06.20.13: U.S. News Bits

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations, announced an investment of $787 million that will transform the
lives of millions of children. The investment is the largest single investment in the eradication of under-nutrition by a private foundation.

The Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund has been established with the National FFA Foundation. The endowment will allow future FFA members to attend the organization’s leadership development conference free of charge.

OTG, an airport food and beverage operator, will donate 100 iPads to HELP USA, a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide housing and supportive services for the homeless. The iPads will assist HELP USA’s job training and employment programs.

Environment science nonprofit “e” inc. received an award from the U.S. Forest Service to bring Explorations in an Urban Wild, an innovative field experience program, to urban youth from low-income and underserved Boston communities. “e” inc. is a science and civics organization providing in-depth science and community involvement to 2,500 youth in Metro Boston.

News about people, groups

Patrick Madden, current executive director of the United Nations Association of the U.S., was appointed to the executive director position of the Foundation for the National Archives.

Grantmakers for Education appointed Ana Tilton as its new executive director. Grantmakers for Education is a national membership organization that supports education from early childhood through higher education.

Foundation Source, a provider of support services for private foundations, has
hired Mark Land assenior managing director for its national business development team.

Feed The Children, an international hunger relief organization, named Erin Engelke as vice president of communications and Jill vanEgmond as vice president of strategic initiatives.

The John R. Oishei Foundation announced Karen Lee Spaulding as its vice president of philanthropic support, effective in October.

Janet Mock, a writer and social justice activist, was elected to the board of directors of the Arcus Foundation, a global foundation advancing social justice and conservation issues.

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute announced five new members to its board of trustees: Michael W. Gleba, Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold, James Piereson, Ion Ratiu and Marc A. Thiessen.

Frederic C. Hof, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, joined the board of directors of the Mines Advisory Group, an international organization committed to the removal and destruction of landmines, unexploded ordnance, and other weapons remaining after conflict.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders of New England announced that Lee Swislow, executive director since 2005, will retire from her position in April 2014.

The White House announced that Leslie Bushara of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been selected as a “Champion of Change.” Bushara, deputy director of education and guest services, is acknowledged for her work advancing education and health for children and families.

Andrew Bustillo, chairman of the Covenant House International Board of Directors, and David Eklund were presented with the Covenant House Beacon of Hope award in honor of their work with homeless youth.

The Hadassah Foundation honored Rabba Sara Hurwitz, dean of Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox institution to train women for religious leadership, with its Bernice S. Tannenbaum award. The prize honors an outstanding young female leader who advances the status of women and girls in Israel or the United States.

From June 25-27, nearly 100 teens from three countries (the United States, Canada and Bulgaria) will gather in New York at BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild: A Teen Issue Summit on the Power of Service to show their support to Hurricane Sandy survivors through service projects. As part of BBYO Stand UP, BBYO’s grassroots service, advocacy and philanthropy campaign, the program is designed to help teens acquire the skills and resources necessary to create their own service, advocacy and philanthropy campaigns to affect positive change in their local and global community.

WaterStep, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization working to fight the world water crisis through training and technology, announced that its M-100 Chlorine
 will be featured in the 2013 Sustainia100 Guide, which identifies 100 of the world’s most impactful and sustainable solutions.

The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Global Fund for Community Foundations, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund jointly released The Case for Community Philanthropy: How the Practice Builds Local Assets, Capacity, and Trust – and Why It Matters. The publication makes the case that increasing local ownership and local accountability leads to stronger communities and should be a main focus of development aid practitioners.

Donors Forum, a membership association of Illinois grantmakers, nonprofits and advisors that promotes an effective and informed philanthropic and nonprofit sector, released the Giving in Illinois report. According to the report, more than 4,200 Illinois foundations reached a record high of giving in 2011.

ECFA, an organization that provides accreditation to Christian nonprofit organizations, released its latest giving figures in its State of Giving Report. According to the report, charitable giving to large ECFA-accredited nonprofits and churches increased 2.4 percent in 2012 and giving to small organizations continued to decline for the second consecutive year.

The Survey of Nonprofit Risk Management, released by Crystal & Company, a strategic risk and insurance advisors company, presents a snapshot of risk awareness and exposure among U.S. nonprofit organizations. To review the survey, visit http://www.crystalco.com/perspectives.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Measurement Resources Company, an Ohio-based consulting company that specializes in working with government and nonprofit organizations, will host a two-day workshop for nonprofit leaders to learn how to use data and information to increase their organization’s performance and success. For I formation or to register, visit http://www.measurementresourcesco.com.

The Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE weekly newspaper partnered to create the Forty Under 40 Awards. The annual awards will recognize 40 professionals of trade associations, professional associations, charitable or philanthropic entities who are age 39 or younger and who demonstrate strong leadership skills, leadership potential and a commitment to the association industry. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through July 31. For information or to apply, visit www.associationforum.org/40under40.

HuTerra, LLC, a charitable social network that offers online fundraising and free web-based tools for national and local nonprofits, schools, teams, faith-based charities and other nonprofit organizations,  launched HuTerra.com. The website is a social network that offers free relationship-building and management tools.

Country Time Lemonade launched its “Great American Lemonade Stand-tacular” in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. For every lemonade stand photo uploaded to the Great American Stand-tacular’s Facebook page, County Time will donate $5 (up to $50,000) to help in the fight against childhood cancer.

Medicines360, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company, and Actavis Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company, announced a partnership to support Medicines360’s mission to reduce cost as a barrier to accessing women’s birth control.  The Medicines360 and Actavis partnership will make services available in the U.S. commercially and at a very low price in U.S. public sector clinics.

The Paradigm Project, a social venture company, launched its new franchise brand called EzyLife. EzyLife aims to revolutionize distribution in the developing world by focusing on efficient cookstoves and other consumer products, such as solar lanterns, water filters and agricultural products. The project is seeking sponsors who are interested in funding an entrepreneur launch kit for at-risk women in Ethiopia. For information, visit http://www.ezylife.com/get-involved/invest-in-an-lme.

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