The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced grants totaling $100,000 to fourteen organizations dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of natural resources. Recipients include the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, the Environmental Nature Center, the Laguna Canyon Foundation, and the Ocean Institute.
The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced the appointment of Kelly S. Dunkin as its new president and CEO. She will succeed Marla J. Williams, who is retiring.
The Helios Education Foundation has announced that a total of $3 million has been raised in support of the FUSE program, which works to help first-generation, minority, and underrepresented students achieve educational success. The scholarship fund for FUSE was established in 2017 by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in partnership with the Helios Education Foundation and the USAmeriBank Foundation, now Valley Bank. The fund was seeded with a $500,000 gift from Valley Bank, which Helios matched with $1 million. At the time, Helios pledged an additional $1 million in 2:1 matching funds for dollars raised by other organizations, which it is releasing to the fund now that the community foundation has raised an additional $500,000 for the program. Most of that came from an anonymous donor who directed a portion of his estate — $300,000 — to support funding for educational opportunities, while the community foundation raised the remaining $200,000 from individual donors, organizations, and businesses.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced the launch of the Housing to Recovery Fund, which hopes to raise $4 million to scale up wraparound service offerings that help homeless individuals in the region obtain permanent housing. Services to be supported include outreach and engagement, housing navigation, benefits assistance, landlord negotiations, and help with daily living skills.
The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals at the Cape Cod Foundation has announced grants totaling $45,000 to eleven nonprofit organizations working to protect domesticated animals and wildlife. Recipients include the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Center for Coastal Studies, the Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, and People for Cats. In establishing the fund, McGowan indicated a preference for initiatives focused on medical treatment, spaying/neutering of domestic animals, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and education and awareness-building. Since its inception in 2009, the fund has awarded $313,067 in grants.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced a grant of $175,000 to Project LAUNCH, which works to ensure that children in Manchester enter school with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills they need to succeed. To that end, the grant will support the position of the Project LAUNCH director, the creation of a five-year strategic plan, and continued improvements in the district's early childhood development and parent education activities.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that its David C. Herriman Fund has awarded inaugural grants to the Know Theatre of Cincinnati and the Revolution Dance Theatre. Going forward, the fund will award grants to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF service area — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced a $1 million investment in six organizations as part of its Great Idea Challenge. In celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, the foundation invited nonprofits, community organizations, and individuals and businesses collaborating with nonprofits to submit ideas that were new to Oklahoma City and would positively affect the future of the community. After reviewing nearly one hundred proposals, the foundation selected six projects to split the $1 million, and awarded an additional $20,000 each to three runners-up. The winning organizations are Great Art for a Great City, Pets for Life, OKC HUB (Helping Urban Business) Thrive, the Employment and Training Alliance of Central Oklahoma, the Curbside Chronicle Center for Social Enterprise, and the INTEGRIS Mobile Wellness Clinic.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced fifty-three grants totaling $5.9 million, including $2.3 million directly aligned with the foundation's 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to provide opportunity to the 30 percent of the people in the region who have been left out of its economic renaissance. Recipients include the Allegheny Health Network, Life's Work of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Promise, and PublicSource.