12.20.12.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The CarePoint Health Foundation made a donation of home goods and gifts totaling $5,000 to the families residing at Hope House, an emergency shelter for women and their children in Jersey City, N.J. Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center have contributed equally to this donation to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the communities in which they serve.

The Handel and Haydn Society received gifts totaling $2 million to endow its chorus and educational outreach programs. A gift of $1 million from Jane and Wat Tyler will fund the society’s chorus and a second gift of $1 million from Karen Levy will support the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program. These gifts are the largest in the society’s 198-year history.

Stream Energy, a global leader of energy network marketing companies, announced that it is supporting the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) for the third straight year with a charitable donation. UESF is a nonprofit which supports low-income families in Philadelphia. This year’s donation raises the total money that Stream Energy has donated to UESF to $25,000.

Five nonprofit organizations have been chosen by the Alliance for Children and Families as pilots sites for its Strategy Counts initiative.  This announcement brings the total number of Strategy Counts pilot sites to 20, for a total investment of more than $3 million.  The initiative is a multi-year pilot project designed to enhance the social impact of nonprofit organizations by increasing their focus on strategy and its effective deployment. It  was launched in May 2011 with a $5.375 million grant from the Kresge Foundation.

UsTrendy is donating dresses, sweaters, jackets and other gifts to Big Brothers Big Sisters for the holiday season. For the last four years, UsTrendy has been dedicated to providing independent fashion designers with an avenue to pursue their dreams.

Amgen, a California-based biotechnology company, has created a chair of chemical biology with a $3 million gift to Reed College, The Amgen-Perlmutter Chair honors Roger M. Perlmutter’s service as Amgen’s executive vice president of research and development. Amgen’s donation is the largest corporate gift in the college’s history and will bolster Reed’s strengths in biology and chemistry.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced the 38 nonprofit organizations to receive IMPACT 2012 funds, the foundation’s largest discretionary grants program. For a list of recipients, visit http://www.gnof.org/.

TurboTax and Operation Homefront announced the start of Mission2Match, a philanthropic campaign that will benefit military families in need. People will be able to donate to Mission2Match via the TurboTax Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as after completing their taxes using TurboTax Online. Intuit, maker of TurboTax, will match up to $1 million for donations made to Mission2Match from now through April 15, 2013. Donations will be matched a second time when donors tweet their contributions out using the hashtag #mission2match.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced it will commit $6.8 million in 2013 to help build 113 Habitat for Humanity houses across the United States. Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $180 million and more than 3.5 million volunteer hours since 2005.

The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients, is providing $700,000 to assist doctors in New York and New Jersey with their rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Sandy. The Medical Society of the State of New York and the Medical Society of New Jersey will each receive a $350,000 grant to be distributed to physicians with the most critical need.

News about people, groups

NeighborWorks America awarded 16 community organizations within its network a green designation, NeighborWorks Green Organization, based on a measurement of green business practices across their operations and all of their program areas. Information and a list of the awardees is available online.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) will honor three major supporters with its Philanthropy Awards at its Board of Governors Dinner.  Toyota Financial ServicesCharles Schwab Foundation, and the Deerbrook Charitable Trust will each be recognized for their long-standing support of BGCA’s mission to help young people achieve great futures.

John Wiley & Sons Inc., announced the acquisition of assets from Stevenson Inc., a resource for newsletters and online events in fundraising, nonprofit management, and communications. These assets include six newsletters and a variety of online events and special reports. The acquisition will enable Wiley to expand its strategy for digital delivery of content to the growing nonprofit market globally.

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, has expanded its educational grants program to include London. For over a decade, the foundation has been awarding grants to tax-exempt organizations for programs designed to improve inner-city education in a city where Brown Rudnick has offices.

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) announced that Stephanie Jones, the Arizona Founding chapter and the Yuma Arizona chapter are the winners of the 2012 Member Get a Member Campaign! This year’s chapter retention rate winner is the Yuma Arizona chapter, retaining 90 percent of its members. The winning chapter who recruited the most new members is the Arizona Founding chapter, which recruited 16 new members. The individual who recruited the most new members is Stephanie Jones from Indiana. She recruited six new members during the eligibility period.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation will expand its program for the 2013 Sapphire Awards and Symposium to feature national experts to address trends, emerging issues and best practices related to child health and wellness, access to care and health care reform. To learn more and register for the 2013 Sapphire Awards and Symposium, visit www.bluefoundationfl.com.

Skyland Trail, a nonprofit treatment facility for adults with mental illness, announced that after 25 years of service, board member Mark West has ended his tenure as the organization’s board chair. John C. Gordon, who has been a member of the Skyland Trail leadership team for more than 20 years, has been elected board chair, as the nonprofit enters a new phase of development and expansion.

The Correctional Association of New York announced the addition of actor and activist Danny Glover to its board of directors. An independent nonprofit organization with a legislative mandate to monitor conditions inside New York’s state prisons, the Correctional Association has engaged in research, public education, prison monitoring, policy analysis and advocacy since 1844.

The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced that Rick Downey has joined the organization as planned giving director. Downey brings 27 years of major gift fundraising and planned giving experience to his new role at Mercy Corps.

The William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County have provided $14.8 million to create The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California, which will bring a multidisciplinary focus on clinical care, education, research and community support.

Kimbia announced that the Council on Foundations has selected the company as its fundraising and marketing partner for Give Local America!, an online, national giving event scheduled for 2014.

Broadway Housing Communities Executive Director Ellen Baxter announced that Susan Delvalle will take on the role of director of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Opening in 2014, the museum is the cultural cornerstone of its most recent community development initiative currently under construction in the historic Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem.

Hedge Funds Care, an international non-profit organization which raises funds and awareness for programs to prevent and treat child abuse, announced that Dean C. Backer has become the new president, taking over from John M. Budzyna, who has completed the second of his two-year terms in the post.

The Nassau County Coalition of Youth Services (NCCYS) launched a web site to help raise awareness and support of youth services in the region. The site, via the power of crowd funding, offers individuals the opportunity to help the 37 nonprofit agencies that continue to provide services to more than 35,000 children and their families in Nassau County. The site, www.supportnccys.org, allows individuals the opportunity to share their support of the NCCYS with their friends and social networks.

FoodFight, a nonprofit educational organization that aims to revolutionize how teachers and students think about food, consumerism and health, announced that they are joining forces with Whole Kids Foundation to expand their Teacher Wellness Program to six U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., and New Haven, Conn. Through this pilot program, Whole Kids Foundation and FoodFight plan to reach 2,000 teachers across the country; additional cities will be named in the coming months.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, celebrates 45 years of support for the nation’s parks. The foundation has provided critical assistance and direct support to national parks and their programs. In honor of this birthday milestone, the foundation has created the “45 Days of Giving” campaign aimed at raising $450,000 in support for the parks at www.nationalparks.org/Give45.


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