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July 27, 2016

Grants Roundup: $5.3 Million for Equity in Bay Area, $1 Million for National Park Trails

Jeff Goulden

The Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainer National Park is one of two Washington state mountain routes being restored with the help of $1 million from the REI Foundation.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

San Francisco Foundation

The community foundation awarded about $5.27 million in the first round of grants reflecting its new focus on racial and economic equity and its new grant-making areas of people, place, and power.

Recipients include California Calls, an alliance that received $450,000 to further its work helping African Americans participate in civic life; the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, which got $235,000 to help low-income families find housing; and Californians for Safety and Justice, which received $50,000 for its work ensuring people benefit from Proposition 47, a state law that reduces some drug-possession felonies to misdemeanors.

REI Foundation

$1 million to the National Park Foundation to restore trails at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks in Washington state. Philanthropists Mike and Sue Raney also contributed $2 million to the project.

New York Women’s Foundation

$2.91 million to 49 organizations working to help women and families gain economic security. Recipients include Strive/East Harlem Employment Services, Girls Write Now, and the Red Umbrella Project, which each received $70,000.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

$1.8 million to community programs in New England that serve older adults. Recipients include the Friends of Yarmouth Council on Aging and Greater Boston Legal Services.

Osteopathic Heritage Foundation

$1.8 million to seven agencies that serve older adults in Franklin County, Ohio.

Mat-Su Health Foundation

$1.7 million to seven organizations in Alaska. Recipients include HeartReach Pregnancy Center ($500,000) and Set Free Alaska ($97,000).

Bezos Family Foundation and Nellie Mae Education Foundation

$1.5 million and $1 million, respectively, to help the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation develop the Woodrow Wilson Academy and Walter Buckley Teaching and Learning Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.

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