Archive for August, 2011

Payday Lending / Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson August 29th, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

In SVCF’s region, the economic recovery has not reached many individuals and families who are still trying to rebuild their finances or struggling to regain employment. Too many of those without access to legitimate financial services are turning to payday lenders who charge annualized interest rates that average more than 400 percent on small, short-term loans. Many of these lenders are concentrated in communities of color and neighborhoods where low and very low-income families live.

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The Power of Art / Shasta Regional Community Foundation (SRCF)

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson August 26th, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

“Art Washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

In 2005, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation was presented with an opportunity. The James Irvine Foundation offered them the chance to re-grant $150,000 to the arts in their region. The Board and staff of the foundation decided this was an opportunity to bring a focused approach to grants for the arts and to provide funding at a time when arts funding from the state was being reduced dramatically. read more

Supporting Seniors / Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF)

General, Grantmaking & Leadership, Storieson August 25th, 2011No Comments Leave a comment

Seniors in rural areas face unique challenges.  In Tahoe Truckee, long months of snow and cold pose significant challenges ranging from the risk of slipping on ice to the difficulties of affording adequate heat.  Many low-income seniors are homebound and during the long, long winter they may not see anyone except the volunteer who delivers Meals on Wheels.

When TTCF heard about proposed cuts to the Meals on Wheels program (less delivery days, fewer clients, packaged meals,) staff quickly convened a group of community “power players,” including elected officials, donors, service club presidents etc. After walking the 35 people present through cuts that the program was proposing, the meeting quickly transitioned to problem solving.

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