Foundation News

Briggs appointed VP of Ford Foundation

“Xavier de Souza Briggs, associate professor of sociology and urban planning and associate head of SA+P’s Department of Urban Studies + Planning, has been appointed vice president of the Economic Opportunity and Assets program of the Ford Foundation. […] One of three core areas of the foundation’s work, the Economic Opportunity and Assets program works to promote economic fairness, advance sustainable development and build just and inclusive cities in the US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.”

Sun Street drug prevention program stays open with help of donations

"Major grants came from Monterey County Behavioral Health and the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, with dozens of smaller donations bridging the gap. Those gifts will keep the program afloat at least until the end of the year. Pending grants could put the organization on firm ground through 2014. Those grants are from the Harden Foundation, Community Action Partnership and the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace, which is part of the California Gang Response and Intervention Program. […] Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, a retired police detective, said the Sun Street prevention program, which serves 5,000 mostly low-income students and their families, is invaluable in the fight to keep kids out of gangs.”

Verizon Foundation and Pecan Street Inc. Bring Energy Management Solutions to Underserved Communities in Austin

“The Verizon Foundation has teamed up with consumer-energy research organization Pecan Street Inc., to launch a new program that will provide low-income communities with energy management solutions that empower consumers to make smarter choices about their energy use and save money. Announced at SXSW Eco, the new program will conduct a unique home-energy research trial, called the Smart Solutions for Affordable Housing program.”

Tavis Smiley Foundation Announces a $3 Million Four-year Poverty Initiative to Alleviate Endemic Poverty in America

“Today, the Tavis Smiley Foundation announced the launch of ENDING POVERTY: America's Silent Spaces, a $3 million, four-year national initiative to examine barriers and identify solutions to alleviate poverty in the United States. The initiative will help advance action against poverty by engaging and mobilizing individuals, communities, and organizations to identify innovative and community-based solutions that will inform a meaningful path out of poverty for fellow citizens.”

Kellogg Foundation looks within for new CEO

“[La June Montgomrey Tabron] will become the foundation’s 12th leader, replacing Sterling Speirn, who announced he will step down this year after heading the organization for nearly eight years. […] Tabron, who grew up in a family of 10 children in inner-city Detroit, first began at the foundation as a financial controller before overseeing its internal operations, including programming strategy and execution. Under her leadership, the foundation’s work in Mississippi and New Orleans launched a strategic focus on the educational achievements of young males of color.”

Business Briefs

“OceanFirst Foundation recently awarded the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore a $10,000 grant to help fund its Girls Are Great summer day camp, as well as additional outreach programs. Girls Are Great, run by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and held at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, provides summer programming to girls from low-income households.”

Amerigroup Foundation Supports Advocacy Efforts for Georgia Youth

“The Amerigroup Foundation presented the Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) with a $10,000 grant to help recruit, train and supervise community volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children. […] The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care needs of financially vulnerable Americans.”

MetLife Foundation Commits $200 Million over Five Years to Global Campaign for Financial Inclusion

“MetLife, Inc. announced today that MetLife Foundation has launched a new global campaign to bring financial inclusion to low-income communities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S. The Foundation has committed $200 million over the next five years to support financial programs that will provide vital knowledge, tools and services to underserved individuals, families, businesses and communities."

Walmart Foundation boosts nutrition program by $2.5 million

“The Walmart Foundation said Thursday a $2.5 million grant to support a program that teaches families how to select and cook nutritious foods on a budget. The grant will make available Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters program to 107,500 Americans, the foundation said in a statement. The program helps low-income families develop more healthful eating habits through interactive shopping tours that teach how to buy produce on a budget, to compare unit prices of foods, to read labels and to identify whole grains, the foundation said.”

JP Morgan Chase donates $600,000 to expand lending circles among low-income borrowers

“JPMorgan Chase Foundation said Thursday that it will donate $600,000 over two years to Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco to expand the nonprofit's lending circles program. Lending circles help individuals in traditionally underserved communities support each other by lending and borrowing money together. […] The donation is part of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation's broader effort to provide $1.4 million in grants to help bring low-income individuals into the financial mainstream.”

Out of Foster Care, Into College

“U.C.L.A. began identifying foster students five years ago when it introduced its Guardian Scholars program, and the results are promising. There are now 250 current and former foster students at the university. […] The Pritzker Foundation recently gave $3 million to U.C.L.A.’s program. Casey Family Scholars provides scholarships and support services directly to students, an average of $3,500 a year to about 220 undergraduates.”

Business Digest for 11/1/13

“The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to help fund two Project Just Because initiatives. The grant is directed to support the Hopkinton organization’s Back to School Program and its Holiday Wish List Program for low-income families.”

