Giving News Briefs from Around the Country

The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country. Recent highlights include activities in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan.


CCF Supports Efforts to Help Underserved Communities: The California Community Foundation announces grants totaling $3.4 million to nonprofit organizations working to address the needs of Los Angeles County’s most underserved residents.

Grants were awarded in support of the foundation’s key initiatives, including $845,000 through the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, which provides scholarships and college preparation and completion services to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with postsecondary degrees and $540,432 to the El Monte Community Building Initiative, which works to ensure that children and youth in the El Monte neighborhood grow up healthier and better prepared for school.


Almost $400K Goes to Local Groups: The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation makes grants totaling more than $394,000 to local groups, including nine grants totaling $25,000 awarded through its Future Philanthropists fund. This year’s grant cycle was the first in which two-year grants and grants as large as $10,000 were awarded. Recipients include Success for All Youth, PlanItGreen, the Eleanor Teng Women’s Care and Advocacy Fund, and the Access to Recreation Fund.


Lilly Donates $4M for Student Ministries: The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment gives $4 million to 27 campus ministry organizations working with students at public universities across the country. Awarded through the foundation’s Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative, the grants will support and strengthen programs designed to develop student leaders, connect them with mentors in their fields of study and future careers, enable them to participate in international service trips, and live together in intentional communities. In addition, some students will engage in internships in congregations and faith-based youth service organizations and receive support for exploring a career in ministry.


HCF Supports 28 Community, Education Groups: The Hutchinson Community Foundation awards grants totaling $200,177 to 28 local nonprofits in the areas of the arts, community improvement, education, health and human services, and youth development. Winners include: Hutchinson Public Schools, ($15,000 total) for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson ($10,000) for general support and the Early Education Center ($3,900) for operating support.


$5M for K-12 Teacher Programs: The U. of Louisville gets a $5 million matching gift from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation to its College of Education and Human Development for an initiative that will promote K-12 teacher preparedness, retention, and professional development at five Louisville-area schools. The grant will benefit five Jefferson County Public Schools — the Academy @ Shawnee, Westport Middle, and Atkinson, Cochran, and Portland elementary schools — through the university’s Signature Partnership Initiative, an effort launched in 2007 to improve quality of life for residents of West Louisville. Among other things, the funds will provide summer enrichment opportunities for at-risk students; professional development opportunities for teachers and help JCPS teachers pursue national board certification.


Mott Spends $2.8M for Afterschool Programming: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint announces a $2.8 million grant to YouthQuest to expand its afterschool programming. The grant will enable YouthQuest, an afterschool enrichment program developed by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, to expand its afterschool activities, which are designed around six core content areas — academic support, the visual and performing arts, enrichment activities, physical fitness and healthy behaviors, youth development and leadership skill building, and family and community engagement — to all Flint community schools, including the district’s two high schools. In addition to Flint schools, the program will be implemented at two Carman-Ainsworth elementary schools and the International Academy of Flint, for a total of 18 sites.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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