In countless neighborhoods across the country, hundreds of community foundations are improving the lives of residents and the places where they live. These philanthropic organizations often work without much recognition—until now.
Today HUD and the Council on Foundations announced the first winners of a new awards program to recognize these community foundations for the great work they do along with public partners in the areas of housing and community development.
The new HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations honors work in housing, neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.
From offering free dental care to public school students in Oregon to turning foreclosed homes into affordable housing in Boston, these organizations are redefining what it means to give back.
The winners are:
- The Boston Foundation for the Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund project – Boston, Massachusetts
- The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Buffalo project – Buffalo, New York
- The Hampton Roads Community Foundation for the Ending Homelessness in Norfolk, Va. Project – Norfolk, Virginia
- The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the Response Fund project – Nashville, Tennessee
- The Cleveland Foundation for The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative project – Cleveland, Ohio
- The Greater New Orleans Foundation for the Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund project – New Orleans, Louisiana
- The Lincoln Community Foundation for the Lincoln Community Learning Centers project – Lincoln, Nebraska
- The Telluride Foundation for the Paradox Community Trust project – Telluride, Colorado
- The San Diego Foundation for The San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative project – San Diego, California
- The Oregon Community Foundation for the Ready to Smile project – Portland, Oregon