The has announced the winners of its 2017 , which recognize creative, innovative, and community-driven leaders in the Bay Area working to address the region's most pressing problems. This year's award winners include Ayodele Nzinga (Arts), founder of the Lower Bottom Playaz, a theater troupe in West Oakland that has become a gateway to employment for actors of color; Pogo Park (Impact), for its work with more than thirteen hundred low-income residents in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood; and Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (Innovation), which works with youth and young adults to produce digital media that tells their unique stories and help them transform themselves, their communities, and the world.
The and the Pucker Gallery have announced the fifth class of Brother Thomas Fellows. The fourteen artists, who work across mediums and techniques, will each receive a $15,000 unrestricted grant from the at the Boston Foundation, which was established in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist who wanted the sale of his work to support artists at a critical juncture in their careers. Thomas Fellows are selected in alternate years based on an inclusive, two-step nominating and review process.
The has announced grants totaling $534,660 from the — the most ever awarded by the fund in a single funding cycle — to sixteen nonprofit organizations working to provide services to children and youth in the region. Since its establishment in 1999, the fund has awarded grants totaling $5.6 million to more than a hundred and forty organizations.
The has announced that Artina Sadler, its food system navigator and program manager, has joined Culture of Health Leaders, a program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through the program, Sadler will join health leaders from across the country to solve persistent challenges and advance a Culture of Health — one that places well-being at the center of Americans' lives. While participating in the program, Sadler will continue to lead the community foundation's efforts to improve access to healthy food for residents of Genesee County, applying the new knowledge and leadership skills she acquires to her workplace and the community.
The has announced grants totaling $7.5 million in support of efforts to stop domestic violence, promote climate resilience, and help youth aging out of the foster care system. Recipients include Alphapointe, BronxWorks, the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, and the Sylvia Law Review Project. The foundation also announced that the Public Theater has awarded its Emerging Writer Fellowship, which is funded by a $50,000 grant from the foundation, to Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, a playwright from Puerto Rico and the current Tow Playwright in Residence at the Atlantic Theater Company. The award provides Lázaro-Muñoz with two years of financial support, mentoring, and rehearsal space as she writes a new play. The fellowship is a result of the new Robert A. Levinson and Patricia S. Levinson Arts Achievement Award, which is administered by NYCT.
The has announced a $93,000 grant to the Cleveland Public Library in support of an architectural design competition for its new Martin Luther King, Jr. branch in the University Circle area. Given the significance of the existing branch and Dr. King's legacy, CPL is committed to designing a unique, iconic building that can serve as a model for the library of the future. Firms selected to develop proposals will be given guidance about the project's goals, constraints, and neighborhood context.
Real estate developer Mel Heifetz has announced on Facebook that he made a $16 million gift to the in support of organizations working with the LGBT community. Heifetz told Billy Penn, an electronic publication, that the gift amount represents the value of a group of properties he's acquired. Heifetz has transferred ownership of the properties to the foundation so it can sell them to interested buyers.
The Nashville-based has announced the creation of its newest affiliate fund, the Community Foundation of Rutherford County. To date, the new affiliate has raised a total of $250,000 toward its first funding cycle, which is slated for 2018. According to CFMT, the foundation will be the first affiliated fund whose grantmaking is dedicated to Rutherford County.
The has announced that it has topped the $100 million mark in giving. Over the past twenty-six years, GGBCF has funded efforts to feed children, improve neighborhoods, educate students, protect the environment, care for the elderly, provide shelter, develop and expand cultural opportunities, improve public safety, and protect vulnerable members of the community.