05.30.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

PENCIL, a nonprofit that improves school and student performance by creating innovative partnerships to address school needs with business expertise, celebrated New York City business leaders for their commitment at Imagine What We Can Do: An Evening to Benefit PENCIL. The event raised $1.6 million to support the organization’s efforts to improve public schools.

Transwestern announced its Atlanta office raised $17,133 for Make-A-Wish Georgia in support of the foundation’s ninth annual Walk for Wishes event held on April 20. These funds will support in excess of two wishes, according to the foundation. Each wish fulfills a critically ill child’s dream of being something, meeting someone, travelling somewhere or having something come true.

News about people, groups

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide free home repairs and modifications to low-income homeowners throughout Montgomery County, Md., has announced the selection of Christina Betancourt Johnson as its new executive director.

The Scripps College board of trustees elected Mark R. Herron its next chair, effective July 1, 2014. Herron has served on the Investment, Finance and Audit Committees and is currently chair of the Finance Committee and vice chair of the Investment Committee. He has also served on the Nominations and Governance Committee since 2009.

Norah O’Donnell has joined the board of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation. An Emmy-winning journalist, O’Donnell joined CBS News in June 2011 as the Network’s Chief White House Correspondent, and was named a co-host of “CBS This Morning” in July 2012. She also serves as the primary substitute anchor for “Face The Nation.”

The National Father’s Day Committee, along with GQ and the Sani Family Foundation, announced that Major Jackson Drumgoole II of Dupont, Wash. has been selected as the 2013 “All-Star” dad, . Major Drumgoole will be recognized and honored as part of a select group of 2013 Father of the Year honorees. With proceeds benefitting Save the Children’s U.S. programs, the 72nd annual Father of the Year Awards will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel on June 11.

Colleen Villamin, BSN, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2013 Ethel Fleming Arceneaux Outstanding Nurse-Oncologist Award. Established by The Brown Foundation Inc., the award is the institution’s highest nursing honor. Villamin will receive a cash award of $15,000, a crystal plaque and a commemorative pin.

Paula Deen announced the launch of The Bag Lady Foundation, whose mission is to provide hope, inspiration and support to women and families in need. The foundation plans to aid individuals, communities and like-minded organizations to empower those facing a range of challenges resulting from poverty.

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), a nonprofit celebrating 35 years of service to women overcoming homelessness and poverty in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, was named California’s Nonprofit of the Year and received the Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award.

Wyndham Worldwide received the 2013 Innovation Award from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) on April 30 for its pro bono work in providing legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the U.S.

Social Impact Exchange has named Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection to its S&I 100, an index of top performing U.S. nonprofits that are poised for growth. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection is a 26 year-old nationally-recognized youth development program that helps students stay in school, achieve academic success and graduate from high school with the skills and confidence they need to be successful at home, at college and at the workplace.

NeighborWorks America has moved its national headquarters to 999 N. Capitol St.. in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The new building is certified LEED Silver, which reflects NeighborWorks’ commitment to sustainable business practices.

The Center for Reproductive Rights released a new celebrity PSA featuring actors Stanley Tucci, Morena Baccarin and Mehcad Brooks, comedian Whitney Cummings and activist Lizz Winstead  in support of the organization’s Draw the Line campaign. The PSA may be viewed online.

A report released by the Juvenile Diabetes Cure Alliance shows a disconnect between funding priorities of major charities and type of cure research preferred by most diabetes donors. The full report, “How Much Practical Cure Research Do the Major Type 1 Non-Profits Fund?” can be downloaded on the JDCA website. Other JDCA reports on topics ranging from the most promising practical cures to tips for donors can be found on the JDCA’s reports page.

The Bridgespan Group released How Philanthropy Can Help Communities Advance Climate Change Adaptation, a paper that reflects conversations with leaders of pioneering climate adaptation efforts and identifies five investment models funders can follow to catalyze climate adaptation practices.

The Harlem Ambassadors announced that they will team with Brown Paper Tickets with the goal of raising more funds for nonprofits across the country through 2015.  The comedy basketball team hosts more than 200 fundraisers each year in 48 states and Canada, helping communities to use the games to raise funds for local scholarships and community projects.

Würkin Stiffs, a designer of business style accessories for men, has committed to donating three percent of all retail and online sales through Father’s Day, June 16, to Career Gear. Career Gear serves less fortunate men through its job readiness program that provides men with business appropriate clothing and aid in entering the workforce.

Laconia Harley-Davidson and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) have teamed up to raise more than $76,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Hampshire at the 90th anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week. Attendees and New Hampshire residents will purchase tickets for a Community Appreciation Parade at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on the final Saturday of Bike Week, June 15. Participants can reserve a space and donate to the effort by visiting www.newhampshire.speedwaycharities.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Arcus Foundation, a global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues, announced the Arcus LGBT Leadership Initiative, an array of resources to support leaders of the U.S. LGBT movement. The initiative includes mentorship and peer networking support programs for new or early-career executive directors. Arcus will match 10 new or emergent executive directors with mentors, providing management coaching and experienced counsel. Applications may be submitted online through June 21.

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and the Rahr Foundation launched the “Veterans Charity Challenge” to raise funds for nonprofit organizations benefiting veterans and military families. The challenge will run through 12 p.m. July 3 and will award $100,000 in donation prizes. For further information visit www.crowdrise.com/veteranschallenge.

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