01.24.13.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Legacy Foundation, a leading philanthropic partner of Lake County, Ind., awarded grants totaling $370,141.81 to fund Lake County nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for people throughout the region in its first grant cycle of the 2012-13 fiscal year. The foundation accepted applications for four major granting categories: Transform Lake County, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund for Informed and Engaged Urban Communities, Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund, and Nonprofit Capacity Building and Training to support programs for education, health, human services, environment, and arts and culture. A complete list of recipients can be found online.

The California Endowment board of directors pledged $225 million in a special allocation over the next four years to support the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. The allocation supports and builds upon a 10-year Building Healthy Communities plan to advance and promote prevention and improved health in underserved communities across California.

With more than $200,000 in support from a partnership between the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Center for Planning Excellence will work with local, state and national entities to identify what Louisiana’s coastal towns and settlements need in  order to adapt to the many challenge brought on by living in a risky coastal environment.

The Northwest Area Foundation granted $2.7 million to fund small business and employment opportunities for the Portland Development Commission. Funding will support the Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative, a partnership between the city of Portland, Ore., nonprofit organizations, residents and private business to forge economic development in six low-income commercial districts and to connect people to jobs.

The Gateway for Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that funds innovative, bold and patient-centered cancer clinical trials across the world, has received a $70,000 donation from Cancer Sucks. Cancer Sucks is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support organizations, such as Gateway, that facilitate cancer research studies.

The Engineering Ambassadors program at Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology received a $200,000 charitable gift from electrical engineering graduate Karol A. Ondick and his wife, Jo. The Ondicks’ gift, which names the program the Karol A. and Jo Ann Ondick Engineering Ambassadors Program, will fund the program’s operating expenses, including annual stipends paid to the ambassadors, and future expansion of the program.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Sun Coast Resources have recognized the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center as one of the latest Fueling Good winners. The Texas nonprofit will receive $5,000 in CITGO gift cards to provide communities and local businesses with the resources to protect and recover their technology assets from disaster. This includes transporting communications equipment and supplies to places in need across the United States quickly and efficiently.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) made 24 grants totaling more than $1.3 million in its seven grantmaking areas. GCF also made a $225,000 grant to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Foundation’s Minority Business Accelerator (MBA). The MBA will accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises as well as strengthen and expand the Tristate region’s minority entrepreneurial community.

News about people, groups

The Grant Professionals Association announced its newest members to the board of directors and executive committee for the 2013 year. Danny Blitch, Karen Cassidy, Johna Rodgers and Janeen Gaskins were elected to the board of directors at the 2012 conference. The officers the board elected were Debbie DiVirgilio, president; Sharon Skinner, vice president; Nathan Medina, secretary; and Johna Rodgers, treasurer. Board members are elected to a three-year term, which began on Jan. 1. The executive committee officers are elected to a one year term.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations, a regional association of grantmakers, elected new board officers and directors at its annual meeting on Jan. 15. Officers elected for 2013 are: Kevin Walker, board chair; Carolyn Roby, vice chair; Kari Suzuki, secretary; and Brad Kruse, treasurer. New directors elected to three-year terms ending in 2015 are: Kathleen Annette, JoAnne Birkholz, Mike Newman and June Noronha. In addition, Susan Bass Roberts was elected to fill a one-year vacancy in the class of 2013. Directors elected to second three-year terms ending in 2015 are: Julie Hara, Steve Joul and Tim Ober.

Courtney Hagen, senior director for executive talent acquisition at PepsiCo, has joined the board of directors of  Young Survival Coalition. Hagen, who celebrated her fifth year of cancer survivorship, brings more than 15 years of experience with strategy innovation, marketing and human resource development to her new role as a member of the board of directors, where she will focus on expanding the organization’s resources.

Pratt Institute’s board of trustees has named Kathryn Cassell Chenault as its newest member. Chenault’s appointment was effective Dec. 13, 2012. Chenault is dedicated to supporting educational institutions, the arts and expanding opportunities for young people. As a former practicing attorney, she was an associate attorney at law firms in New York and Boston before serving as vice president of corporations and foundations for the United Negro College Fund.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, announced that Mike McCreesh was elected to its board of directors at the January board meeting. McCreesh is the father of a childhood cancer survivor and brings more than 18 years of financial industry experience from his career at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where he is currently a managing director.

The Philanthropy Roundtable announced the appointment of its new senior vice president for public policy, Joanne Florino. Florino will lead the Alliance for Charitable Reform, a project of the roundtable, and public policy initiatives.

A Better Chance, a national nonprofit that recruits academically talented and motivated students of color and guides them toward a variety of educational opportunities, announced that Cynthia Housel will join its national program team as major gifts officer for the Western United States. In this newly created position, Housel will keep its supporters and advocates informed, engaged and connected to the work the organization does.

After 25 years of service to the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Bill King has announced that he will step down later this year. After 12 years as president, King plans to retire as of June 30.

The Alaska Community Foundation has announced four new affiliate community foundations – Kodiak Community Foundation, Ketchikan Community Foundation, Greater Sitka Legacy Fund and Golden Heart Community Foundation (Fairbanks and surrounding areas). With support from the Rasmuson Foundation, the newly formed affiliates will provide leadership for the formation of a permanent community endowment that will support local philanthropic goals now and years into the future.

Umpqua Bank employees completed 46,730 volunteer hours at 1,757 organizations across the Pacific Northwest, with 93 percent employee participation in 2012. These efforts are conducted primarily under the Umpqua  Bank Connect Volunteer NetworkTM. Established in 2004, Umpqua Bank’s Connect program has become a leading volunteer program that provides associates with paid time-off each year to serve at youth-focused organizations, schools and community development programs.

FORTUNE magazine announced that Teach For America, the nonprofit organization that invests emerging leaders in the movement to end educational inequity, ranks number 60 on its 2013 list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. This is a 10-spot rise over Teach For America’s ranking last year, and the third consecutive year that the organization has made the competitive list.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The eighth annual Yale Philanthropy Conference will be held Feb. 1 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. This interdisciplinary forum explores topics in philanthropy to foster dialogue, strengthen networks and cultivate leadership in the sector. The theme of this year’s conference is Integrated Perspectives Across the Sector and will feature philanthropist Jean Case, CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation, as the keynote speaker. To view the full agenda, please visit the conference website.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is helping classrooms in need across the country with its Making a Difference photo contest. PwC is encouraging participants to upload photos portraying what making a difference means to them through popular digital platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. The public will vote and winners will have the chance to donate $10,000 to a classroom through Donorschoose.org. For information on how to participate, visit the competition’s Facebook page.

A new study examining an emerging model for government and philanthropy to work together to solve public problems was released by the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. The study finds new offices of strategic partnerships offer the potential to catalyze and accelerate meaningful efforts to develop effective partnerships between government and philanthropy. The report also highlights strategies to help these new offices succeed. The study is available online.

The National Peace Corps Association, a leading nonprofit organization supporting returned Peace Corps volunteers and the Peace Corps community, has opened nominations for the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award through Feb.1. The award is given annually to an outstanding leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps volunteers have served and whose life has been influenced by the Peace Corps.

Residents of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut’s 20-town service area can apply online for scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Scholarship applicants may access applications and view requirements and guidelines on the foundation’s website.

The Center for Reproductive Rights released a new PSA in support of the organization’s Draw the Line campaign through which nearly 200,000 signatures have been collected on the Bill of Reproductive Rights. The new video features actor Mehcad Brooks (True BloodNecessary Roughness) and can be viewed online.

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