The Western Arkansas Community Foundation, the Fort Smith-based affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation, has awarded $13 million since its creation in 1988, the Associated Press reports. Established as the Fort Smith Community Foundation, WACF currently has more than $13.5 million in assets and administers some nineteen hundred component funds. ACF recently the launch of AspireArkansas.org, a data resource that includes extensive information on Sebastian and Crawford counties, including graduation rates, smoking rates, and student reading levels for the two counties.
The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America in support of the Orange County Veterans Initiative. The funds will be invested in workforce development and efforts to address the barriers veterans face in transitioning to civilian life. To date, OCVI has awarded $2.5 million to nonprofits serving more than twelve thousand veterans and their families.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced Terry Mazany, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, as its new senior vice president for philanthropy. During his tenure at CCT, Mazany helped the foundation double its assets to more than $2.8 billion and boost its annual giving to more than $300 million.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the launch of a strategic planning process for the Spirit of Charity Innovation District. Focused on the neighborhoods once served by now-closed Charity Hospital, the process will enlist local experts and stakeholders to create a comprehensive strategy designed to drive robust job growth and equitable and inclusive development in the surrounding area.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit has announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in giving since its creation in 1984, including more than $11 million during the second quarter of this year. Recipients of second-quarter grants include Action for Healthy Kids, the Cody Rogue Community Action Alliance, Living Arts, and Urban Justice Center.
The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has announced PG Narayanan as chair of its board of directors. The foundation also announced that Rod Anderson, Alfonso Chicre, Jeff Jiang, and Tina Palmer were elected to serve three-year terms on the board.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced almost $600,000 in grants from its Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund in support of thirteen projects across the upper Connecticut River watershed. Recipients include the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust, the Connecticut River Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and the White River Partnership.
The Columbus Foundation has announced that the Columbus Youth Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 to six organizations working to promote health and wellness for area youth through recreation and sports. Awarded during the Triple-A Home Run Derby at Huntington Park, the grants include support for the Recreation Unlimited Foundation, Girls on the Run of Central Ohio, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grants program, a partnership with the Heinz Endowments, has awarded $229,000 in support of regional artists and art programs. Since the partnership between the two organizations began in 2010, the program has awarded more than three hundred grants totaling $4.8 million to help advance the careers of individual artists, increase the sustainability of cultural organizations focused on black arts, build community awareness of the black arts sector, and support greater collaboration and the elimination of racial disparities within the region's arts sector. Eight individual artists, including Lovie Foster and Sandra Gould Ford, received a total of $82,090 in grants, while artist residencies totaling $57,373 were awarded to the Alumni Theater Company, Bunker Projects, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In addition, operating grants were awarded to the Harambee Ujima Arts and Cultural Association, the Kente Arts Alliance, the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company, and the Staycee Pearl Dance Project.
The Rhode Island Foundation in Providence has announced nearly $340,000 in seed grants to sixteen medical research projects. Recipients include the Lifespan Lyme Disease Center, Rhode Island Hospital, the University of Rhode Island, and Women and Infants Hospital.
The Seattle Foundation has announced the establishment of a fund in support of arts and cultural groups working to address structural racism and advance racial justice in the region. To that end, the Creative Equity Fund will direct at least $100,000 annually to arts and cultural groups and other community-based organizations in King County that are led by and for people of color and that use arts and culture strategies to advance racial equity. Administered by the foundation and by a funders collaborative that includes ArtsFund, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Macklemore, and Boeing, the fund was co-designed by a team of community members of color with experience in the arts and philanthropy.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced that the Women's Fund of Greater Green Bay has appointed five new members to its advisory board. They are Jessica Diederich, Kim Linehan, Linda Hansen, Teresa Schoffelman, and Ann Weise.