The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced five grants totaling $37,500 to organizations working to revitalize war-torn Liberia. Awarded through the Global Neighborhood Fund of Santa Barbara, the grants include $5,000 to Made in Liberia to provide women with access to personal, financial, and technical skills training; $10,000 to Tiyatien Health to support frontline health workers providing care in rural communities; and $10,000 to Face Africa to provide clean water and sanitation facilities to rural communities.
The Delaware Community Foundation has appointed David Arthur to the board of its Next Generation young professionals group, which promotes philanthropy and voluntarism among group members' peers. Arthur is director of marketing for the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball club.
During a city council meeting, Venice mayor John Holic protested the decision by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to remove "Venice" from its name during the summer, the Herald-Tribune reports. In 2003, the last time the foundation sought to do the same, the council passed an ordinance that helped pressure the foundation to reverse its decision. Though GCCF president and CEO Teri Hansen declined to appear before the council to discuss the matter, she sent an e-mail to the local governing body to assure them that she was "dedicated to making Venice an even better place to live and work." She also stated that the foundation was not planning to move from Venice and that the Venice Endowment Fund, which was created in 1995 along with the foundation as a result of the sale of the nonprofit Venice Hospital, remains dedicated to funding organizations in Venice and the surrounding area.
The Honolulu-based Hawaii Community Foundation has announced a request for proposals of up to $100,000 through its Island Innovation Fund, Maui Now reports. Established last year by Pierre and Pam Omidyar as part of their $50 million commitment to the foundation, the fund will accept proposals starting September 1 for projects that break with conventional ideas and transform how nonprofits deliver on their mission.
The Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation has elected Elizabeth Hilpman and Peter Lamb to its board of directors.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced that City Limits, an independent journalism organization, will launch a Brooklyn news bureau in the fall. The community foundation matched a two-year, $50,000 challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to support news and information projects that inform and engage area residents. The Brooklyn bureau will spotlight media-deprived neighborhoods such as Central Brooklyn, as well as immigrant groups and areas undergoing change. Through its network of sources, the bureau also will serve as a one-stop resource for links to hyper-local Brooklyn news stories from across the Web.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced nearly $100,000 in grants through its Weathering the Economic Storm fund, which was established three years ago to help nonprofits and individuals struggling with the effects of the recession. Recipients include the Center for Great Neighborhoods, Clermont Senior Services, Little Sisters of the Poor, and People Working Cooperatively.
The Seattle Foundation has announced grants totaling $738,000 through the C. Keith Birkenfield Memorial Trust to organizations working in Kitsap County. Recipients include the Bainbridge Land Trust, the Seabeck Christian Conference Center, Hope in Christ/Coffee Oasis, and the SK Skatepark Association.