When a grassroots organization makes a positive impact in its community, people take notice. The following is a selection of media coverage that highlights the work being done by Community Leadership Project grantees.
An Arte Americas online fundraiser received donations—and recognition—from far outside of Fresno. The Business Journal, February 17, 2014.
The Pajaro Valley Arts Council has mounted portraits on civic buildings for its public art project, “Tasty: Everyone Has a Place at the Table.” Santa Cruz Sentinel, February 15, 2014.
Movement Generation created a satirical video to criticize proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. AlterNet, February 8, 2014.
Bikes 4 Life hosted a panel discussion that examined the Justice for Oscar Grant movement. San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, January 16, 2014.
Big Sur Health Center benefitted from funds raised through the Big Sur Foragers Festival. TheCalifornian.com, January 8, 2014.
The Multicultural Institute provided food and gifts at a holiday celebration for day laborers and their families. San Mateo Daily Journal, December 24, 2013.
Fresno Barrios Unidos sponsored a forum to encourage Fresno Unified School District to restore its sex education curriculum. The Fresno Bee, December 12, 2013.
Kings Cultural Center organized the region’s first Dia de los Muetos celebration in Armona. Hanford Sentinel, November 2, 2013.
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project founder and executive director Kelly Carlisle was featured on The Pentagon Channel for her work with East Oakland youth. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action organized an event with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak to address fears around deportation and unreported crime in immigrant communities. Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 1, 2013.
The Pacifica Resource Center’s second annual Coastal 5K & Kids’ 100 Yard Beach Dash raised more than $12,000 to support its work with Pacifica families. San Jose Mercury News, August 30, 2013.
ACT for Women and Girls hosted a Women’s Equality Day celebration to mark the August 26 anniversary of women’s suffrage. Amanda Renteria, the first Latina Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate, was the keynote speaker. Visalia Times-Delta, August 27, 2013.
The Kawaiisu Language and Cultural Center held a rawhide rattle-making seminar by North Fork Mono Indian artisan Sandy Clark as part of its efforts to document and preserve the Nuwa language. Tehachapi News, August 13, 2013.
The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative has launched a Santa Monica Healthy Nail Salon Program in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Santa Monica Mirror, July 20, 2013.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin co-hosted the three-day Boys and Men of Color Stockton Summit, which addressed institutional and systemic barriers to advancement in San Joaquin Valley. Recordnet.com, April 5, 2013.
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action held a gathering, “Peace, Power and Youth: A Community Conversation,” to address local violence and explore ways to create opportunities for young adults to thrive. Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 23, 2013.
The Arab Film Festival debuted in San Diego on November 16 and 17, 2012. North County Times, November 15, 2012.
Arte América will host a travelling exhibit, “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” through January 20, 2013. The Fresno Bee, November 15, 2012.
The Afghan Coalition organized a forum of mayoral candidates in Fremont as part of its efforts to improve voter turnout among the Afghan-American community. KQED, October 8, 2012.
Barrios Unidos hosted a community education night on September 25 to address youth justice system reform. City on a Hill Press, October 5, 2012.
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action met with local elected officials to set its 2013 agenda, “Stand Up and Take Charge,” on Sunday, October 7. Watsonville Patch, October 3, 2012.
Horizons Foundation will honor U.S. Representative Barney Frank and National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq., on October 6 for their lifelong work and advocacy for the LGBT community. MarketWatch, September 13, 2012.
The American Muslim Voice Foundation hosted a Multifaith Peace Picnic along with Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese in remembrance of September 11, 2001. San Jose Mercury News, September 11, 2012.
The 10th annual 3rd i South Asian Film Festival is scheduled for September 19–23, 2012, in San Francisco, with a one-day event to follow on September 30 in South Bay. IndiaWest.com, August 17, 2012.
Noelle Ito, director of community philanthropy at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, received a White House Champion of Change Award as part of the Winning the Future initiative. The Rafu Shimpo, August 18, 2012.
A Families in Schools initiative, Passport to Success, is expected to engage 20,000 Los Angeles Unified School District families in summer learning activities. PRWeb, June 20, 2012.
Second Chance Youth was featured on Father’s Day weekend for its work with fathers and youth. KSBW, June 18, 2012.
Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and United Way Silicon Valley released an editorial on the impact of cuts to low-income families outlined in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal. San Jose Mercury News, June 8, 2012.
The Central Valley Foundation’s McClatchy Fresno Art Endowment awarded a $100,000 grant to the Center for Creativity and the Arts at Fresno State in collaboration with Arte Americas and the Fresno Art Museum. The Business Journal, June 6, 2012.
Foundation for a College Education was featured as one of 10 successful college preparation programs in an Education Policy Institute report, A Blueprint for Success: Case Studies of Successful Pre-College Outreach Programs. Education Policy Institute, April 12, 2012.
Malaquías Montoya's “Voice for the Voiceless” exhibition at Arte Américas is on display through June 15. Admission is free. The Fresno Bee, May 17, 2012.
