Ten Foundations Receive HUD/USDA Secretaries' Award

HUD, USDA, and Council on Foundations honor work of place-based foundations
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Washington, DC

HUD No. 14-128
Brian Sullivan
202-708-0685

Across the nation, community foundations, private foundations, and corporate giving programs work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Council on Foundations announced the 2014 winners of theSecretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

Ten foundations earned the award for their outstanding partnership with the public sector. These foundations have made significant improvements in housing and neighborhoods, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development across all American geographies – urban, suburban and rural. The awards were presented at the Council on Foundations’ Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland.

“These foundations understand that strong communities connect families with the promise of living the American dream,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Powerful outcomes occur when the philanthropic and public sectors come together to solve problems, enhance neighborhoods and expand opportunity for others. I commend these honorees for their deep commitment to serving the common good.”

“USDA is proud to partner with foundations on worthy development projects that are improving the quality of life for rural residents and providing them with new economic opportunities. The work that foundations undertake often complements the work that our employees are carrying out at the local level,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “Congratulations to the foundations that have been recognized for their exceptional efforts in 2014.”

“I’m proud to offer my congratulations to the winning foundations,” said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Their work serves as a model for others in the field. Philanthropy works across sectors to engage communities in meaningful development and productive action. I am grateful to Secretary Castro and Secretary Vilsack for their leadership in recognizing the impact of foundations across the country, I look forward to continuing our engagement with them in order to push for still greater collaboration.”

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. The winners are:

Foundation

Location

Project Name

Barry Community Foundation

Barry County, MI

Barry County Holiday Inn Express

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

New York, New York

NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donor Collaborative

Florida Blue Foundation

Florida

Embrace a Healthy Florida

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Ohio

Growing Home

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Sarasota County, Florida

Campaign Against Summer Hunger

IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs

Syracuse, NY

Smarter Cities Challenge

Legacy Foundation

Gary, Indiana

Neighborhood Spotlight

Raikes Foundation

King County, Washington

Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County

The Denver Foundation

Denver, Colorado

Mile High Connects/Denver Regional Transit-Oriented Development Fund

The San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, California

HOPE SF

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An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (www.cof.org), founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.