Foundation News

Nearly $300,000 awarded to area water quality projects

“An array of water quality improvement projects in the region, from addressing watersheds to helping foster the next generation of conservationists, have received grants from the Pigeon River Fund. Nearly $300,000 has been awarded to 14 different projects in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties from the Pigeon River Fund, administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. […] Haywood Waterways Association [received] $55,000 to implement the Haywood Watershed Action Plan, among other initiatives; $31,000 to repairing failing septic systems for low-income homeowners $17,650 to address stormwater runoff problems at East Street Park in Waynesville.”

Outfitting low-income homes for energy efficiency

“The work is ‘groundbreaking,’ said Jeff Allegretti, president of Innova Services Corp., which focuses on creating and preserving affordable, energy-efficient housing in the city. He said that finding money to fix deteriorating homes had been ‘elusive.’ […] Much of the money comes from a $1.13 million grant from the Britain-based Oak Foundation, which has programs for the environment plus housing and homelessness. It sees the loss of affordable housing as one of the causes of homelessness.”

Pacific Life Foundation Announces $6 Million 2015 Giving Program

“In Omaha, Nebraska, $297,500 was granted to 20 local agencies. Grants will fund a wide range of programs including health and human services for homeless and low-income families, after-school enrichment and arts programming for disadvantaged youth, and senior support services.”

Foundation aims to empower Vt. teachers, students

“There are a lot of pressures on schools. Innovate, generate better student outcomes and cut your budget and there are a couple of retirees who are trying to help and Rutland High School is benefiting. Rutland High School has 862 students, 79 teachers and counselors and a $10.2 million budget. And the principal says the school is able to meet new state education standards thanks to hard work and a big investment from the Rowland Foundation. So far, the foundation has funded 37 fellowships around the state, from creating a new approach to teaching low income students to launching farm-to-table programs before they became cool.”

Gov. Brown Announces Partnership to Provide Money for Solar

“State and federal leaders joined together this week to start a pilot project aimed at providing more money for solar energy projects in multifamily housing in California. […] The governor allocated $75 million for weatherizing properties and for renewable energy last year. Some of this money will be used to do energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in low-income housing in disadvantaged communities. Assisting the state and federal effort will be the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which has committed $10 million to the plans.”

McKnight Foundation Awards Grant to RREAL

“The board of trustees of the McKnight Foundation awarded a grant to the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Pine River to be used to implement Community Solar for Community Action — A New Model of Energy Assistance. RREAL will plan and build the first Community Solar garden for Community Action in the nation and provide a transformative, broadly relevant model of a long-term, climate-appropriate solution to low-income energy assistance.”

People’s United Provides Funding to Boys & Girls Clubs, Other Groups

“The People's United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People's United Bank, announced that it has awarded grants to a variety of nonprofit groups in Maine. These include: […] An award of $7,500 to Habitat for Humanity York County. An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity York County builds and sells homes to hard-working, low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. […] A grant of $10,000 to Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. Good Shepherd Food Bank sources and distributes nutritious food to low-income individuals and families in Maine.”

Women's Giving Circle Helps Area Women with Grants

“The Women’s Giving Circle, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Washington County, awarded eight grants to the following organizations on Dec.17: Boys & Girls Club, Children In Need, Fort Ritchie Community Center, Girls Inc., The Salvation Army, San Mar Children’s Home, Women of Valor Ministries and Washington County Free Library. […] Women of Valor Ministries will use its $500 grant toward ‘Draped with Confidence,’ a program assisting low-income and homeless women gain the necessary skills to partake in job interviews and secure employment.”

Delta Dental Awards Grants

“The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation has awarded $1.4 million in initial grants to 32 organizations for 2015. […] $125,000 to Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment, which provides free dental care and dentures to disabled, elderly, and low-income patients and veterans with the help of volunteer dentists.”

Levine-Sklut Foundation Aids Hungry with Challenge Grant

“For the second winter in a row, the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation is offering to match up to $25,000 donated to Loaves & Fishes, Mecklenburg County’s chief source of food for needy families. The offer comes at a time when the chain of pantries has seen a 29 percent increase in the amount of money spent to buy food, said Beverly Howard, director of Loaves & Fishes.”

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.”