The has announced grants totaling $410,522 in support of efforts to protect the region's water resources and to help regional cities build resilience in response to the effects of climate change. The grants to eight public-private partnerships and nonprofit organizations will support the development and implementation of local and regional governmental action plans through research and strategic investments. Recipients include the City of Solana Beach, San Diego Coastkeeper, the Water Reliability Coalition, and the Center for Sustainable Energy.
The has appointed Jeff Hirota as its new CEO, effective January 9. Hirota will succeed Josie Heath, who served the foundation in that role for twenty-one years.
Celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary, the has announced renovations to its offices and unveiled a new logo. Established in 1916, the foundation distributed $1.2 million in grants in 2016.
The has announced the launch of a youth philanthropy program. The program’s inaugural event, “Connect – Youth in Philanthropy,” provided young members of the foundation’s donor family with an opportunity to talk about ways they can share their time, talents, and connections to support the causes they care about. Ranging in age from five to fourteen, participants in the event also assembled more than two hundred food packs for local food pantries and awarded a $1,000 grant to the Food Bank for the Heartland’s backpack program.
The in Albany has announced a gift of $7.25 million from the Hortense and Louis Rubin Dialysis Center to establish the Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund, which will support organizations in the region working to address the prevention, management, and treatment of kidney disease and associated co-morbidities. The net assets of the dialysis center, which closed in 2014, and proceeds from the subsequent sale of three affiliated centers, expected to be between $15 million and $20 million, will be added to the Rubin Community Health Fund after the center’s outstanding financial obligations are met.
The has announced grants totaling nearly $308,000 in support of arts and cultural nonprofits through its Advancing Black Arts program. In partnership with the Heinz Endowments, the foundation awarded grants to eighteen artists and organizations to support artistic risk taking, outreach programming, career opportunities for artists, and organizational growth strategies. Since its inception in 2010, the program has awarded about $4 million to support contemporary artists making art rooted in the black experience.
The in Middlebury has announced that its awarded grants totaling $80,000 to twenty-six organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties in 2016. Recipients include Art House, Brighton Elementary School, North Country Supervisory Union, and Northeast Kingdom Human Services.