A Transformative Gift to Drive Racial & Economic Justice

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is donating an extraordinary $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC. It is the largest gift from an individual in LISC’s 40-year history—one that not only speaks to the value of LISC's ongoing efforts but also to the power and efficacy of community development, as a whole, to help advance racial and economic justice and spur opportunity throughout the country, according to Maurice A. Jones, LISC president and CEO.

"This is a catalytic gift to support vital and meaningful work," Jones said. "We are humbled and incredibly grateful to MacKenzie for her generosity, creativity, confidence and vision—using her resources in bold ways to invest in efforts to create and sustain stronger futures for American families and communities for many years to come." Read the Entire Article


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Prisoner-built Home Arrives In Muscatine To Increase Affordable Housing
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine

The last week of September saw the first prisoner-built home arrive at Muscatine County. Homes for Iowa is a program in which Iowa State Penitentiary prisoners in Newton learn to build homes and...more

Greater Milwaukee Foundation Has Deployed $780,000 in Small Business Loans Since May
Foundation: Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has provided small business loans to 17 Milwaukee-based businesses, primarily located in three neighborhoods on the north side. The foundation's ThriveOn program...more

Grants from Minneapolis Awarded for Artist-Led Community Healing And Well-Being
Foundation: Kresge Foundation

The City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has approved funding for 15 artists-led teams to support projects that offer creative healing and support for Minneapolis...more

Reset Jefferson County - Prosecution Diversion Program for Youth Offenders
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr announced a new program that allows young suspects to avoid prosecution in certain cases. Reset Jefferson County is a diversionary program that helps...more

Grants Available for African American Communities in Appalachia
Foundation: Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the African American Community Fund invite nonprofit and government organizations to submit grants for a program or project serving African American...more

Free Transportation From Anywhere in the Mississippi Delta to a Vaccination Location
Foundation: Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

In light of the increased prevalence of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi highlighted its free transportation initiative. In partnership...more

Grants from Maine Community Foundation to Address COVID-19 Impact
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

The Cumberland County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $113,174 in grants to 16 nonprofits through the Community Building Grant Program, including two grants to ameliorate the...more

Church at Heart of Civil Rghts Stuggle Gets Long-Awaited Federal Support
Foundation: Central Alabama Community Foundation

After nearly three years of waiting, the endangered Montgomery Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was selected to lead the movement for the first time, has received federal funding and has begun to...more

How Philanthropy Can Help Rebuild Main Street for a Post-COVID World
Foundation: Long Island Community Foundation, Rauch Foundation

For decades, suburban malls and online shopping had drawn customers away from the beating heart of communities — the shops where residents once congregated, conversed, and consumed. A recent study...more

Coalition for Racial Justice Launches in Santa Cruz
Foundation: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

Approximately 300 people showed up to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County’s “Rise Together” coalition launch party Friday night, many gathering for the first time with friends they...more






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