10.18.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The San Diego Foundation approved a total of  $650,888 in grants to 20 environmental nonprofit organizations in the San Diego region. The individual grants that encompass climate, land and water use, and clean environment initiatives, range in size from $9,600 to $45,000. A few of the grantees include Anza-Borrego Foundation, Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek, Outdoor Outreach, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, The San Diego River Park Foundation, and WalkSanDiego.

The Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) announced that it is the recipient of a $2,226,000 grant from The JPB Foundation.  The grant will be paid to the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office over two years to fund an innovative new state-of-the-art clinical tool for NFP nurses nationwide to use in home visits with young first-time mothers.

The Micron Foundation awarded Northwest Nazarene University a $200,000 grant to assist the University’s new bachelor of science in engineering program. The grant will provide start-up funding to hire two new faculty members and a laboratory manager, enabling the University to create several new engineering courses over the next two years. This will directly support the engineering program’s pursuit of accreditation upon its first graduating class in 2014.

The Ford Foundation announced a five-year $25 million commitment to help end child marriage, a harmful practice that afflicts the lives of 10 million girls in dozens of countries around the world each year. The announcement came at a State Department event to observe the first International Day of the Girl Child.

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (JCF) announced the most significant grant in its history to support community-building, engagement and programming aimed at strengthening lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender participation (LGBT) in the Bay Area Jewish community. The JCF awarded a three-year grant for $540,000 to Keshet, the nation’s largest organization working for LGBT inclusion in all areas of Jewish life.

News about people, groups

Civic leaders in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes announced the formation of the Bayou Community Foundation. This philanthropic organization created in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation was established to improve the lives of people living in the parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne, plus Grand Isle.

Lion’s Heart, a volunteer service organization that empowers teens to support local non-profits, has been recognized with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Mission Viejo. The certificate was presented by Mission Viejo Mayor, Frank Ury, at the Oct 1 council meeting, citing more than 120,000 hours of volunteer time accrued by local teens assisting organizations, such as The Bell Tower FoundationRelay for Life and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Leah Devlin, D.D.S., M.P.H., has been elected to the board of directors of the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Foundation). Devlin is Professor of the Practice of health policy and management at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Bernie Marcus accepted the 2012 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership during The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Annual Meeting. The William E. Simon Prize includes an award of $250,000 is donated to the charities of the winner’s choice. Marcus is giving a portion of the prize to the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the other portion of the prize to the Piedmont School of Autism.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced the appointment of Sylvie Billion, an executive with more than 30 years of experience in the finance sector, as its Treasurer and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Billion will work alongside Daniel Camus, a financial executive known for his expertise in strategic planning, who joined the Global Fund in August as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Billion will take up her new appointment on November 1.

Opportunities and initiatives

PM+CO, a NY-based design and branding agency is currently running a contest for non-profits to submit a one to two minute video of their mission — sharing highlights of their work, impact and/or drive — for the opportunity to win a complete rebrand. More information can be found here. Applications are due October 22, 2012.

In recognition of National Coming Out Day, three national non-profits working in education, Teach For America, The Trevor Project, and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), launched a program asking teachers nationwide to make their classrooms Safe and Affirming For Everyone (S.A.F.E.). The S.A.F.E. initiative seeks to engage educators to prevent bullying and reduce risk by enlisting them as allies in creating safe and affirming classrooms for their students, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). By signing the pledge at www.safeclassrooms.org, teachers will gain access to a library of resources that will help create this embracing environment, including learning objectives, activities, and classroom posters.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced that 33,185 pets were adopted or reunited with their owners during the first two months of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. Fifty animal shelters from across the country are working to increase adoptions in order to win a portion of the more than $500,000 in ASPCA prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000. To find a contestant near you, please visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org/contestants. To see a complete list of events as they are scheduled, please go here.

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