RE: Philanthropy Blog

Fifteen years ago, a dedicated group of Appalachian Ohio’s leaders recognized a significant gap in their region. Appalachian Ohio was woefully undercapitalized in philanthropic resources, making it harder for the region’s communities to address challenges and pursue opportunities. The philanthropy gap was standing in the way of community and regional progress so, leaders from across the region created the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO).

A few years back, leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, faced a common dilemma. While there was no shortage of people and organizations working to better the community, there was little alignment or master planning to coordinate the efforts.

“It goes without saying that increased technology has allowed us not only to stay in operation but to thrive and therefore to continue to meet the needs of children and families.”

On a busy Monday morning, attorney and community advocate Steve Reyes arrives for his first day on the job. Already there are back-to-back meetings and everyone on staff seems to need a few minutes to talk with him. Steve’s job, directing California Community Foundation’s (CCF) newly-created Our Children Relief Fund, leaves him little time to get settled in.

The Richmond Community Foundation began, in 2002, what was to become its largest community initiative: The Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE). The Foundation began to convene Richmond, California community residents and stakeholders through focus groups, surveys and planning charrettes to develop a vision for the Nystrom community, considered at the time one of the most violent communities in the United States.

The Derby Area Veterans Memorial – Walk of Freedom began in 2004 as a dream.

The physical and emotional landscape of our community was forever changed on March 22, 2014, when a devastating mudslide swept through our community and took the lives 43 of our neighbors. The Darrington, Arlington and Oso communities are located in rural Snohomish County, north of Seattle.

The Hudson Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas of the country providing fruits, vegetables and dairy products to markets at home and abroad. Yet hunger and food accessibility remain cyclical problems.

Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill calls on the Senate to pass the America Gives More Act and protect giving.

Bobby Hill, recruitment coordinator for the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, loves to tell everyone that he has "the best job in the world." In southeastern Virginia, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is working to create more Bobby Hills – nonprofit professionals doing rewarding work with great gusto and expertise.