10.04.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Liberty Hill Foundation announced $500,000 in grants to LGBTQ youth.  Five community organizations from around the country will receive $100,000 multi-year grants to advance safety, empowerment and justice for LGBTQ youth.  The grants are being made by the Queer Youth Fund, a donor-initiated grantmaking program at the Liberty Hill Foundation. A list of Queer Youth Fund grantees can be found at www.LibertyHill.org/QYF.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced $958,000 was awarded to 20 nonprofit organizations throughout the region in response to emergency needs after Hurricane Isaac and to four organizations working to address environmental challenges.

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), the community-based cultural and educational institution serving children and families of all backgrounds for nearly 50 years, announced that it will receive an historic grant of more than $5 million from the Herb Alpert Foundation. The grant, totaling $5,050,000, is a gift from musician, artist and philanthropist Herb Alpert to ensure a sustainable future for the Harlem School of the Arts and the future of its students.

News about people, groups

Blackbaud, Inc., a provider of software and services designed for nonprofit organizations, announced that Joyce Nelson, former president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), has joined its board of directors. Nelson was with NMSS for 28 years, serving as CEO for the last seven years until she retired in October, 2011.

United Way Worldwide announced the appointment of Stacey D. Stewart as President of United Way USA – a newly created position that reflects the organization’s commitment to its U.S. network of more than 1,200 local members. Stewart’s appointment is effective October 15.

The New York City chapter of the national nonprofit, Back on My Feet, an organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other under-served populations by first engaging them in running, announced that Carolyn Spector has joined BoMF NYC as its first Executive Director.  Spector brings with her over 15 years of senior nonprofit management expertise, including fundraising, event planning and program management experience.

Leslie McGuire has joined AmeriCares as Director of U.S. Programs in charge of the organization’s aid deliveries to U.S. free clinics and community health centers. In her new role, McGuire will provide leadership and strategic direction for AmeriCares growing U.S. Medical Assistance Program, which provides donated medicines and supplies to 400 health care facilities all across the country serving the poor and uninsured.

Opportunity Finance Network announced three recipients of the Wells Fargo NEXT Opportunity Awards. The winners- Primary Care Development CorporationClearinghouse CDFI, and Corporation for Supportive Housing– are Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that will use their awards to develop partnerships that increase CDFI coverage in underserved communities or bring new or more products to existing and/or expanded markets.

The 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner raised nearly $18 million for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Opportunities and initiatives

Business4Better has opened the application process for qualifying nonprofit organizations interested in fostering deeper and more impactful relationships with businesses to secure a free exhibit space at their inaugural event. Nonprofits that can offer businesses ways to dedicate employee time, commercial capabilities and other non-cash assets toward improving a societal cause, or those that have an interest in this type of partnership, are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to showcase their cause to the business representative attendees at the Business4Better conference & expo produced by UBM plc, May 1-2, in Anaheim, CA. Nonprofits can apply here.

As part of its Be Fearless initiative, the Case Foundation, in partnership with Microsoft and REI, is looking for the unsung individuals in communities across the country that have a successful track record of tackling social challenges because their approach is bold, uncommon, experimental and unconventional. $650,000 in grants, software and technology prizes and outdoor adventures will be awarded. Click here to apply.

Water For People recently released a new PSA starring Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer for  the organization’s $2 Million Challenge-Time Well Spent initiative.

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