04.18.13: US News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has awarded Case Western Reserve University $8 million to support programs in social work, nonprofit leadership and community engagement. The commitment includes a $4.95 million lead gift to support an $8.9 million capital campaign project for the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The project will provide a major renovation and improvements for the existing building and rename the building the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. An additional $3.05 million will be used to endow a chair for the dean, as well as funding for related educational initiatives.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) announced the creation of the Morehouse School of Medicine/Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Partnership for Equity in Diabetes. The partnership will be based at MSM’s National Center for Primary Care in Atlanta. The partnership, which is funded through a five-year, $2.1 million grant from the foundation, will share successful models and best practices emerging from the foundation’s Together on Diabetes initiative and other demonstration projects with the broader U.S. diabetes, community health, public health and primary care practice communities.

National 4-H Council received a gift from the Monsanto Company of $500,000 to drive the continued expansion of the National 4-H Volunteer Initiative. The new grant will fund several initiatives including continued outreach to attract and retain 4-H volunteers in nearly 40 states along with new pilot programs in two states – Illinois and Iowa.

News about people, groups

Laura Callanan, an expert in the field of social innovation, has joined the Foundation Center in the role of senior fellow. During this one-year fellowship, Callanan will be undertaking a variety of activities to elevate work within the philanthropic sector related to leadership development and social impact, as well as help build the center’s own capacity for social innovation.

WeiserMazars LLP, a leading accounting, tax and advisory services firm with extensive ties to the nonprofit sector, named Ron Ries as a partner in its nonprofit group.  Ries brings more than 20 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations.  Most recently, he served as chief financial officer at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

The GE Foundation launched an extension of GE’s Developing Health U.S., a multi-year $50 million program focused on cities where GE has a significant business presence. The foundation is partnering with local non-governmental organizations to launch new pilot programs in Chicago, Houston, Louisville, and Los Angeles. Each pilot program addresses a region-specific health issue such as heart disease and diabetes, childhood immunization, asthma and respiratory disease management, and patient compliance and retention.

Kraft has launched  Make an Impact 2013, in which it will volunteer with nonprofit organizations in communities across North America during National Volunteer Week, April 21-27. Visit Kraft’s Facebook page for updates on the celebration throughout the month.

CREDO launched a wage equality discount April 9 on Equal Pay Day, to highlight the wage disparity between men and women. In an effort to promote wage equality, the phone company is offering a 23 percent discount to customers on voice plans for one year. Even though women in America make up nearly half of the workforce, women only earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes.

Business4Better, a non-commercial community partnership movement produced by UBM plc, released a research report that defines major trends in the way mid-sized companies approach corporate social responsibility (CSR), including plans for community engagement, employee volunteerism and metrics of success. It explores both challenges and opportunities that mid-sized companies regularly face in implementing CSR programs. The full research report can be downloaded online.

Salt Lake Community College‘s Grand Theatre has launched a “$25 in 25” fundraising campaign. As part of the campaign, the Grand Theatre is asking those who have an association with the theater to tell their own “grand” stories. People can share via Twitter with: @thegrandtheatre or #grandstories; Facebook at: /thegrandtheatre; or email at: grandstories@the-grand.org. To donate, call 801-957-3322 or visit http://tickets.the grand.org.

The YWCA Silicon Valley will host its 11th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Wednesday, April 24. Community leaders, businessmen, students and residents will walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes through downtown San José to heighten awareness and raise funds to assist in supporting the YWCA Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Center. For more information, visit www.ywca-sv.org.

Couture for a Cause has named TV personality Joan Rivers for its fourth annual high fashion runway show, committed to the support of local charities through fashion. Couture for a Cause is an organization started by philanthropist and childhood friends Esther Silber Berg and Michal Weinstein in efforts to bring attention and aide various charities, both local and abroad. The event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charitable organizations since its premier in 2007. For more information, visit coutureforacauseny.com.

QVC, whose community affairs efforts support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, will give customers the opportunity to shop for a cause during its Beauty with Benefits event at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The two-hour broadcast is a platform that enables some of QVC’s prestige beauty brands to collectively support a common philanthropic cause, Cancer and Careers, a program of the CEW Foundation, the charitable arm of Cosmetic Executive Women Inc.

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