The has announced grants totaling $436,000 to six organizations. Funded by the initiative, through which local women provide $1,000 in support of organizations working in the areas of education, the environment, arts and culture, family, and health and wellness, the grants were determined during an awards ceremony in which six finalist organizations were voted on after making the case for what a high-impact gift would mean for the organization. Best Foot Forward of Boca Raton, the Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach, Boca Helping Hands and Pathways to Prosperity each received $100,000, while the Florida Fishing Academy and Flamingo Clay Studio received $18,000.
The has announced that, for the second consecutive year, it has been named one of western Michigan's best companies to work for by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. Applicants are evaluated in a variety of categories, including compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement, and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection, and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.
The Charlotte Mecklenberg Opoportunity Task Force, which includes the , the City of Charlotte, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has announced the names of the twenty-one volunteers who will serve on the task force, which by the end of 2016 will have created actionable recommendations designed to broaden access to economic opportunity in the region.
The has named Mayor Michael B. Coleman as the winner of the Spirit of Columbus Award. The "Jerries," as the awards are known, were established in 2013 in honor of aviatrix Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world; Mock also was the first honoree. Coleman has been mayor for sixteen years, during which time the city has seen the creation of forty thousand jobs and attracted $7 billion in private investment. In addition to presenting Coleman with a bronze miniature of the Jerrie Mock sculpture that stands outside Columbus International Airport, the foundation established a $25,000 fund in his name through which he can recommend grants to nonprofits in the greater Columbus area.
The board of the Coos Bay-based , an affiliate of the , is working to establish spending and investment policies before it sends out requests for proposals, the South Coast World reports. After hearing the advice of Jeff McKeown, a Morgan Stanley senior vice president and financial advisor, former mayor of the city, and husband of state representative Caddy McKeown, the board decided to select three members to serve on a finance subcommittee to develop the policies and hire advisers from outside the community to minimize conflicts of interest.
The Madison Metropolitan School District has announced a three-year, $300,000 planning and implementation grant from the to fund the development of "full service schools" at four as yet unidentified existing school sites. Full service schools integrate services such as health care, academic tutoring, mentoring, food access, and parent leadership under one roof, turning the school itself into a hub of coordinated support. Planning will be conducted during the 2015-16 school year, with programs launched at two schools the following year and two additional schools the year after that.