Foundation Awards $1M for Homeless, Low-Income Students: The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation gives $1 million to create an endowment for afterschool homework centers in all 38 Los Angeles Public Library branches. The endowment will ensure that the homework centers, or “student zones,” are able to purchase state-of-the-art technology and provide homeless and low-income students with free access to computers, laptops, tablets, and printers. Students also will be able to get help with their homework and/or college and scholarship essays during afterschool hours.
$8.5 Million Goes to Bay Area Public Schools:
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of customer relationship management software provider Salesforce.com, gives $8.5 million to improve public education in San Francisco and Oakland. The $6 million grant to SFUSD will enable the district to hire 10 math teachers and coaches and expand computer science instruction in its 21 middle schools and provide assistive technology for special education students through its Assistive Technology Innovation Center. OUSD will receive $2.5 million to pilot a Principal’s Innovation Fund at six middle schools; boost STEM programming and increase the number of African American and Latino students taking STEM courses.
Grants Help Children’s Education, Development: The Connecticut Community Foundation in Waterbury distributes $100,000 in support of 15 organizations working to boost young children’s education and development. Recipients include Reach out and Read, Naugatuck Partnership for Children, the Watertown Board of Education, and the Darcy School.
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Mott Foundation, Partners Launch Anti-Absenteeism Campaign: To address chronic K-12 absenteeism, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, DoEd , and the Ad Council have launched Absences Add Up, a public service campaign designed to better inform parents about the negative consequences of chronic absenteeism. Absences Add Up is part of the Every Student, Every Day initiative, which was launched by the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The campaign urges states and local communities to take immediate action to reduce chronic absenteeism by at least 10 percent annually, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. To that end, the Absences Add Up website provides parents with information about the importance of school attendance; resources for children who are struggling in school, being bullied, trying to manage a chronic illness, or dealing with mental health challenges.
Foundation Supports Fund Growth: The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties announces that 100 Impact Palm Beach, one of its donor-advised funds, has established a new grantmaking policy. Under the new policy, each year membership in the fund grows by at least 500, it will award a $100,000 grant in each of its five focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. In 2016, 532two women became members of the fund by making a gift of at least $1,000. This year, grants of $100,000 were awarded to the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Delray Students First and the YMCA of Palm Beach County.
Chicago Beyond Announces Innovation Challenge Winners: Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic venture launched earlier this year by a former high school principal, announced grants totaling $2.7 million to the winners of its GO Innovate challenge. The challenge seeks innovative, early-stage ideas in two areas — supporting college matriculation and graduation, and reengaging youth in work and school. Storycatchers Theatre was awarded $900,000 in support of its Changing Voices arts program for youth recently released from correctional facilities and to conduct a study of the program’s impact on participants’ long-term employment and recidivism.
$1M Supports Children’s Theater, Mentors: The Central Indiana Community Foundation announces that the Indianapolis Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in “surprise gifts” to 37 organizations. Recipients of the $100,000 Visionary Awards include the Asante Children’s Theatre, Trusted Mentors, the IMPD Cadet Program, and the Center for Leadership Development. The foundation also announced the inaugural Indianapolis Foundation Fellows, a group of young leaders who will serve on the boards of local organizations for three-year terms and will receive $10,000 annually for their organizations to use as board members.
Foundations Award $1.5M to Renovate Flint School: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation gives $1 million to the Foundation for the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation in Flint, MI., to help transform an elementary school into a center of early childhood education services. An additional $500,000 from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a program of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, will cover the remaining costs of the renovation. The project includes extensive physical improvements to the former Cummings Elementary School and its surrounding campus, as well as new technology and furnishings. The renovation is part of an effort to establish a Great Expectations Early Childhood Program within the Flint Community School District.
Say Yes Guilford Receives $5.5M From Belk: Say Yes Guilford receives $5.5 million from the John M. Belk Endowment to advance postsecondary access among high school students in Greensboro. The grant includes $3 million immediately in support of the Say Yes Guilford scholarship program and $500,000 to fund postsecondary access and completion programs. The remaining $2 million will be split into two challenge grants. The endowment will provide $1 million when SYG reaches $50 million in total fundraising and another $1 million after it reaches $60 million. The gift from the endowment boosts the total raised by the program to approximately $41 million.
Funding Supports Children’s Health, Welfare: The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $200,000 to 12 charities through its Opportunities for Children iFund. Grants awarded through the program, which supports organizations in central Oklahoma providing direct services for children age 14 and younger, will support literacy, the promotion of wellness and physical activity, and recreational, social, and cultural activities for children who otherwise would not have those opportunities.
Chili’s Pledges $30M to Children’s Research Hospital: Chili’s Grill & Bar makes a six-year, $30 million commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis in support of the St. Jude School Program for patients. The program gives giving patients a way to focus on the future and keep up with schoolwork during their stay at the hospital. Announced in conjunction with the launch of the restaurant’s annual campaign benefiting the hospital, the commitment will enable St. Jude’s to enhance the program, which provides every participating child with at least three hours of instruction a week as well as curriculum materials.
Funds Aid Student LGBT Efforts: The Vermont Community Foundation makes grants and scholarships totaling $69,500 from the Samara Fund, a component fund at the foundation that provides support for the state’s LGBTQ community. Eighteen nonprofits will receive a total of $61,000 for their efforts, which include assisting transgender individuals in advocating for their rights, mounting theater productions with LGBTQ themes and characters, and establishing a weekly youth-driven support group program in the Northeast Kingdom. In addition $8,500 in scholarships was awarded to seven high school seniors.