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08.16.12.: US News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Minneapolis Foundation recently invested $1.4 million in 49 local initiatives addressing transforming education, promoting economic vitality, and building social capital.

Larry Goodman of the Skokie-based Cebrin Goodman Center, has committed $1.1 million to a Springfield-based youth drug prevention program, the Illinois Teen Institute, which will now be known as the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute. The three-year, $1.1 million drug prevention grant is equal to 64% of $1.6 million of Illinois drug prevention money that the Illinois General Assembly ended up cutting in the final state fiscal year 2013 budget, which began on July 1.

The Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund has awarded a two-year, $150,000 grant to Itach-Maaki, the lead organization of Bringing Women to the Fore: A Feminist Partnership. The partnership is a cooperative effort of eight leading women’s organizations in Israel that are uniting to develop a strong activist coalition.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to announce another record-breaking year of funding research. The Foundation has awarded more than $22.5 million in new grants to support pediatric oncology research in the U.S. Including foreign beneficiaries, the total funds awarded globally exceed $23 million.

The Toyota USA Foundation announced more than $1.3 million in new grants to support innovative K-12 math, science, engineering and environmental science education programs, with a focus on programs that serve diverse and underserved communities. These new grants, combined with the more than $3.8 million in multi-year commitments, total to more than $5 million that the Toyota Foundation has disbursed to nonprofit organizations this year.

News about people, groups

The Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) announced that Enid A. Borden will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer after more than 20 years of leadership. Still passionate about the cause, she will now focus her energy on her new role as the CEO of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell officially became chair of the National Governors Association (NGA). Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was named vice chair. Gov. Markell announced his chair’s initiative, A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities, which aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.

Ten Thousand Villages, the country’s oldest and largest fair trade retailer, earned top honors for their e-commerce website at this year’s Interactive Media Awards (IMA). Ten Thousand Villages partnered with CorraTech, an e-commerce development company to create their award-winning site.

OneWorld Health (OWH) has named Ponni Subbiah, MD, its first global program leader. In this role, Dr. Subbiah will be responsible for OWH’s drug development portfolio, which is now a program of PATH.

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announces that Dr. Maria Freire has been chosen as its new President, effective November 1, 2012. Dr. Freire comes to the Foundation from her position as President of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a leading champion of medical research.

The One Love Foundation, the nonprofit honoring Yeardley Reynolds Love, announced that Kim Ward has been named chairman of the Foundation’s National Advisory Counsel. Ward has experience working with Fortune 500 companies, as well as personal experiences with Relationship Violence.

The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, has announced four prominent national leaders have joined the board of directors, including  Andy Stern, senior fellow at Columbia University, Representative Harold Ford, Jr., a former five-term Congressman and chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, Lawrence H. Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University, and Paul Pastorek, former Louisiana state superintendent of education and former president of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria named Daniel Camus, a highly-respected financial executive, to be its new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Camus has more than 25 years of experience and is well-known among financial leaders in Europe for his deep knowledge of international finance, his personal integrity and his ability as a top-line manager. He holds a PhD in Finance and Economics from the Sorbonne in Paris.

The V Foundation announced Susan Braun as its CEO, effective September 17, 2012.  Nick Valvano, current CEO and brother to the late Jim Valvano, is stepping away after leading The Foundation for the past 13 years.  Valvano will remain on The V Foundation’s Board of Directors and take part in special projects.

Michael Phelps, the swimmer who has won more medals than any Olympian in history, announced that he is ending his racing career and will be turning his attention to his charitable foundation.  He established the Michael Phelps Foundation with the $1 million dollar bonus he got from Speedo, his Beijing Olympics partner..

Opportunities and initiatives

99designs, the largest online marketplace for crowd sourced graphic design services, announces the launch of 99nonprofits, a new initiative to provide free graphic design services to not-for-profit organizations around the world. Through the 99nonprofits program, charitable organizations needing graphic design services may submit applications to 99designs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Comcast are celebrating a group of 13 winners in a national arts completion. More than 20,000 teens participate in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Digital Arts Festivals in categories ranging from digital photography to music making to graphic design. The competitions allow youth to use the tech skills they’ve learned through their local Boys & Girls Club to create unique digital artwork.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation unveiled, and families ratified, the 2012 Equal Voice National Family Platform — a report outlining the issue and policy priorities of 6,000 poor families surveyed from Alabama to California. The issue that the families cited as their top priority was education.

The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy is accepting applications for its Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy.  Applications are due September 7, 2012.

Illinois and Louisiana are among the latest U.S. states recognizing B corporations(also known as benefit corporations or B-corps).

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