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HUD No. 12-144
Elena Gaona
(202) 708-0685
September 10, 2012

HUD and Council on Foundations honor work of grassroots philanthropic organizations

WASHINGTONIn 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, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, announced the first winners of a new awards program to recognize community foundations for the excellent work they do along with their public partners in the areas of housing and community development.

The new HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations honors community foundations that work closely with the public sector on projects involving housing and 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, the organizations we honor today are redefining what it means to give back,” said HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones, who delivered the awards in New Orleans. “On behalf of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan I congratulate these foundations on creating positive change by bringing together public and private partners to find lasting solutions to the issues facing our diverse communities.”

“The 10 awardees, and all our community foundation members, represent lives improved, neighborhoods saved, jobs created, people trained, kids educated, and homes built,” said Vikki N. Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Philanthropy is hard at work investing in America’s communities, addressing challenges head on, and innovating for a better future.”

A jury selected one community foundation from each of HUD’s 10 regions. Awards were given to community foundations for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.  The winners are:




HUD Region

The Boston Foundation


Neighborhood Stabilization
Loan Fund

HUD Region I

Community Foundation
for Greater Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Green and Healthy Homes
Initiative Buffalo

HUD Region II

Hampton Roads
Community Foundation

Norfolk, Virginia

Ending Homelessness
in Norfolk, Va.

HUD Region III

The Community Foundation
of Middle Tennessee


The Metro Nashville
Disaster Response Fund

HUD Region IV

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland, Ohio

The Evergreen
Cooperative Initiative

HUD Region V

Greater New Orleans

New Orleans,

Neighborhood Stabilization
Loan Fund

HUD Region VI

Lincoln Community

Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln Community
Learning Centers

HUD Region VII

Telluride Foundation

Telluride, Colorado

Paradox Community Trust


The San Diego Foundation

San Diego,

The San Diego Foundation's
Climate Inititative

HUD Region IX

The Oregon Community

Portland, Oregon

Ready to Smile

HUD Region X


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The Council on Foundations (, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association
of grantmakingfoundations and corporations. Council members include more than 1,700 independent,
operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving
programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide
the opportunity, leadership, and tools philanthropic organizations need to
expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.