As part of its Big Lift initiative, the has announced the first cohort of local school districts to receive grants in support of efforts to improve the reading skills of young children in San Mateo County. Cabrillo Unified School District, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District, Jefferson Elementary School District, and South San Francisco Unified School District will receive a total of $5 million to provide high-quality learning experiences and summer programs to children in preschool through third grade, reduce absenteeism, and engage parents and the broader community to support learning in school and at home.
The has announced a $350,000 loan to Opportunity Fund in support of the organization's efforts to develop small business opportunities in Santa Cruz County. The loan carries a 3 percent annual rate of interest and is due to be repaid in full by 2020.
The has elected four new board members and selected new officers for terms that end in 2017, the Bristol Press reports. Dan Daigle, Scott Fournier, Jackie Merchant, and Bill Micari were added to the board. The new officers are John A. Letizia, chairman; Robert M. Caiaze, vice chairman; John D. Scarritt, vice chairman; Michael Brault, secretary; Valerie DePaolo, treasurer; and Janis L. Neri, past board chair. In addition, the foundation announced that a dozen funds were established or transferred to its control in 2014.
The in West Palm Beach has announced the establishment of a fund in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. To be managed by the foundation, the fund will provide the organization with a permanent, stable source of income over time.
Chicagoans are more likely to give to charity than people elsewhere in the country, a report supported by the finds. Conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the report, , examined patterns of giving by households and corporations across the region in 2013 and found that 73 percent of households in the area gave to nonprofits in 2013; nationally 59 percent of households did so in 2010, the latest year for which national data are available. The report also found that almost 70 percent of households gave at least $100 to charity in 2013, while more than half gave at least $500; that 49 percent of households had a member who volunteered, with 47 percent doing so once a week or more; and that more than 2,000 foundations in the area made nearly 39,000 grants of $4,000 or more in 2012, with an estimated total value of $2.6 billion, while recipients in the Chicago area received more than 19,000 grants of at least $4,000 totaling more than $1 billion.
The in Alpena has announced grants totaling $44,857 to thirty-one area nonprofits. Recipients include the Alcona County Baby Pantry, Atlanta Church of Christ/The Caring Place, the Thunder Bay Arts Council, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. During the application and evaluation period, the foundation noted increased need for assistance in stocking student backpacks, food pantries, and clothing closets for school-age children and families. "We have always had those requests during the winter holiday period," said executive director Barbara Franz, "but now we are receiving requests to support food distribution programs all year round."
The has announced grants totaling $4.3 million to forty nonprofits. Recipients of grants ranging from $30,000 to $300,000 include the Center for Economic Opportunity, the Community Service Society of New York, Climate Partners, and EmcArts.