The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that more than $3.7 million in matching gifts and prizes is available to organizations participating in Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign on May 5. From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., for example, the Skoll Foundation will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for donations to any of the more than 850 participating organizations on a first-come, first-served basis, up to $50,000 each hour. In addition, all participating nonprofits are eligible for $5,000 prizes that will be awarded at midnight, 10:00 a.m., and 10:00 p.m. to the nonprofit with the largest number of "unique" donors in the hour leading up to the cut-off time.
The Calaveras Community Foundation in Angels Camp has announced twelve grants totaling $57,743 to local nonprofits working in the areas of aging in place, STEM education, and cultural initiatives. Recipients include Common Ground Senior Services, Friends of Rail Road Flat Elementary School, Angels Camp Museum, and Valley Springs Youth Center.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced plans for its centennial-year celebration, which begins May 12 with the launch of On the Table, a public-square event in which Chicagoans share a meal and discuss ways they can work together to make their communities stronger, safer, and more dynamic. Additional events will be held throughout the year. They include the Chicago Humanities Festival, with more than a hundred and fifty programs featuring artists, authors, scholars, journalists, and policy makers; One Book, One Chicago, an initiative of the Chicago Public Library to engage and enlighten residents through reading; and Chicago Ideas, a year-round platform that aims to turn ideas into actionable results.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation in Indianapolis has named the 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Thirteen students from Marion and Hamilton counties were awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to pursue a baccalaureate degree full-time at an Indiana-based institution of higher education. To be eligible, students must have an un-weighted GPA of at least 2.5 (3.0 in Hamilton County), be able to demonstrate financial need and leadership or initiative in their school or community, and promise to give back to the community upon graduation.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it is partnering with La Piana Consulting on a workshop designed to help organizations reconsider how they approach partnerships. The workshop, Beyond Collaboration: Strategic Partnering for Nonprofit Organizations, aims to deepen participants' understanding of strategic partnerships and restructuring concepts, approaches, and processes. The workshop, which will be held on May 29, is free, but registration is required.
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation in East Jordan has announced forty-six grants totaling $244,146, including nearly $27,000 in support of projects designed to provide support for Charlevoix County youth. Other grants include support for the arts, education, community development, the environment, human services, health and wellness, recreation, and youth services.
The Utah Community Foundation in Salt Lake City has named Alexandra Eaton as its executive director, effective May 11. Eaton currently serves as chief financial officer of the Girl Scouts of Utah.