09.06.12.: US News Bits

09.06.12.: US News Bits

Foundation for Youth Investment announces awards, First Five Years Fund appoints new executive director, six individuals receive the World of Children Award, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The National College of Natural Medicine has announced that it recently received a grant of $198,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust to support the medical college’s new integrative medicine research facility. The NCNM Helfgott Research Institute and Community Education Center will celebrate its official grand opening Oct. 5.

The Foundation for Youth Investment awarded $325,000 through both the Catalyst Fund and the Impact Fund to support the efforts of nineteen organizations that make outdoor spaces accessible and safe for youth and families. The Catalyst Fund provides general support for emergent organizations with annual operating budgets less than $250,000. The Impact Fund provides support for more established organizations with annual operating budgets greater than $250,000.  Both funds offer resources to help connect underserved youth to the outdoors.

A series of innovative schools in California, Florida and Wisconsin are the first recipients of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation’s Education Challenge Grant. Three schools have received grants to implement lesson plans that leverage video and computer games to engage students in critical subjects.

News about people, groups

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) has appointed Kris Perry as its new executive director. Perry, a nationally recognized early childhood advocate, has been instrumental in driving effective early learning policy at local, state and national levels. As executive director, Perry will oversee policy and communication efforts nationwide for the First Five Years Fund, one of the country’s leading organizations focused on improving federal policy regarding quality birth to 5 education programs for at-risk children.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) has selected Jerry A. Linzy as this year’s recipient of the association’s highest recognition, the AHP Si Seymour Award.

Six changemakers who have dramatically improved the lives of children around the world will be honored by the World of Children Award, the only global recognition and funding nonprofit that recognizes individuals who are improving the lives of children in need worldwide. These remarkable individuals will be honored with the award that’s been hailed by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” – an annual honor that includes a cash grant of up to $75,000 for honorees’ programs.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, is excited to announce the expansion of our Board of Directors and the appointment of a new board Chairman. New board members include: Wendell Pierce, actor and entrepreneur; Natalie Shirley, President of Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City; Joan Werner, Director of Client Services in the Fixed Income Department of New York Life Investments. Additionally– Bruce R. Lindsey, chief executive officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation has been elected to serve as Chairman of the board.

The Priyanka Foundation has been selected as the Midwest Region Winner of the Human Services category in the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards. The CLASSY Awards, hosted by StayClassy, is a philanthropic awards ceremony, recognizing top charitable achievements around the world. This year, more than 2,400 nominations were submitted for nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and volunteers.

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is pleased to welcome Paul Brest, former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as Faculty Co-Director with the start of the new academic year. Professor Brest joins esteemed Faculty Co-Directors Rob Reich and Woody Powell, and Executive Director Kim Meredith, as well as Founder and Board Chair Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, at the helm of one of the University’s preeminent academic centers.

Opportunities and initiatives

World Monuments Fund (WMF) announces the launch of “World Monuments Watch Day,” comprising a series of celebratory and educational events to be held at cultural heritage sites around the world. A new component of WMF’s biennial World Monuments Watch program, Watch Day is intended to encourage local engagement with these treasured places, while also raising global awareness of their vital importance both to the communities in which they are located and to our shared human history. All of the places celebrating Watch Day are on the 2012 World Monuments Watch.

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