11.21.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Baltimore-based law firm Ober|Kaler announced the recipients of its Community Grants Program. The annual program awards $35,000 in grants to three nonprofit community organizations dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas. Druid House Mentoring Project and Sarah’s Hope will each receive a $10,000 grant, and a special $15,000 grant will go to D.C. Central Kitchen.

Ashoka announced that it has received a $250,000 challenge grant to customize its trademarked Changemakers® platform to support and connect growing numbers of social entrepreneurs in Israel and around the world. Kikar Ashoka, the customized platform, aims to help these social entrepreneurs develop, maintain and scale initiatives, collaborate on shared ideas and connect with potential supporters. The three-year challenge grant is from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

The Travelers Championship, Connecticut’s PGA TOUR event, announced that the 2012 tournament generated $1,154,000 for more than 100 charities throughout the region. The charity dollars raised is the largest annual amount since Travelers took over as title sponsor in 2007.

For the third year, Bank of America and Feeding America are teaming up to impact the 50 million Americans who experience hunger everyday with the Give A Meal campaign. For every $1 donated through Give a Meal, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will make a $2 contribution up to a total match of $1.5 million – making three times the difference for those in need.  This is in addition to a $1 million contribution to Feeding America.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has named the new surgical and interventional center in its soon-to-open Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion in honor of Bill and Sue Gross, philanthropists and donors of a $20 million gift toward the building that will bring together clinicians and researchers under one roof to accelerate biomedical discoveries and to speed those advances into clinical care.

No-contract cell phone leader Straight Talk Wireless presented a check to Make-A-Wish for $1,104,722 to conclude its “One Minute. One Million.” campaign.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh announced it has received a $1 million grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to upgrade its museums’ technology infrastructure.

GlaxoSmithKline has announced that the Institute for Safe Families of Philadelphia is a 16th Annual IMPACT Award recipient. The organization will receive $40,000 for having a significant impact on its community by providing access to proactive and effective healthcare services.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo presented a check for $250,000 to the Memorial Park Conservancy to help with the reforestation of the park.

Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity announced that they have raised more than $1,000,000 for Autism Speaks. Alpha Xi Delta chapters and alumnae associations have participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks events in their local communities and AmaXIng Challenges at its host institutions.

The Otto Bremer Foundation announced initial grantmaking in Owatonna totaling more than $1.1 million. Grant recipients include: United Way of Steele County, Owatonna Public Library and Owatonna Community Education.

News about people, groups

Volunteers and trustees of Naples Children & Education Foundation  recently raised $12.2 million for underprivileged and at-risk children at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

The National Council for Research on Women has named Áine Duggan as its new president. Duggan is a leader of public policy, education, and advocacy programs related to social justice.

Catholic Extension, a national nonprofit based in Chicago, recently hired four directors of development. The new employees include: Robert McNamara, Midwest Region; Brindy Roosa, Western Region; Luna Moorman, Southeast Region; and Kathleen Gunn, Northeast Region.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that Jina Moore, regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, has won the November Sidney Award for “Below The Line: Poverty In America,” a portrait of poverty.

Mutual of America announced the recipients of its 2012 Community Partnership Award, which honors the contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. The 2012 recipients include: Governor Hugh L. Carey Award, Challenged Athletes Foundation; Honorable Mention Recipients, College Bound Dorchester and UCAN; Merit Finalists, MedWish International, CitySquare, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TennesseeChange for Kids, Inc., MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Community Services Northwest, and West Virginia Health Right, Inc.

NeighborWorks America, a community development organization, announced the appointment of Sarah Bloom Raskin as its board chair. Raskin, who succeeds former Chair Christiane Gigi Hyland, has served as the Federal Reserve Board of Governor’s representative to the NeighborWorks America board since January 2011.

The DNA Foundation announced a new name and refined mission for its organization. DNA will now be known as THORN: Digital Defenders of Children.  The foundation will focus on the role technology plays in crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Accion, a private nonprofit organization in global microfinance and impact investing, announced the appointment of John Fischer as its new Chief Investment Officer. Fischer will oversee Accion’s investment vehicles, including equity investments in microfinance institutions made through its Gateway Fund; its Bridge Fund loan guarantees; and seed- and early-stage investments, through Accion’s Venture Lab and Frontier Investments and initiatives.

The winners of the 2012 New York Community Trust – New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards were announced on Nov. 15. They are: Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence to Red Hook Initiative; Silver Prize to Harlem RBI; and Bronze Prize to Open Door Family Medical Center. Each winner also received scholarships towards tuition at Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, valued at a total of $18,000.

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