Community Foundation Stories

Gift of Mobility Van / Community Foundation for San Benito County

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Amy Miller is a very happy 14-year old girl riding in her new mobility van.  The purchase of the van was made possible through the Martin Rajkovich Children’s Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County dedicated to improving the quality of life for special needs children living in San Benito County. [...]

Youth Give Away $20,000 / The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino Counties

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Isaac Morales believes youth today are more involved in their communities than ever before. “They don’t just voice themselves anymore, they take action.”  Isaac  is one of 29  high school students who participate in The Community Foundation Serving Riverside & San Bernardino’s Youth Grantmakers Committee. The program, launched in 2008, involves them in funding grants for [...]

Supporting Trade Tech High / The San Diego Foundation (TSDF)

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The H.G. Fenton Fund was established with The San Diego Foundation in 2001 in part to support the education and technical training of young people entering the building and construction industries. In late 2010, a check for $60,000 was presented to North County Trade Tech High to sponsor employment of a Trade Instructor. The school [...]

Payday Lending / Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

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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 [...]

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

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“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 [...]

Supporting Seniors / Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF)

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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 [...]