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03.14.13: US News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

Low income urban communities affected by Hurricane Sandy will receive $1 million to jump start investment from the Isaiah Fund, an interfaith investment fund dedicated to long-term recovery after natural disasters. The fund formed in the wake of hurricanes Rita and Katrina to invest in the rebuilding and revitalization of disaster-torn communities in the Gulf Coast. To date, the fund has invested $4 million in New Orleans to help build or rebuild hundreds of affordable homes during the past five years, and well as space for cultural activities, small businesses, schools and medical facilities.

The Daniels Fund announced a gift of $600,000 in Boundless Opportunity Scholarships for non-traditional students in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Funding is awarded in two-year cycles. A complete list of schools offering the scholarship can be found on the Daniels Fund website.

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) invited chapters to submit proposals for a $1,000 cash grant to help defray the expenses of a regional conference. The three selected conferences are: GPA Arizona Founding Chapter and Arizona Yuma Chapter, GPA Broward County, Fla.; and Georgia GPA Chapter. To view information about all of GPA’s upcoming regional conferences and more, visit the GPA calendar.

Hyundai Motor America donated 1,000 coats to the community organization Park Pride, the City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office, and the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The coats were distributed to underprivileged youth from Atlanta Public Schools and children involved in faith-based community organizations.

News about people, groups

Barrow Neurological Institute, at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, based in Phoenix, has added Catherine Ivy to its advisory board. Ivy is the founder and president of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America.

Development Guild/DDI, a management consulting firm serving nonprofits in education, health and science, the arts, and human service, announced that Allen Peckham has joined the firm as senior vice president. Peckham will counsel boards and executive leaders on fundraising strategy, campaign planning, healthcare systems, board development and talent management planning.

Enterprise Community Partners Inc. announced the winners if its youth multimedia contest, “What Does Home Mean to You?,” which it launched in 2012 as part of its 30th anniversary. The contest invited young people to submit writing or artwork for a chance to win educational scholarships. The four winners and their work can be found online.

Avectra, a leading web-based Social CRM developer of web-based member and donor-based software for associations and nonprofits, announced the 2013 Innovation Award Winners at its annual user conference. The awards highlight and celebrate customers that have achieved outstanding results through the implementation and use of Avectra products. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was awarded with the Best in Show award for demonstrating great innovation in its execution to become a data-driven enterprise highlighted by it instant analytics implementation.

DKT International, one of the largest providers of family planning services in the developing world, has released new 2012 statistics documenting its positive impact in 19 countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on analysis of services and products delivered in 2012, DKT averted 8.2 million pregnancies, 14,000 maternal deaths, 77,000 child deaths, and 1.7 million abortions.

The National Mother’s Day committee announced that it will honor four exceptional women at the 35th annual Outstanding Mother Awards. Mistress of ceremonies Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN Inc., and a 2010 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will present this year’s awards to: Debra Messing, Emmy Award winning actress and star of NBC’s Smash; Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post Media Group; Margarita Arriagada, senior vice president merchandising, Sephora USA; and Dottie Mattison, senior managing partner, Guggenheim Partners. Tickets and event sponsorship are available online.

On March 19, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program will award the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence to the nation’s top community college, distributing $1 million in prize funds. The winner and up to three finalists-with-distinction are selected from more than 1,000 community colleges for their achievements in student learning, degree and certificate completion, students securing competitive-wage jobs after college and minority and low-income student success.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Target Corp. announced a partnership with FEED Projects to create the FEED USA + Target collection. The collection will include more than 50 products and benefit Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The products will be available beginning June 30 at Target stores and on Target.com.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) launched the 2013 New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards.  Now in its seventh year, this educational program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices within New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Applications for the Awards are available at www.npexcellence.fcny.org.

Friday is the deadline for philanthropy and community projects to join Prohatch’s 2013 Crowdfunding Incubator Program. The program providesinstruction onways to raise capital quickly based through donations-based crowdfunding via the inception of President Obama’s JOBS Act bill. The online resource is designed to provide free business intelligence, consultation and training to social and business entrepreneurs on how to effectively prepare their organizations for a successful crowdfunding campaign. Organizations can register for the program by visiting www.incubator.prohatch.com.

Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD), a Colorado program that benefits rural communities, is hosting “The Journey To Success,” a three-day event including workshops, conferences and networking opportunities. RPD brings grant makers and grant seekers from the Western Slope to discuss their common interests and goals, forming stronger partnerships that better serve the needs of the rural community, as well as the funders themselves. For more information about the event and to register, visit www.WesternSlopeRPD.com.


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