12.06.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation announced $922,500 in mission grants to 21 nonprofit organizations for the fourth quarter of 2012. The list of recipients, along with descriptions of each project, can be found on its website at www.mutualofomahafoundation.org.

The Lemelson Foundation announced $24 million in grants to two organizations – the Lemelson-MIT Program and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. These grants will help fund key programs and initiatives that support educational efforts and activities to leverage the ability of invention to stimulate the economy.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has awarded Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital of Jacksonville, Fla. a $10,000 Patient Assistance Fund Grant for its advocacy efforts during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries.

During the third quarter of 2012, Rose Community Foundation awarded 109 grants totaling more than $3.1 million. For a list of grant recipients, click here.

AT&T awarded a $50,000 grant to benefit Union Settlement Association’s youth programs. The grant will provide East Harlem students from low-income families continued access to educational counseling, test prep, college workshops and visits, and biweekly activities that strengthen skills outside of the classroom.

SarkissianMason, known for digital innovation in both the worlds of commerce and nonprofit, has awarded FAIR Girls a $100,000 in-kind grant to build a mobile-social platform to fight sex trafficking in the United States.

Pathways.org, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for early sensory, communication and motor delays in children, hosted a dinner commemorating its 28 year anniversary on Nov. 12. The event, which also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, was attended by approximately 400 guests and raised more than $1 million.

DonorPerfect Fundraising Software announced that nonprofit organizations that use DonorPerfect and collected online donations in both 2011 and 2012 on #GivingTuesday (The Tuesday after Thanksgiving), realized an increase of 46 percent over last year.

C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program, raised more than $30,000 at the fourth annual C-CAP Junior Benefit on Nov.12.

News about people, groups

Philanthropegie, a new company that will serve to connect organizations, nonprofits and individuals interested in serving the greater good, was recently launched. The site  is a free online portal that helps users to find philanthropic resources throughout the world.

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science has elected four new members to join its board of trustees: Sergio Akselrad, Vanessa Grout, Gabriel E. Montoya, and Gordon H. Silver.

The Northwest Area Foundation has elected Jim Laducer, Lynda Bourque Moss and Nicholas Walrod to its board of directors.

The Institute of Cultural Affairs announced the election of Kadi Sisay of Chicago to its board of directors.

The Junior League of Miami has appointed Katie Lane-Arriola to a one-year term as President of its board of directors. Arriola will be responsible for shaping the Junior League’s 2013 slate of community-focused priorities, with an emphasis on improving the lives of women, children and families.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced that seven nonprofit organizations successfully completed the Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge and raised enough dollars to open an endowment at the Foundation. The following organizations collectively raised more than $150,000 and were matched with $75,000 by the Freeman Challenge: Communities in Schools, Choice Foundation/Lafayette Academy, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society and Woodlands Conservancy.

The Purpose Prize, a national prize given to people age 60 and older who combine their passion and experience for social good, recently announced its 2012 winners. The winners are: Bhagwati (B.P.) Agrawal, Susan Burton, Judy Cockerton, Thomas Cox and Lorraine Decker. For more information, visit www.encore.org/prize.

The Northeast Academy in Oklahoma, a National Academy Foundation STEM high school, has designed a program called “Girl Tech” to get its female students interested in pursuing a career in the engineering field. The Academy will host a Girl Tech event on Friday that will feature people from the Oklahoma business community showing the students how to set goals as they pursue their career.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Case Foundation recently launched the #GoodSpotting campaign, to celebrate doing something good to help others. The Foundation will give away $25,000 in grants and prizes to reward acts of good.

The International Association of Business Communicators has launched the 2013 Gold Quill Awards, introducing a number of new categories including Social Responsibility and Public Service Announcements.  Visit http://gq.iabc.com for more information about the categories and to download the Call for Entries.

The Pollination Project will award $1000 grants in seed money to passionate individuals working for the benefit of people, planet and animals in areas like environmental sustainability, social justice, community health and wellness. For information, visit https://thepollinationproject.org.

eBay and Toys for Tots announced a new way to give this season with the eBay Give One program at giveone.ebay.com. There, shoppers can donate a toy to a child in need. 


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