11.01.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Newman’s Own Foundation, the organization started by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, announced that it is making nearly $4 million in grants over a two-year period to 40 U.S. nonprofit organizations that run nutrition programs. This is in addition to $1 million already granted to nutrition programs earlier this year. The grants will go to organizations that focus on areas including: nutrition education for children and families; child nutrition with a focus on feeding hungry children and/or reducing childhood obesity; and fresh food access for underserved communities.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced that it is awarding a two-year $400,000 grant to JVS to train entry level workers for better paying jobs and careers.   The grant will support employer-based workforce development under JVS’ Partnerships for Careers and Learning, including: front-end collaboration with employers to analyze workforce needs; classroom instruction to accelerate learning, distance learning, and academic and career coaching; all customized to the needs of the employer and the workplace.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation, in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, formed an initiative called Stand Up for Our Children. It identifies and invests in nonprofit organizations that train parents to develop leadership skills that enable them to become more effective advocates for their children. A total of $575,366 was awarded to the 10 organizations for their success working with parents and advocating for families. Click here to view the award recipients.

Artist Trust, a Washington state nonprofit arts organization, will award $89,660 in artist grants to 62 recipients of the 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP). The GAP Program provides up to $1,500 to individual artists for projects in all artistic disciplines. GAP recipients and their projects are featured on Artist Trust’s website: www.artisttrust.org.

BERNINA, a family-owned sewing machine company, recently donated more than 100 sewing machines to help “mend” communities in Guatemala, India and in Montana.  The machines were distributed by The Sewing Machine Project.

Covenant House New York and New Jersey held its annual Party On Park benefit on Oct. 23 at the Park Avenue Armory. Party on Park took place at the 24th Annual 2012 International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show and was sponsored by Carter’s Inc., the children’s apparel company based in Atlanta, Ga. The event raised more than $50,000 for Covenant House’s Mother/Child Program.

In a move to stem the high school dropout crisis, AT&T is deploying a new evidence-based, data-driven model through its Aspire program to fund organizations that are making a measurable difference in keeping students in school and preparing them for college and career readiness. Using this model, AT&T announced that it has selected 47 schools and nonprofits that have demonstrated that their programs keep students on track to graduate. These schools/organizations shared in nearly $10 million from AT&T.

News about people, groups

The winner of the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education is five-time finalist Miami-Dade County Public SchoolsThe Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. As the winner of the award that recognizes the large urban school district making the greatest progress in the country in raising student achievement, Miami-Dade will receive $550,000 in college scholarships for its high school seniors. Three finalist districts in Corona-Norco, Houston and Palm Beach will each receive $150,000 in scholarships.

RBS Citizens Financial Group (RBSCFG) announced the 10th anniversary ofChampions in Action®, its program supporting nonprofit organizations that work on issues like homelessness, financial education, job training and the arts. Over the past decade, the Champions program has provided more than $6.7 million in grants to 260 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Opportunities and initiatives

To assist non-profits and organizations that support social causes, Pontiflex Inc. announced a signup ad creative contest. Three organizations with the most compelling signup ad creative will be awarded free campaigns that will allow them to increase their email database by 1,000 signups. Nonprofit organizations can enter the contest until Nov. 15 at: http://www.adleads.com/nonprofit.

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation announced a commitment to improving child wellness in the southeastern Pennsylvania region with the creation of the IBC Foundation Healthy Futures Initiative. The three-year, nearly $2 million Healthy Futures is a comprehensive, collaborative approach to making a measurable difference in child wellness.

Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit, announced its scholarship application process has begun. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to apply for the multi-year scholarships.

The Corporation for National and Community Service released the notification of possible funding that would put AmeriCorps members on the ground to help them tackle challenges facing communities across the country. The grant competition is designed to help national service programs achieve greater impact by targeting resources on a core set of challenges:  disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

The search engine Spokeo.com and strategic partner Mixed Roots Foundation announced a new partnership to launch the Spokeo Search Angel Awards initiative, which will honor volunteer searchers who help reunite adult adoptees with their birth families. The awards will recognize the top “search angels” in the United States and provide much-needed support in order to help them continue to make more family connections. Spokeo and Mixed Roots will announce a call for nominations in the next few weeks. Search angels themselves as well as friends and family members will be encouraged to nominate deserving volunteers for these awards. Finalists will be contacted for more information and the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) launched the 2013 Gold Quill Awards, introducing a number of new categories including Social Responsibility and Public Service Announcements. IABC’s annual Gold Quill Awards represent best practices in business communication across a variety of disciplines. Each year, more than 1,000 communication professionals from around the world submit entries to be considered for the awards. The early-bird deadline for entries is Jan, 31, 2013, and the final deadline is March 5. Visit http://gq.iabc.com for details.

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