Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Castellano Family Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Bainum Family Foundation; Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.
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Major lottery prize winners like the Castellanos distribute some of their good fortune through foundations. Alcario and Carmen Castellano had volunteered in local Latino organizations before their win, and 16 years ago they set up the Castellano Family Foundation. The couple learned more about philanthropy by attending conferences, consulting with major donors and hiring a consultant. Their foundation focuses on arts and education groups, as well as on leadership and diversity issues.
At Surdna's early November board meeting, Phillip Henderson informed the board of his intention to step down from his position as the foundation’s President. Henderson joined Surdna in 2007 and spearheaded an effort to update its mission and programs, with a focus on fostering sustainable communities guided by principles of social justice. The board will launch a national search in early 2018 for Henderson's successor.
Bainum Family Foundation Announces School-Based Mental Health Initiative, Invests $4.1 Million to Expand
Building on its commitment to improve the lives of children and families living in poverty in the District of Columbia’s Wards 7 and 8, the Bainum Family Foundation announced investments of $4.1 million over four years to expand school-based mental health services in these wards. This work will help the Foundation meet its 2020 strategic goal of adding 2,000 wrap-around support seats in Wards 7 and 8 to increase students’ social-emotional well-being, while sharing knowledge and lessons learned with the mental health field.
Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation Launch $6 Million Effort to Diversify Art Museum Leadership
The Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation announced today they are each committing $3 million over three years to support creative solutions to diversify curatorial and management staff at art museums across the United States. The Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation will support innovative strategies and programs to advance diversity across the sector, including hiring professionals from under-represented populations and offering fellowships, mentorships, and other career development options for diverse professionals.
In this podcast interview with the Business of Giving, Kyle Peterson, executive director of the Walton Family Foundation, discusses how family members remain active in continuing the philanthropic legacy of Sam and Helen Walton.
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