Up-to-the-Minute News from Foundations Around the Nation

Communities Foundation of Texas
Two giving circles in Texas have teamed up with the Communities Foundation of Texas to raise more money and impact the communities they live in. The giving circleswhich, as the name suggests, "bring together people with shared values to collectively discuss and decide where to make pooled
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
The Blackshires Community Empowerment Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to "empower and enrich the Black community in the Berkshires and surrounding areas," according to its website. It's also a not-for-profit accelerator that trains people of color in the area to be leaders in their
Communities Foundation of Texas
"Each act, each contribution, is a thread that binds us together in a shared purposeto uplift, empower, and make a positive impact." That's how Mylinh Luong sums up the work of the Orchid Giving Circle, an Asian-American philanthropy group in North Texas that has raised more than $1.7 million
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
There's a new CEO at the helm of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., and she's made a splash in her first month on the job. Laura Washington has brought with her a "vision and extensive experience in strategic planning, partnership building and communications," according to a press
Packard Foundation
A leading California children's hospital is looking for a director of development to help it raise $600 million over the next decade, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The director of development, Mothers and Babies Campaign at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health will be
Marin Community Foundation
Over the next three years, the Marin Community Foundation will spend $30 million to support 80 community organizations in the Bay Area, the Marin Independent Journal reports. "These are the groups that embody and represent the power of community and the ability of community itself to care for,
Marin Community Foundation
Over the next three years, the Marin Community Foundation will spend $30 million to support 80 nonprofits in Marin County, Calif., the San Francisco Chronicle reports. That's a big change for the foundation, which has for years focused its grants on areas such as education, health, environment,
Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation, one of the five largest philanthropists in the US, has come under fire in the past for its support of far-left groups. Now, however, it's back in the news for another reason: The group has given millions of dollars in grants to such groups as the Center for Popular
Barr Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Peter Taylor is leaving his post as president of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation by the end of the year after eight years at the helm. "While this has been a difficult decision, I believe the time is right for someone else to take the helm of this phenomenal organization," Taylor
Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is putting its money where its mouth is, investing $50 million to help communities of color get out of poverty, the New York Times reports. Zoila Jennings, the foundation's impact investment officer, says the money is going to small businesses, affordable
Nathan Cummings Foundation
A billionaire's foundation is investing all of its assets in companies that have a " measurable and beneficial social or environmental impact," the New York Times reports. Nathan Cummings, a Canadian billionaire who built Sara Lee into a global packaged food company, established the Nathan
Amarillo Area Foundation
"If you can go to one appointment and meet with multiple people to treat you as a whole person, you're a lot more likely to one adhere to that treatment," says Amanda Mathias, executive director of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas. That's one reason she's excited about a
Philadelphia Foundation
The Foundation for Delaware County in Delaware County, Pa., has given more than $1.2 million to 57 nonprofits over the last three years. The grants will be used to "address some of Delaware County's most critical issues, including mental health challenges, education, food security, and support
Arkansas Community Foundation
The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation has handed out $50,000 in grants to nine organizations that help minorities and under-served communities in the state, theadelphia News reports. The recipients are: Arkansas Repertory Theater: Journey Through an Artistic Lens This performance will
Midland Area Community Foundation
Give Local Midland is an annual 24-hour giving day in which residents of Midland, Mich., donate to local nonprofits. This year, 2,794,101 donations were received from 2,794,101 donors, ranging from $5 to $18,000, the Midland Daily News reports. The money raised will go into the local
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
The American Red Cross in West Virginia is getting $20,000 to help with disaster response in the wake of last month's tornadoes. The money will go to the Belpre Volunteer Fire Department, which will use it to buy protective gear for members, as well as to buy new Chromebooks and accessories for
Greater Salina Community Foundation
Give Fest 2024 is here, and it's a good one. The 24-hour giving event, which will take place in Hays, Kansas, on Oct. 10, 2024, is being touted as "a fun, playful Oktoberfest twist to the giving season," the Hays Daily News reports. The Heartland Community Foundation, which is
Gates Foundation
"For too long, a lack of money has forced organizations fighting for women's rights into a defensive posture while the enemies of progress play offense," Melinda French Gates says in a statement. That's why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $1 billion to fight for women's rights
California Endowment
"We are breaking the mold," Brenda Solorzano tells the Missoulian. Solorzano is CEO of the Headwaters Foundation, which was created in 2017 to support community health in western Montana. The foundation was formed when the Community Medical Center, a non-profit hospital, was sold to a
Ford Foundation
Detroit's newly reopened Michigan Central Station was feted with a star-studded concert last night by Patti Smith, Jack White, The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard, Illa J, and Slum Village, WXYZ reports. Smith, who was born in New York but grew up in Detroit, accepted an award on behalf of the
Humana Foundation
Sara Pantuliano is the CEO of the Overseas Development Institute, a not-for-profit that focuses on humanitarian programs in developing countries. She's also the chair of the seventh advisory group of the UN Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund, and per a press release, she's the
Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is ramping up its fight against climate change. The 111-year-old philanthropic organization on Tuesday announced the creation of a new Climate Advisory Council that will bring together "world-class climate leaders" to advise on how the foundation can help people most
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is making a big investment in children's health in the area. The group has awarded a $42,000 grant to Blue Ridge Health, which will use it to buy new equipment for its pediatric pulmonology office, reports the Asheville
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Detroit's homeless now have a place to stay they can call their own. The Detroit Free Press reports the Pope Francis Center has opened its Bridge Housing Campus, a $40 million, 60,000-square-foot facility that has 40 studio apartments for single men, eight-bed respite centers for those
Marietta Community Foundation
Ella Mendenhall and Savannah Offenberger were valedictorians and salutatorians at Frontier High School in New Matamoras, Ohio, this year. Haylee Berentz and Albreah Triplett were valedictorians and salutatorians, respectively, in the school's 56th annual graduation ceremony May 24. All four
Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is giving $325 million to help communities that have suffered from "a historic lack of investment" in areas such as housing, water, and infrastructure, the New York Times reports. "By working alongside other investors to catalyze investment, we can increase
Gates Foundation
Women make up 51% of the US population and control up to 80% of health decisions in their families, but researchers still have a long way to go. "We posit that the major problem is powerpower in research, power in the sense of political will and power in societal roles that typically favor men
Lancaster County Community Foundation
A monthlong effort to gather community input regarding residents' priorities and needs related to natural resources and nature-based programming came to a close over the weekend in Lancaster, Pa. The environmental nonprofit Let's Go 1-2-3 hosted a Southeast Nature Fest on Saturday featuring
Johnson Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Philanthropic Trust
"We're thrilled to bring our technology to the forefront of healthcare innovation through the NSF I-Corps program," says Sean Bumgarner, co-founder and CEO of Ooney. The tech company's "groundbreaking web-based application, PrehabPal, designed to enhance surgical preparation and recovery," per
They're young, they're bold, and they're solving some of Nigeria's most pressing problems. Nine young people in their teens and early 20s have been named "Young Changemakers" by the social entrepreneurship group Ashoka, the Guardian reports. They're part of the third cohort of the group's
Community Foundation of Central Illinois
The Community Foundation of Central Illinois has awarded Princeton's Festival 56 theater group a $10,000 grant to help fund a production of Urinetown and a summer camp that will provide a paid college internship and high school student assistant, the Daily Herald reports. "Many youths will
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
A 21-year-old NASCAR driver is coming home to headline a tornado relief fundraiser. Carson Hocevar, who grew up in Portage, Mich., and currently races in the NASCAR Cup Series, will help raise money for people in Portage hit by an EF-2 tornado on May 7, reports NBC Detroit. Money raised will
Gates Foundation
"We are at an inflection point in global efforts to reach as many women as possible with high-quality prenatal vitamins," says Spencer Kirk, founder and managing director of Kirk Humanitarian, a US-based philanthropy dedicated to increasing access to vitamins for pregnant women. On the
Essex County Community Foundation
You'll soon be able to hop on a bus in Merrimack Valley, Mass., and head to any of the 16 cities and towns in the region for free. That's thanks to a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Boston Globe reports. The money will go to Merrimack Valley Transit, Merrimack
Nebraska Community Foundation
The small town of Leigh, Neb., is getting a big boost in its coffers thanks to a group of former residents and their families. Last year, 14 families and individuals (all Leigh High School alumni who've moved away but still hold the community dear) issued a challenge: If they could raise
San Francisco Foundation
In honor of Pride Month, the San Francisco Foundation for LGBT Equality has released a list of 10 Bay Area nonprofit groups that it says are "most impacted" and "yet, least funded characteristics which frequently go hand in hand." Data from Funders for LGBTQ Issues shows that for every $100
Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Gates Foundation
"For too long, a lack of money has forced organizations fighting for women's rights into a defensive posture while the enemies of progress play offense," writes Melinda French Gates in a New York Times op-ed. "When we allow this cause to go so chronically underfunded, we all pay the
Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Imagine a world where every child has access to high-quality, affordable education. That's the vision of a group called Remake Learning, which this month hosted the firstForge Futures summit in Pittsburgh, where educators and innovators from around the world came together to plan for the future
Logan Healthcare Foundation
If you're looking for a way to give back to your community, West Virginia may have just the training you're looking for. The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, in partnership with the Logan Healthcare Foundation and Volunteer West Virginia, will offer a free training for nonprofit
Kentucky Foundation for Women
When the Kentucky Foundation for Women bought a 412-acre farmhouse in Jefferson County, Ky., in 1987, it hoped the five-bedroom dwelling would serve as a retreat for women writers and artists, reports the Courier-Journal. Instead, the foundation is now trying to sell the house, and
Mackinac Island Community Foundation
The Mackinac Island Community Foundation has awarded more than $140,000 in grants to support programs and projects in the Michigan island community, the Detroit Free Press reports. According to a press release, the foundation has awarded more than $140,000 in grants for the seventh year in a
Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
Andy Patterson knows a thing or two about getting things done in Sioux Falls. The president of the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation was the chief fundraiser for the University of Sioux Falls before opening JJ's Wine Spirits and Cigars, which has since expanded to include JJ's Axes and
Gates Foundation
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has donated nearly $10 million to the World Health Organization to help people affected by climate change, the South China Morning Post reports. According to the Guardian, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the donation at the opening of the 77th World

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