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November 2020 Update With Scholarship Information







November 2020 Foundation News

Coming Soon:  2021 Crestmoor Scholarship

The application for the 2021 Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship will be available online the week of December 7. This program honors the community members who most directly endured the destruction of the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno's Crestmoor neighborhood by investing in San Bruno students headed to college.

In 2021, the Foundation plans to award multi-year college scholarships totaling $160,000. The deadline for submitting applications is March 2, 2021.

November Board Meeting Summary

The Board of Directors of the San Bruno Community Foundation held its regular monthly meeting on November 4, 2020, via Zoom. President Emily Roberts opened the meeting with an acknowledgment of the exhaustion many have felt with the previous day's election as well as the toll that COVID-19 continues to take in the local community. Highlights of the meeting included:

Approval of FY2019-20 Audited Financial Statements: Novogradac & Company conducted the annual independent audit of the Foundation's financial statements. Novogradac's Lance Smith presented the audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2020, reporting that the firm was pleased to issue an "unqualified or clean" opinion of the Foundation's financial statements. He thanked the Audit Committee, which consists of Chair Raul Gomez and Board Member Malissa Netane-Jones, and commended the Foundation staff for its careful recordkeeping and its attention to ensuring that the Foundation's financial internal controls are properly followed. The Board approved the audited financial statements, which can be downloaded here.  

Reports on COVID-19 Relief Grants: The Board received reports on three COVID-19 relief grants the Foundation awarded since the spring.

Teacher Laptop Initiative to Support Distance Learning: San Bruno Park School District Superintendent Josť Espinoza Foundation reported on the Teacher Laptop Initiative to Support Distance Learning. With a $240,000 grant from SBCF, SBPSD purchased new laptops to enable all district teachers to have the same, up-to-date technology to utilize the online teaching tools they need to reach their students. Superintendent Espinoza reported that the laptops have been distributed to school sites and are available to teachers.
 
Small Business Recovery and Assistance Program: Pcyeta Stroud, Director of the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College, reported on the San Bruno Small Business Recovery and Assistance Program, which is being funded by a $100,000 grant from SBCF. She reported on the recent Small Business Recovery Symposium BAEC held over Halloween weekend, which offered valuable business recovery workshops to local small businesses, and the new micro grant component of the program to assist program participants with recovery needs.

Child Care Relief Fund: Heather Hopkins of the Community Equity Collaborative reported on the impact the $100,000 grant SBCF made to the Child Care Relief Fund has had on San Bruno child care providers. As a result of the funding, seven child care providers - two large centers and five family child care homes - received grants to defray up to a month's worth of expenses. The grants benefited programs providing care to 274 children in San Bruno.
 
Report on Recreation and Aquatic Center Project: On behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Recreation and Aquatic Center Project, Vice President Jim Ruane reported on payments totaling $4.7 million on SBCF's six grants to the City of San Bruno related to the project and gave highlights of the project update provided to the San Bruno City Council on October 13, including showing renderings of the exterior of the facility and updates on the environmental review and permitting process.

Report from Ad Hoc Committee on Tanforan Memorial: On behalf of the Committee, Chair Malissa Netane-Jones reported on its meeting with the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee (TACMC) to learn about its efforts to install a permanent bronze statue memorial and plaza outside the San Bruno BART station, in honor of the 8,000 Japanese Americans who were interned at the Tanforan Assembly Center during World War II. The SBCF Committee will keep in touch with TACMC as it finalizes its plans.  

Report on Other Programs: Executive Director Hatamiya and Program Manager Stephanie Rutgers reported on the Foundation's other programs, including:

Community Grants Fund: Ms. Rutgers reported that the Foundation received 42 grant applications by the September 30 deadline and that the applications are being evaluated by a review panel of community volunteers. The Board will consider the panel's grant recommendations at the December 2 Board meeting. With a $100,000 donation from Google.org/YouTube, the Foundation will award grants totaling $300,000 this cycle.
 
Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship: Ms. Rutgers reported that the 2021 Crestmoor Scholarship will launch in early December, when the online application will be accessible and updated marketing materials will be distributed to local schools and throughout the community. The application deadline will be March 2, 2021.

Public Engagement Kiosk: In August, SBCF awarded a $10,000 off-cycle responsive grant to the City of San Bruno to fund the purchase of a public engagement kiosk to be used as part of the remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the tragic gas pipeline explosion that led to this Foundation’s creation. City staff created an electronic story board – much like a virtual museum exhibit – to remember September 9, 2010, and what came from the tragedy. The kiosk displaying the story board was installed and unveiled in Earl Glenview Park on September 9. Community response to the virtual exhibit has been positive, and although the original plan was to take down the kiosk by the end of September, the City has decided to leave the kiosk in the park for public viewing through the fall.

Report from Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning Process: On behalf of the Committee, President Emily Roberts reported on its plans for a three-phase process to strategize SBCF's future once it has fully disbursed $50 million to the City of San Bruno for the Recreation and Aquatic Center project. The three phases are: (1) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for the Board to identify internal leanings and adopt practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Foundation’s decision-making and operations; (2) a community listening campaign to solicit from members of the San Bruno community feedback on the Foundation’s programs thus far and input on current community needs and a vision for the Foundation going forward; and (3) strategic planning deliberations by the Board to develop a forward-looking plan articulating the Foundation’s program and investment strategies once its investment portfolio decreases after the Recreation and Aquatic Center is funded, its role in the community, and the size and scope of its ongoing operations. By resolution, the Board directed Executive Director Leslie Hatamiya to negotiate and execute, under her contract authority, a consulting agreement with Halualani & Associates to provide DEI training services. President Roberts also reported on the Committee's plans to work with the Public Dialogue Consortium to help lead the community listening campaign and strategic planning process.  

Election of 2021 Officers: The Board re-elected the following officers for 2021: President Emily Roberts, Vice President Jim Ruane, Secretary John McGlothlin, and Treasurer Tim Ross. Per the Foundation's Bylaws, the City Council will consider approving the slate of officers at its November 24 meeting.   

Investment Committee Meeting

The SBCF Investment Committee will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom.  The meeting packet and Zoom link will be available on the SBCF website by November 13.

SBCF's 2020 Annual Report

Read about the Foundation's activities in the 2020 Annual Report, which is available for download here.

Next Foundation Board Meeting

December 2, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. - via Zoom

The agenda will include approval of the 2020-2021 Community Grants Fund Awards

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