5.2.10: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has awarded $1 million to 21 community health centers across the country through a partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers to support programs that focus on the treatment and management of chronic disease. For a list of recipients, visit http://www.cvscaremarkfyi.com/BuildingHealthierCommunities.

In response to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, which killed 14, injured dozens and damaged hundreds of homes, members of the Conference of Southwest Foundations have joined together to establish The West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund. As of April 23, more than $137,000 had been donated to the fund, which will exclusively benefit victims and relief efforts. For information or to contribute, visit www.wacofoundation.org.

Give2Asia, a U.S.-based social enterprise with China operations based in Beijing, and Give2Asia Hong Kong, serving Asia-based philanthropy, together raised more than $1 million in a campaign to help more than 1.5 million people affected by the 6.6 magnitude quake that struck Sichuan Province on Saturday, April 20. U.S.-based donors can support the Give2Asia Sichuan Earthquake Fund 2013 at www.give2asia.org/sichuan-quake2013.

The Daniels Fund selected 256 high school seniors from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming whose exceptional character, leadership, and commitment to giving back to the community have earned them a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program, which awards $13 million in funding annually. For information, email ScholarSelection@DanielsFund.org.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut has made awards to 15 area nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $81,357 during its first grant cycle of 2013. The foundation makes grants to local charities three times a year: early spring, late June and late fall. For details, visit http://cfnwct.org/images/PR/2013cycleone.pdf.

Winners of the 2013 Inglis Awards for Continuing Excellence will be honored on May 14 at the Inglis House in Philadelphia. The program honors the outstanding performance of not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region that enhance the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. For a list of honorees, who will each receive $10,000 award, click here.

News about people, groups

John Ruskay, Ph.D., will step down from his position as Executive Vice President and CEO of UJA-Federation of New York on June 30, 2014, concurrent with the close of the 2014 Annual Campaign. Under his leadership as CEO since 1999, UJA-Federation of New York has grown as the largest Jewish philanthropy in the world. The UJA-Federation Executive Committee will be conducting a nationwide executive search under the guidance of Board Chair Alisa Doctoroff.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation will celebrate the winners of the 2013 Hillman Prizes, awarded to journalists whose work identifies important social and economic issues and helps bring about change for the better, at a ceremony and reception at The Times Center in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 7. For a complete list of honorees, visit http://www.hillmanfoundation.org/.

As part of ongoing efforts to recognize Earth Day and National Park Week, MyInchofTheEarth.com and the National Park Foundation are collaborating and inviting earth conscious advocates and enthusiasts to claim their virtual piece of America’s National Parks through the newly redesigned MyInchofTheEarth.com web site. Each inch is claimed with a minimum donation of $12 to the user’s preferred charity or cause that aids, supports and enriches the country’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs.

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan 2012-2013 Community Giving Campaign raised $35,121,006, surpassing its $35 million goal, representing an increase of 11 percent from last year’s campaign total.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) will honor its founding members on May 17 at its 12th annual In Living Pink Casino Game Night in New York City. The organization was created in 1998 by young survivors for young survivors, provides free programs, education and resources to address every phase of a young woman’s breast cancer experience. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.youngsurvival.org.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Food Banking Award for Organizational Efficiency at the annual Feeding America Network Executive Directors’ Forum in Nashville, April 7-10. The awards are given to the year’s most outstanding programs among the 202 food banks across the nation in the Feeding America network.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation has received a four out of four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charity excellence. The LIVESTRONG Foundation also announced that it has been ranked 19th in The NonProfit Times’ 50 Best NonProfits to Work For in 2013.

United HomeCare of Miami will present its 19th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards on May 16. The event honors individuals and corporations that, like the Honorable Claude Pepper, have made a significant contribution to meeting the needs of the elderly and/or the disabled in Miami-Dade County. For a list of honorees, click here.

In its efforts to help children and families in communities around the world escape poverty, Christel House International (CHI) has elected two new board members: Nancy S. Gillespie, former human development economist with World Bank, Washington, D.C., and Donald E. Knebel, partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis.

The seventh annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards honored five anti-racism Minnesotans on April 29.  The awards celebration, organized by the Facing Race We’re all in this together initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation, was created to recognize anti-racism leaders and promote the need for productive community-wide conversations about race. To learn about the honorees, click here.

Gizmogul, a newly launched cell phone recycling service that pays customers in return for cell phone donations, has partnered with the international nonprofit organization buildOn to promote and support its Afterschool Service and School Construction Programs in developing nations. For information, visit http://gizmogul.com/.

News about opportunities, initiatives

GOOD and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie have partnered to award $50,000 to the next world-changing business idea. Through May 17, any U.S. resident can submit their business idea that tackles a global issue for the Start Something That Matters Challenge. GOOD’s online community will help to narrow the field then judges will select the winner, who will receive the $50,000 prize to help realize their idea. For information, visit http://startsomethingthatmatters.maker.good.is/.

MCON13, The Millenial Impact Conference, will be held July 18 in Indianapolis and is available to registrants via national livestream broadcast. The event will unite leading Millennial experts, global philanthropic leaders, and celebrities to explore cutting edge methods to help nonprofits and corporations connect and involve Millennials in social causes. For information, visit http://www.themillennialimpact.com/.

The application period for Premier’s annual Cares Award competition is underway until July 31. The annual program recognizes exemplary efforts by not-for-profit community organizations to improve the health of populations in need. Intereste applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational call on May 16 from 2-3 p.m. ET. To register for the call, click here. The online application, complete details about the award and past recipients are available at www.premierinc.com/caresaward.

The League of American Orchestras’ will present its 68th National Conference on June 18-20 in St. Louis. The conference, under the theme “Imagining 2023,” will include a keynote and breakout sessions with futurist thinkers and industry leaders and focus on interactivity via social engagement. For details, visit americanorchestras.org/conference2013.

Blackbaud has announced the global expansion of its Community Matters Grants Program, modeled after The Blackbaud Fund that has been providing grants to nonprofits in its Charleston-headquarters community for 17 years. The Community Matters Grants Program is now open in Austin, Texas. Nonprofits in Travis and Williamson counties can submit applications through May 24. Funding decisions will be announced in July. To qualify, organizations need to have budgets of less than $2 million, seek funding from various sources for the same proposal, implement the program or project within a 12-month period and have been in existence for more than one year.

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