RE: Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 1:59pm

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.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:19pm

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 11:13am

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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:59am

As the third poorest city in the country, Buffalo welcomed the opportunity to say “yes” – and hope has been ignited! First-year outcomes indicate an 8-percentage point increase in high school graduation (the largest in the district’s recent history) and a 9-percentage point increase in college matriculation rates. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has been central to driving this new optimism.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:37am

On the 100th anniversary of the community foundation – as we contemplate how these crucial institutions can be even more relevant in the next century of their existence than they have been in their first – it’s crucial to look hard at what donors value.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:41am

In southeast Indiana, bordering the Ohio River across from Louisville, Kentucky, only 25% of the workforce has an associate’s, bachelor’s, or professional degree, compared to 38% nationally. Yet one in four – over 40,000 people – of the region’s adult workers has earned some college credits. To the community foundations that serve this region, those 40,000 people represent an opportunity to increase the economic advantages of our communities, lure new businesses to our region, and enhance the quality of life for this and future generations.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:58am

In summer 2012 I was a brand new Program Officer and wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined a group from the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) on a rural bus tour of eight youth camps in three days. My traveling companions were members and guests of the JFN Disability Peer Network. We were all trying to understand better how well children with disabilities are included in the Jewish camping movement.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:59am

Many refugee youth who come to Lansing arrive as older teens. They often don’t have enough time to earn all of the credits needed to graduate from high school, regardless of educational history or even English-language fluency. Students age out of the public school system at 20, with or without a diploma.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:00am

The Community Foundation, since 2011, has allocated resources for grants we call “strategic grants.” Our strategic grant journey began in 2009, when one of the Board of Trustees three-year strategic planning initiatives was to become more focused in its efforts to improve lives in Frederick County.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 3:29pm

Katherine La Beau

When disaster strikes, who do you call first? Unless she’s a volunteer firefighter, you probably didn’t say your accountant.