Foundation News

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.”

Initiative refuses to quit | 5 years in, Zilber program limits scope but makes progress in low-income areas

“Six years ago, a flurry of excitement greeted the announcement by real estate mogul Joe Zilber of an unprecedented $50 million, 10-year commitment to poor Milwaukee neighborhoods. [...] Then the work began, the recession hit and the problems grew deeper. [...] Now at the halfway mark of its commitment, the Zilber Family Foundation has decided to reduce the number of neighborhoods in the program from 10 to five, a reflection of the depth of the problems [...] In addition, the foundation has awarded more than $5.2 million to support citywide organizations and efforts that deal with issues that cut across all neighborhoods, like hunger, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and education.”

Nonprofit Vision Literacy builds community by developing language skills

"In Silicon Valley, a lack of proficiency in reading prevents about 400,000 adults from fully participating in everyday life as citizens, workers and parents. The Milpitas-based organization trains volunteers from all over Santa Clara County to work as one-on-one tutors with students or in a group setting, focusing on learner needs. [...] Some partners include the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Choices for Children, Google and the city of Sunnyvale."

Weinland Park gains go slowly

“The $81 million in public and private money invested in Weinland Park over the past decade is starting to make a difference in the long-struggling neighborhood, a new study shows. [...] The Columbus Foundation has put $5.5 million into the neighborhood, including a $2 million loan to renovate 23 buildings with 90 vacant units along E. 11th Avenue. [...] Other main funders are the city, Ohio State, Campus Partners, the United Way of Central Ohio and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.”

Bush foundation celebrates 25 years of family literacy

“She [Barbara Bush] formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to fund programs that teach parents in low-income families to read and pass on a love of reading to their children. [...] Today, the organization funds 1,500 literacy programs in all 50 states with grants from $25,000 to $125,000.”

Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County receives grant from Grammy Foundation

“In Irvin Kalugdan’s music therapy classroom at Mount Vernon High School, students with emotional disabilities [...] play on electronic drum sets, strum guitars and learn how to express themselves through music. [...] Kalugdan’s work earned the school a $5,500 grant through the Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise awards for 'economically underserved schools,' according to the foundation.”

View restaurant designs and sample food by high-schoolers

“Take Stock in Children program, a statewide nonprofit organization that helps low-income and at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships and mentors, recently received grants from The Darden Restaurants Foundation [which] donated a $1,000 community grant to support local community programs [and] Wells Fargo [which] gave $8,000 to provide a two-year Florida prepaid scholarship for a financially needy student in Lake or Sumter counties.”

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

“Recent research shows that brain development is buoyed by continuous interaction with parents and caregivers from birth, and that even before age 2, the children of the wealthy know more words than do those of the poor. [...] Too Small to Fail, a joint effort of the nonprofit Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, chose Latino children as its initial focus because more of them live in poverty than do children of any other racial or ethnic group. [...] Hillary Rodham Clinton is the co-founder of Too Small to Fail, which has raised $10 million so far."

Final Match Day tally for area shelters reaches $3 million

“Thousands donated to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's online Match Day event, raising more than $3 million for 20 food and shelter agencies in southeastern Wisconsin. More than 5,000 people and some foundations donated more than $2 million, triggering $750,800 in matching funds from sponsors, including the Brewers Community Foundation and the Ceres Foundation, according to a news release.”