The Escondido Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has awarded seven grants totaling $185,000 in support of local events and community amenities, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Recipients include La Jolla Playhouse, the Daley Ranch, the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Escondido History Center.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced a gift of $75,000 from BMO Harris Bank to its recently launched LGBT Community Fund, which supports nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for members of Chicagoland's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Seeded with a $500,000 challenge grant from the trust, the fund has committed to raising $1 million in matching grants over the next three years.
The Evanston Community Foundation has announced that it raised $110,000 at its annual Celebrate! Evanston benefit, including $50,000 during an auction after an onstage interview with key partners in its recent ABC Boosters early literacy collaboration.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced more than $575,000 in grants to ten organizations working to teach parents leadership skills that enable them to become more effective advocates for their children. Awarded through its Stand Up for Our Children initiative, a partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the grants include $50,000 to the Louisiana Children's Museum, $130,000 to the Orleans Public Education Network, $50,000 to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, and $50,000 to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.
The Omaha Community Foundation has announced that Sara Boyd, who had been serving as vice president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to president while retaining her responsibilities as COO. Mike Leighton will continue to serve as CEO.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that after thirteen years as president and CEO, Eileen Connolly-Keesler will be leaving her post in November to become president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Collier County in Naples, Florida. While OACF conducts a national search, former board chair William Wyman and Jack Hopkins, retired president of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, will serve as interim co-presidents.