03.28.13: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), in partnership with The Piton Foundation and Gary Community Investment Company, City of Denver and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, purchased 9.4 acres of land to develop 156 permanently affordable apartments and additional assets to benefit the community. This is ULC’s largest land purchase and the largest acquisition using Denver’s $15 million Transit-Oriented Development Fund, the country’s first fund created specifically to preserve and develop affordable housing near public transit.

With support from the Ford Foundation, AIDS United granted nearly $1.4 million to organizations in the Southeast. The grants, which are part of AIDS United’s Southern REACH (Regional Expansion of Access and Capacity to Address HIV/AIDS) initiative will support the development and expansion of programs that seek to achieve social change, shape responsible HIV/AIDS public policy, and/or respond to the underlying legal, political, and systemic barriers contributing to disproportionate rates of HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States.

The “Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue” fund, a project of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Jewish Funders Network, the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and other foundation partners, announced a $1 million matching fund that will target organizations that identify as Jewish or work with the Jewish community that support efforts to engage on important areas of social change.

Jewish Women International received a grant of $350,000 from the Department of Justice, which will be committed to critical resources to reducing dating violence in Baltimore’s insular Jewish community.

The Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids initiative has granted $260,000 to the National Audubon Society for scholarships since 2007, helping more than 1,400 kids attend summer camp. With this year’s grant, at least 125 underserved children will have the opportunity to connect with nature and learn more about their environment. Scholarship eligibility is determined by each Audubon Center. For more information about general registration, camp programs and scholarships, visit the Audubon website.

The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, in partnership with the national organization Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), awarded grants totaling $258,600 to strengthen 16 nonprofit organizations across the state that serve Latinos. In addition to funding, grantees will receive technical assistance, leadership training and networking opportunities. Individual contributions were matched by HIP through its Latino Giving Partnerships for Strong Latino Communities.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded $110,000 to support summer fellows at 22 institutions across the U.S. The funding will support the work of young men and women who spend the summer after their first year of medical school working in a pediatric oncology lab.

The Touchstone Golf Foundation has announced that charitable contributions it made in 2012 exceeded those of the previous year by more than $90,000 – up from $48,000 in 2011 to more than $136,000 last year. Established in 2009, the foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those who live and work in the communities in which Touchstone Golf Management operates.

The Children’s Village and Westhab announced the opening of a new supportive housing residence for young adults in Westchester County, N.Y. The 12 bed unit provides homeless young adults, aged 18-24, a safe home in addition to assistance securing employment, continuing education, and therapeutic support. The project is funded by a Continuum of Care grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in collaboration with Westchester County. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients.

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores announced a donation program that will provide products to each Kids In Need Foundation Resource Center on a monthly basis. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores will provide discarded merchandise to affiliate centers and be made available to teachers from low-income schools that use the supplies for their students and classrooms.

News about people, groups

Sisters of Charity Foundation president Tom Keith was awarded the Otis A. Corbitt Leadership and Community Service Award at the 35th annual Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services Conference. The award is given for exemplary leadership in human services, community development and education.

BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing, has appointed Armando E.  Zumaya as vice president of fund development. Zumaya will lead the organization’s fundraising strategy to expand the programs that serve residents in BRIDGE communities.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management has named Jennifer Lammers as program director. Lammers brings knowledge and dedication in the field of nonprofit management, capacity building and philanthropic services.

Morris Arvoy has joined the staff of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s communications department. Arvoy, who served as director of media relations at Albion College in Michigan for more than a decade, will serve as a communications officer for the civil society grantmaking team.

Teresa Morrow will join The Minneapolis Foundation as vice president external relations and marketing. Morrow currently serves as senior vice president corporate communications and community development at Bremer Bank, which she joined in 2004. Morrow will raise visibility for the foundation and its work, while helping identify and build new partnerships that advance the foundation’s mission.

AmeriCares announced Katherine Sears has been promoted to senior vice president of global medical assistance and emergency response. Sears will oversee the organization’s response to devastating natural and man-made disasters, including its Hurricane Sandy relief program. Gary Leeds has been named chief financial officer and vice president of finance for AmeriCares. Leeds will oversee all accounting and financial operations for the nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization.

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) received Outten & Golden‘s fourth annual Public Interest Award in recognition of NICE’s ongoing effort to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political, and economic power in their communities and beyond.

Heifer Foundation’s trustees emeriti have selected Jerry Bedford to receive the 2012 Dan West Fellow Award, in recognition of Bedford’s long dedication and many contributions to helping the world’s impoverished people. Bedford has worked diligently for more than three decades to ensure robust financial support for Heifer, first as Heifer’s director of development and later as the first leader of Heifer Foundation.

Olowo-n’djo Tchala of Olympia, Wash., has been selected to receive a Washington State Jefferson Award in recognition of his mission to advance gender equality and alleviate poverty in his native Togo, West Africa. The award is considered the United States’ “Nobel Prize for community and public service,” and was created in 1972 to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) announced the SPI Idea Contest that will award up to $5,000 for “testable” ideas that have the potential to change the way development professionals operate.  The contest will run from March 14 to June 14 and will award $5,000 for first prize, $1,500 for second prize and $500 for third prize. The competition encourages idea submissions that will challenge current development status quo and for innovative ideas that allow for more efficient and effective fundraising. The wining idea will be evaluated on potential impact on sector, feasibility, and innovation.  To enter the contest, see www.spihub.org, for the online entry contest form.

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) announces its annual conference in Baltimore will be held Nov. 13-16. Workshops will identify the skill track that aligns with the topic of the proposed presentation. For more information on the conference or to register to attend, visit the GPA website and click on the conference link at the top of the page.

Keep Memory Alive’s 17th annual Power of Love Gala has an extended list of entertainment icons and celebrities attending and performing at the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in Las Vegas. The tribute will take place April 13 at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, while raising funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases. Anyone who wants to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic can contribute through a text-to-donate campaign by texting “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10. Keep Memory Alive also has a personal fundraising page that accepts credit card donations.

Karen Egren Jewelry partnered with Voss Foundation in creating a new and exclusive bracelet collection for World Water Day March 22 as a part of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Voss Foundation’s mission to provide access to clean water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and raise awareness of the ongoing need in the region. The collection is available online at www.karenegrenjewelry.com and 20 percent from the sale of each bracelet will be donated to Voss Foundation.

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