The Kosciusko County Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Kosciusko Community YMCA to help underwrite schematic designs for a new facility, Stacey Page Online reports. Initial plans for the new Y include a health and wellness center, lap pool, instructional warm water pool, multi-purpose gathering spaces, a youth and teen center, a gymnasium, and outdoor space for a day camp.
As part of a $5 million matching campaign made possible by an anonymous national donor, five funds of the New Bedford-based Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts have each awarded $5,000 grants in support of Teach for America's work in the region, South Coast Today reports. Grants were made by the Acushnet Foundation, the BankFive Foundation, the Crapo Foundation, the Jacobs Educational Attainment Fund, and the Women's Fund.
The Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation has announced the winners of its thirteenth-annual Bob Schulze Poetry Contest, which encourages middle-school students to express their creative thoughts through poetry. Since 2000, the Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing has awarded a total of $3,500 to nearly two hundred middle school youth in Emmet County.
The Central New York Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $193,127 to eleven local nonprofit organizations to help them improve their ability to function more efficiently and effectively. First awarded in 2011, the foundation's Performance Management grants help organizations better measure their community impact. Grantees of the program are invited to participate in monthly meetings of a "learning community" where they can share their experiences and challenges with peer organizations. In the latest round, three organizations, two of which are previous performance management grantees, will serve as mentors. Grant recipients include Vera House and OnCare, which will serve as mentors, and the Baltimore Woods Nature Center, PEACE, Inc., and the Spanish Action League, which are first-year participants.
The Rockland Community Foundation in New City has appointed William E. Sherwood to its board of directors.
The Pierre-based South Dakota Community Foundation has named Stephanie Judson as its president and CEO.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has announced $295,000 in grants to four local nonprofits. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $155,000 were awarded from the Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Horticulture and Donald R. and Mary E. Williams Arts funds, established by a$15 million bequest from the Williamses, to the Tacoma Garden Club, the University of Washington-Tacoma, Lakewold Gardens, and the WW Seymour Conservatory.