10.11.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation, announced scholarships totaling approximately $4.2 million to 1,100 recipients during the NBC News Education Nation Summit. Additionally, 1,000 students received a one-time $2,000 award.  By the end of 2012, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program expects to have provided nearly $13 million to help students attend school. To view the complete list of 2012 recipients please visit www.buickachievers.com.

The Chicago Community Trust announced $1,330,000 in grants that will enhance cultural vibrancy, access and diversity, $570,000 in grants that will help to alleviate poverty in the region, and $231,000 in grants to advance affordable rental housing. Award recipients can be found here.

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund announced an initiative that will provide $125,000 grants to four organizations working to protect voter rights – the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Common Cause Education Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Project Vote.

The Vons Foundation announced a $5,000 grant to After-School All-Stars (ASAS), a national non-profit organization that provides comprehensive after-school programs.  The grant will support Sports as a Hook (SAAH), a sports-based youth development initiative that helps connect sports to leadership and life skills, community service, nutrition, girl empowerment, nature and parental involvement.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation announced plans for a three-year, $6 million initiative, called “Why News Matters,” to expand innovative approaches to improving news literacy. In addition, the Foundation is continuing to provide funding for initiatives supporting youth journalism, quality reporting and protection of press freedoms. The Foundation announced nearly $4 million in total journalism grants.

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation announced $365,000 in grants to organizations that address critical issues that families in the area face in relation to poverty. The list of recipients along with descriptions of each project can be found on the Foundation’s Web site at www.mutualofomahafoundation.org.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland approved its third quarter grants for 2012, awarding a total of $1,385,332 to 13 organizations that advance the Foundation’s strategic priorities focusing on health, community and family. A list of recipients can be found here.

News about people, groups

The MacArthur Foundation named 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2012. Working across a broad spectrum of endeavors, the Fellows include a pediatric neurosurgeon, a marine ecologist, a journalist, a photographer, an optical physicist and astronomer, a stringed-instrument bow maker, a geochemist, a fiction writer, and an arts entrepreneur. All were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. For more about the fellows, click here.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced a four-year, multi-million dollar partnership with the global pharmaceutical company Celgene Corporation to identify and fund promising blood cancer research projects. This collaboration is the first for the new LLS “Targets, Leads & Candidates Program,” a novel approach to venture philanthropy partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry.

United Way of New York City announced that Sheena Wright will be the new President and CEO, effective mid-November.  Ms. Wright has served as the President and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) since 2002 and is a former Board member of United Way of NYC. A lawyer by training, Ms. Wright will be the first woman to lead United Way of NYC in its 75-year history, and will succeed Gordon J. Campbell, who led the organization from 2007 until September 1 of this year.

Opportunities and initiatives

The Vodafone Americas FoundationTM announced a call for submissions for their annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation ProjectTM, a competition that identifies and supports wireless-related technologies with high potential to solve critical global issues. Online applications will be accepted from October 1, 2012 through January 13, 2013, with winners announced in spring 2013. Details about eligibility and the application can be found at project.vodafone-us.com.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation will house the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund, created by the City of New Orleans as a part of “Flip the Script,” a multimedia, public awareness campaign produced by film director Spike Lee. “Flip the Script” is part of the Mayor Landrieu’s NOLA FOR LIFE murder reduction strategy, aimed at changing the attitudes of and about young, black men. The NOLA FOR LIFE Fund will support the efforts of high-quality, local service providers and of individuals who’ve chosen to “flip their script” on their futures. Donors can choose how their donations get spent, from educational programs and job training to substance abuse programs and safe housing. Individuals wishing to donate to the fund can find a link at http://nolaforlife.org. The City will match the tax-deductible donations to the NOLA FOR LIFE Fund dollar for dollar, up to $250,000.

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