Foundation News

Centre Foundation Awards 17 Grants for $33,000

“The Centre Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Field of Interest Fund grants. The Centre County Medical Society Fund promotes healthy lifestyles for children, making its $1,023 grant a perfect partner for Central PA Community Action's Fresh Food Program. With tight budgets, high grocery store costs, and an increased demand on non-perishable food bank items, the diets of low-income families and children consist of many processed foods that are high in salt and sugar. This not only leads to health issues, but also teaches poor dietary habits. The program will allow qualifying families to balance their diets by accessing fresh fruits and vegetables from local vendors by using vouchers from this program.”

Iowa Workforce Development Foundation Receives Walmart Foundation Grant

“The Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Foundation received a $75,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to promote career opportunities for women. The grant will be used to establish the Women’s Occupational Matching and Networking (WOMaN) Project, an initiative designed to empower low-income women with families through education about Non-Traditional Occupations (NTOs), which traditionally pay higher wages and will promote self-sufficiency, reducing the need to rely on human services programs, such as Food Assistance, for basic living needs.”

Lincoln Financial Foundation Gives Out Nearly $140K in Grants

“Lincoln Financial Foundation is encouraging entrepreneurialism and promoting financial literacy in Omaha through $137,600 in grants to six local economic and workforce development nonprofit organizations. […] $25,000 to Family Housing Advisory Services for its Financial Education program, which provides quality financial management and homebuyer education to low-income families.”

‘Kids Don’t Ask To Be Hungry’; School-Based Programs Help Feed Students in Need

“At Communities in Schools, a nonprofit based in public schools throughout Kent and New Castle counties, directors have made addressing hunger a priority. The organization works to identify students’ needs and meet them with community resources. Its philosophy is simple. Kids can’t succeed at school until their basic needs are met. […] Through a grant, Communities in Schools also paid for a mobile food pantry — a refrigerated truck from the Food Bank of Delaware — to visit area schools.”

Bank Foundation Supports Community Efforts

“With donations including a recent grant from the Union Savings Bank Foundation, volunteers with HomeFront have been able to repair dozens of homes for low-income families in the region. HomeFront, based in Norwalk and providing services throughout Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester counties, is one of 29 organizations that shared in more than $181,000 in grants awarded by the foundation this month. Officials with Union Savings Bank, one of several mutual banks chartered in the Danbury region, said the foundation has distributed more than $2 million to the community since it was formed in 1999.”

Princeton Area Community Foundation Awards $575,000 in Grants to 26 Nonprofits

“The Princeton Area Community Foundation awarded $575,000 in grants this year to 26 nonprofits as part of its Greater Mercer Grants program, officials announced Monday. […] Community Justice Center Legal Services – $15,000 to serve low-income people with disabilities, countywide”

New Online Resource Dedicated to College, Work Readiness

“A $650,000 grant from the Philadelphia School Partnership, which invests private donations into school improvement projects screened by a committee, provides the bulk of the funding, with the William Penn Foundation contributing more than $100,000 in support. The School District of Philadelphia has turned to Naviance, an online resource that has helped students across the country chart the path best suited for their short- and long-term goals.”

Foundation Gave $1.1 Million to Town Agencies in 2014

“Just over $1 million in grants were parceled out to Greenwich educational and social-service programs in 2014 by the Community Foundation of Fairfield County. According to its year-end summary, $1.1 million went to a wide range of causes, and an additional $206,000 went to help young people from Greenwich to attend college. The grants helped fund programs at the Greenwich YWCA, Kids in Crisis and the Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal, among others.”

Foundation Awards $5 Million in Grants to Danbury-Area Agencies

“Renewal House, which provides transitional housing for seniors in a homey, well-kept colonial in downtown Danbury, is one of 341 nonprofits in Fairfield County to win grants this year from the Community Foundation. The Foundation handed out nearly $5 million in Greater Danbury in fiscal 2014, striving to recognize agencies that provide critical services, especially in a state with a rapidly aging population.”

