06.06.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The annual Dick Vitale Gala raised more than $1.7 million for pediatric cancer research through The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  With the addition of this year’s total, the gala has raised over $10 million in its eight year history.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation awarded $1 million in Broad Prize college scholarships to 54 graduating high school seniors whose school districts were recognized last year as the most improved urban school districts in the country.  Unlike many traditional scholarships that are awarded only to top-tier students, Broad Prize scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors who have a demonstrated record of improving their grades over the course of their high school career and have a financial need.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has contributed $1 million to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. The gift will support two fellowships in Parkinson’s disease plus additional staffing for the Center and research in the Gait and Balance Laboratory.

The Midwest financial community united on May 22 at the 11th Annual Hedge Funds Care Midwest “Open Your Heart to the Children” benefit and raised more than $650,000 to provide support for local charities that prevent and treat child abuse.  The Kelly Lively Award was presented to GEM Realty Capital for an outstanding commitment to the mission of Hedge Funds Care.

More than 200 guests participated in the inaugural Kinship Center Spring Soiree at the Yorba Linda (Calif.) Country Club on May 18, raising funds and awareness to benefit the programs of Kinship Center and Canyon Acres, which recently merged under the umbrella of Seneca Family of Agencies. The combined nonprofit will use the funds to enhance signature programs and expand services to meet the profound needs of children in Orange County with the scars of past abuse and trauma. The event netted more than $70,000 for the cause.

KIXEYE, a leader in online combat strategy games, announced it has raised more than $50,000 through a special charity drive to support the nonprofit organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Five charitable organizations in northwest Connecticut have received grants for projects that promote the Northwest Corner’s rich cultural heritage. These awards, totaling $10,000, were made possible through a collaborative effort of the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council. The list of recipients is online.

News about people, groups

CASE (Colorado Association of Schools Executives) announced the appointment of Greg Benchwick as its new director of communications. He will serve as the CASE liaison for the CAESP and CALET departments, also focusing on membership engagement, recruitment and retention.

Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, announced that Elwood “Skip” Leonard will lead the institution’s philanthropic programs starting in August 2013. Leonard will serve the CEO and President, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors and the Partners in Community Wellness, reporting to the Chief of Staff, Vin Fusca.

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center has recognized Christel House Academy (CHA) as a 2013 recipient of the Indiana Achievement Awards (IAA). The prestigious award recognizes Indiana’s nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness. CHA serves more than 600 inner-city students from kindergarten through high school. It has been recognized for its efforts to close the achievement gap among traditionally underserved and at-risk students.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute of White Plains, N.Y., announce its honorees for the 2013 Burke Awards as: Harry Carson, former NY Giant and NFL Hall of Famer; Marc Tesler, retired venture capitalist and chairman of the Advisory Committee for Burke’s Restorative Neurology Clinic; and Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, founding scientist and president, Regeneron Laboratories, and chief scientific officer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Medical volunteers from Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, recently embarked on Pacific Partnership 2013, a four-month training exercise and humanitarian mission led by the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet to remote islands in the South Pacific. It represents the 31st mission with the U.S.  Department of Defense since 2005, when HOPE partnered with the U.S. Navy to provide disaster relief following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Northrop Grumman Corporation released its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report (CRR), a comprehensive publication that highlights the company’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility including environment sustainability, support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, community service and corporate philanthropy. It is the sixth year the company has published this report.

The Global Poverty Project and Women Deliver have announced a new family planning campaign, It Takes Two, to raise awareness of, increase demand for, and improve access to family planning information and services around the world. It Takes Two aims to motivate young men and women to take action in support of improving access to family planning services and information, putting pressure on governments to reach their FP2020 commitments and be catalysts for significant progress and change.

News about opportunities, initiatives

ecoATM, the company that allows consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players for cash, now allows the option for users to donate the money they receive for recycling their old devices to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, ecoATM will match all donations to the OK Strong Fund to benefit those most affected by the May 19 and 20 tornados in Oklahoma. ecoATM locations can be found at http://www.ecoatm.com/find-a-location.

CECP, where Fortune 500 CEOs turn to achieve societal progress and sustainable
business performance, released the applications for its 2014 Excellence Awards. These awards are among the most distinguished awards in the field of effective corporate societal engagement. The application deadline is Sept. 5. CECP encourages companies of all sizes-not only CECP members-and nonprofits engaged in a transformative partnership with a company to apply for this game-changing recognition.  Additional assistance can be provided by contacting CECP at 212-825-1000 or emailing info@CECP.CO.

Inyathelo seeks nominations for the 2013 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards across all sectors – including youth development, medical research, community development,
education, media, skills training or social justice. The Awards seek to recognize extraordinary individuals who have used their personal funds towards social change in South Africa. Nominations may be submitted online through June 28; awards will be announced on Nov. 5.

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