The has announced that the Mothers' Milk Bank of Alabama has opened its new pasteurization lab. Funded by grants from the foundation and the Junior League of Birmingham, the lab is the only pasteurization lab in the state approved by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
The has announced community impact grants totaling $2.8 million to thirty-nine nonprofit organizations working in the areas of food assistance, affordable housing, arts and culture, education, and the environment.
The has announced that its Sparking the Arts giving circle has awarded nearly $14,000 to five local organizations. Recipients include the 4th Street Theater, South Shore Performing Arts, the Memorial Opera House, the Chicago Street Theater, and Pines Village Retirement Communities.
The has announced the election of five new members to its board: Stephen Johnston, former CEO of SmartSynch; Jesse Mitchell, founding partner of the Mitchell Firm; Stacy Thomas, a shareholder in the Jackson office of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz; Ashley N. Wicks, an attorney with Butler Snow, LLP; and Lester Senter Wilson, executive director of the Wideman International Piano Competition.
The has announced the appointment of March Gallagher as its new president and CEO, effective September 28. Gallagher previously oversaw economic development activities for Ulster County as director of business services and deputy director of planning and currently serves on the boards of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown.
The has announced thirty-six grants totaling $1.3 million — the largest quarterly grant distribution in its history. Grant recipients in this funding round, which represent a shift on the foundation's part to fewer, larger grants, with a focus on creating an equitable community and strengthening regional vitality — include the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance and George Eastman House.
The has announced grants totaling $11,500 to nine nonprofit organizations providing food, energy, and other assistance to low-income families and the elderly. Recipients include the Council on Aging of Cleveland County, Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry, and Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
The has awarded $150,000 to LAND studio to support the city's plan to place public artworks along the Regional Transit Authority's Red Line, from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to downtown, in time for the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
The has announced that its three-year Founders Campaign has received more than $150,000 to date and awarded inaugural grants totaling $7,000. Details of the foundation's competitive grant application program will be announced later this fall.