Plough Foundation Grants $12 Million to Help Local Seniors

“The Plough Foundation has made an unprecedented series of grants totaling nearly $12 million to serve Memphis-area seniors. The grants will help feed vulnerable Shelby County senior citizens a million meals, to rehab the homes of 500 low-income seniors and to build a continuum of care for elderly victims of abuse through a coordinated community response, among other projects. The grants are the result of three years of research and community engagement led by Plough on the needs of older adults in Memphis and Shelby County and the multiple issues facing the community as the population grows older, including aging in place/independent living issues. […] In the Elder Home Rehab program, Habitat for Humanity will be the lead partner in the local effort to provide repairs, weatherization and mobility and accessibility modifications to 500 seniors' homes during the next two years.”

Stratford Gains Grants from County Foundation

“The Community Foundation and its donors awarded $12 million in grants in fiscal 2014. Nearly $5.5 million was awarded to 341 nonprofits in Fairfield County. In addition, 262 scholarships totaling more than $707,000 were awarded to local students. ‘Thanks to the generosity of our fundholders and donors, young people are going to college, low-income families are living in safe housing they can afford, the arts are recovering from the recession, and dozens of causes are receiving support,’ said Juanita James, Community Foundation president and CEO. ‘The Community Foundation and many of our donors also focus on regional issues such as helping youth become self-sufficient by 25, women achieve economic security, and nonprofits become even more efficient and effective.’”

Grants Bolster Early Education

“The Troy-based Kresge Foundation has committed $20 million over five years to build out a high-quality early childhood development system in Detroit in collaboration with local, state and federal partners. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, based in Battle Creek, is also supporting the campaign with a $22 million investment in Michigan. Of that, $7.5 million will go to grantees in Detroit. Nationally, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations have pledged $340 million so that children from birth to age 5 have easy access to and benefit from early education.”

Austin's economic boom not quite as friendly to women, report says

“Austin-area women working full-time jobs make roughly $9,000 less per year than their male counterparts, despite those women having one of the highest median earnings in nine Texas cities examined in a report issued Thursday by the Texas Women's Foundation. […] Austin also has the lowest disparity between the male and female poverty rate among the metro areas studied, but that females are still slightly more likely to be living in poverty here. The study found that 14 percent of Austin's male-headed households live in poverty, compared to 16 percent of female-headed households. Those women-headed households living in poverty account for more than half, 53 percent, of all households in poverty. The study also found that 17 percent of females in the Austin area lack health care. Of those, 44 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34.”

Gwinnett schools celebrate award

“Georgia’s largest school district held a formal celebration for being the co-recipient of the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. Gwinnett won the prestigious award in 2010 and joins Houston, Texas as the only school districts in the nation to win the award twice. The award, given by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, is given to a school district for its efforts to close the achievement gap among low-income and minority students. Gwinnett shared the prize with Orange County, Fla. The foundation will award $500,000 in college scholarships to Gwinnett students graduating in 2015.”

Mesilla’s Tres Manos Weaving lands training grant

“Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico Inc. has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to further their charitable work that provides free training in the artisan skills of weaving, business skills, and life skills so that low income women, at the poverty level or less, in Southern Doña Ana County who speak English or Spanish, can become professional weavers for Tres Manos and increase their family's financial security and quality of life.”

Erie Community Foundation to distribute $2.3 million to regional causes

“The Erie Community Foundation will distribute more than $2.3 million into the area's nonprofit sector, boosting a non violence initiative for city schools, the region's anti-poverty program and other projects. Twelve local nonprofits Tuesday will receive nearly $560,000 combined, with the largest grants going to the Partnership for Erie's Public Schools and the United Way of Erie County.”

Free medical clinic receives $67,500 grants

“The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded a 3-year $67,500 grant to the Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge, in support of the clinic’s ‘Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives’ wellness program. The grant, payable in annual installments of $22,500, will provide a director for the program. ‘Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives’ is an ongoing 12-week series of classes focusing on three areas: diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, and life skills (stress management, budgeting, etc.). [...] The Free Medical Clinic serves low-income, uninsured patients from Anderson, Morgan, and Roane Counties.”

