01.10.13.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The National Endowment for the Arts announced Art Works (Part One) and Challenge America grants totaling nearly $1.7 million to focus on upcoming programs that orchestras have created to increase access for underserved populations and engage new audiences. The full list of grants, with project descriptions, can be found online.

Southern Bancorp, a community development bank with more than $1 billion in assets, has reached the $10 million mark in grants to local communities. Southern focuses philanthropic efforts in Clark, Phillips and Mississippi counties in Arkansas and Coahoma County in Mississippi.

CashCall Inc., an Anaheim-based mortgage and consumer finance lender, raised $102,396 for charities in three states through its annual holiday fundraiser.  Half of the funds were contributed by CashCall employees, while the company provided a matching contribution.  Employees donated $93,156 to Mary’s Kitchen, $6,900 to the St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility in Las Vegas and $2,339.98 to the North Texas Food Bank.

Dollar Per MonthTM, an online nonprofit fundraising site that raises money for different charity partners every month, has selected Generation Rescue, Giving Children Hope and Kids in Need Foundation to receive its membership driven donations for the month of January.

Planned Systems International Inc., a provider of information technology solutions and services to the federal government, announced that all of the proceeds from its 16th Annual Golf Invitational have been donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Special Love, a nonprofit organization that benefits victims of Ewing’s sarcoma.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has approved a sizable grant to Team Red, White & Blue. The grant will be used to support exercise programs and social activities for post 9/11 wounded, injured or ill veterans, family members and caregivers.

The Northwest Area Foundation has made a two-year, $1 million grant to the American Indian College Fund for the Tribal College Leaders in Community Innovation Project. The awards program will honor five tribal colleges conducting programs contributing to vibrant and healthy communities.

News about people, groups

Click & Pledge, a software developer and payment processor for the nonprofit industry, announced the acquisition of Donor Town Square. Donor Town Square will discontinue its services and transfer customers to Click & Pledge effective Feb. 15.

The National Executive Service Corps, which pairs retired business executives with nonprofits in need of operations and management expertise, has elected Arent Fox LLP partner Michael Blass its new chairman of the board.

The NALA, a small business association, has chosen USA Cares, a national nonprofit which helps military families in need, for its 2013 charity program. The NALA’s members – local businesses located throughout the country – will help bring awareness to USA Cares’ ongoing efforts serving military families in the United States.

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation has announced the election of Richard Anderl and Michelle Lebens to its board of directors. Anderl serves as general counsel and Lebens is senior vice president of Individual Financial Services Business Information and Project Management.

Jennifer L. Goldstone, a nonprofit industry executive, has been named chief operating officer of the Birthright Israel Foundation. The foundation is the U.S.-based fundraising arm of Taglit-Birthright Israel. Goldstone will develop and lead the foundation’s annual and long-term fundraising efforts and will serve as a member of its principle gifts team.

The T.J. Martell Foundation, a national nonprofit organization supported by the music industry, launched the “Music’s Promise for a Cure” public service campaign to raise funds and bring awareness to the foundation’s mission of funding leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Go online to view the full “Music’s Promise for a Cure” announcement.

America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces were announced by ArtPlace. America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces were identified as having successfully combined the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods. America’s Top ArtPlaces is a new annual ArtPlace initiative recognizing neighborhoods in the largest 44 metropolitan areas in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to be. The complete list is available for download.

nFocus Solutions®, a provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions for nonprofits, communities and the U.S. government, released a new case study describing how the Boys & Girls Club of Maury County in Tennessee became more data driven for success.

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County (N.J.) has joined the Planet Green Recycle Team to reduce waste by collecting small electronics and shipping them to Planet Green for recycling. Habitat Bergen is encouraging its surrounding community and partnering companies, including Samsung Electronics America Inc. and United Water, to participate on behalf of the affiliate. For every item shipped back to Planet Green on behalf of the affiliate, Habitat Bergen receives funds to support its housing projects.

The Partnership For A Healthier America, which works with the private sector and honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to solve childhood obesity, became the 16th charity to join the Charity Miles App. Charity Miles is a free iPhone and Android app that enables people to earn money for charity while walking, running or biking.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures, appointed Dudley Cocke and Cheryl Andrews-Maltais (Wampanoag of Gay Head Aquinnah) to its board of directors.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre released a GrantCraft publication, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013. The report can be downloaded for free at www.grantcraft.org.

Raffa Wealth Management LLC and Raffa PC launched the Study on Nonprofit Investing to provide senior finance executives at nonprofit organizations with peer benchmarking data on investment policies and investment performance. The survey is accessible via an online registration. It will collect responses from finance executives at trade associations, public charities and private foundations. All survey respondents will receive a full copy of the results, which will be conducted annually.


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