The fiscal sponsorship program at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation is being discontinued because it has become an administrative burden on the foundation, the Colorado Springs Independent reports. Approximately a hundred and fifty small nonprofits have been informed they will no longer be supported by the foundation, which charged the groups, not all of which are tax-exempt, a 5 percent fee in return for services such as accepting and processing donations, providing tax receipts, and tracking fundraising data. Managers of the groups had been invited to attend workshops in September designed to inform them of their options, which included dissolution, finding a new fiscal sponsor, or incorporating as a 501(c)(3) — a process that usually takes months and costs around $1,000. For its part, PPCF is also restructuring, eliminating five and a half full-time positions, consolidating its leadership team, and selling its offices so it can move into an open office space that is more conducive to collaboration and event hosting.
Louisiana Lighthouse has won first prize in the Pitch It! competition, a project of the Greater New Orleans Foundation that was designed to encourage community groups to suggest ways to address community needs, the New Orleans Advocate reports. The competition, which was administered in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Chevron, awarded $25,000 to Louisiana Lighthouse for its efforts to increase independence for people in the city who are visually impaired by improving the bus route system through the use of smartphone technology, better signage, call center sensitivity training, and verbal destination announcements. The New Orleans Food & Farm Network took the $7,500 second-place prize and YMCA — Educational Services won the $5,000 third-place prize.
The Boston Foundation has announced the first round of Open Door Grants in support of nonprofits whose work is not directly aligned with the foundation's core grantmaking strategies. Twenty-four grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 will enable a number of new nonprofits as well as more established groups working in new ways to advance their programs. Recipients include 1647, Compass Working Capital, InnerCity Weightlifting, and Youth Harbors.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund have announced grants totaling $534,000 to fifteen organizations working to provide services to children and youth. Recipients include the Autism Alliance of Michigan, Give Merit, the Michigan Science Center, and Wild Swan Theater.
The Omaha Foundation has announced the launch of Landscape, a data-driven program that examines six areas of community life in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. Among other things, the program is designed to reflect the lived experiences of friends, family, and neighbors and reveal where the community has grown, where it can do better, and where it has opportunities to improve the quality of life for all residents.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced twenty finalists for its inaugural Spark Prize, which is designed support change makers in the borough's nonprofit sector. After a series of interviews, five of the finalists will be chosen to receive grants of $100,000 each in general operating support. Each of the finalists also is eligible for a $5,000 matching grant from the foundation on Giving Tuesday (November 29), with the goal of incentivizing contributions from local donors.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that it will distribute more than $8 million to nearly three hundred and sixty organizations through its endowment program. At the end of June, the market value of the foundation's endowment funds was $167 million. Beneficiaries of the grants include a range of charitable organizations serving the community in areas such as education, health, community development, senior adult services, the environment, animal welfare, history and preservation, neighborhood development, religion, social services, arts and culture, and youth.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced Elisabeth Marx as its new philanthropic advisor for southwestern Vermont. In addition, the foundation's Women's Fund has added Missy Krauss and Katelyn Atwood to its leadership council.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that Linda Mellowes has received the 2016 William C. Frye Award for her commitment to the community. Mellowes has chaired seven local charity boards, including the GMF. In addition, Paula Penebaker, president and CEO of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, received the 2016 Doug Jansson Leadership Award, which recognizes the contributions of local nonprofit leaders to the community.