11.08.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a foundation focused exclusively on improving U.S. health and health care, marked its 40th anniversary by approving up to $425 million in grantmaking during 2013. Since its inception in 1972, the Foundation has awarded more than $9 billion in grants, with grantees located throughout the country.

Buffalo Wild Wings announced that it raised more than $9,000 for the Pretty In Pink Foundation.

News about people, groups

The Extreme History Project announced its official public charity tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions are now fully tax-deductible retroactive to the founding of the organization on Jan. 4, 2011. The Extreme History Project is also now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will further broaden its access to resources in order to fulfill its mission of offering educational opportunities which make history relevant to community and society.

The CDC Foundation has named Pierce Nelson vice president for communications. Nelson will oversee strategic communications efforts aimed at connecting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation with the private sector.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced recipients of its inaugural Creative Leadership Awards, which salute future-focused thinking and adept work by individuals and community organizations. The awardees are Sandra Jackson-Dumont, deputy director of education and public programs at Seattle Art Museum, and Deidre Holmberg, principal at Delta High School in Richland, Wash. Also honored are Literary Arts and Portland YouthBuilders, both in Portland, Ore. Each awardee’s nonprofit organization will receive $50,000.

National nonprofit and social change organization Futures Without Violence announced the two grand prize winners of the RESPECT! Challenge, an online contest that celebrates role models and heroes. Alandra Abrams of Philadelphia and the Saginaw High School Teen Advisory Council of Saginaw Charter Township, Mich., will receive $10,000 for the nonprofit organization or school of their choice, and a VIP trip to New York City to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 20 cities selected as finalists for the Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The 20 finalists are: Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Durham, N.C.; High Point, N.C.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Houston; Indianapolis; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, La.; Lexington, Ky.; Milwaukee; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Providence, R.I.; Saint Paul, Minn.; San Francisco; Santa Monica, Calif.; Springfield, Ore; and Syracuse, N.Y. To learn more about the Mayors Challenge, visit bloomberg.org/mayorschallenge.

Eight member organizations of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable were honored as part of the top 50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America. The annual Slingshot guide includes among its esteemed winners: Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Hazon, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Keshet, Rabbis for Human Rights and Uri L’Tzedek. These groups are part of a 26-organization network that seeks to elevate social justice to the center of Jewish life.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has formally moved into its new campus in Agoura Hills, Calif.  In 2007, the Foundation’s board of directors decided in favor of building a permanent home for the organization to continue carrying out Conrad Hilton’s legacy. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is a family foundation established in 1944 by the man who started Hilton Hotels, which provides funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people throughout the world.

Opportunities and initiatives

The Heart of America Foundation and Capital One are partnering to bring books to children across the country. The public can vote online through Nov. 15 for their favorite children’s books to help determine which will be provided. Capital One will also donate one book for every new fan of its Investing for Good Facebook page, with the goal of donating 50,000 books.

Artist Trust seeks nominations for the 2013 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The annual award of $10,000 is given to a Washington State female visual artist, age 60 or older, who has dedicated at least 25 years of her life to creating art. The award recognizes creative excellence, professional accomplishment and dedication to the visual arts. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Artist Trust website at www.artisttrust.org.

The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) has announced the sessions for its Service Learning Program during summer 2013. The program educates students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels on community development, research and facilitation. For more information, contact the ICA at 773-769-6363 or visit the Institute’s website at http://www.ica-usa.org.

In recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, FundingFactory, a fundraising by recycling program, is sponsoring the “Care2Collect Just 1” campaign to help schools, nonprofits and businesses in protecting the environment while supporting their local communities. Participants are encouraged to simply recycle one e-waste item, such as a printer cartridge or cell phone, through FundingFactory, and to donate one non-perishable food item to their local food bank. FundingFactory will donate $1 for every 100 qualifying recyclables it receives during the month of November to Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more, click here.

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