The has announced grants totaling $500,000 to eighteen organizations working to provide safety-net services in Santa Barbara County. Organizations receiving support through the foundation's Core Support for Basic Needs program include the Organic Soup Kitchen, the Santa Ynez Valley Senior Citizens Foundation, the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, and the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care Foundation.
The has named Gina D. Dalma as special advisor to the CEO for public policy. Dalma has been with the foundation for seven years, during which time she has served as education program officer and director of grantmaking.
The has announced the creation of the Forever Arts & Culture Endowment Challenge, which aims to encourage up to ten arts and cultural organizations in the area to establish a permanent endowment with the foundation. To achieve that goal, the foundation will invest a total of $250,000 — up to $25,000 per organization. Letters of inquiry will be accepted from September 1 through October 31.
The has announced nine grants totaling more than $157,000 to organizations serving Miami County. Awarded through the Paul G. Duke Foundation, a supporting organization of the foundation, recipients include Kids Read Now, the LifeCare Alliance, Needy Basket of Southern Miami County, and The Future Begins Today.
The has appointed Kelley Barnes as its new development and donor services manager.
The in Reading has announced $175,520 in scholarships to forty-nine students from thirty-nine families for the 2015-16 school year. The scholarships are made possible through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program.
The in Salt Lake City has announced the creation of its two hundredth fund. Created to provide college tuition assistance to recent graduates of the Job Corps program, the Dr. F. Craig Memorial Scholarship fund honors Dr. F. Craig Sudbury, who devoted his life to educating and uplifting others.
The has announced that, through its centennial initiative, it is helping the Milwaukee County Zoo bring two snow leopards to the zoo to replace its year-old snow leopard, , who died unexpectedly on June 5. With the foundation's gift, the zoo plans to acquire a male and a female from Europe to join Sossy's mother, Tomiris. Zoo officials estimate it will take six to twelve months to obtain and transport the animals to the U.S.