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Charlene Guzman
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September 10, 2012

HUD and Council on Foundations honor work of grassroots Telluride philanthropic organization

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, named the Telluride Foundation one of the first 10 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.

"By offering a permanent, stable fund to invest in community improvement and economic development, the Telluride Foundation is creating lasting and positive change in Telluride," said Rick Garcia, Regional Administrator for HUD Region VIII.

"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 nationwide are:




HUD Region

The Boston Foundation

Boston, Massachusetts

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

Nashville, Tennessee

The Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund

HUD Region IV

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland, Ohio

The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative

HUD Region V

Greater New Orleans Foundation

New Orleans, Louisiana

Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund

HUD Region VI

Lincoln Community Foundation

Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln Community Learning Centers

HUD Region VII

Telluride Foundation

Telluride, Colorado

Paradox Community Trust


The San Diego Foundation

San Diego, California

The San Diego Foundation's Climate Inititative

HUD Region IX

The Oregon Community Foundation

Portland, Oregon

Ready to Smile

HUD Region X

Read more about the winners and the new HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations on HUD's website.


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The Council on Foundations (, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations 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.


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