05.16.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

Community First Fund was awarded a $15 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Community First Fund was selected as one of 85 organizations from a national pool of 282 applicants.

Baltimore Education Coalition, a coalition of schools, churches, the ACLU of Maryland, nonprofits, afterschool programs and BUILD (Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development), organized to bring $1 billion in new money to rebuild its aging schools infrastructure. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law the Baltimore City School Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013, authorizing more than $1 billion for school construction and renovation.

The Marin Community Foundation announced an additional $2 million in grants to community clinics throughout Marin County, Calif., from its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. These grants bring the four-year total to $8 million of support from the five-year, $10 million fund, established by Sutter Health in 2010.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced two new strategic grants to help jumpstart distressed neighborhoods from its Community Revitalization program, the foundation’s nationally-recognized and award-winning housing and blight reduction initiative. A recent grant was given to the Center for Community Progress in the amount of $125,000. A second new Community Revitalization grant of $100,000 was awarded to the Broadmoor Development Corporation

News about people, groups

The board of trustees of Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pa., appointed of David Pearson as the school’s president and CEO.  Pearson, who will be the school’s sixth president in its 177-year history, will assume his duties effective July 1. Pearson succeeds Steven Messner, who served as interim president since October 2012.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania appointed William L. Mack as chair of the board of overseers. Mack is founder and chairman of AREA Property Partners, a global real estate and asset manager with offices in the U.S. and in key economic centers around the world. He began a three-year term on April 19.

The board of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation elected Joshua B. Bernstein as chair of the foundation’s board of directors. Bernstein joined the board in 2003. In addition to serving as CEO of Bernstein Management Corporation, Bernstein holds numerous leadership positions in business, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

John W. Slattery, managing director for Morgan Stanley, has been elected to the Covenant House board of directors, which oversees programs for homeless youth in 22 cities in six countries in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that Susan Dentzer, a renowned health policy expert, health policy analyst for the PBS NewsHour and former editor of the influential journal Health Affairs, will serve as its senior health policy adviser. Dentzer will provide policy and communications strategy assistance to David Colby, head of RWJF’s Washington office, and other senior leaders of the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and healthcare of all Americans.

The Foundation Center elected Dominick Impemba, controller at The Rockefeller Foundation, to its board. Impemba is a Certified Public Accountant with nearly 17 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. At The Rockefeller Foundation, Impemba oversees the day-to-day accounting for the foundation and its $3.6 billion endowment, monitors and evaluates internal controls, develops organization-wide policies and procedures, reviews the organization’s tax filings, and is one of the individuals responsible for the annual budget process.

Global Impact announced that Scott Jackson has been named the organization’s president and CEO. A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Jackson overseas Global Impact’s organizational policy, fundraising programs, management and administration.

Rodney M. Grabowski has been selected as the new president of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation and vice president for development and alumni relations. Grabowski, who comes to UC from the University of South Florida with more than 20 years of fundraising experience, will officially begin his new role on June 3.

RE-AMP, a network of nearly 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy, announced that C. Scott Cooper will be the new network CEO.  Cooper is currently the director of engagement and communication at the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minn. Grizzard Communications Group Inc., a company that works with with nonprofits on integrated, multi-channel fundraising programs, has been selected as one of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 100 Workplaces for 2013.

Nonprofit HR, a full-service consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill., announced the creation of its Employee Benefits Practice. The company also announced the promotion of Julie Gallion, PHR, to head the new division. The firm’s new employee benefit consulting services include benefit needs assessment and philosophy development; audit and compliance services; benefits plan implementation and ongoing administration. Other services include forensic benefit reviews and analysis, competitive benefits assessments, and broker review/selection. For more information about Nonprofit HR’s Employee Benefits Services go online.

Clinics Can Help, a nonprofit organization based in Palm Beach County, Fla., that helps children, adults and the elderly by redistributing surplus medical equipment and supplies to those in need, received the 2013 Triunfo! Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach County. Each year this award is given to an organization that exemplifies hard-work, dedication to the community, integrity and excellence.

To make critical technology more accessible to nonprofit organizations and underserved communities, Seattle’s InterConnection has launched a new online store featuring high-quality refurbished laptops and desktops starting at just $99. The new site enables U.S. nonprofits to choose from a range of name brand PCs that ship pre-installed with Windows 7 Pro & Office 2007. All computers on the site are covered by a 90-day warranty and can be easily restored to factory condition without an installation disc.

AmeriCares launched a new website that features dozens of customized Google Maps to illustrate the organization’s work worldwide. The global health and disaster relief organization delivers more than 3,000 shipments of medicine, medical supplies and aid annually to health care providers working in more than 90 countries. The mapping tool allows users to see the location of each shipment and the purpose of the delivery, along with information about emergencies, health programs and other humanitarian assistance around the world.

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 13th annual World Turtle Day on May 23.  The day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

Pure Charity launched an innovative online platform to help families raise funds to pay for adoption expenses. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit 9 conference held May 2-3 in Nashville, Tenn. The new platform is featured at www.purecharity.com/us/adoption/. Families who are in the process of adopting children can establish a personal fundraiser account at no charge, tell their adoption story through text and dynamic media, share that story with friends and family through their social networks and raise dollars to cover expenses.

The Charities Review Council is committed to continuously improving, while remaining relevant and timely. For the first time, the council is launching an annual rolling review of the Accountability Standards. Each year, five to seven of the 27 Standards will be reviewed, with the refreshed Accountability Standards being presented every January. The council invites all donors or nonprofit professionals to work together to strengthen the nonprofit sector by participating in a survey that will inform the Standards Review process.

The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) will host the 14th annual Racing to Recovery Gala at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis. During the event, SSPF founder Sam Schmidt will present the 2013 Legends of Racing Award to Al Speyer, executive director of Firestone Racing. The Foundation’s Visionary Award will also be presented to both Indiana University Health and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine. The Racing to Recovery Gala and auction raises funds to support medical research to find a cure for paralysis. Reservations and sponsorship information can be obtained by sending an email to events@samschmidt.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

GOOD and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie have partnered to award $50,000 to the next world-changing business idea. Any U.S. resident can submit their idea that tackles a global issue for the Start Something
That Matters Challenge
. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges from GOOD and Start Something That Matters, along with votes from the GOOD community. The Challenge ends at 12 p.m. (PT) May 17. Visit http://startsomethingthatmatters.maker.good.is/ to participate.

The Marketing and Public Relations continuing education program at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies issued a call for applications for qualified New York City-based nonprofits and small businesses to participate in the department’s 24th annual Public Relations Strategy and Execution Summer Intensive. Professors and students in the intensive will craft actual public relations plans and campaigns on a pro-bono basis that the selected small businesses and nonprofits can use to accomplish their organizational objectives. Organizations should submit their application by May 20 to Charlotte Hunterat scps.marketing.pr@nyu.edu.

Blackbaud announced the opening of registration for bbcon 2013, which will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Early registration discounts are available through July 15. Jim Ziolkowski, founder and CEO of buildOn, and author of the forthcoming book Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? (September 2013) will present a keynote session focused on Ignition, How to Create the Spark. Learn more and register at www.bbconference.com.

Washington state philanthropists are being sought as nominees to be named as “Outstanding Philanthropists” on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 14, in Seattle. With the theme of “National Philanthropy Day 2013: Celebrating Washington Philanthropists for 25 years,” philanthropists of all types are being sought: young and old, individual and corporate. The award recognition is sponsored by The Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter. Nomination forms can be found online at http://www.afpwashington.org/philanthropy-day and nomination letters must be postmarked by June 7.

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