The has appointed Paul Velaski as its new chief financial officer. Velaski has served in the same capacity at the Arizona Community Foundation since 2007. With his arrival, Vera Bennett, who had served as SVCF's chief operating officer and CFO since 2013, will focus solely on her COO role.
Earthplace has announced a grant of $25,000 from the in Norwalk to expand its Harbor Watch program's Westport lab. The grant, which matches an earlier award from the Jeniam Foundation, will enable the organization to improve and expand its ability to conduct water-quality research, pollution-source detection, and field science education.
The in Bettendorf has announced Sherry Ristau as its new president and CEO. Ristau, who will succeed Susan Skora, has served as president and CEO of the , a regional community foundation in Hutchinson, Minnesota, for the past seventeen years.
The has announced grants totaling $995,000 through its Donors' Education Collaborative, a group of thirteen local and national funders working to improve New York City public schools. The grants, which were awarded to organizations in all five boroughs, will support advocacy on behalf of policies that ensure better funded, less crowded, and more diverse schools; stronger partnerships between communities and schools; reform of school discipline and policing policies; and expanded and improved learning time, literacy instruction, and implementation of the Common Core standards.
The in Mansfield has announced grants to help teachers in the area interested in providing innovative supplemental programs not covered by district funding. The Teacher Assistance Program grants are awarded directly to K-12 teachers in both public or private schools to encourage them to develop new programs, projects, and events for their classrooms.
The John W. and Edna McManus Shepard Fund and Guernsey County Foundation — affiliates of the — have announced ten grants totaling $16,650 to organizations serving Cambridge and Guernsey counties. Recipients include the Cambridge Area YMCA, Cambridge Main Street Initiative, Haven of Hope, and the Ohio Art and Crafts Foundation.