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08.30.12.: US News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced funding for nonprofits that provide basic needs assistance throughout Western Washington, an acknowledgement that even as the economy improves, there is still much work to be done to help the community’s most vulnerable residents. The complete grant cycle commits $1.61 million to 25 organizations and will benefit 851,000 people in the Pacific Northwest.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that it is investing $9.5 million in new funding for its Forward Promise initiative, aimed at improving the health and success of young men of color. The centerpiece of the announcement is a new call for proposals that seeks innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.

The Standard Charitable FoundationStandard Insurance Company (“The Standard”), and its employees and retirees together awarded more than $2.6 million across the nation last year to nonprofits. Giving focused on nonprofit organizations that share the company’s emphasis on education, disability and empowerment, cultural development and healthy communities.

The New Brunswick, NJ-based American Conference on Diversity recently received a $7,000 grant from longtime partner in education Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its 17th Annual Lead for Diversity Youth Education Program, which equips high-school students to recognize and challenge bias and oppression within their communities and impacts close to 18,000 students throughout New Jersey each year.

International children’s charity Kids Wish Network has delivered toys and other necessities valued at $40,000 to The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Banks provide emergency rooms, pediatric units, and other children’s care facilities with age appropriate toys to offer a welcome distraction to children facing often traumatic or life threatening illnesses.

Breakthrough Greater Boston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for at-risk students to attend four-year colleges and to training the next generation of urban teachers, recently received a $30,000 grant from The Cabot Family Charitable Trust. The Cabot Family Charitable Trust award will be used to help support the organization’s three-year, $4M expansion to TechBoston Academy in Dorchester.

New research by the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) indicates that Minnesota grantmakers have increased giving to education. According to early conclusions from MCF’s research, Giving in Minnesota, 2012 Edition, grantmaking to education by the research sample increased to $257 million in 2010, a 3-percent increase from 2009.

News about people, groups

William (Bill) Davis, who has held the position of Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for 16 years, announced his intention to retire from the post early next year. JDG Associates has been retained by the AAA to conduct the search for its next Executive Director.

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) has named Jay Want, MD, Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Want, a nationally recognized leader in health care quality and cost innovation, joins CIVHC’s executive team.

Peter Schwab has been elected as the new chair of the Lupus Foundation of America‘s National Board of Directors. Mr. Schwab will provide organizational leadership and oversee the Foundation’s work to raise awareness about lupus, and bring more research dollars into the fight against this potentially life-threatening disease that affects 1.5 million Americans.

City of Charleston leaders and the Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation celebrated the beginning construction of the new Gaillard Center. With the restoration of the historic Dock Street Theatre and adaptive renovation of Memminger Auditorium, the new Gaillard Center will be the final piece in Charleston’s acclaimed arts infrastructure. Financing of the $142 million Gaillard will be shared equally between the City of Charleston and private donors. The project will bring 1,000 jobs and an economic impact of $62 million during construction and 400 permanent jobs with an annual economic benefit of more than $39 million once opened.

The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation (WEODWF), the nation’s only non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and resources to the families of EOD
experts who have been injured in the line of duty, has announced the expansion of the Board of Directors with the addition of Robert M. Sehnert. Mr. Sehnert joins nine fellow WEODWF Board Members, many of whom have a prior career in the military and specifically, the EOD joint service corps. 

Opportunities and initiatives

The Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN) has launched a global online non-profit community that harnesses the power of technology and multimedia to connect and empower those suffering from abuse. Through mobile and online platforms, GWEN provides communication and cause-related solutions that inspire victims from around the globe to cultivate, strengthen, and share their inner voice to gain confidence and heal.

Through its global grants program, Ronald McDonald House Charities seeks to fund sustainable projects related to children’s health. The Charity is now accepting grant proposals for the fall grant cycle. New applicants can apply here. For more information, visit the Charity’s grants page at: http://rmhc.org/what-we-do/grants/.

McDonald’s USA is launched its first-ever “Give A Hand” Volunteer Awards program in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). As part of McDonald’s ongoing support of RMHC, the “Give A Hand” Volunteer Awards (GAHVA) were created to inspire and educate families around volunteerism, and help build young volunteers’ character and compassion to get involved in their local communities. Through November 2, individuals are invited to submit a proposed volunteerism pledge of 50 words or less in support of RMHC at the sweepstakes website, www.GiveAHandMcDonalds.com.

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