Arte Américas is hosting “Night in the Plaza,” a series of outdoor concerts. Musical performances will be held on June 1, 8 and 15. abc360.com, May 22, 2012.
The Community Foundation for Monterey County celebrated its expanded Salinas office and the launch of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence with an open house on April 19. The Californian.
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative partnered with California Department of Toxic Substances Control to raise awareness of harmful chemicals in nail products that claim to be free of toxic substances. The issue received national attention. Los Angeles Times, April 10, 2012.
Dolores Huerta, founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, will be recognized with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 for her service as a community activist and political organizer. Other recipients this year include Madeline Albright, Bob Dylan, John Glenn and Toni Morrison. USA Today, April 26, 2012.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin relocated to downtown Stockton on Wednesday, April 5. Bilingual Weekly, April 10, 2012.
Foundation for a College Education was named the recipient of the 2012 Tall Tree Award for outstanding nonprofit organization, to be presented by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce on April 11. Palo Alto Online, February 17, 2012.
The Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gala and fundraiser January 21.
Bakersfield Now, January 3, 2012.
The Kawaiisu Language and Cultural Center and other programs in the Kawaiisu Project were recognized by the state of California with a Governor’s Historic Preservation Award. KBAK/KBFX, December 3, 2011.
The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California co-sponsored “Hunger Banquet: An Interfaith Call to Action” to raise awareness about income inequality and food choices. J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California, November 14, 2011.
ACT for Women & Girls marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in California by registering voters and honoring champions of the movement. Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register, November 13, 2011.
Californians for Pesticide Reform, together with Pesticide Action Network and Pesticide Watch, convened a group of local politicians to tour successful organic farms that illustrate viable alternatives to pesticide use. Grist Magazine, October 18, 2011.
West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project cofounder Margaret Gordon was recognized for her work empowering West Oakland residents to improve air quality. O Magazine, October 13, 2011.
Horizons Foundation honored Google and actor George Takei at its gala celebration on October 1, 2011. Rafu Shimpo, October 8, 2011.
Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual College of Ethnic Studies Exemplary Leadership Awards ceremony on October 2, 2011. SF State News, October 3, 2011.
People United for a Better Life in Oakland (PUEBLO) employed 17 teenagers to improve the community and address issues related to food and environmental justice as part of its summer Urban Youth Harvest program. Oakland Local, September 4, 2011.
Nonprofit Finance Fund named Antony Bugg-Levine as its new CEO, effective October 24, 2011. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 1, 2011.
The Arab Film Festival will be held at various venues in Los Angeles from October 21–23, 2011. Westside Today.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts awarded a grant for folk and traditional arts to Vo Van Anh, its first Vietnamese recipient. Viet Nam News, July 25, 2011.
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, together with Montclair Presbyterian Church and Kehilla Community Synagogue, will host Diverse Visions of Harmony: An Interfaith Art Exhibit September and October 2011. Examiner.com, June 11, 2011.
The Village Project celebrated the first class of 16 youth to graduate from its tutoring and after-school programs. Monterey County Herald, June 11, 2011.
Girls, Inc. of Central Coast is celebrating its 10th year of service in 2011. Monterey County Herald, June 3, 2011.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) hosted Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Fresno Bee, May 24, 2011.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tulare County and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias have united to form a single organization. The Foothills Sun-Gazette, May 4, 2011
The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California welcomed Hujjatul Islam Dr. Rahim Nobahar to his new position as Imam and Religious Director on April 28, 2011. Examiner.com, April 30, 2011.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council honored Diane Ortiz, executive director of the Hollister Youth Alliance, with a Blue Ribbon Award on April 16. Hollister Free Lance, April 28, 2011.
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action joined with The Salinas Regional Sports Authority to collect more than 12,000 signatures and $235,000 in investments to advance the proposed Salinas Regional Sports Complex. The Salinas Californian, April 21, 2011.
Mountain Community Resources offers an outdoor Adult School program, Together in the Park, to teach parents and toddlers while they play. San Jose Mercury News, March 15, 2011.
Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farmworkers Union, is honored at a benefit for the Dolores Huerta Foundation. The Huffington Post, March 11, 2011.
The Chinese Progressive Association calls for justice at a special Women’s Day meeting. San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 7, 2011.
The Foundation for a College Education celebrates 15 years of helping East Palo Alto-area students earn four-year degrees. Palo Alto Online, February 27, 2011.
“Luis Toledo: Conversación con su Arte” brings works by the Oaxacan-born artist to Arte Americas. The Fresno Bee, February 21, 2011.
The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts hosts reAlisal, an ethnographic theatrical production that features the stories of Alisal community members. The Salinas Californian, February 19, 2011.
The Project Homeless Connect event, hosted by Kings/Tulare Continuum of Care on Homelessness, offered basic necessities to more than 300 homeless men, women and children. Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register, November 5, 2010.