Community Foundation Update (2/23/13)

Community Foundation Update (2/23/13)

Alabama

The Community Foundation for Greater Birmingham has announced that the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services will accept grant applications starting April 1. The fund provides support to organizations for animal rescue and shelter services, spaying and neutering, animal-assisted therapy, advocacy and education, and service dog programs. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Indiana

The Indy Food Fund, which is supported in part by the Efroymsom Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced inaugural grant awards totaling $49,450 to eleven organizations undertaking transformative food projects across Marion County. Recipients include Farm Works Indy, Felege Hiywot, NapTown Chickens, and Pleasant Run Grocer.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has named Kellie Chavez Greene as program officer for its Organizational Effectiveness Initiative. Previously, Chavez Greene was vice president of programs at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Ohio

The Richland County Foundation in Mansfield has announced grants totaling $147,684. Recipients of the grants, which ranged from $7,875 to $50,000, include Downtown Mansfield, Mansfield Memorial Homes, the North Central State College Foundation, and Richland Community Development Group.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for its Grants for Kids programs, Learning Links and Summertime Kids, which provide grants of up to $1,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations for special projects. The deadline to apply for Summertime Kids grant applications is March 25, while the deadline for Learning Links is April 30.

Washington

PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations), which has raised funds for arts programs for fifty years, is shutting its doors as an independent organization and will become a fund within the Seattle Foundation, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. In recent years, PONCHO had changed its business model, moving away from the large annual fundraising galas it was known for and opting instead for smaller events. It also made a shift away from funding the arts directly to supporting an education model that brought arts into more schools in the region. After April 30, the organization's remaining assets will be placed in the PONCHO Legacy Fund at the Seattle Foundation.

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