Irvine Foundation Awards $3M in Grants: The James Irvine Foundation awards three grants totaling more than $3 million in support of efforts to expand arts engagement, increase voter and civic engagement, and boost the high school education in schools throughout California. The foundation gave $500,000 to the Linked Learning Alliance as part of its efforts to boost the number of Linked Learning pathways serving high school students in the state.
Family Foundation Awards $2.1M to Oakland Public Schools: The Oakland Unified School District receives $2.1 million from the Rogers Family Foundation in support of efforts to personalize learning at six “breakthrough” schools in the district. Teams from ASCEND K-8, Lodestar, Redwood Heights Elementary, Roosevelt Middle School, Urban Montessori, and Urban Promise Academy — all of which received planning grants in 2015 — will receive $350,000 over two years to launch personalized learning programs. The schools, which were selected from a pool of 12 highly competitive applications, will use the funding to launch their programs as early as the fall semester, officials said.
UPS Foundation Awards $14M for Child Welfare, Safety Efforts: The UPS Foundation makes grants and in-kind donations totaling more than $14 million to 30 organizations working to assist child welfare and road-safety efforts around the world. The foundation also awarded grants to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez in support of road-safety initiatives. In addition, the foundation is expanding its logistical support and technical assistance by making up to five UPS executives with experience with on-the-ground logistics available for long-term assignments with NGOs.
Foundation Awards $3M for College, Career Pathways: The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation gives $3 million to four communities in the Midwest in support of a new regional partnership aimed at expanding high-quality college and career pathways. Through the Great Lakes College and Career Pathways Partnership, the foundation will provide the communities with $400,000 each over two years. The communities — Central Ohio/Greater Columbus; Madison, Wisconsin; Rockford, Illinois; and the northwest Chicago suburbs served by Districts 211 and 214 and Harper College — were chosen based on their committed leadership.
HSBC Commits $1.5M for Youth Math Mentoring: City Year gets a $1.5 million grant from HSBC to implement an assessment that will enable the youth service organization to more effectively measure student improvement in math. The grant will make it possible for more City Year AmeriCorps members to serve students full-time in schools in at-risk communities and provide them with tutoring and in-class support. Among other things, the funds will support the development of a standardized approach to monitoring student progress, with a focus on mathematics.
Funding Helps Community Organizations, STEM Learning: The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation awards $74,990 to local organizations. Established as a permanent endowment at the foundation, the fund makes grants to nonprofits that are responsive to community needs. Recipients include the Falmouth Historical Society, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, the Buzzards Bay Coalition, Falmouth STEM Boosters and the Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kresge Awards $1.5M for Neighborhood Revitalization, Youth Programs: The Kresge Foundation distributes grants totaling $1.5 million to 21 organizations in support of neighborhood revitalization projects in Detroit. The second round of grants awarded through the three-year, $5 million Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit initiative will be used to renovate vacant buildings, convert vacant lots to gardens, and introduce high school students to the concepts and practices of entrepreneurship. Nine organizations were awarded grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000, while twelve others received planning grants of up to $25,000.
Blandin Foundation Awards $2.8 for Community Development, Youth Programs: The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, distributes 91 grants totaling $2.8 million for projects and programs aimed at strengthening rural communities in the Grand Rapids and Itasca areas. Recipients include: the Boys & Girls Club of Leech Lake Area, which was awarded $70,000 for programs that provide leadership skills, academic tutoring, and mentoring to nearly a thousand youth between the ages of 13 and 18 in the Deer River area.
Coalition Aims to Increase Access to High-Performing Schools: Minnesota Comeback, a coalition of foundations, schools, and community organizations, gives more than $2.7 million as part of the effort to improve K-12 education in Minneapolis. Winners include $574,575 to the Minneapolis Residency Program in support of its efforts to diversify the teacher workforce in the city; $250,000 to the Achievement Network in support of leadership development for educators; $475,000 to two high-performing charter schools; $224,374 to help new schools in the city with facilities planning, development, and financing needs; and another $1 million in support of parental engagement efforts’
Hilton Foundation Awards $20.5M in Grants: The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation distributes more than $20.5 million in support of organizations working to help disadvantaged children and youth across the county. In the area of substance abuse prevention, the foundation awarded grants of $2 million to the National Council for Behavioral Health to implement Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs for youth in federally qualified health centers and $300,000 to the California Community Foundation in support of its partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health to implement SBIRT at four school-based wellness centers in Los Angeles County. In support of organizations working to help foster youth, the foundation awarded grants of $1.2 million to the Aspen Institute to coordinate the launch of the 100,000 Opportunities Demonstration Cities.
Wallace Launches $47M Initiative to Prepare School Principals: Wallace Foundation in New York City launches a five-year, $47 million initiative to improve the preparation of school principals, especially for the nation’s highest-need schools. The University Preparation Program Initiative will fund the redesign of up to six university programs and include funding for independent research focused on how universities can develop and implement high-quality courses of study and other supports for effective principal training. Each university will work with up to three school districts to jointly develop the elements essential to effective principal training.
Charitable Trusts Awards $8.6M to Philadelphia Nonprofits: The Pew Charitable Trusts gives nearly $8.6 million to 45 health and human service agencies in the metro Philadelphia area.
Grants ranging from $120,000 to $285,000 over three years were awarded through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia to nonprofits working to deliver high-quality early education and child care; provide effective prevention and early intervention services aimed at reducing academic problems in schools; increase access to mental health services; and expand quality afterschool programs
Foundation Establishes Teacher Support Fund: The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation creates the Teacher Support Fund in Memory of Rebecca Magnus. Established by the aunt and cousin of Magnus, an elementary school teacher who died of breast cancer in 2013, the fund will support K-1 educators teaching at Martin, Mineral Wells, or McKinley elementary schools. The distributions also will aid in the establishment of a Teachers Reimbursement Program at each of the schools.