02.07.13.: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Silicon Valley-based firm Labhart Miles Consulting Group Inc. presented the Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley a $1,000 check. This donation was the eighth installment of Labhart Miles’ $10,000 Charity Initiative, which selects a different charity each month in honor of the firm’s 10th anniversary.

Newman’s Own Foundation announced grants totaling $2.4 million to 13 public broadcasting stations and organizations. The grants represent an ongoing commitment of the foundation to support open dialogue and promote civic engagement. A complete list of grant recipients can be found online.

The Walton Family Foundation gave more than $432 million in 2012 investments in initiatives to expand opportunity for individuals and communities in the United States and internationally. The majority of investments were made in three key areas of focus: K-12 education reform, freshwater and marine conservation and quality of life initiatives in Arkansas and Mississippi. Go online to see the complete list of grant awards.

Reed College completed the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in its 100-year history, receiving more than $200 million in gifts from 12,732 donors. More than 60 percent of alumni contributed to this effort. The Centennial Campaign, which commenced in July 2005, officially ended in January, having raised $203,456,896.

ORBIS International received $900,000 from Ronald McDonald House Charities® to ensure quality pediatric eye care services in South Asia through the establishment of a network of pediatric eye centers in India and Bangladesh.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania received a $1.65 million contribution from Ellen Hanson Perlman and Richard E. Perlman to name The Perlman Prize to be awarded through the annual Wharton Business Plan Competition managed by Wharton Entrepreneurship. In addition to sponsoring prize monies, the Perlmans’ contribution also will provide key operational support for the competition.

The National Council of Jewish Women announced seven grants that work to address gender segregation, discrimination and threats to the health and livelihood of women in Israel. Six of the seven grantees – WePower-YEDID, ADVA Center, Israel Hofshit, the Jewish Women’s Collaborative International Fund, the NCJW Women Studies Forum at Tel Aviv University and Turning the Tables – work to address gender segregation, discrimination and threats to the health and livelihood of women in Israel. The seventh grant was awarded to the Israel Gay Youth Organization which supports Israel’s LGBTQ youth.

To aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, UJA-Federation of New York has been awarded a $1 million grant from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation. The grant will provide families devastated by the hurricane with additional assistance for educational purposes such as tuition/enrollment subsidies for Jewish day schools and Jewish residential summer camps.

AIDS United provided $155,000 in grant investments to six community-based organizations in Puerto Rico. The grants will provide expanded capacity for HIV prevention services. The support from AIDS United comes from a funding partnership with Johnson & Johnson, H. Van Ameringen Foundation, MAC AIDS Fund, Merck Corporation, and Elton John AIDS Foundation.

EverFi Inc., an education technology company for critical skills, announced a partnership with Teach For America that will provide financial education training and resources to corps members throughout their careers. Through the partnership, more than 10,000 first and second-year Teach For America corps members will be able to leverage EverFi@Work, the adult financial education program that uses interactive technologies to teach, assess and certify individuals.

News about people, groups

Kate Powers has joined the Opportunity Resource Fund, a Michigan-based nonprofit, dually headquartered in Lansing and Detroit, as the inaugural director of development. With more than 10 years of fund development experience, supporting large and small nonprofits, as well as higher education, Powers is a valuable addition to the Fund’s existing team. 

Osula Evadne Rushing has been named Grantmakers In Health’s vice president for program and strategy. Rushing will support program development and strategic positioning of the organization, as well as oversee and supervise program staff, and cultivate external relations and new ventures.

The board of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation has appointed Elisa Lees Muñoz as executive director. Muñoz brings more than 20 years of experience in human rights and media development leading organizations that promote the rule of law, press freedom and the engagement, training and leadership of women in the news media around the world.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that Roger S. Fine, JD, has been elected chairman of its board of trustees, succeeding retiring chairman Thomas H. Kean, former governor of New Jersey. The board leads the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, a private foundation that supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations and community leaders to offer sustainable solutions to issues that affect the health and well-being of individuals, families and urban communities, appointed Ashley Basile Oeken, Colleen Cotter, George Mateyo and Robert Monitello to its board of trustees. Trustees are appointed to serve three-year terms.

The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) presented the 27th annual Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth. Named for the acclaimed NCLC photographer who documented early-20th century exploitation of children, the Lewis Hine Awards honor those individuals who, as professionals or volunteers, give of themselves and go the extra mile for the well-being of young people. The recipients are selected by a panel of judges from among hundreds of nominations submitted each year by business, community, and nonprofit leaders. Go online to view the award recipients.

News about opportunities, initiatives

A new searchable database of more than 22,000 Mexican philanthropies, Fondos a la Vista, has been launched by the Foundation Center in New York in partnership with the Mexico-based Alternativas y Capacidades and the Philanthropy and Civil Society Project at ITAM Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. The online resource provides the Mexican public with reliable, comprehensive information about domestic donors and their philanthropic activity, including the organizations they support.

Lion’s Heart, a nationwide volunteer service organization for 6th-12th grade students, announced the opening of its 2013 enrollment. Lion’s Heart organizes members into groups so they can volunteer for various nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in their communities. For information, including enrollment questions, where existing chapters are located or how to start a new chapter, visit www.lionsheartservice.org.

Nestlé, a nutrition, health and wellness company, is accepting nominees for its 2014 Prize in Creating Shared Value (CSV), which recognizes local efforts to practice its CSV principle. Individuals, NGOs, or small enterprises that offer innovative solutions to improve nutritional deficiencies, access to clean water, or progress in rural development are eligible to expand their impact with an investment of up to $538,000. Go online for more information or to submit an application.

Development Media International has produced an interactive Global Child Mortality Map to illustrate the burden of child mortality across the developing world. Children are dying every day from illnesses which are either treatable or preventable. This map shows where, why and how often these children under age 5 are dying. The map can be accessed online.

United Way Worldwide, a privately-funded nonprofit organization, and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, a provider of free prescription drug discount cards, announced a new collaboration to help people who cannot afford the medicine they need. The partnership provides free prescription savings cards. For more information, to compare the discounted price of prescriptions at nearby pharmacies or to download a free card, visit FamilyWize.org.

National Braille Press announced that it will be offering braille Valentine’s Day cards that are an experience for the senses.  The cards, printed in braille, features a ‘scratch and sniff’ pear scent with a small red valentine heart and the message, “We’re a pair, Valentine!” All proceeds from the sale of the cards will support NBP’s vital mission of promoting braille literacy. The cards are being sold through NBP website and also through the nonprofit group ViStars.org, an after school program for blind and visually impaired students in the Greater Boston area.

Nationally distributed HOUSE WINE has partnered up with the national nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes to help wounded or disabled U.S. service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq realize their dreams of home ownership. For every case of HOUSE RED sold in the U.S., $1 is donated to the cause. 

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