11.15.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, invites customers in Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout the Chattanooga, North Georgia and Cleveland areas to donate to its “Kash for Kids” campaign in support of Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer.

The Land O’Lakes Foundation made a four-year $200,000 pledge to the University of Wisconsin Foundation for its Center for Dairy Research and Babcock Hall Dairy Plant Building Fund, both located at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Raytheon Company and Student Veterans of America (SVA) have joined forces to help empower student veterans to attain their higher education goals. Raytheon presented SVA with a $50,000 grant during a Veterans Day reception in Massachusetts. Raytheon’s partnership with SVA will provide support, mentoring, career guidance and opportunities to service members pursuing higher education degrees.

ANN INC., the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices Global Partnership announced the 2012 ANNpower Grantees. The group represents 14 diverse and driven young women from across the country who are committed to serving their communities as the next generation of female leaders. To learn more about the 2012 ANNpower Grantees, visit ANNpower.org.

The AKI Foundation, a non-profit group based in Annapolis, Md., announced that its fifth annual Fish for a Cure tournament has raised more than $150,000 for cancer research, treatment and care. All proceeds directly benefit the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced it was awarded a $600,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support its role of strengthening nonprofit organizations in the area. The grant is specifically for the Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness Initiative, which was launched last year.

News about people, groups

Dr. Bill Smock, Police Surgeon for the Louisville Metro Police Department and Medical Director for The Institute of Clinical Forensic Medicine and Nursing, has accepted the position as Medical Director for WaterStep, an organization that works to save lives at risk from waterborne illness around the world.

Simon Youth Foundation announced Eric Chamberlain as its new Major Gifts Officer. He will be responsible for the Foundation’s efforts in developing and executing external individual and corporate gifts.

Anne del Castillo has joined the 14th Street Y as its Director of Development. Anne comes to the Y with a background in programming in the arts and public media.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria named Christopher Game, an expert in procurement with broad experience in the auto and pharmaceutical industry, to be its new Chief Procurement Officer.

Palm Healthcare Foundation announced Andrea J. Bradley as the Foundation’s President and  Chief Executive Officer. Bradley, 51, an attorney and healthcare leader in South Florida, comes to Palm Beach County from Holy Cross Hospital Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, where she was vice president of development and marketing.

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding announced Farhan Latif as the Institute’s first Chief Operating Officer and Director of Policy Impact.  Latif will work in partnership with Executive Director Shireen Zaman to focus ISPU’s strategy, strengthen its impact in policy circles, and expand support and awareness of ISPU’s work.

The Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship has awarded REBUILD’s company founder, Julie Colombino, a full scholarship for the Rollins Business Accelerator program. The scholarship is part of the $50,500 prize package awarded to REBUILD Globally for winning the 2012 Business Innovations and Growth (BIG) Award at Central Florida’s premier event for entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey (CCAH), a direct marketing firm serving global nonprofit organizations, announced the recognition of principal and vice president of finance John Wanda with two community awards for his philanthropic work. He was honored by the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington, D.C., for Outstanding Service to the Country of Uganda and was also named a 2012 District Citizen of the Year by the Rotary District 7610, a regional Rotary Foundation chapter serving Northern and Central Virginia.

The Athletes with Disabilities Network has honored Compuware Corporation, a technology performance company, with the 2012 Tony Filippis Corporate Leadership Award. The Tony Filippis, Sr. Corporate Leadership Award recognizes outstanding business organizations that make significant contributions to the community by demonstrating leadership and commitment to the advancement of persons with disabilities.

Bank of the West has been acknowledged as a top corporate philanthropist in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose. The bank was acknowledged for its contributions in each region, and also for nearly $6 million of philanthropic giving in 2011 throughout the 19 states in which it operates. The ratings were developed by the Business Journals of Los Angeles and San Jose, and the San Francisco Business Times.

McKesson Corporation was recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 – the first scientific evaluation to rank the companies that best use time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s experts on civic engagement, and published in the Nov. 9 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Opportunities and initiatives

The EnVest Foundation and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region announced a strategic partnership to increase the number of millennial philanthropists, at EnVest’s sixth Annual 40 under 40 recognition event. The goal of the partnership is to grow the number of millennials engaged in philanthropy through a series of strategies and activities that will be launched in 2013.

Literary artists are encouraged to apply to the 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program for Literary Artists, generously sponsored in part by Amazon.com. The EDGE Program for Literary Artists will take place in Seattle on March 1-April 13, 2013. EDGE Applications and Guidelines are available at the Artist Trust website: artisttrust.org.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps revealed a new animated educational video entitled Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Palm Oil: Animated about its fair trade palm oil project in Asuom, Ghana. The video has been released in connection with the launch of a crowd-funding campaign named Help Dr. Bronner’s Fight Malaria in Eastern Ghana on Indiegogo.com. The effort seeks to raise $25,000 to provide mosquito nets for families in the Asuom region to prevent the spread of malaria. The video and campaign information is available at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-dr-bronner-s-fight-malaria-in-eastern-ghana#/.

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