The Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that it received a 23 percent increase in scholarship applications this year. To date, the foundation and its donors have awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $18,000.
The Los Angeles-based California Community Foundation has announced a $150,000 grant to support immediate relief in the wake of the wildfire that has ravaged parts of Angeles National Forest. A total of $100,000 will be distributed to the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles, Salvation Army of Southern California, 211 LA County, and Direct Relief International, while two animal welfare groups, the Pasadena Humane Society and Wildlife Waystation, will receive a total of $50,000.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the launch of the East End Renaissance Fund at the Lexington-based Blue Grass Community Foundation to support revitalization projects in the historic neighborhood. Knight has awarded $5,000 and hopes to raise an additional $25,000 from the community. The fund will support neighborhood signage improvements, beautification projects, the identification of historical sites, and the rehabilitation of properties and housing.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced a five-year, $500,000 grant to the Jefferson Community Foundation, an affiliate. Formed in 2008 to address community issues specific to Jefferson Parish, JCF will set aside 10 percent of GNOF's contribution as an endowment for future grantmaking. With funding from GNOF, the foundation will identify existing and emerging parish needs that will be addressed through strategic grantmaking.
The Lincoln County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced that it held its first-ever fundraising event to help raise money to meet a $50,000 challenge grant, which was awarded earlier this year by the Timken Foundation. More than 175 people attended the event at Vesuvius Vineyards to learn about the history of the vineyards and hear about its plans for the historic home. If it reaches its goal, the foundation will add $150,000 to its endowment. As of late August, LCCF was about $7,000 short of the goal, which must be met by September 7.
The Columbus Foundation has announced the launch of its Fund for Financial Restructuring, which will provide support for organizations assessing strategic partnerships, rethinking and developing their business model and financial planning, and establishing new organizational structures, systems, and operations to bolster mission-critical activities and boost visibility. The $200,000 fund will award up to ten grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 by the end of the year.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced restructuring to its Wisconsin AIDS Fund to provide more direct grantmaking dollars to organizations throughout the state promoting HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and treatment. Effective as of the spring 2010 grant cycle, all dollars raised on behalf the Wisconsin AIDS Fund will be used to fund organizations working on frontline efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. An advisory committee will provide guidance and review proposals submitted by local nonprofits. In addition, the fund will transition from an executive director to a part-time grants manager who will assist the advisory committee. There will be no change in the grantmaking focus of the fund, which will remain an active partner of the National AIDS Fund.