09.20.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Case Western Reserve has announced that the Inamori Foundation has committed an additional $1 million to advance the work of the university’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has announced the establishment of The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations. The project is being made possible thanks to a donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, an international philanthropist.

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) announced  that it has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support strategic growth and an increase in the number of students in up to 14 new NAF Academies of Finance (AOF), or “schools within schools,” in public high schools in Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Nevada and Oklahoma.  The grant will also help NAF build best practices in the existing 208 Academies.

Boston University announced that media executive and Boston native, Sumner M. Redstone, has given $18 million to help expand and improve the facilities of the Boston University School of Law, including the construction of a new building adjacent to the School’s core facility; the new building will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Building.

As part of their long held commitment to fighting cancer, retailer Belk, Inc. announced a $25,000 gift to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. Jan Clevenger, chair of the Belk Western Division, presented the $25,000 check to BCRFA.

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy announced 10 grants to support grassroots Arab American organizations around the country. The grantees’ work includes assisting refugees, promoting student success and informing the public through arts and culture. In its fourth funding cycle, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) will distribute $53,000, bringing the total amount dispersed since CAAP began making grants in 2009 to nearly $233,000. For a complete list of recipients, click here.

News about people, groups

Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Danielle Guarino, Robin Ponsolle, and Stuart Riback. Each member brings a passion for QSAC’s mission to serve the autism community of New York City and Long Island. QSAC is honored to welcome these three community leaders to their Board of Directors.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has re-designated the Christ Hospital School of Nursing (CHSON) as a NLN Center for Excellence for 2012 ─ 2016. CHSON has been selected as one of six schools of nursing from across the nation to have been accredited with this honor. This is the second time that the CHSON has been granted this designation in the category for Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development.

Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation announced the winners of the 18th annual Heinz Awards, honoring five individuals who have made significant contributions in five areas: Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment. Each honoree will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000. To view the winners visit http://www.heinzawards.net/recipients.

The San Diego Foundation Environment Program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, as one of 10 recipients of the first annual Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations. The award honors community foundations for their innovative public-philanthropic collaborations designed to address housing and community development challenges.

Opportunities and initiatives

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced that it is inviting nonprofit organizations in the United States to submit funding proposals for local programs that address the needs facing low-income communities through emergent or “lifeline” services such as hunger relief, short-term supportive shelter, and benefits access. Through this funding, the company will invest $10 million to support community efforts to assist individuals and families in need with immediate services and financial empowerment programs that promote long-term economic stability. For more information on nonprofit programs and services that may qualify for a grant, or how to submit an application, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation. Grant applications will be accepted September 10 through October 8, 2012.

Allegra Network announced its “Nonprofit Challenge” giving one lucky organization a helping hand in its marketing and promotional efforts. The winner will receive $2,500 in marketing and graphic communications services provided by a local Allegra Network franchise location. Starting Sept. 30, nonprofit representatives and their supporters can nominate their charitable organization for the challenge at nonprofitchallenge.com. Voting is open to the public, and the nonprofit that receives the most “likes” will be deemed the winner. The contest ends Nov. 15.

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