The San Francisco Foundation has announced Rita Semel, Brenda Way, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and Aim High as the winners its 2012 Community Leadership Awards. This year, the awards recognize individuals and groups that have brought together communities of different faiths, created an artistic community hub, united people to confront racial and economic injustice, and inspired and lifted up youth. Semel and Way will each receive $10,000, while Chinese for Affirmative Action and Aim High will receive $20,000 each.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation and Idea Village have announced that the 2012 Water Challenge winner, Dr. Sarah Mack of Tierra Resources, has created what is believed to be the world's first certified carbon offset methodology for deltaic wetlands and the first pilot project, in St. Charles Parish, to use the methodology to generate registered carbon credits. Now in its third year, the Water Challenge is a collaborative effort between the foundation and Idea Village to identify and support entrepreneurial solutions that apply innovative approaches to how we live with water.
The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced that its Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals, established in 2009, is accepting applications for its third annual grant cycle. The fund focuses on animal protection and welfare, with a preference for medical treatment, no-kill shelters, spaying and neutering of domestic animals, prevention of cruelty to animals, and education and awareness of the public on issues affecting animals and their welfare. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on November 1. The foundation is not accepting e-mailed applications.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that Francie and John Pepper will be honored with the twenty-fifth annual Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award, which recognizes the leadership and generosity provided by an individual or couple committed to improving the quality of life in the greater Cincinnati area. In addition, the foundation will present its Bridge Builder Award to John Lame of Lenox Wealth Management.
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has awarded grants totaling $278,850 to sixteen area nonprofits, the Commercial Appeal reports. Awards include $50,000 to the Memphis College of Art, $15,000 to the Brooks Museum of Art, $8,800 to the Community Alliance for the Homeless, and $40,000 to Healthy Memphis Common Table.
The La Crosse Community Foundation has announced the creation of a strategic initiative grant fund to assist in neighborhood revitalization efforts, initially in the Powell-Hood-Hamilton and Washburn neighborhoods. Through the fund, the foundation aims to support cooperative projects that improve neighborhood safety, remove or reduce blight, enhance the local environment, improve property values, and/or help neighbors get better acquainted with one another as well as their neighborhood.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced a campaign to raise $100,000 for the purchase, installation, and maintenance of public-access automatic external defibrillators. Working with the Oshkosh Fire Department, Aurora Health Care, Affinity Health System, and ThedaCare, the foundation has raised $30,000 toward its goal.