HUD and Council on Foundations Announce HUD Secretary's Award

Award recognizes place-based foundations working to improve neighborhoods, lives
Monday, April 11, 2016
Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON In an effort to recognize foundations that work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Council on Foundations announced the 2016 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

Presented at COF's 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday, ten foundations earned the award for their outstanding partnership with the public sector. From helping students get through college, to implementing a program for seniors to stay in their homes, these foundations have made significant improvements in housing and neighborhoods. In addition to education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development across all American geographies – urban, suburban and rural.

“HUD is proud of and grateful for the relationships we have with our philanthropic partners across the nation,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “In each of these ten cases, the public-private partnerships worked especially well and expanded opportunity for the communities we all serve. I applaud these foundations for their exceptional dedication to the most vulnerable in our society.”

“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards,” said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Their partnerships with the public sector demonstrate the power of cross-sector collaborations and offer the field effective and innovative initiatives that can and should be replicated. The Council’s conference this year focuses on the future of community and the importance of place-based work, and I can think of no better way to start our conference than by honoring a group that is shaping our communities of tomorrow through bold ideas, decisive actions, and shared leadership today.”

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

The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.

Montgomery County, PA

Your Way Home Montgomery County Express

Boston Foundation

Boston, MA

Success Boston

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Baltimore, MD

Opportunity Collaborative

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Ann Arbor, MI

Washtenaw Coordinated Funders

Communities Foundation of Texas

Texas

Educate Texas

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley

Southwestern, VA

Aging in Place Leadership Team

Seattle Foundation

King County, WA

Communities of Opportunity

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Charleston, WV

Investing in Our Communities: West Side of Charleston

Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo, OH

Overland Initiative – Partners for Places

Incourage

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Blueprints for Tomorrow

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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.

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