Foundation News

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.”

$1 million grant goes to Junior Achievement

“Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest has received $1 million, its largest grant ever, from the Otto Bremer Foundation to expand its financial-education and signature high school entrepreneurial activities to hard-pressed rural schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin.”

Beyond PB & J: SLU to Prepare Meals for Marian Middle School

“Starting in February, Saint Louis University's department of nutrition and dietetics is whipping up meals you would expect to see at a hip new restaurant for students and faculty at Marian Middle School, an urban all-girls, Catholic middle school. The program grew out of a 2009 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health."

Mark Zuckerberg Biggest Giver in 2013

“Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave 18 million shares of Facebook stock to their Silicon Valley Community Foundation.”

Parking garage gets OK at Plaza Square site in downtown St. Louis

“[Brad] Pitt's nonprofit Make It Right Foundation built 21 contemporary town houses on what had been the playground of the abandoned Bancroft School, in Kansas City. The $14 million project produced 50 low-income apartments in the town houses and the renovated school.”

PolitiFact: Access to lawyers called critically low in some counties

“As Georgia continues to grow in population and diversity, access to justice is a challenge requiring the commitment and hard work of us all. Thompson told lawmakers that many attorneys and two groups --- the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the State Bar of Georgia --- have stepped up to offer their services at no cost to the poor. ‘But these voluntary efforts do not fill the gap,’ he said.”

The South Side community center gets go-ahead

"[Ohio, Columbus] can begin work this summer to turn the former Reeb Elementary School on the South Side into a community center, thanks to $2 million in the state capital budget. [...] Other funds include $1.5 million from the Grote family, $1 million from the Crane family, $500,00 from Don and Nancy Kelley, $100,000 from the Columbus Foundation and $70,000 from Huntington National Bank."

Emmett D. Carson: Mission of My Brother’s Keeper resonates in Silicon Valley, too

“One bright spot is 'The Big Lift,' an ambitious public-private partnership in San Mateo County of educators, nonprofits, business leaders and foundations to address the literacy gap in children of color and low-income children. The [Silicon Valley] community foundation is proud to support this effort.”

Unique program aims young Salt Lake City kids toward college

“More than 180 kids attend Rose Park Academy, a new, unique afterschool program that's drawing national attention this week. […] In the Academy, 65 percent of students are Latino. Sixty-three percent of the Academy's students live at or below the federal poverty income level. […] The program is funded largely by the district and the Salt Lake Education Foundation as well as through a number of grants and other foundations.”

Girl Scouts, treats to swarm Downtown Pittsburgh for sale

“The PPG Foundation provided $5,000 for [National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend] to pay for lunch for the girls; T-shirts; the cost of transporting the girls from school to Downtown; Girl Scout patches for participants; and signs to direct potential customers to the sale booths. The program is based in schools so that the girls -- many from low-income families -- don't need to be members of a scout troop to participate, said Ms. Roberts.'"

Students won’t learn? Go visit their parents.

“The D.C. initiative is called the Family Engagement Partnership (FEP), supported by the Flamboyan Foundation, which tries to improve educational outcomes in the District and Puerto Rico. The program operates in 10 elementary schools - as well as two education campuses; two middle schools, one secondary school, and nine charter schools. They had to compete for a chance to join the program. The District plans to add 15 more schools.”

Obama praise dozens of new efforts to help needy students get into college

“The Posse Foundation announced that it is doubling, to 10, the number of schools it works with to provide college opportunities for underprivileged students focused on science, technology, engineering and math. New partners include Georgetown University and Davidson, Middlebury, Pomona and Smith colleges.”

Cabarrus school system wins STEM grant

“The Golden LEAF Foundation matched $110,000 to pay for a STEM coach for four years. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund matched $50,000 to pay for a STEM coach for one year. The Cannon Foundation matched $250,000 to purchase technology.”

Community activists honored for work in Camden

“’A lot of issues get attention in Camden [New Jersey], and what's overlooked are these individuals who really make an impact and try to get to the root of poverty and the different things it affects - be it education, jobs, housing, and health,’ said Amanda Bauman, program director of the Campbell Soup Foundation, of the awards for Anthony J. Perno 3d, Curtis Myers, Bridget Phifer, and Sabine Mehnert. Perno was awarded the foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award and a $5,000 grant.”

Leading investors leaving a mark in city philanthropy; Fund grass-roots works as well as traditional Boston institutions

“With more than $500 million in Grantham family foundations, he is one among a small handful of successful Boston investors emerging as this city's major new philanthropists. Jonathon Jacobson and Seth Klarman now each have family foundations that exceed $340 million, according to public tax records reviewed by the Globe. Longtime Boston investment manager Jeffrey Vinik directs a portion of $212 million foundation's giving here. Together, they control more than $1.4 billion of charitable funds that will have an impact on the city's civic, social and cultural future, as well as their personal interests, ranging from poverty and children's education to health and Israel.”

At this Pasadena club, moms learn English along with kids

“The Holiday Campaign, part of the Los Angeles Times Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, raises contributions to support established literacy programs run by nonprofit organizations that serve low-income children, adults and families who are reading below grade levels, at risk of illiteracy or who have limited English proficiency.”