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Grantee Spotlight

Located in Ruby Hill Park, Levitt Pavilion is a 63,450-square-foot amphitheater that will produce 50 free concerts annually, ranging from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning artists. Accessibility and diversity of the concerts were key considerations for the Foundation’s capital support to help construct the venue.

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Fellow Spotlight

Some artists hold paintbrushes to create their masterpieces. Others perform on stages in front of an audience. Some beautifully conduct music for the symphony. And some use a computer keyboard or paper and pen to compose their creations. Art comes in many forms, and for 2017 Livingston Fellow, Michael Henry, his is expressed on paper through literature and writing.

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Honoree Spotlight

In 2016, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored Merle C. Chambers with the Community Service Award at the Annual Awards Luncheon. Merle devotes considerable time to philanthropy as President and Board Chair of the Chambers Family Fund, which supports the early care and education of children, women’s economic self-sufficiency, and justice, equality and opportunity.

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Jovan Mays

We commissioned artist Jovan Mays to create a spoken word piece to kick-off the programming at our 32nd Annual Awards Luncheon. It was so well-received, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation wanted to capture it visually so we can we can share it with others in a way that did it justice – not just as written word but as a performance and visual work. We’re excited to present The Foundationa short film created by Sam Pike Films around Jovan Mays’ artistic piece…….Watch Now.

Livingston Fellow Lauren Arnold

Livingston Fellow, Class of 2017, Lauren Arnold is the Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange. One of her Livingston Fellowship goals includes finding a little head space – and a way to ease stress to help propel her leadership abilities. Lauren recently booked a 3-night retreat at a meditation center near Denver. How was her soul-searching journey? Did she find inner peace in a room full of strangers?…..Full Post.

A Look Back: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s 2016 Year in Review

While 2017 is well underway, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President Gary Steuer wanted to take this opportunity to step back and reflect a bit. Private foundations are usually fairly consistent in their programs and activities from year to year, but for the past few years it seems like each year has brought something new and exciting at Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Let’s take a look at a few 2016 highlights……Full Post.