03.07.13: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Box Tops for Education announced that the program has earned $525 million for schools across the country since 1996. In the past year, Box Tops donated $47 million to schools. With school budget cuts happening across the nation, Box Tops has become increasingly important as it provides unrestricted dollars to help schools, and the program is urging people to get involved to help meet its goal of helping America’s schools earn another $75 million by the end of 2013.

BJ’s Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $1,689,150 to 265 nonprofit organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located. The donated funds will be dispersed to organizations that focus in four areas: hunger prevention, education, self-sufficiency and healthcare.

The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients, has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants designed to foster physician leadership skills. The 17 grants, awarded to healthcare organizations and medical society foundations across the country, aim to create resources and programs to train physicians and medical professionals in leadership, business management, communication and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Grassroots and community leaders of Battle Creek, Mich., are joining with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation and United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region on a three-year initiative targeting social issues. This collaboration, funded with a $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will make Battle Creek the first-ever Beacon Community – a national model for uniting individuals and organizations in applying Harwood practice principles to address community challenges.

Denny’s restaurants nationwide raised more than $425,000 during its second annual fundraising campaign for Share Our Strength, a national organization committed to providing children with the nutritious food they need to live healthy, active lives. During the month-long fundraiser more than 150,000 customers purchased $5 worth of Denny’s coupons for just $3, with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry program.

BallenIsles Charities Foundation awarded 19 organizations more than $160,000 in grants for their work in the Florida community. Organizations included Clinics Can Help, Feeding South Florida, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue and others. A full list of benefitting organizations and their funded projects can be found online.

Tipping Point Community has awarded $100,000 to the Nurse-Family Partnership(NFP) National Service Office to support San Francisco Bay Area expansion and long-term sustainability of the Nurse-Family Partnership program – an evidence-based home visiting program serving first-time mothers living in poverty. The support will fund two sustainability workshops in 2013 to teach best practices for leveraging public and private funding, and pay for a grant coordinator.

CIRCA, an international buyer of jewelry, diamonds and watches, announced its new partnership with the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). To launch the partnership, CIRCA’s Acting CEO Mary L. Forte presented NOF Executive Director and CEO Amy Porter with a $25,000 check to support NOF’s mission of preventing osteoporosis and broken bones and raising awareness for the importance of building strong bones for life.

Panera Bread and its franchisees in the Los Angeles County announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (LAFB) to help fight food insecurity in the area. With growing concerns on nutrition and childhood hunger, the Panera Bread cafes are dedicating the month of March to honor the 40th anniversary of the food bank and support fundraising efforts throughout the community.

News about people, groups

The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) announced that it will be naming its building to honor the generosity of Herb Alpert, Lani Hall Alpert and the Herb Alpert Foundation. The foundation’s philanthropy has been instrumental in rebuilding the school after a temporary closure. To date, HSA has been awarded $6 million in grants from the foundation.

The board of directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York announced the re-naming of the institution as the Tisch MS Research Center of New York.  Representing a new model of healthcare, the research center, coupled with its clinical affiliate, the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice. The name change is a reflection of Bonnie and Dan Tisch’s long standing support for the research center and an indication of their continued philanthropy to support the center’s mission of unraveling the mysteries of MS at both the cellular and molecular level and ultimately finding a cure.

Point Foundation (Point), a scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit will honor the Estee Lauder Companies Inc. at its Point Honors New York gala on April 15. The Estee Lauder Companies will be accorded the Point Inspiration Award for championing respect and inclusion of the LGBTQ community, and operating with the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.

More than 14 McDonald’s owner operators across five different states have collaborated to support and sponsor the Frontier Conference, a collegiate athletic conference, which is a member of the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NAIA). In light of this new partnership, the Frontier Conference has named Ronald McDonald House Charities the official charity of the 2013 men’s and women’s basketball playoffs.

Thirteen nonprofit organizations in five countries are the recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award recognizes exceptional grantees, helps ensure their long-term sustainability, and provides each organization with up to $1.5 million. For more information and to view a complete list of recipients, go online.

The National Council of Nonprofits announced that Whitney Brimfield is joining the organization as its first director of sustainability. In this new role, Brimfield will direct the organization’s resource development strategy to continue the organization’s growth and impact.

Valerie S. Lies, president and CEO of Donors Forum, an association of Illinois funders, nonprofits and advisors, announced she will retire on June 30, 2014. Lies, 64, was appointed to the position in 1987, and through the years has overseen numerous initiatives and innovations that have increased the effectiveness of philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois, and made Donors Forum a model for organizations of its kind across the country.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced that Donn Weinberg has concluded his three-year term as chairman of the board. Ellen M. Heller, one of the foundation’s five trustees, has succeeded him and will serve in that role for the next three years. Weinberg and Heller will continue in their roles as trustees.

ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices Global Partnership announced the 2013 ANNpower Fellows. In January, the partners launched a nationwide search for young women who embody the skills and have the potential to be the next leaders of their generation. Through a competitive national application process, 50, who are high school sophomore and juniors, girls were selected from across the country to become fellows and participate in the 2013 ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., on April 1-4. To see a complete list of fellows, visit ANNpower.org.

PenFed was named a Washington-area finalist for the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Awards for Public Service for helping service members and veterans. The Washington Business Journal, a local partner of the American Institute for Public Service, selected the credit union in December for its philanthropic work with the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation, a nonprofit organization which works with military families by supporting wounded warriors and providing financial management assistance and home ownership aid.

A report detailing the practices behind the 2012 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools winner’s success in eliminating achievement gaps and reaching 100 percent college admission for all its students was released by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. The report details how YES Prep Public Schools, a network of 11 middle and high schools in Houston, has achieved unprecedented success with a high-poverty, high-minority student population. Since YES Prep’s inception in 1998, all of its seniors have graduated from high school and been accepted to four-year colleges and universities, and more than 90 percent of its students attend college without the need for remediation.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Chicago Artists Coalition and OtherPeoplesPixels announced the launch of the Maker Grant, a $3,000 funding opportunity to support one contemporary and innovative Chicago artist who demonstrates a commitment to a sustainable artistic practice and career development. This grant is funded in part by a portion of proceeds from Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual Starving Artist fundraiser and a matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels. The Maker Grant recognizes both CAC’s and OPP’s mutual commitments to supporting local artists’ practices and professional development. To apply, visit: chicagoartists.slideroom.com.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation seeks up to 25 individuals from across the gulf coast region for the next class of Gulf Coast Leadership Institute. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 22. You can learn more and download the application at Coagulator.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced the creation of the Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience, a new annual award recognizing the achievements of a young scientist in advancing the understanding of brain function. Winners receive $2,500, as well as complimentary registration and travel to SfN’s annual meeting. The award will be presented for the first time at Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego. The award is open to all qualified nominees, including non-SfN members. Further background and nomination requirements for the prize can be found at www.SfN.org/Awards. 

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