Foundation News

$500K grant helping to fight gun, gang crime

"The majority of the $500,000 grant will go to the Michigan State Police and Saginaw Police Department, Johnston said. The rest of the funds are split between several other agencies, including Saginaw Valley State University and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The grant will fund services for families to give them good alternatives to avoid poverty, homelessness and other things that could lead to a life of crime, McQuade said."

Salt Lake City leaders announce $500,000 in grants to curb homelessness

"Mayor Ralph Becker joined Wells Fargo regional president Dee O'Donnell to present $300,000 to The Road Home and $200,000 to the Community Foundation of Utah through Wells Fargo's NeighborhoodLIFT program. Becker said the grants will help the city make "great strides" in achieving its 5000 Doors initiative, which aims to add and preserve 5,000 units of affordable housing in the city over the next five years. The city launched the initiative after a 2013 housing study revealed an 8,200-unit gap in Salt Lake's available units."

Comcast's Roberts family donates $8 million to Boys and Girls Club initiative

"The Roberts family and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will donate $8 million to a Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia initiative, which will build a new state-of-the-art facility in Germantown. The new Germantown facility will be named the Ralph J. Roberts Boys & Girls Club in honor of Comcast's founder. More than 7,000 youths aged 5 to 18 live within a mile-and-a-half from the new facility, while 50 percent of children in that area also live below the poverty line."

Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

"The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded $400,000 in emergency grants to 10 Baltimore-area nonprofits following the riots that took place after the death of Freddie Gray last month. The foundation, which provides $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel, awarded the money to organizations in Baltimore that it already funds. Those organizations deal with a range of programs that provide food, job training and help in school."

Community Care Network offers medicine to those without

"[…] the Tidelands Community Care Network has become a lifeline in our community, where more than 5,000 of our low-income neighbors are without health insurance. […] Where there is a resource gap, partners that include Tidelands Health Foundation, Tidelands Health, the Duke Endowment, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, volunteer dentists, primary care and specialty care providers have donated time and provided financial resources to create pathways to care."

Hawaii HIV and AIDS Housing programs receive nearly $3M in federal grants

"The Maui AIDS Foundation and Gregory House Programs have received $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support housing services for low-income HIV/AIDS patients. Tenants of 45 rental households will benefit from a $1.4 million grant given to the Maui AIDS Foundation. The foundation offers short-term rental assistance, supportive services, and housing information services for more than 800 households on Maui. It is the sole comprehensive HIV/AIDS nonprofit that serves the 400-plus diagnosed HIV positive Maui residents."

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered

“[...] The close friends who bond over academic stresses and giant slices of pizza in Adams Morgan, have both won the Gates Millennium Scholarship. […] The scholarship, started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 1999 to remove financial barriers to college for low-income minority students, quickly became a holy grail for students in many urban schools. It covers all college costs, including fees and living expenses, and extends through graduate school in certain fields. Nationwide, 57,000 seniors applied this year, and 1,000 earned free higher education.”

California Pacific Medical Center, foundations launch major eye surgery center

"The new institute will provide eye care and surgery for people who can't afford to pay, subsidized in part by leasing space to the ophthalmologists and by operating a for-profit surgery center. It could ultimately do tens of thousands of surgeries annually for low-income or indigent patients."

Health care grants worth $13 million announced for South Texas

"To kick-start its project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries received $10 million in funding last year from the Social Innovation Fund, a federal program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to promote innovative, community-based health solutions in low-income areas."

Rose Community Foundation Announces Grants from Fourth Quarter of 2014

“During the fourth quarter of 2014, Rose Community Foundation awarded 302 grants totaling more than $6.8 million. Of this amount, $3,471,364 was awarded for 57 grants from Rose Community Foundation’s program areas to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and projects that support the health and well-being of the Greater Denver community.”

CREC grant assists Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service program

“Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board to support the non-profit organization’s mission to serve those in crisis and prevent homelessness.

Pi Beta Phi awards $10,000 grant to early learning organization

“Mary Harken, executive director of Raising Readers, said the $10,000 will go toward Raising Readers’ Thrive to Five program, which focuses on the importance of reading and school readiness for children ranging from infants to age five. The grant would advance the Thrive to Five program with the hope of reaching even more families in poverty and bringing forth more tools to advance parent or caregiver and child-learning processes."

Norwalk Sister City Project receives $12K grant to establish Healthy Children program

“The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project was recently awarded a $12,000 grant by the International Foundation to establish a Healthy Children food and nutrition program. ‘The Healthy Children Program was designed to address the issue of malnutrition in Nagarote. Children need to be healthy in order to learn and in order to break themselves out of poverty,’ said Tish Gibbs, director of the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project (N/NSCP).”

