Foundation News

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.”

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.”

Capital Partners for Education helps low-income teens graduate from high school

“Founded in 1993, the organization [Capital Partners for Education] received a $30,000 grant in June from The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and teens in the region.”

Library is another community center

“A $6,600 grant from the PNC Foundation awarded last summer is seed money for the Early Literacy Center. The program educates parents and early-care providers and helps young children with reading so poverty does not stand in the way of school readiness.”

Hunger Lives in Fairfield County

“The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. […] Food insecurity, which goes far beyond simply not having enough money to feed a family, is a growing and complex challenge throughout the county. […] The Foundation has awarded over $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.”

Reading Partners pairs below-grade-level readers in D.C. with tutors twice a week

“Launched in the District in 2010, Reading Partners received a $25,000 grant in June from The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities available to disadvantaged children and teens in the Washington region.”

Windermere Foundation grants $50,000 to Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing

“The Windemere Foundation set a seven year record as Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing's largest single private donor this month with a grant of $50,000 to support KITH during its 25th anniversary year in 2014. […] In addition to housing and case management for homeless families, KITH offers food support to homeless and low-income community members at its weekly volunteer-run Community Supper program.”

BJ’s Charitable Foundation grants $15,000 to Connecticut Food Bank

“Connecticut Food Bank recently received a $15,000 grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for its Fresh Produce Initiative Program.”

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.”

Taking a new approach to end homelessness

“A new initiative, funded by the Boston-based foundation of former Reebok chief executive Paul Fireman and his wife, Phyllis, is trying to demonstrate that a coordinated approach between social service agencies is an effective way to break the cycle of homelessness. Through this statewide pilot program, known as Secure Jobs, the Fireman Foundation has awarded $1.5 million in grants to encourage housing, employment, and other agencies to work together provide comprehensive services to help low-income families regain financial independence and stay out of the shelter system.”

A Grant Maker Shifts Its Focus to Inequality and Climate Change

“This week he [Mr. Simon Greer] persuaded the philanthropy’s board to focus nearly all of the [Nathan Cummings F]oundation’s grants on reducing income inequality and fighting climate change.”

Weinberg Foundation Distributes $106 Million In Grants

“The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Tuesday evening celebrated a year of giving at its annual community gathering. At the event, which was held at Beth El Congregation and welcomed 1,000 people, the foundation announced it had distributed $106 million in grants this past year. The grants were made to nonprofits serving low-income and vulnerable individuals and families.”

Second Harvest Food Bank might get donation for 'likes'

“The Women's Foundation of Winston-Salem has announced its 2013 grants to seven nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of women and girls. […] The Experiment in Self-Reliance was awarded $15,000. […] The program helps working low-income individuals become first time homeowners. The Guiding Institute for Development Education was awarded $30,000. […] It will help 60 low-income girls in Forsyth County increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math.”

Foundation grants aids low-income students

“A grant from the Autzen Foundation to the Clatsop Community College Foundation will fund a project that provides additional support to low-income students enhancing their chances for success at CCC. The grant will allow the college to acquire a bank of laptops and core course textbooks which will be made available to qualified students through a checkout process. This will […] ease the burden low-income students often face when confronted with expensive materials and technology required for coursework.”