09.13.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announces the availability of $250,000 to nonprofit organizations working to provide direct relief in the form of food, water, and clothing in the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Isaac throughout the region. Organizations that wish to apply can access the application on the Foundation’s website. Grants from this fund will average between $5,000 and $10,000 and the Foundation will continue to make grants until all the funds have been expended.

Philanthropists Audrey and Martin Gruss have made a gift of $5 million to Southampton Hospital and the Eastern Long Island community that will benefit from their foresight and generosity.  Their support will create The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center as a new facility at the Hospital.  The Center will provide stroke treatment and carotid stents as needed and consolidate a broad spectrum of new and sophisticated diagnostic and treatment capabilities with existing cardiovascular programs and services.

The Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Skoll Foundation – announced a combined $10.85 million investment in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) through September 2015, with the goal of continuing to build the global market for sustainable seafood. The multi-year grants demonstrate a continuing commitment to MSC’s certification and ecolabeling program, to preserve the livelihoods of fishermen while restoring depleted fish populations and a healthy marine environment.

Twenty local news and information projects across the country, all backed by their community or place-based foundations, have been awarded $3.67 million in matching funds as winners of the Knight Community Information Challenge. The challenge was created by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help community and place-based foundations become leaders in supporting local news and information, seen as vital to helping communities shape their own futures.

The Colorado Trust has made $30,000 in grants to strengthen the work of five nonprofit organizations working to improve the health and well-being of rural Coloradans. The Colorado Trust, a grantmaking foundation dedicated achieving access to health for all Coloradans, made the grants after meeting with nonprofit organizations at Rural Philanthropy Days in Morgan County, Colorado. Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) connects funders with nonprofit organizations that serve rural Colorado to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and to address critical needs in rural communities across Colorado.

Grinnell College has announced the winners of the second annual Grinnell Prize honoring young innovators for social change: Cristi Hegranes, executive director and founder, Global Press Institute; Jacob A. Wood, president of  Team Rubicon, and William B. McNulty III vice president of Team Rubicon (shared award); and Jane Chen, CEO of Embrace Innovations and co-founder, Embrace, and Linus Liang, Embrace co-founder and COO (shared award). The Grinnell Prize, which received nominations from 45 countries, honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.  Each winning entry receives $100,000, half to the individual(s) and half to an organization the winner(s) designates, for a total of $300,000 awarded this year in prize monies.

The board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recently approved $7.8 million for the “Home For Good” action plan, a partnership between the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to end chronic and veteran homelessness in Los Angeles County by 2016.

California-based community lender Opportunity Fund has won the first-ever $100,000 NEXT Seed Capital Award for its EasyPayTM financing product. EasyPay is a responsible loan product that allows underbanked small business owners to repay loans directly through their credit and debit card sales. Opportunity Fund is California’s largest non-profit microlender supporting small businesses and is one of the largest microlenders in the nation. Opportunity Fund will use the NEXT Seed Capital Award to expand the program to the San Francisco Bay Area, and throughout California.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, through Chicago Tribune Charities, has recently awarded $850,000 to 27 Chicago agencies providing parenting programs that are designed to improve the social and emotional well-being of children affected by abuse and family violence, and to assist in reducing the risk of child abuse.

News about people, groups

The NEA Foundation announced today that Mark H. Chichester, Co-founder and President of Atlas Research, will serve as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. The NEA Foundation also announced the names of four new Board members: Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh; Paige Johnson; Lauren Woodman; and Cathy Zier.

F. Robert Petricone has been named to the board of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. A resident of Litchfield, Mr. Petricone retired as co-owner and executive officer of the Windsor, CT-based Stowe Machine Company, Inc. Formerly, he served as executive vice president and director of the Torin Corporation.

Venture Philanthropy Partners announced that Anne Reiss has been named Vice President of Investor Development, charged with leading the organization’s fundraising and investor development efforts as the organization embarks on the next phase of its work to improve the lives of children and youth in the National Capital Region.

Chicago-based Cellar Angels, the nation’s leading cause-based wine marketing company, is partnering with Wine To Water to help more people get access to clean water through the simple process of taking online wine orders. Wine To Water formed in 2004 and is focused on providing clean water to people in need around the world. By partnering with Cellar Angels, supporters of Wine To Water will now have opportunities to secure rare wines and support the charity through their purchases.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has unveiled its new Cypress Center, which nearly doubles the Food Bank’s operating space. The addition of the new building, coupled with a retooled produce distribution model and streamlined operations, will enable Second Harvest to distribute significantly more, and fresher, food to the community. Cypress Semiconductor donated the 75,000-square-foot building and surrounding five acres, with an estimated value of $9 million, to Second Harvest in April 2011.

Jeanine Limone Draut has been named Communications Officer for The Colorado Trust. In this role, she will work closely with staff, grantees and partners to help achieve the foundation’s vision of achieving access to health for all Coloradans.

The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS patients and their families has announced nine new board members: James Gibeaut (Treasurer); Tammy Edwards (Secretary); Eddie Burchell; Bonnie Downing; Mike Gathagan; Frank Kelly; Senator Frank Kelly; Lori Smyth; and Gary Williams.

Opportunities and initiatives

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, (CFCNCA), administered by Global Impact, is the only authorized workplace charitable giving drive for employees in the Federal workplace. CFCNCA is the local campaign for Federal employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area and is the largest workplace giving campaign in the world.  The Campaign, which runs from September 1 through December 15, supports more than 4,400 approved charities that represent a variety of causes. These charities reach local, national and international individuals and communities in need, and can be found in a searchable database at www.cfcnca.org.

Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization with a solid history of providing scholarships, mentors and hope, is proud to announce the launch of “Keeping the Promise,” an initiative to raise enough funding to purchase college scholarships for an additional 1,800 deserving low-income students. This will increase the number of scholars currently served by 25% to 9,000 active students across Florida.

Through Fueling Good, CITGO will be offering gas to charitable organizations this fall in 27 states across America. Ultimately, 12 charities will be rewarded with a year’s worth of gas. For the 2012 Fueling Good Program, CITGO will support charities in four categories:

  • Education and Social Investment
  • Energy Assistance and Conservation
  • Environmental Protection and Restoration
  • Personal Health and Well-Being

501(c)3 charities that depend on fuel to serve the people who depend on them are eligible to enter. The entry period opened September 4, runs through October 16 and only takes a few minutes to complete. Nonprofits can go to www.fuelinggood.com/registration to register.

Chase has launched the voting period for the 2012 Chase Community Giving program and from now through September 19, the public has the opportunity to vote on the 30,000 plus nominated charities which will ultimately determine how the $5 million in Chase grants for the 196 winning charities is allocated.Voting takes place on Facebook at the following link: Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving.

In partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), The Idea Village announces that applications for its annual Water Challenge are now open. Going into its third year, this program aims to identify and support entrepreneurial solutions that apply innovative approaches to how we live with water in Southeast Louisiana, which is especially relevant in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Interested entrepreneurs can apply at www.ideavillage.org until 11:59pm CT on October 15, 2012.

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