JFS Hand Up Youth pantry receives $75,000 grant

"The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry (Hand Up) at Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The one-year grant will support Hand Up in distributing supplemental food and providing essential supportive services to more than 8,000 people facing hunger in San Diego County, including older adults, military families, individuals and families facing temporary financial constraints, newly-arrived refugees, and homeless individuals. "

Food program that helps Erie students in poverty receives $100,000 grant

“A program that provides nutritious food on weekends to Erie School District students living in poverty has received a big boost. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania announced Thursday that the Wal-Mart Foundation's State Giving Program is providing a $100,000 grant to the Erie-based agency's backpack program. The initiative provides more than 1,000 city children living in low-income households with food over 32 weekends during the school year.”

Educare Center in New Orleans will receive $250,000 from Cox Communications

"Cox Communications recently awarded a $250,000 grant to the Bayou District Foundation through the James M. Cox Foundation. The grant will support the Bayou District Foundation's Educare Center in New Orleans that annually provides early childhood education to 150 low-income children from six weeks to 5 years. Educare is part of a national network of 20 early learning facilities in 11 states that utilizes research-based best practices to ensure the school-readiness of under served children."

Local organizations earn grant, team up to improve Near Westside health

“Not only do some residents of the Near Westside lack access to groceries and healthy foods, in some cases within half of a mile from their home, but those same residents are also considered low income. […] They recently received help in the form of a $250,000 grant to Syracuse University to promote and improve health in Syracuse’s Near Westside. The New York State Health Foundation awarded the two-year grant to SU’s Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion.”

National organization awarded grant to fight poverty in Kansas

“Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has awarded a one-year, $314,000 grant to a Washington, D.C.-based organization, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, to help low-income communities find ways to combat poverty, violence, substance abuse and absent fathers. […] According to the grant, DCF and Center for Neighborhood Enterprise officials will recruit, train and assist 240 leaders from 17 cities.”

Atlanta Women's Foundation Gets $500k Grant For Mental Health Programs

“Kaiser Permanente has awarded $500,000 to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation [...] 'Women that are in poverty are under, as you might imagine, high levels of stress. Their day-to-day living is very stressful. They have problems with transportation. They have problems with accessing childcare,’ said Dolan.”

Hillman Foundation Grants the Nurse-Family Partnership $600,000 to Scale Its Evidence-Based Program, Link to Medicaid Managed Care

“The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today announced a three-year $600,000 grant award to the Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) National Service Office to expand its maternal and early childhood health program that provides nurse home visiting services to vulnerable first-time mothers and their children living in poverty across the United States. NFP will use the grant to broaden its outreach to the large and increasing number of low-income families receiving healthcare via Medicaid managed care. Specifically, it will develop a pilot program to determine the best ways to integrate NFP's evidence-based home visiting services into Medicaid medical homes.”

U of L receives major gift for financial aid program

“The University of Louisville has received a $1.5 million gift from Drs. Robert and Joyce Hughes in support of its Cardinal Covenant program, U of L President James Ramsey said this morning. The gift is the largest contribution ever to the program. [...] the Cardinal Covenant program covers tuition, books, room and board for students from families with an annual family income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level."

American Red Cross and Walmart Support Job Training Nationwide

"The American Red Cross will help fund training for 2,500 students in the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program over the next two years thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The grant also covers the cost of the state certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). [...] Majority of NAT graduates are women who come from lower-income households and are living below the poverty line. NAT graduates earn an average wage increase of around 20 percent and many find jobs that provide much needed health insurance for themselves and their families."

Savings program gives local students a head start on college

“FUEL — an acronym for the organization’s old name, Families United in Educational Leadership — is a Boston-based college savings program that matches within a certain range the amount each family saves for a student’s education. […] FUEL provides savings bonuses and other incentives that encourage families to save and stay involved. […] FUEL raises money for the matching funds by applying for grants from foundations and partnering with businesses. […] She said while the FUEL students are low-income and will be eligible for financial aid, families will likely still have other expenses, whether it’s covering a portion of tuition or paying for books.”

Minnesota Group Works To Help Low-Income Families Go Solar

“On the funding side, [The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance] RREAL got a grant from the McKnight Foundation in December to help jumpstart the project’s creation. The model makes sense […] not only because it increases the amount of clean energy used in Minnesota, but because it’s beneficial to low-income families in multiple ways.”

Hospital foundation awards $93,157 in grants

“The Randolph Hospital Community Health Foundation has awarded 18 health and wellness grants totaling $93,157, the largest amount ever awarded by the foundation in its 18 years of providing funding. […] $5,000 to The Dream Center of Randolph County, to build a walking track surrounding a playground for low-income families to have a safe place for children to play while adults are walking for exercise.”