July 21, 2011, 9:41 am
The California Endowment wants to increase access to healthy food in poor neighborhoods.
The California Endowment got a little help kicking off its newest project. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the start of the California FreshWorks Fund during a ceremony at the White House. The new $200-million loan fund is designed to increase access to healthy, low-cost food in poor neighborhoods in the state.
“Healthy food is often the prescription that your medical practitioners provide you with if you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition,” says Marion Standish, director for community health at the California Endowment. “Yet you can’t eat healthy food if you can’t buy healthy food near your home, near your work, or in your community.”
The California Endowment started the fund with a $30-million…
July 20, 2011, 11:06 am
Elena Fracchia admits she is on an unusual job hunt.
She graduated in June with a master’s degree in public administration and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Oregon, with hopes of finding work as a grant maker.
But in informational interviews this past spring, she discovered that many grant makers fell gradually into their roles. What’s more, many of the foundation job listings she found asked for 10 or more years of experience.
This wasn’t an easy path for someone in her late 20s. So to find advice for breaking in to philanthropy, Ms. Fracchia turned to The Chronicle’s LinkedIn group.
“What skills would be helpful for me to cultivate now for a future career in the field?” she asked in a posting.
Grant makers, fund raisers,…