Androscoggin County Committee awards grant to help fight poverty

“The Androscoggin County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation recently awarded $26,800 in grants to four nonprofits, including Community Concepts, Inc., to help low-income residents move out of poverty. […] The Androscoggin County Fund is a permanent endowment that supports projects that strengthen communities in the county. Other grant recipients are: Lewiston Adult Education, to provide computer literacy training for workers in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services; Tree Street Youth, to conduct an environmental and structural assessment of the center’s current facility as it plans to purchase a building and expand its program; and Welcoming Maine, to increase the quality and depth of its program and build social capital between multicultural residents.”

Santa Maria awarded grant for evening GED program

“Adults 17 and older receive literacy support and financial education through Santa Maria Community Services’ Evening GED Program, which won a $10,000 grant from The Donald C. and Laura M. Harrison Family Foundation. Through Santa Maria’s Workforce Development initiative, the Evening GED Program offers General Education Development preparation classes four evenings a week throughout the year at no charge to anyone in need. […] ‘By combining literacy education and financial and employment services in this GED program, we can help move families out of poverty,’ says H.A. Musser, Santa Maria President and CEO. ‘With this program and the supporting grant, we’re helping our clients meet the ultimate empowering goal of self-sufficiency, helping people to help themselves and help their families. We are very grateful for the support of the Harrison Family Foundation for our programs.’“

Nike gives another $300K to Portland school, nonprofits

“Nike Inc. on Thursday announced another $300,000 in grants to Portland schools and nonprofits. The sportswear giant remains one of the state's leading corporate philanthropists. The new grants were given through the Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Twenty-eight local nonprofits and schools will receive financial gifts, with most of the many benefiting organizations that support childhood physical education. […] Recipients include The Aspire Project, a Portland nonprofit that teaches dance to low-income youth.”

North Haven nonprofit to advocate for better dental health

“The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) board of directors recently awarded two-year $40,000 grants to organizations to expand their health policy agenda to include advocacy for better dental health for low-income residents. CT Health's Oral Health Advocacy and Leadership Initiative, a grant program of the foundation, seeks to expand oral health champions beyond traditional ‘teeth people,’ or dental professionals.”

In Lending Circles, a Roundabout Way to Higher Credit Score

“Mission Asset Fund formalizes the informal loans arranged through lending circles by making sure all the participants sign a contract or promissory note and reporting every payment to national credit bureaus. The fund represents only a minuscule portion of the lending industry — through partnerships with 26 other nonprofit organizations it has facilitated about $3 million worth of loans among 2,200 people — but the Ford Foundation has recently issued a $350,000 grant to help expand its program nationwide.”

Central Minnesota groups get more than $150,000 in foundation grants

“More than $158,000 in grants from the Initiative Foundation has been awarded to Central Minnesota groups. Three dozen organizations in the 14-county region received money, including several of those in the St. Cloud area. [...] Children's Dental Services Inc. received $5,000 for its Comprehensive Dental Care for Low-Income Families program to provide hands-on education and employment training to 10 disadvantaged and displaced workers. Children's Dental will also address access to dental care for low-income children and pregnant women by expanding services in Central Minnesota.”

Foundation gives $750,000 for low-income Mainers

“A Portland-based foundation is giving $750,000 to the Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community to help low-income residents become financially stable. The John T. Gorman Foundation announced the grants Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College. The foundation says the money will be used to help 1,000 low-income residents and families learn ways to save money, financial literacy and ways to take advantage of tax refunds.”

$3 million grant to help combat school dropouts

“In the most challenging low-income schools in Greenville County, where poverty is pervasive and English is the second language for many students, the school district, United Way of Greenville County and the Riley Institute at Furman University will begin an innovative program to detect when students begin to slide down a path that eventually leads them to drop out of school. [...] The United Way will match the grant dollar-for-dollar, and grants from private foundations and corporations could boost the total to $15 million, Hendry said. The Hollingsworth Fund, the Community Foundation of Greenville and Wells Fargo already have made commitments, Hendry said.”