02.28.13: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation announced combined community giving of more than $40 million in 2012, as well as 800,000 hours of employee volunteerism. Alcoa Inc. contributed $18 million to support projects and partnerships with non-governmental and nonprofit organizations around the world. In addition, Alcoa Foundation is committing $3 million towards programs that reach diverse populations, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development.

Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga announced a $5.5 million gift from the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation. In 2010, the Weinberg Foundation pledged $3 million to Scripps College along with $2 million to Claremont McKenna College to establish The Weinberg Family Dean of Science Endowment Fund for the W.M. Keck Science Department. The additional $5.5 million gift came in anticipation of a significant fundraising initiative and will produce immediate and long-term benefits for the College.

Life is good®, the Boston-based lifestyle brand, announced that the company will now donate 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need through The Life is good Kids Foundation. This commitment is a new way the brand is fulfilling its mission of spreading the power of optimism. Learn more about Life is good’s positive purpose in the company’s latest video.

The CDC Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population and the U.S. Embassy in Haiti unveiled two new public health buildings in Port-au-Prince. These buildings were funded by more than $3.2 million in donations by CDC Foundation partners.

Legacy Foundation, a community foundation and a leading philanthropic partner in Lake County, Ind., announced the success of the Knight Foundation match grant challenge, thanks to the support of local donors combined with national support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Legacy Foundation partners with national foundations to increase the investment in services for the Lake County community.

Carol and Louis E. Della Penna Sr. of New Hope, P.A. made a $4 million commitment to Fox Chases Cancer Center establishing the Carol and Louis Della Penna Chair in UrologicOncology and the Louis Della Penna Family Chair in Head and Neck Oncology. To learn more about Fox Chase Cancer Center’s endowed chairs visit www.fccc.edu.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters donated a $22,000 custom power wheelchair to 9 year-old Addison Santana of Orlando, Fla. at the Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament on Feb. 22 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide support for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries.

Mission2Match, the philanthropic partnership of TurboTax and Operation Homefront, is approaching its goal to raise $1 million that will in turn, support military families in need. TurboTax will match Mission2Match donations up to $1 million and again a second time when donors tweet their contributions via the #mission2match hashtag. All proceeds go directly to Operation Homefront.

The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command received $1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to setup permanent supportive housing for homeless young adults in the state.  These funds were awarded as part of a new approach to housing homeless young adults ages 18-25. As part of this effort, The Salvation Army will also open a day Drop-In Center for homeless young adults.

News about people, groups

The National Audubon Society announced the appointment of seven new directors to its board, including advertising executive Jeffrey Goodby, actress and wildlife advocate Jane Alexander, civic leader Maggie Walker, and regional conservation leaders from across the nation. A complete list of board members can be found online.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation welcomed three new governing board members: Janet B. Reid, PhD, Ryan Rybolt and Charles R. Scheper. Members of the GCF board serve three-year terms.

Jasper Welch has been named president & CEO of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). Following a year-long search process, NBIA’s CEO search committee and executive committee selected Welch as NBIA’s new chief executive based on his experience as an incubator manager, entrepreneur, leader and visionary.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a charitable organization that provides a once-in-a-lifetime camp experience for seriously ill children and their families in the Northeast, reaches 20,000 ill children each year. Five years ago, they were reaching half that and dealing with significant financial uncertainly following the passing of their founder Paul Newman. That year, the Travelers Championship – a first-in-class PGA TOUR event – made the Camp one of its charitable beneficiaries. Through this partnership, Travelers stabilized the organization by giving significant financial contributions and unheralded exposure. Sporting events such as the Travelers Championship can give back to charitable organizations like the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and serve as valuable partnerships for nonprofit organizations alike.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has one goal: a world without blood cancers. As the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer research, education and patient advocacy, LLS is saving lives today. To highlight its success and continued dedication to funding innovative research and finding treatments and cures, LLS has unveiled its first-ever marketing and branding campaign, “Someday Is Today.” “Someday is Today” is rolling out in key markets nationwide to make the public aware of its mission and achievements. The platform was developed by LLS in conjunction with branding agency Interplanetary, and is being supported by TV and radio PSAs and print advertising. For more information on “Someday is Today” visit www.lls.org/somedayistoday.

Georgia saw a decline in the number of its grantmaking foundations and their giving in 2010, according to the Foundation Center’s Key Facts on Georgia Foundations. Results of surveys conducted in partnership with the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance and Georgia Center for Nonprofits also indicate that the state’s foundations and the Georgia-based nonprofits they support are closely aligned regarding funding priorities for the future; both groups indicate that operating support is very important to the state’s nonprofits. Key Facts on Georgia Foundations can be downloaded from the “gain knowledge” area of the center’s website.

News about opportunities, initiatives

WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education, has opened the submission period for the 2013 WISE Awards. By recognizing projects that are having a positive and tangible impact on education, the WISE Awards spotlight the most innovative initiatives in education from around the world. Finalists and winning projects of the WISE Awards demonstrate both real-world solutions to current educational challenges and offer effective strategies that can be replicated in other parts of the world. Applicants are requested to submit their projects on the WISE Awards website by March 31.

Thinkso Creative, a New York City branding and design firm, is currently accepting applications from small nonprofits for a free brand makeover. Give a Brand! is Thinkso’s annual pro bono initiative comprising a 24-hour design sprint to give one worthy nonprofit a complete branding makeover-including an identity, website and marketing materials-free of charge. Give a Brand! 2013 submissions will be accepted until March 31. Interested nonprofits can apply at online.

The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange), in partnership with the Colorado Nonprofit Association (CNA), is hosting a workshop “Getting Started with Social Enterprise” to help Colorado nonprofits explore whether social enterprise or earned income strategies might be right for their organization. The workshop is March 19 at the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits. Visit The Exchange’s website to learn more or register.

The Hague Convention & Visitors Bureau and the World Forum announced that the World Justice Forum IV, will be held July 8-11 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The World Justice Forum is the world’s premiere rule of law event that will bring together about 600 leaders, dignitaries and innovators from more than 100 countries to address critical rule of law issues related to economic development, technology, women’s rights and freedom of expression. More information can be found online.

With the mission of helping at-risk youth reach their college dreams, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County is undertaking a Scholarship Fundraising Drive to recruit and enroll 240 new students into the program, doubling the current number of students enrolled. Take Stock must raise $228,000 by April 15 in order to earn $468,665 of matching legislative funds through the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Foundation-doubling the power of the funds raised through this drive. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to learn more about Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County and to participate in the program. For more information visit the organization’s website. 

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