Community Foundation Update (8/18/12)

Community Foundation Update (8/18/12)

California

Inspired by a local nonprofit official who fasted and slept in his car to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the area, Ventura County Together, a coalition of local nonprofits and agencies formed in 2008 to help residents weather the recession, is holding its second Get Together, Give Together event this weekend, the Ventura Star reports. The coalition, which includes the Ventura County Community Foundation, the United Way of Ventura County, First 5 Ventura County, and the Community Commission of Ventura County, will host a sleepover and potluck dinner and aims to raise $35,000 from the community, which will be matched by local nonprofits and businesses to assist those with housing, food, and/or healthcare needs.

Georgia

The Duluth-based Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has announced a grant of $50,000 to Georgia Gwinnett College in support of a new Allied Health and Science building. GGC will break ground this fall and plans to complete the project in mid-2014. In recognition of the foundation's support, the college will name a selected space for CFNEG.

Maine

The Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation has elected Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Peter Mills, and Karen W. Stanley to its board of directors, the Morning Sentinel reports.

Michigan

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is accepting applications for four grantmaking programs, the Ann Arbor Journal reports. The foundation will award up to $35,000 in support of nonprofits and programs that serve youth in Washtenaw County; up to $40,000 for groups working to help residents of the greater Ypsilanti area; and up to $5,000 through its African-American Endowment Fund, which provides funding to groups that seek to improve the physical, economic, social, and educational conditions that affect the quality of life for African Americans in the Ann Arbor area. In addition, the foundation's new Ypsilanti Area Beyer Memorial Health Fund will award $25,000 in grants to support local programs and services in the areas of healthy youth and adults, the environment, and thriving communities.

New York

The University of Kansas has announced a two-year grant from the Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund of the New York Community Trust in support of Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, assistant professor of social welfare, who is studying how Latino children fare in child welfare programs. During the first year, Johnson-Motoyama will study newly released data on the impact of social services on Latino children, while in the second she will develop curricula and guidelines for students and practitioners to help ensure the delivery of more effective services.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced that it will distribute the more than $1.2 million it raised during this past week's online giving event, Erie Gives, by next Friday. Conducted on Tuesday, August 14, the twelve-hour campaign raised funds for more than two hundred and fifty local organizations and surpassed the inaugural year's event by some $450,000. According to the Erie Times-News, this year's total includes $101,000 added through a $76,000 matching gift from the foundation and a $25,000 corporate match from GE Transportation.

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