almost all of the children’s families are at or below the federal poverty level, and 30 percent list no income whatsoever.”

Arts, science centers join forces to help preschoolers succeed

“Hoping to narrow the achievement gap for children in poverty, Orlando Science Center and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are teaming up to introduce hundreds of disadvantaged preschoolers to arts and sciences. The partnership, announced Thursday, will target preschool students from Parramore's Nap Ford Community School and Washington Shores Head Start program as well as their teachers and families. [...] The program, called Project WoW, World of Wonder, is being bankrolled by a three-year, $400,000 grant from The PNC Foundation, the charitable arm of a financial-services group that expanded into Central Florida five years ago. Nationally, the foundation has made early-childhood education its top cause, funneling $350 million into the decade-old initiative.”

Evergreen helps NFP support low-income, first-time mothers

“The Evergreen Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Southwestern Child Development Commission to support the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based program that partners registered nurses with first time, low-income mothers to improve the health and well-being of families. The grant will enable NFP to serve eligible mothers in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties.”

BMVI secures $15K for diabetes education and patient care

“The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and the Provident Bank Foundation recently donated $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) to help BVMI meet the $25,000 fundraising challenge issued by the Russell Berrie Foundation. The grant will be used for diabetes education and patient care […] BVMI provides free primary and preventive healthcare to low-income working adults in Bergen County without insurance or the means to pay for care.”

$143,000 from East Bay Community Foundation for Contra Costa Needs

“The East Bay Community Foundation has made $143,000 in grants benefiting programs assisting the elderly, low-income people in need, theatre, cancer patients, and families in crisis in Contra Costa County. The grants are the result of the generosity of one of the Foundation's donors, Sharon Beswick, a longtime giver to charitable causes in Contra Costa County.”

Opus Community Foundation Announces 23 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in Arizona, California, and Washington

“Opus Bank and the Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 23 grant awards to nonprofit organizations that the Foundation believes will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on efforts to build and strengthen our communities. The organizations receiving the Foundation’s financial support create enrichment and advancement opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and families in the communities Opus Bank serves….Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley received a grant to support its Twilight Education program, which provides educational opportunities and resources to low-income families [...].”

More than $1 million in grants doled out

“Nearly $1.2 million was given to organizations with bases in Tangipahoa Parish by the Louisiana Bar Foundation on Monday. The Foundation distributed $5.2 million in grants statewide to non-profit organizations that provide free legal aid to women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes and those in need of guidance to secure food stamps […] Child in Need of Care received $622,000 of the money, and a legal safety net fund was awarded the remaining money. ‘We use (the legal safety net funds) to represent low-income families and individuals in heeling meet life’s most basic challenges, such as helping keep a roof over someone’s head, protecting domestic violence victims and helping the elderly or individuals with legal assistance,’ she said.”

Grants expand assistance available to College of the Ouachitas attendees

“Since 2005, Johnnie Mitchell of Malvern has been a Career Pathways counselor at College of the Ouachitas, providing aid and encouraging low-income students, especially nontraditional students, to stay in school until they complete their education and are prepared to build a successful, well-paying career [...] ‘If students are worried about having the water or the lights shut off, it won’t help them stay in school,’ said Mitchell, who will lead the school’s new Working Families Success Network strategy funded by a three-year, $210,000 grant. The funds are being presented by Achieving the Dream, a national organization dedicated to helping low-income students and students of color attend a community college and earn a degree or certificate [...] The grants are funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the MetLife Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”

Leaving a Legacy: Mathile Foundation to reach $300M in grants in 25th year

“The Mathile Family Foundation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will have given out more than $300 million in grants by the end of this year [...] The foundation has been funding requests that support the basic needs of the underserved in the Dayton community. This includes everything from making sure families have access to food, clothing and shelter to help community leaders build the Victor J. Cassano Health Care Center in Dayton [...] The foundation’s response to community needs has taken many forms during the past 25 years.”

Impact Charter Granted $250,000 from Walton Family Foundation

“Impact Charter Elementary (ICE) has been awarded a $250,000 grant to aid in the start-up of the new, locally based charter school. The grant funds are being used to competitively attract high quality teachers, hire an interventionist and facilitate a three-week Faculty and Staff Summer Institute for all 17 staff members [...] The Walton Family Foundation's core strategy is to infuse competitive pressure into America’s K-12 education system by increasing the quantity and quality of school choices available to parents, especially in low-income communities. When families are empowered to choose from among several quality school options, all schools will be fully motivated to provide the best possible education.”

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.”