05.23.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation) announced its 2012 grant recipients, which will receive more than $9 million in funding for brain cancer research: $2.5 million for three years, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment; $5 million for five years; Translational Genomics Research Institute; $45,000 annually, Translational Genomics Research Institute for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship program; and more than $2 million paid out in 2012 for previously committed multi-year brain cancer research grants.

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation has approved $5.42 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations, including a $5 million commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation in support of The Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. This list of recipients along with descriptions of each project can be found on the foundation’s website.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools raised close to $1.4 million from its inaugural gala dinner and benefit. Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the partnership’s key school turnaround strategies, which include investing in strong school leaders, quality teachers, targeted student supports and family and community engagement.

Learning Leaders, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to engaging families and communities to support student success, raised more than $265,000 at its third annual education forum and spring luncheon. The proceeds from the forum will go towards Learning Leaders’ family engagement and volunteer programs in the city’s public schools.

West Memphis-based CITGO Marketer Flash Oil and CITGO Petroleum Corporation teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the Muscle Team Madness event in Little Rock, Ark. Raising more than $16,000 to support the local MDA summer programs, these funds will cover the cost for 20 children to attend Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.

The Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Linda Creed Epstein Breast Cancer Foundation in Philadelphia to provide uninsured women with free breast cancer screenings, diagnostic testing services and breast health education. This spring, approximately 140 uninsured women will benefit from free screening services at up to five area hospitals because of the grant.

Today, Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas will join South African Parliament member Wilmot G. James and other guests from around the world to celebrate the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) -recipient of the single-largest grant in the foundation’s history. More than 4,300 fellows from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia have studied at universities worldwide thanks to support from Ford IFP, a groundbreaking, graduate-level fellowship program that emphasizes access and equity in higher education for talented social justice leaders from marginalized communities worldwide.

The University of Houston (UH) received a legacy gift from The Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation to create The Stanford Alexander Center for Excellence in Real Estate in UH’s C.T. Bauer College of Business.

News about people, groups

The board of directors of Chittenden County’s Women Helping Battered Women, a Burlington, Vt., nonprofit which aids victims of domestic violence and works to prevent violence against spouses and children, announced that Executive Director Jane Van Buren will step down after completing three years in the role. The board has initiated a search to fill a newly established role, director of development and communications.

More than 250 philanthropists, grantmakers and community leaders gathered Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s annual Connecticut Philanthropy Summit to honor three philanthropic leaders. Andy Eder was named the recipient of the 2013 John H. Filer Award for his leadership in promoting private action for the public good. David Nee, executive director of the Hamden-based William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, was named the recipient of the 2013 Martha S. Newman Award. Nancy Roberts was honored by the establishment of a new award, “The Nancy Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy.” The award will be given to a foundation or other funder each year, beginning at the 2014 Philanthropy Summit.

National Braille Press announced that Jay Hooley, chairman, president and CEO of State Street Bank, will receive the Hands On! Award at its 2013 “A Million Laughs for Literacy” annual gala on Nov. 1 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event brings together business and community leaders who are dedicated to the organization’s mission to promote literacy for blind children.

The League of American Orchestras board of directors has elected Angelo M. Fatta as chair elect. Fatta will assume this position in June and will hold it until June 2014, when his election to succeed Lowell J. Noteboom as chair will take place.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Dan Faber has been named executive director of USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA. In this role, Faber will be dedicated to increasing the outreach of the 19-year-old foundation and continuing its mission of changing lives through tennis and education.

PTel Mobile, a leader in no-contract wireless, launched GIV Mobile, the first consumer conscious no-contract mobile service that is dedicated to donating eight percent of monthly “unlimited everything” plans to a nonprofit charity of the customer’s choice such as the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, United Way Worldwide, Scholarship America, and more. For information about GIV Mobile wireless service, visit www.givmobile.com.

M&M’S has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help M’Prove America, giving back to communities around the county. The brand is rallying fans to donate 1.5 million minutes of volunteer time at Habitat for Humanity job sites throughout the nation at www.mproveamerica.com. M&M’S plans to donate $500,000 to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes around the U.S., but fans can also support the “America is Better With M” program by purchasing special merchandise at M&M’S World stores in Orlando, Las Vegas, Henderson, Nev., and New York.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Through June 14, NASCAR fans can submit their nominations for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (BJFHA) by logging onto NASCAR.com/foundation. The BJFHA is presented annually to one passionate NASCAR fan that has made a profound impact on children in his or her local community. The NASCAR Foundation board of directors will determine four finalists who then move on to the online fan voting phase. The finalist who amasses the most votes during this period will be declared the national winner, and will be announced live on stage during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas and will be awarded with a $100,000 donation to their children’s charity of choice while three remaining finalists will receive $25,000 donations to their children’s charities of choice.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has opened nominations for the 2013 ICF International Prism Award. The award honors organizations that have achieved a standard of excellence in the implementation of coaching programs for culture change, leadership development, productivity and performance improvement. Coaches and organizations interested in nominating candidates for the 2013 ICF International Prism Award can find more information at Coachfederation.org/prism. The nomination period closes at 5 p.m. (EST) July 31.

A new, free online resource for staff and board members of charitable nonprofits, as well as the accountants that they work with, was unveiled by the National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits). The Nonprofit Audit Guide, created with support from the First Nonprofit Foundation, is the first comprehensive, web-based resource for nonprofits that explains the complex requirements and process for a financial audit. The Nonprofit Audit Guide can be found online and will be updated regularly with new resources.

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