Foundation News

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.”

Kirkland schools receive $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. […] 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.”

Grants for preschool programs announced

“The Greater Salina Community Foundation announced Friday $5,900 in grants being awarded from the Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education and Development. […] $1,000 to Child Advocacy and Parenting Services to support professional staff for a free weekly school readiness program for low-income preschool children who are not enrolled in a formal preschool program.”

Women's Fund Surpassed $220,000 in gifts

“The Women's Community Fund (WCF), a fund managed by Central Kansas Community Foundation, is proud to announce they have given $221,045.43 in grants to local charities since the women's group started in 2000. [….] The recipients of the 2013 WCF are: Agape Resource Center - $1,500 Hand Up - To provide food for those in Harvey County that have incomes below the poverty level.”

Bright & Early DuPage may invest millions in early childhood services

“The DuPage Community Foundation has formed Bright & Early DuPage, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children and families get the most out of early education. […] The first Bright & Early DuPage grant of $75,000 was awarded to Metropolitan Family Services to set up the Wheaton-Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative. […] In Wheaton alone, one in four students currently come from low income households. […] Families who struggle financially or otherwise can have trouble ensuring their children receive the resources they need to succeed in the classroom.”

'Affordable' care depends on the size of your subsidy

“The pro-reform Kaiser Family Foundation has created on its website a subsidy calculator into which anyone can enter his location, income and family size to come up with an estimate of […] his Obamacare subsidy. […] Start, for example, with a low-income family of four living near St. Louis, Mo., with $35,325 in household income (that is 150 percent of the federal poverty rate). […] A Silver Plan policy for the family would have an annual premium of $8,088, according to Kaiser. But the family would receive a taxpayer-paid subsidy of $6,675, which means the family would pay, with its own money, just $1,413.”

Report: First 8 Years are Critical for Hoosier Kids' Success

“A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds half of Hoosier kids eight years and under are living in poverty. It says living in poverty presents dramatic challenges for kids to develop appropriate skills for success. […] It concludes that low-income parents need more help to make sure their kids are able to have access to quality services and education.”

Report advocates investing more in developing skills early

“The Annie E. Casey Foundation today released the findings of its latest Kids Count policy report, ‘The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success.’ ‘The First Eight Years’ outlines how early development in key areas of well-being are imperative in finding success during the elementary years, and what impact poverty can have on that development.”

Seattle plans 6 low-income money-advice centers

“The city of Seattle will open six ‘financial empowerment centers’ in 2014 to help people get free counseling in money management to improve their financial stability. A three-year, $1.8 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will fund a central storefront in Rainier Valley and five satellite centers around the city. […] ‘By working with families intensively over several years we hope to end the cycle of poverty,’ [said Mark Okazaki].”

Colorado literacy project is promising

“The portfolio's first completed project evaluation reveals that it is developing promising interventions. The project, the Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy (JSEL), is managed by Jeffco Schools Foundation. […] Its goal is to help low income children make literacy gains instead of losses during the summer. […] In its inaugural year, JSEL served 367 children at four Jeffco elementary schools. […] Participants scored significantly higher […] on a reading exam than did members of a matched comparison group.”

After Fidelity, Peter Lynch turns to schools

“The first decision Carolyn Lynch made as president of her family's foundation [the Lynch Foundation] was to make her husband, Peter, head of the investment committee. Peter spends several months a year raising money for the Inner City Scholarship Fund, which helps low-income students attend Catholic schools in Greater Boston. […] He has helped raise a total of $125 million, enabling 5,000 children each year to go to school with an average scholarship of $1,400.”

New clinic to help families in poverty

“A committee associated with Circles of McPherson County, an anti-poverty group, has been working for two years to establish a clinic that would assist the uninsured or the medically underserved in McPherson County. […] With the help of the McPherson Healthcare Foundation, the committee applied for and received a grant from the McPherson County Community Foundation to hire a facilitator to conduct a community planning session for a new clinic.”

Gates Foundation funds will address issue of poverty on Harbors

“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will award an undisclosed amount of money to Grays Harbor and Pacific counties over the next four years with the goal of addressing the sort of ‘intergenerational poverty’ that leaves some low income families struggling to break the cycle. The Gates Foundation will use the Grays Harbor Community Foundation as the local conduit to distribute the funds.”

West Harlem Development Corporation awards $1M to nonprofits in grants to 27 local nonprofits

“The West Harlem Development Corp. awarded a total of $1 million in grants to 27 organizations that will provide education, arts, culture, health, housing and economic development services. […] There’s also money to pay for legal representation for residents living in low-income housing and a grant to train pharmacy technicians — one of four awards that went to job-training programs.”

Family Crisis Center receives grant from Mary Kay Foundation

“The Mary Kay Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center (FCC) in Stevens Point. The funds will be used to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse. […] CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been helping low-income people in Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency since 1966.”

Windermere Foundation presents funding to Food 4 Kids of Seaside

“Windermere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group Inc. recently presented a check for $1,865 at its Gearhart branch to Food 4 Kids of Seaside, a nonprofit organization that works to see that school children never go hungry. To tackle the challenge of keeping low-income children fed outside of the school week, Food 4 Kids of Seaside gives backpacks filled with food to students that qualify for federally assisted lunch and breakfast to take home over the weekend.”