11.29.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Services for the UnderServed, a nonprofit organization that provides direct support services to veterans and their families, will be the beneficiary of an ongoing corporate donation from UNO Chicago Grill. UNO will donate 10 percent of each sale of its family-size take-out pizzas to help the agency help meet the needs of veterans.

Fuse announced Reverb as the recipient of its second annual Fuse Services Grant Program, which includes $25,000 in agency services to the nonprofit.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership announced it will receive a $3 million grant from the Woodruff Foundation to support the Atlanta BeltLine project’s expansion.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $40,000 custom power wheelchair to 4 year-old Owen Johnson of Palm Bay, Fla., at the Homestead-Miami Speedway after its Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament on Nov. 17. The foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries.

The Arthritis Foundation announced that the AgrAbility Project, hosted by Purdue University, has been awarded another four-year grant to continue arthritis and agriculture work in Indiana and surrounding states. This provides education and support to agricultural professionals and their families who have been affected by a disability so that a farmer, rancher or farm worker may continue to live a productive life in agriculture.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago recently received a $20,000 gift from the Roscoe-based LivLife Foundation for research into Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, which affects one out of 70,000 children.

The Alaska Winter Olympians Scholarship, a fund of the Alaska Community Foundation, awarded $10,000 to five current and aspiring Alaskan winter Olympians. The awards will help cover expenses such as race entries, training program fees, travel and equipment.

Paul Mitchell Schools, a longtime supporter of Morris Animal Foundation, is sponsoring a $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge. Any end-of-year gift sent to Morris Animal Foundation will be matched.

The 5th annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, sponsored by the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, raised a total of $1.8 million.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, “Never Not Funny” and Jimmy Pardo held the fourth annual Pardcast-a-Thon fundraiser to benefit Smile Train.  The 12-hour marathon event raised more than $108,000.

News about people, groups

On Nov. 30, Bailey House will break ground on a licensed outpatient mental health treatment clinic located in East Harlem. The new clinic is the latest addition the agency has had in its 30 years of providing housing and supportive services.

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced the appointment of Kathleen Lynn Brown, Tom Goss, Steve Hightower and Joseph Landy to its Board of Directors. The appointments were made by National Park Foundation Board Chair and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.  The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has named Alan H. Gill as its next CEO. Gill, whose distinguished career in the Jewish community has been marked by transformative professional leadership, will begin his role at the global Jewish humanitarian organization on January 31, 2013.

Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation announced that it has been honored with a 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, a provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

News about opportunities, initiatives

CVS/pharmacy will participate in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign through Dec. 8 and will encourage customers to add $1 or $3 to their purchase. Customers shopping online at www.CVS.com will also have the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout. Funds raised support the CVS Caremark Rehabilitation Services Center at St. Jude.

HTC and T-Mobile announced they are partnering to provide children with life-threatening illnesses and their families the opportunity to spend time at Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit “storybook” resort that provides cost-free Orlando vacations. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, customers who purchase Windows Phone 8X by HTC from a T-Mobile authorized retailer will have the option to donate $1 of their purchase to Give Kids The World to help the total donation grow up to $75,000.

Cargill, working with the Institute of International Education, has launched a new scholarship program to help build future potential leaders. The Cargill Global Scholars program will provide financial support, leadership development and enrichment opportunities to nearly 200 talented and high-performing undergraduate students in five countries. For information on eligibility requirements and participating universities, visit www.cargillglobalscholars.com.

Zynga, a provider of social game services, announced the launch of Oh, What Fun!, an in-game charitable drive benefitting Toys for Tots. From Nov. 28 through Dec. 31, players will be able to contribute directly through in-game purchases within participating games.

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to early diagnosis, proper treatment and public awareness of genetic immune deficiency diseases, announced a collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to end polio worldwide. The two organizations are working together to raise awareness among the patient and physician communities about the global health priority to achieve polio eradication.

CIRCLE, Tufts University‘s center for the study of youth engagement, announced the formation of the Commission on Youth Voting & Civic Knowledge, which will investigate exclusive data — much of it collected during and immediately after the 2012 election cycle — with regard to the civic knowledge, voting behavior and beliefs of young Americans ages 29 and under.  The Commission will release a report in spring 2013 outlining its recommendations on how to strengthen both the civic knowledge and participation of young Americans. A full list of commission members, information about the commission, and updates on its work and progress can be found online.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, in collaboration with CT Humanities, will award approximately $10,000 in small grants for projects promoting the history, heritage and literature of the region. Application materials and guidelines are available online at www.cfnwct.org.


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