Trinity Foundation awards $700,000 in health initiative grants (Subscription Required)

"Trinity announced grant recipients at a luncheon Wednesday. Trinity, formerly the Mercy Health Partners Foundation, was established as an independent foundation in 2011 when the non-profit Mercy System was purchased by Tennova. […] Compassion Coalition received $150,000 for its Future Story Project, which will match Knox County residents mired in poverty with 'allies' and put them in 'Getting Ahead' classes to analyze their situations and how they could improve their lives and find stability for themselves and their families. Emerald Youth Foundation received $150,000 for its Transformation Through Sports program, an urban soccer program that ultimately would serve more than 500 young athletes in Knoxville's poorest communities.”

Kirkland schools receives $300,000 in grants from Lake Washington Schools Foundation

“Lake Washington Schools Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to teachers and schools across the Lake Washington School District for the 2013-14 school year. The foundation is funding two programs for the first time, while it continues to support the rollout of the new STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) Signature Programs and to fund long-standing programs such as Reaching for Success classroom innovation grants, the LINKS mentoring program and the Access Fund for low-income middle and high school students. Grants awarded to the school district from the foundation included a $49,000 Aspire grant from the AT&T Foundation to support high school completion and college-readiness for low-income students.”

Filene’s Largest-Ever Grant Will Leverage CUs as ‘Proving Grounds’

“Filene Research Institute is launching a financial incubator to serve the financially underserved thanks to a $700,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. The 30-month grant, the largest ever received by Filene, will enable the institute to test, package and scale innovative, viable financial products that benefit low- and moderate-income U.S. consumers.”

New College Scholarship Opens For High-Achieving, Low-Income Students Nationwide

“The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation opened a new college scholarship for high-achieving, lower-income high school seniors who seek to attend the country's best four-year colleges and universities. In what is expected to be an extremely competitive scholarship, as many as 40 recipients will be awarded up to $30,000 each year for tuition, books, living expenses, and other required fees.”

St. Luke’s Foundation awards more than $390K in grants

“St. Luke's Foundation has made more than $390,000 in grants to health-related projects in Whatcom County this year, according to an announcement from the nonprofit organization. The largest grants include $60,000 to Whatcom Alliance for Heath Advancement for the transitioning health care project… $25,000 to Whatcom County Council on Aging for nutritious meals to low-income seniors, and $20,000 to Rebound of Whatcom County for a critically needed van to allow children without transportation to participate in the program.”

Habitat, Hilti Partner to raise MicroBuild Fund

“Habitat for Humanity signed up Hilti Foundation to a three-year, $7.5 million partnership to boost Habitat’s MicroBuild Fund. Money from the Hilti Foundation, jointly financed by the Martin Hilti Family Trust and the Hilti Group, will go to help about 18,600 low-income families get affordable financing and housing support services to improve their homes.”

Business Briefcase: Giving

“Harborlight Community Partners has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Boston Foundation to support its mission of creating and managing affordable housing for low- and moderate-income people in Essex County. The nonprofit, based in Beverly, is the region's oldest and largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing.”

Biogen Idec Foundation Awards $250,000 Grant to Citizen Schools to Invest in Science Education in Massachusetts and North Carolina

"Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income students, announced a $250,000 grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation to help fund Citizen Schools' innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) apprenticeship programs in Massachusetts and North Carolina.”

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Announce Major Nationwide Effort in Support of Under-Banked Households

“The JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund today announced the creation of Bank On 2.0, a new effort to create a unified, national approach to delivering safe, affordable banking products and services to low-income and under-banked people through municipal programs across the country. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s $1.15 million seed funding commitment is a two-year grant that will complement the CFE Fund's raising of matching funds from other partner organizations, including other financial institutions.”

TD Bank helps clear ‘Pathways to Success’

“The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, recently donated $2,500 to York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC)... ‘The ‘Pathways to Success’ program will help participants not only utilize learned skills to manage finances in the present, but will pass these skills on to their children to break the cycle of poverty and replace it with a continuum of stability,’ [said YCCAC spokesperson Brad Bohon].”

Walton Family Foundation gives generous grant to city schools

“The Philadelphia School Partnership has received a $5 million challenge grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help create and expand high-quality city schools. […] Education is one of the foundation's major areas of interest. It has given more than $1 billion to K-12 education efforts, especially those that expand options for low-income students.”

Transitions gets $20,000 grant

“The Mary Kay Foundation grant will help Transitions staff and volunteers continue to provide financial help and educational programs to clients ‘to assist them to find economic independence and decrease their likelihood of returning to an abusive partner in order to avoid poverty,’ said Susan Mathias, Transitions’ chief executive officer.”

2013 Broad Prize Awarded for Second Time to Houston Independent School District; Wins $550,000 in College Scholarships for Students, Three Finalist Districts Each Win $150,000

“The winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education is the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the only district in the country to win the award twice, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced today. […] The $1 million Broad (rhymes with 'road') Prize is an annual award that honors the four large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income students and students of color.”