12.13.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

GE gave $4 million to the Robin Hood Foundation to support Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery efforts. The GE Foundation is also supporting the charitable efforts of employees and retirees with a 100 percent match of funds to qualified relief organizations.

The National FFA Foundation exceeded $16.2 million in corporate and individual contributions in 2012 to support its programs and agricultural education. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $260 million.

The CarePoint Health Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization will make a donation in the amount of $25,000 to the United Way of Hudson County to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center have equally donated their share as an ongoing commitment to the communities in which they serve.

The Foundation for Youth Investment awarded $445,000 through both the Catalyst Fund and the Impact Fund to support the efforts of 26 organizations that work to eliminate the barriers to getting youth and their families outdoors.  These are the second round of awards for these funds during the 2012 grantmaking cycle

Breakthrough Greater Boston, the nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing under-resourced students to attend four-year colleges and to training the next generation of urban teachers, hosted its annual “Breakthroughs in Education” event on Dec. 3. The fundraiser, now in its fifth year, included 120 attendees and raised more than $67,000 in supporter contributions.

The Malott Family Foundation awarded a $2 million gift to Scripps College to establish the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Endowed Chair for the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded a total of $700,000 in grants to seven Israel-based organizations. Each of the recipient organizations received grants of $100,000 to be distributed over a three-year period. Recipients include: Dan Academic Center, BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture, Atid Bamidbar for the Jewish Empowerment Program, Ein Prat for Elul, Gvahim for Career Development Program, Hamidrasha for Makom and Karev Initiatives in Education for the Jewish Lens.

The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) announced that it received a $220,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the renovation of NCNM’s Helfgott Research Institute and Community Education Center. The grant is the largest NCNM has ever received from a private charitable foundation.

ProSight Specialty Insurance Group Inc. and Tangram Insurance Services Inc., announced the inaugural year for the companies’ jointly funded Community Giving Fund by awarding 25 grants to community-based nonprofits located throughout California. To view the complete list of recipients, please visit: www.ProsightSpecialty.com/CommunityGivingFund.

News about people, groups

The Grant Professionals Association announced that Ball Brothers Foundation and Bohemian Foundation are recipients of its distinguished Pioneer Award. The award recognizes the visionary contributions in grant making by those grantmakers that have impacted their community and the field of grantsmanship.

Susan Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, was awarded the 2012 Stem Cell Action Leadership Award at the World Stem Cell Summit for her success advancing stem cell research.

Hilton Worldwide employees organized and participated in more than 800 service activities in more than 400 cities across more than 50 countries as part of Hilton Worldwide’s inaugural Global Week of Service.

DIA announced that Worldwide Executive Director Paul Pomerantz will be leaving effective March 3 to assume the position of CEO for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. DIA is an association of nearly 18,000 professionals involved in the discovery, development and lifecycle management of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and related health care products.

Gavin/Solmonese LLC , a corporate financial advisory and public affairs consulting firms, announced that the Velvet Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the National LGBT Museum in Washington, D.C., is the beneficiary of the newly established Oliver-Grayson Holding Company, Benefit LLC. The Benefit LLC and the Benefit Corporation are relatively new types of companies that allow social entrepreneurs to codify their social impact missions in their corporate charters, using the power of business to create an independently measurable public benefit.

The National Constitution Center announced that Gov. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush has been elected Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees.  His term will begin on Jan. 1.  He will succeed President William J. Clinton, who has served as chairman since January 2009.

Success Academy Charter Schools, a New York City charter school organization, announced that Steve Galbraith, Kevin Hall and Kent Yalowitz have joined its board of directors.

The PhD Project, a program to create diversity in management, has named John J. Fernandes, president and CEO of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as its new chair, effective Jan. 1.

Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A), a philanthropic management consulting firm based in Chicago, announced that Chris Marshall has been appointed as vice president.  Marshall brings 12 years of experience working with university leadership at top ranked institutions.

Anthony Tassi will join Literacy Partners, one of New York City’s leading adult literacy programs, as the new executive director, effective Jan. 3.

NeighborWorks America Northeast Regional Director Deborah Boatright was presented with the Nonprofit of the Year Award by the New York Housing Conference. NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 235 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The New York Housing Conference is a broad-based coalition that advocates for decent affordable housing for all New Yorkers.

Men Can Stop Rape, a national, D.C.-based violence prevention nonprofit,  recently named Rosalind Wiseman as its board chair.  Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, which was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.  She is also known for her work helping parents of teens navigate relationships, cliques, peer pressure and the trials of high school.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) President and CEO Javier Palomarez has been recognized by the B’nai Zion Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to humanitarian initiatives in both Israel and America, as a recipient of its Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his commitment to the improvement of Judeo-Hispanic relations.

PHI, a national non-profit dedicated to transforming long-term services and supports through quality direct-care jobs, is among the first 100 national nonprofit agencies included in the Social Impact 100 index.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the needs of young women affected by breast cancer, released What’s Next? A Young Woman’s Post-Treatment Navigator, a comprehensive guidebook for women who have finished treatment. Free print and electronic (PDF) versions are available at www.youngsurvival.org.

ACT ! (Autism Care and Treatment!), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide care and treatment to children with autism, announced the launch of ACT ! SOS, a program aimed to address the needs of those impacted with autism spectrum disorders. To qualify for an ACT ! SOS grant, applicants must have an immediate need for treatment or support and, if treatment is not found, the applicant’s physical safety is in jeopardy. For more information about requirements, visit www.act-.org/SOS.

Veritas Health, parent company of Spine-health.com, announced the “Like to Help” campaign to support nonprofit World Spine Care. World Spine Care is committed to bringing much needed professional spine care to patients in developing nations. Through Jan. 1, Spine-health will donate $1 to the nonprofit every time Spine-health gains a new Facebook follower. Visit to www.facebook.com/WorldSpineCare to help raise funds for World Spine Care.

Impact100 Philadelphia, a collective giving organization, will award $284,000 to Philadelphia-area charitable organizations in June 2013. Impact100 has a two-step grant process, with a Jan. 7 deadline for initial Letters of Inquiry. Interested 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations should visit the Grant Applicants section of the organization’s website to review the eligibility requirements and access the online application.

OppenheimerFunds is partnering with the National Museum of Mathematics and Cross-Cultural Solutions to launch a new philanthropy program: The Right Way to Change Perspectives (The Right Way). Its mission is to help change peoples’ perspectives and encourage them to roll up their sleeves to make a difference. To learn more about The Right Way, visit the program’s Facebook page.

Lion Office Supplies, head-quartered in Gardena, Calif., will award $2,500 in office supplies to a 501(c)(3) via a Facebook contest. Entrants can view contest details online or visit the Facebook page.

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