Community Foundation Update (04/01/2023)
The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that it is working with the Community Foundation of Washington County (CFWC) in Greenville, Mississippi, to help address the devastation that occurred when tornadoes tore through Alabama and Mississippi earlier this week. CFWC has established the South Delta Disaster Recovery Fund to ensure that relief and recovery funding allocation stays local.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced that William Horst, one of the founders of the Splendido Residents Association Scholarship Fund, is the 2023 recipient of the Southern Arizona Civic Leadership Award. The award recognizes community members who have gone above and beyond to make the area a more inclusive and welcoming place. Horst, who taught in the Metallurgical Engineering Department faculty at the University of Arizona, is a volunteer and leader with the Splendido Residents Association and an active member of the Splendido Resident’s Council and helped establish the Splendido Scholarship Fund, which has awarded more than $1.2 million to Splendido employees and their families pursuing continued education and professional development.
The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) in Novato has announced that it is making changes to the Pirkle Jones Fund Visual Artist Support Program (VASP), which provides support and opportunities for emerging or mid-career artists in Marin County. Beginning this year, the foundation is moving the timeline of the award from late spring/summer to the fall in order to garner more participation in and awareness of the program. It also is doubling the grant amount to $50,000 to provide the recipient with a truly meaningful level of support to dedicate to their craft. In addition, MCF is broadening its outreach to help build awareness and participation from a broader cadre of applicants and artists that more fully reflect the people and communities of the county.
The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that Elisabeth Fowler and Joe Howell have been selected as the 80th Persons of the Year for the Santa Barbara area. The two will be honored for their volunteer contributions and service to the community at an in-person luncheon on April 19. Since moving to the region 18 years ago, Fowler has been an active volunteer for several nonprofits focused on health care, conservation, and education. Howell, who leads a law firm, has been involved in the local business, education, and athletic communities for 50 years.
The Connecticut Community Foundation has announced the launch of its general operating support program, which will distribute unrestricted multiyear grants to four organizations whose missions align with the foundation’s strategic priorities, including addressing the disparities in opportunities, outcomes, and well-being among greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills residents based on race, income, age, gender, geography, and other characteristics. In selecting grantees, the foundation prioritized organizations with which it had a grant history and those that showed sound financial management, are led by or serving people of color, and have demonstrated robust community engagement with programs and initiatives informed by resident voices. Recipients include Madre Latina, Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury, Save Girls on FYREs, and Waterbury Bridge to Success.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and a group of local philanthropists led by Gerry and Karen Goldberg are partnering with More Perfect to enhance service opportunities for young adults across the United States. The institutions and private donors have committed more than $200,000 to seed a national strategy to double the number of civilian national service opportunities for young adults from 125,000 to 250,000 by 2026. More Perfect is an alliance of 14 presidential centers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Karsh Institute for Democracy at the University of Virginia, and more than 100 organizations that are uniting around the advancement of five “Democracy Goals,” which include national service and volunteering. Through the new strategy, More Perfect aims to create a more efficient and effective way to expand paid service opportunities for young people of all backgrounds in communities.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation has announced that Menocause, a men-only component fund of Valley Center Community Foundation, has grown and sustained a membership of 101 men in 2021 and 2022. In February, it awarded $25,250 in grants to local charities and invested $25,500 in its endowment.
The Seattle Foundation and King County have announced grants totaling $2.8 million to 18 community partners to advance systems and policy change to improve health, social, and economic outcomes in the region. Awarded through Communities of Opportunity (COO)’s systems and policy change strategy, the grants prioritize investments in community-led and community-engaged efforts to transform systems and policies that will decrease and/or prevent continued racism and inequities related to economic opportunity, health, housing, and community connections in communities of color in King County. Recipients include Casa Latina, FEEST, Seattle Indian Health Board, and Surge for Reproductive Justice.
The La Crosse Community Foundation has announced that it will receive a bequest of $3.2 million from English professor Ronald Burnam, who died in January. The bequest will be divided among four funds—three existing funds dedicated to arts education in memory of Burman’s wife, Valerie Burman, who taught art at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and Western Technical College—and a fourth to be created. The existing funds include the Valerie Burman Art Plus Scholarship Fund, which provides three annual scholarships to area high school graduates seeking a double major in art and another field like education; the Valerie Burman Master of Fine Arts Fellowship, which provides fellowships to students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, with preference given to Valerie Burman Art Plus Scholarship recipients; and the Ronald & Valerie Burman Fund for Visual Arts, a new fund Burman established just days before his death to support the Coulee Region Alliance for the Visual Arts by providing scholarships for aspiring artists in grades 6-12 to purchase art supplies, memberships to local art museums and galleries, art classes, and more.