According to a new report from the , 95 percent of San Joaquin Valley nonprofit organizations rated the California drought as having had a moderate or severe impact on their operations. The report, Beyond Almonds and Blond Lawns: Investing in Nonprofit Organizations to Sustain Central Valley Communities Beyond the Drought, surveyed community benefit organizations serving the poorest, most vulnerable residents of drought-stricken Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare counties. Sixty nonprofits with representatives from all seven counties cited reduced agricultural employment and water insecurity as longstanding issues which have grown worse during the epic drought. Along with access to clean water, demand also has increased for food, rental assistance, and mental health support. In addition to the Fresno Regional Foundation, the California Endowment and provided support for the survey and report.
The has announced that donations raised during last year's Holiday Train event will be distributed to three nonprofits. Larkin Street Youth Services, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and Youth United for Community Action of East Palo Alto each received a $10,000 gift this week.
The has announced the creation of Black Giving Circle, which will support needs in the area's African-American community. Members provide at least $365 annually, which is pooled together in a dedicated endowed fund at the Hartford Foundation. Members of the fund will examine issues facing the African-American community in the greater Hartford area and, collectively, recommend grants to nonprofit organizations that work to address their needs.
The has announced that its Chatham Fund has reached its first fundraising milestone of $500,000, which will enable it to begin improving the quality of life in Chatham. To help with its continued fundraising, the fund has added community members Lynne O'Brien and David Oppenheim to its advisory committee.
The in Walla Walla has awarded eighty-one grants totaling $278,375 to sixty-eight organizations, the Union-Bulletin reports. Recipients include the Blue Mountain Action Council, the Christian Aid Center, Elevate Recovery, and the Pioneer Respite Nursery.
The has announced that it is partnering with the Discovery World to provide free access to the interactive science and technology center to the community on October 3 and 4. The October , part of the foundation's year-long celebration of its centennial, will include regularly scheduled shows as well as special programming designed to educate and entertain guests of all ages and interests.
The has received a $50,000 gift from SMC Ltd. in support of its inaugural Apple Splash Half Marathon, the New Richmond News reports. The largest gift in the foundation’s history includes a six-year commitment, though the foundation will receive $30,000 this year and $20,000 in 2016. Established in 2012, SCF is an affiliate of the .