Community Foundation Update (1/15/11)

Community Foundation Update (1/15/11)

Arizona

The Tucson-based Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced that the family of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was among those killed during the recent assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has established a fund in their daughter's name.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced that grants totaling $92,000 were awarded to two free dental clinics by its Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund. The grants will support the Connecticut Mission of Mercy, which will hold public clinics on April 16-17 in Waterbury, and Inner City Dental, which will hold clinics on May 21 in Hartford.

Florida

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has announced that it will award $245,000 to ten human service agencies in Charlotte, Sarasota, and Manatee counties to help them continue assisting area families with emergency needs. The funds, which were raised through the foundation's Season of Sharing campaign, will enable social workers to help hundreds of additional people with one-time rent and mortgage payments, utility bills, and emergency expenses up to $1,000. To date, the campaign has raised approximately $745,000, but has not yet reached its goal of $500,000 in new and increased gifts, which will be matched by the Patterson Foundation.

Illinois

The Chicago Community Trust has announced the creation of a one-year, $247,000 initiative designed to encourage new reporting and analysis of important issues affecting low-income communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. The trust has issued a request for proposals from nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as individuals. Those planning to apply should attend an information session on January 19; proposals are due by noon on February 21. A total of $110,000 in grants will be awarded, and a feasibility study on the possibility of establishing an advertising network to support Chicago's media innovators will be completed by February 28.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it awarded its first grant of 2011 to the city's police department. Through the Patrick F. Taylor Education Fund for Continuing Education of Greater New Orleans Police Officers, the foundation awarded a three-year, $364,000 grant to help strengthen the skills of forty New Orleans police officers, primarily in the units that handle sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it is accepting grant applications through February 15 from nonprofit and public health entities. During 2011, more than $80,000 will be awarded by CHNA 27 (Community Health Network Area 27) to organizations working to eliminate health disparities, promote wellness, and prevent and manage chronic disease for individuals who are elderly or disabled.

Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Foundation has announced a grant of $120,000 to help sustain the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians and ensure that more than a thousand low-income seniors can afford to pay for basic needs such as heating, food, and medicines. In part, the support came through a fund created at the foundation through resources set aside in a 1925 will to provide free coal to the poor. The fund was the result of conversion of a private foundation that was dissolved because it was no longer cost-effective. The foundation also appealed to current donors to add to the fund, which is administered by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

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