Rasmuson Foundation Awards $1.7M for Health, Pregnant Women: The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation gives grants totaling $1.7 million to eight nonprofit organizations in support of local and statewide projects and initiatives. Statewide awards include a grant of $185,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska to establish the first Ronald McDonald House in the state. The grant will support the opening of the facility at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where it will provide temporary quarters and supportive services for pregnant women who travel to ANMC to have their babies and to the parents of children from outside Anchorage who are receiving long-term treatment at the hospital.
Community Foundation Gives $9.4M for Ed, the Underserved: The California Community Foundation distributes 112 grants totaling nearly $9.4 million to nonprofit organizations working to advance greater equity and opportunity in Los Angeles County. Twenty-five grants totaling $1.82 million were awarded as part of the final year of funding from CCF’s five-year Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow initiative, which uses sports, music, and recreational activities to improve academic achievement, decision-making skills, and self-esteem among youth in South Los Angeles and the South Bay. In addition, the El Monte Promise Foundation received a final grant of $500,000 in support of the ten-year, $10 million El Monte Community Building Initiative.
$10M to Improve K-8 Teacher Prep: California State University receives grants totaling more than $10 million from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to 11 CSU campuses to expand the university’s New Generation of Educators Initiative. The grants will support the expansion of multiyear NGEI efforts to broaden practice-based training for new K-8 teachers tasked with implementing the state’s math and science standards. Grants ranging from $600,000 to $1.2 million were awarded to CSU campuses in Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus. From 2014-16, the first phase of the initiative supported 13 CSU campuses — eight engaged in full-scale transformation efforts in partnership with local districts and five that pursued targeted initiatives with district partners.
Foundation Sets Aside $3.6M for Math Education: The CME Group Foundation launches the second phase of its early math education initiative with 23 grants totaling $3.6 million. stablished in 2010, the multiyear effort aims to help young children from low-income communities develop proficiency in math by providing a birth through third grade continuum of best practices in professional development for teachers and caregivers. The new grants will be used to scale professional development and family engagement programs, make investments in pre-service teacher prep, and support research and educational conferences. Phase-one grant recipients receiving a second grant include Teach for America, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Christopher House, and Voices for Illinois Children.
$3M to Aid Black Male Achievement: The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in Chapel Hill, gives nearly $3 million to expand opportunities for and improve quality of life for boys and men of color in Kentucky. Grantees include the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, which was awarded $400,000 in support of its efforts to provide leadership and capacity-building support to organizations working to improve life outcomes and opportunities for African-American men and boys in the state. Fayette County Public Schools will use its grant to create an office in the district dedicated to eliminating barriers to opportunity and enable male students of color to reach their full potential and Transylvania University will scale its efforts to ensure college readiness among boys of color.
Foundation Grants Aid Youth, Music: The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport awards two grants totaling $1,000 through the Cape Cod Youth Force Committee. It is comprised of students at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and sought proposals from schools, afterschool programs, and organizations or groups that work with teenagers on Cape Cod. The recipients of the grants are the RFK Children’s Action Corp — Cape Cod Adolescent Treatment Center ($600) and the Provincetown Jazz Festival ($400).
$2.9 Million to Expand Community School Model in Flint: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation gives $2.9 million to the Crim Fitness Foundation to expand its community school model in Flint. The grant will enable Crim, the lead agency coordinating community school health efforts in the city, to expand its community school model to all 11elementary schools in the district by the start of the 2016-17 school year. With the goal of improving student attendance, third-grade reading scores, grade promotion and high school graduation rates, and community engagement with the school system, the model, it is already in place at five elementary schools. They provide students with research-based educational and enrichment opportunities, as well as nutritional support, physical activity, and mindfulness exercises.
Foundation Announces Quarterly Grants, Impact Investments: The Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation makes second-quarter grants totaling $15.2 million to 66 nonprofit organizations and $32.5 million in impact investments. Grant recipients include the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, which was awarded $150,000 over two years in support of its Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood initiative; MinnCAN, which was awarded $200,000 over two years in support of its work to close opportunity gaps in PK-12 education; and the National Academy of Sciences, which received $100,000 to support in the state’s efforts to develop comprehensive plans to improve the PK-3 education workforce.
Carnegie Corporation Makes $29.6M in Grants: The Carnegie Corporation of New York has distributes grants and awards totaling more than $29.6 million. Winners include: Turnaround for Children, Inc. New York City, which won a 36-month grant of $1 million for a research and development project to translate learning science research into high-leverage practices for schools. Others include: Common Sense Media San Francisco, CA, won a 12-month grant of $600,000 for the home-to-school connection project and the University of Washington Seattle, WA, won a 24-month grant of $500,000 for a project to support districts and cities that are redesigning school systems to foster and sustain student-centered learning environments.
Bank Commits $40M for Youth Success: Bank of America rolls out a three-year, $40 million commitment to connect a 100,000 teens and young adults to the skills and employment experiences they need for 21st century jobs. The funding will support a range of programs and initiatives, including summer internships, education and job training, and talent recruitment initiatives at BofA itself. Through its Student Leaders program, for example, the bank will connect nearly 700 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from across the country with paid summer internships at local nonprofits. Participants in the program also will gather in Washington, D.C., for a summit focused on leadership and building a more diverse and inclusive society.
$4.8M to Help K-12 Education, Classroom Innovation: The George Gund Foundation distributes grants totaling more than $4.8 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community development, education, the environment, health and human services, and juvenile justice reform. Grants announced by the foundation include $100,000 to launch an Excellence in Teaching Award program. Developed in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Cleveland Teachers Union, and the Cleveland Foundation, the annual award will recognize CMSD teachers who demonstrate creativity and innovation, make learning engaging for their students, and who set a standard of excellence.
UO Receives $6M to Support, Expand K-12 Services: The University of Oregon in Eugene gets $6 million from the Quest Fund to endow a clinic at its College of Education. The gift will establish a permanent endowment for the college’s HEDCO Clinic, which houses UO’s Speech-Language-Hearing Center and Center for Healthy Relationships and has provided low-cost K-12 educational services to the Eugene-Springfield community for six years. In addition to the endowment, the grant will support the clinic’s plans to establish a center for the family-based treatment of autism and tutoring in reading and math.