03.21.13: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

A $5 million gift from the Lift a Life Foundation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation will establish the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center at Kentucky’s Kosair Children’s Hospital. The gift is part of a $12 million initiative that will fund the creation of a comprehensive diabetes care center to offer education and treatment of Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes.

The Children’s Medical Center Research Institute (CRI) at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center received a $2,551,291 grant from the Moody Foundation to help renovate, staff and buy equipment for CRI’s Flow Cytometry Facility. CRI is a joint venture that builds upon the comprehensive clinical expertise of Children’s Medical Center and the internationally recognized scientific environment of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation received a $483,896.11 donation from ACE Cash Express Inc. and NetSpend. The donation was made possible through the combined efforts of ACE’s Think Pink Month and the Pink ACE Elite prepaid debit card. ACE and NetSpend have donated more than $2 million to the foundation in the past six years.

Azmin Ghahreman, chef and owner of Sapphire Laguna Restaurant, Sapphire Pantry and founder of Sapphire at School, announced a partnership with Orange County, Calif.-based Project Hope Alliance and a pledge to raise $100,000 for the organization in 2013. Project Hope Alliance exists to help homeless children and their families reach self-sufficiency through education and financial stability. The funds will support programs designed to help eliminate the barriers that often prevent homeless students from attending and succeeding in school.

City National Bank has awarded 110 Reading is The way up literacy grants totaling more than $96,000 to support literacy-based projects at elementary, middle and high schools in California, Nevada, New York and Georgia. The grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 will help augment or expand literacy projects that were judged to be creative and engaging, and that would have a tangible effect on student achievement. For a list of recipients, visit www.readingisthewayup.org/literacy.php.

Amplify Austin, a new 24-hour, online giving event to increase philanthropy in Central Texas, raised $2.8 million – funds that will help support the life-changing work of the 300-plus participating local nonprofits. I Live Here, I Give Here, a nonprofit that works to grow charitable giving in the Austin area, created and spearheaded the inaugural Amplify Austin using Kimbia technology, which provides nonprofits and community foundations with fundraising and event management software tools.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Symantec have awarded $9,000 in seed funds to student-run programs that aim to increase the numbers of women studying computer science and related technology disciplines. The 12 winners of the NCWIT Student Seed Fund each will receive $750 for their projects that recruit, retain and encourage girls and women in technology through outreach, mentoring, professional development and affinity group support.

News about people, groups

Blackbaud, a leading global provider of software and services for nonprofits, announced that  industry veteran Wendy Fox will head up its new information management and strategic services group. Fox, based in the company’s Cambridge office, has more than 20 years’ experience working with nonprofits. After a career with Epsilon in the 1990s, she joined Target Software in 2001 to build the data management services group which went on to become an industry leader. She continued to grow and expand these services after Target Software was acquired by Blackbaud in 2007.

ActionAid USA, an international anti-poverty agency working in 50 countries, appointed Marie Brill as executive director. Brill has more than 15 years of experience in the international development and social policy fields, and she spent 12 years living in developing nations.

Camp Southern Ground has named Rob Parker as its first president and CEO. Parker is currently serving as the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California and is also the former CEO of Kiwanis International. He served for 20 years as a senior executive with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Four candidates have been elected to three-year terms on the board of directors of the national urban park advocacy organization City Parks Alliance: Christine Fanning, Mickey Fearn, Rich Killingsworth and Christopher Nolan.

The Alaska Community Foundation announced that four individuals have joined its statewide board of directors: Penny Pedersen, Kate Slyker, Andy Teuber and Bill Sheffield.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation named two new employees to its staff: Michael Coffey and Renée Holzmeier. Coffey is a program officer for the Community Investment group. He was previously a program officer at the Hill-Snowdon Foundation in Washington, D.C., and has served as a consultant to the Compton Foundation. Holzmeier will serve as the communications and marketing coordinator. She was formerly an office manager and administrative assistant Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in New York City.

Prosperity Media, a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C., announced its intent to create a national public service cable television network. The Public Service Cable Television Network will be a 24-hour, cable programming service that will operate seven days a week.

Carter and Olivia Ries, brother and sister from Fayetteville, Ga., are the recipients of the 2013 Bob Carter Companies/William R. Simms Award for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. They have created plastic recycling programs being used in schools across the U.S. and are committed to conservation and endangered species efforts.

The Council on Foundations and Commonfund Institute are combining resources to create a new study of private U.S. foundations. The 2012 Council on Foundations – Commonfund Study of Investments for Private Foundations (CCSF) will set a new standard for investment research in the private foundation sector. Private foundations of all sizes from across the U.S. will be included in the study. Findings will be gathered using an online survey instrument and will cover calendar year 2012. The CCSF will replace the private foundations edition of the annual Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Foundations; the annual Council on Foundations Management Surveys will remain unchanged.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org announced that the Meth Project-one of the world’s leading prevention organizations, renowned for its effectiveness-will become a part of its efforts to reduce substance abuse. The Meth Project’s public education programs, advertising campaigns, prevention tools and family of websites will now be a part of the Partnership’s comprehensive national efforts to reduce substance abuse among teens. The individual state Meth Project organizations will continue their local education, community action, school outreach and teen advocacy initiatives, operating as members of the Partnership at Drugfree.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management seeks nominations for the Terry McAdam Book Award,  which honors the most inspirational and useful new book published in the nonprofit sector which makes a substantial contribution to nonprofit management. Through the award, thousands of technical assistance providers, and hundreds of thousands of nonprofits staff and board members, benefit from the very best thinking and ideas in management and governance. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. April 1. Submissions will be accepted by completing the survey.

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a national association of universities devoted to graduate education and research, and TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services provider, began the first phase of a three-year best practice program designed to improve the financial acumen of graduate and undergraduate students, including debt management skills.  Marking the launch of the project announced last fall, CGS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to all U.S.-based CGS member institutions.

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