In recognition of the growth of the Alaska Community Foundation and the imminent departure of its CEO, Rasmuson Foundation president Diane Kaplan has blogged about the importance of community foundations. In her post, Kaplan recalls the work of Al Heckman, who unsuccessfully encouraged the creation of community foundations in the state during the 1970s. "Twenty years would go by before the Alaska Community Foundation came to be," she writes. "It tripped along for years spurred on by visionary people who 'got it' but had a tough time to getting the idea to catch on....As Carol [Simonetti] prepares to depart Alaska, we tip our hat for your magnificent contribution to our state. And to all the volunteers and staff who work every day to build ACF and the community foundation movement, you have our greatest admiration."
The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra has announced a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation. With the grant, the symphony has met a challenge from the Newman's Own Foundation that will provide general support for its operations.
The Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn has announced a $10,000 grant from the Wilmington-based Delaware Community Foundation that will be used for the first phase of a new parking area and driveway. The project, which has been on the drawing board for several years, will enable CCArts to expand the community's use of its facility.
The Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation has announced that Rachel Armstrong and Anne Jackson have received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Institute for Civic Leadership. Jackson is currently chair of MCF, while Armstrong is a former board member. Together, the women co-founded the Board Network in 1999 and remained on the ICL board after its merger with that organization in 2006.
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Jocelyn Mendonsa as deputy director of programs and services and the election of Michael Creasey to its board. Working with the community, partner agencies, and donors, Mendonsa will be tasked with implementing ongoing and new outreach initiatives and establishing a new community grants program. Creasey currently serves as the superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park.
The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced the launch of its new Web site. The site features videos and podcasts, news about the foundation, resources for professional advisors, and information about available scholarships and how to become a donor.
The Hendersonville-based Community Foundation of Henderson County has named Lee Henderson Hill as its new foundations relations manager, responsible for donor and public relations.
The Wake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Raleigh-based North Carolina Community Foundation, has announced six grants totaling more than $6,000. Recipients include the Southern Wake Faith Community in Action, the Fletcher Academy, and SAFEChild.
The Portland-based Oregon Community Foundation has awarded $25,000 to Helping Hands Resources in Salem to help the agency build a new client services and distribution center, the Statesman Journal reports. The organization, which provides clothing, bedding, and household items for people in need, broke ground for the building in May.
The Arlington Community Foundation has elected state senator Mary Margaret Whipple, former clerk of the circuit court David Bell, David Briggs, Deborah Brink, Nancy Snell Dellinger, Artemis Papademetriou McDonald, and John Shooshan to its board, the Sun Gazette reports.