01.17.13.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Philadelphia Futures, an educational nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college, has received a leadership gift of $1 million. This is the largest single non-endowment gift that the organization has ever received. The leadership gift was made by John Langan and Judith Nadell, who are long-time supporters of the organization.

Creative Capital awarded its 2013 project grants in the categories of emerging fields, literature and the performing arts, representing a total of 46 funded projects by 66 artists. The investment in each project includes up to $50,000 in direct project support and more than $40,000 in support and advisory services. A full list of recipients can be found online.

The Alaska Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships to local organizations and individuals, including seven new grants from the Anchorage Schools Foundation, a new scholarship recipient for the inaugural awarding of the Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship, and the second round of grants from the Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations grant program. Visit the foundation’s website for a complete list of recipients.

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged schoolchildren and under-funded teachers, and Business Supply, a national supplier of office supplies, announced that Business Supply will make a donation of school supplies to the foundation for each transaction on its website.

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. donated a former bank branch to the Lexington Avenue Federal Credit Union. The branch donation, which includes the title to the property and all of the building’s contents, technology and furniture, is valued at approximately $200,000. The agreement ensures the Rochester, N.Y., community will have continued, convenient access to financial services. In addition to the branch donation, First Niagara is providing a $10,000 grant to the Joseph Avenue Business Association to support development of its four-part strategic plan for revitalization of the neighborhood.

Miraclefeet, a nonprofit organization working to treat the disability of clubfoot in children, has partnered with manufacturer and retailer Clarks Shoes to support 12 clinics across Maharashtra, India, and to design an affordable brace, which is essential for the non-surgical treatment of clubfoot.

Horses Healing Hearts received a $25,000 grant from the FTI Great Charity Challenge which distributes more than $1 million in prizes to competing charity teams.

Phil & Co., a New York City agency that specializes in contemporary marketing for philanthropies and companies doing good, named Swipes for the Homeless as the winner of PHILfactorits contest to award an innovative philanthropy with a free strategic marketing campaign.

News about people, groups

The Sierra Club Foundation announced that Marc Weiss, creator of the PBS series “P.O.V.” and climate activist, has joined its board of directors. Weiss will play an active role on several board committees, serve as an advisor to various Club initiatives, and expand the fundraising base in the New York City metro area.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) board of directors named Marla Dalton, PE, CAE, to serve as its new executive director, effective July 1. Dalton joined NFID in December 2010 as senior director of education and public outreach and has worked to advance the organization’s mission to educate both the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases.

The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a supplemental education nonprofit in New York City, appointed Ruth Rathblott as chief executive officer. A former senior executive with Big Brothers Big Sisters who played a central role in its expansion, Rathblott will be responsible for expanding HEAF’s reach and furthering its mission to help low-income students enter and graduate college.

Joseph A. O’Farrell has joined the EWTN Global Catholic Network as vice president of mission
advancement. O’Farrell will be responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of all fundraising activities and programs for EWTN.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation welcomed three new employees to its staff. Michele Carey will serve as the senior giving strategies officer, Laura Shamp will serve as the giving strategies officer, and Shelly Espich will serve as the giving strategies coordinator.

The TIAA-CREF Institute and Independent Sector released the results of the Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector survey. The full results can be accessed here.

CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund released a new report, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. The full report is available online.

Due to a partnership between the Foundation Center in New York City and the Beijing-based China Foundation Center, 31 guides used by grantmakers in the U.S. have been translated into Chinese. The titles are part of GrantCraft – a joint project of the Foundation Center and Brussels-based European Foundation Centre – which taps the collective knowledge of funders to share insights to help them hone their craft.

Rebuilding Together OKC will repair a targeted neighborhood during the annual National Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps MLK work week, Jan. 20-27. Rebuilding Together’s 65 AmeriCorps CapacityCorps members will gather from all over the country to help rebuild an Oklahoma City neighborhood.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) has redesignated the Christ Hospital School of Nursing (CHSON) as a NLN Center for Excellence for 2012-16. CHSON has been selected as one of six schools of nursing from across the nation to have been accredited with this honor.

Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and SafePlace announced the formation of the LIFT Alliance to combat child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. The purpose of the alliance is to improve services for clients of both agencies, work to change the systems and assumptions that reinforce the cycle of violence in families, and allocate scarce resources more efficiently.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Business4Better, the community partnership movement produced by UBM plc, is encouraging qualifying nonprofit organizations to apply for the opportunity to showcase their cause at Business4Better conference and expo. Nonprofits that can offer businesses ways to dedicate employee time, commercial capabilities and other non-cash assets toward improving a societal cause can apply online.

The Nonprofit HR Conference has opened its 2013 call for presentations. The submission period closes Feb. 1. Interested parties may submit their sessions online.

APRA’s Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference (MARC) will take place on March 6-8 in Fairfax, Va. Hosted for professionals involved in data analytics, prospect research and relationship management, MARC focuses on regional issues, educational programming and networking.

The Global Development Network is offering development organizations headquartered and working in developing countries and transition economies the opportunity to receive grants through the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project. Projects should be creative, innovative and have had a significant social impact to be eligible for the prize. Go online for information on how to apply.

The Children’s Prize, an Internet-based, global contest, is accepting applications. The goal of the prize is to save the greatest number of children’s lives from preventable or treatable causes. For information on how to apply, visit http://childrensprize.org.

The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of N.J. Inc. (HBCSF) is accepting applications for the annual scholarship and stipend awards for course required materials for current college and college-bound students of Hispanic heritage for the 2013-2014 school term.  The HBCSF, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students to become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community. Open to New Jersey residents of Hispanic heritage, the current application can be accessed through www.hbcsf.org.

Collegiate FFA, a program of the National FFA Organization, is accepting applications for its 2013 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program, with which 12 students pursuing degrees in agriculture will travel to Brazil. The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and the Grains Foundation. Applicants can learn more about the program and download an application form at https://www.ffa.org/participate/collegiate.


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