06.27.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern will receive up to $7.5 million to be paid over 10 years from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation of the Communities Foundation of Texas. The gift will support faculty recruitment and start-up costs for new physicians and scientists.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation received $6.2 million from its partner Movember, the global men’s health charity that asks men to grow a moustache for 30 days each November, to raise funds and awareness for cancers affecting men. The funds will be allocated over four years to develop a male-specific program helping those affected by prostate and testicular cancer.

Knight Foundation named eight winners of the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov, awarding the recipients more than $3.2 million. The winning projects will provide new tools and approaches to improve the way people and governments interact. Honorees include: Civic Insight; OpenCounter; Open Gov for the Rest of Us; Outline.com; Oyez Project; Procur.io; GitMachines; and Plan in a Box.

The Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation have made a $1.25 million gift to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County, Calif., received a bequest of more than $1 million from Susan Trescher, the largest donation from an individual in the organization’s 37-year history.

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was awarded a $600,000 grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to help fund a pilot study evaluating focused ultrasound for the treatment of dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease.

The Conference of Southwest Foundations (CSF) was awarded a $45,750 grant by The George and Fay Young Foundation to engage the next generation of philanthropists through technology and research. The grant allows CSF to fund several projects that will help the organization connect with and better serve Generation X philanthropists.

ITT Corporation announced a partnership with Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) with an initial $10,000 contribution that will help fund ongoing EWB-USA initiatives.

News about people, groups

Project HOPE announced the 2013 recipients of the Project HOPE Global Health Awards. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments and life-changing impact in health worldwide. This year’s honorees include: The Project HOPE Global Health Leadership Award – Vincent A. Forlenza, chairman, CEO and president of Becton, Dickinson and Company; Project HOPE Global Health Partner Award  Dr. Susan M. Briggs, general and trauma surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School; and The Project HOPE Global Health Impact Award The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig is the recipient of the B’nai B’rith International Distinguished Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes personal and professional commitments to improving the lives of others at the community and global levels. MLB’s humanitarian efforts under Selig include contributions to such programs as Stand Up To Cancer and Welcome Back Veterans.

The Gateway for Cancer Research announced Dr. Pierre-Yves Dietrich as the recipient of the inaugural Cancer Researcher of the Year Award. The award recognizes Gateway-funded researchers who demonstrate excellence in the cancer research field while also positively impacting the lives of those living with cancer.

LIVESTRONG Foundation President and CEO Doug Ulman and Vice President of Communications and External Affairs Katherine McLane were honored as the Public Relations Society of America 2013 Public Relations Professionals of the Year. This award celebrates the highest level of public relations achievement by an individual or team. The foundation also received a Silver Anvil Award in the crisis communications category.

The National Council of Nonprofits announced the election of Trisha Lester, vice president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, to its board of directors.

The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. presented awards to individual members and leagues for their leadership, innovation and commitment to civic leadership at its 91st annual conference. This year’s honorees include: The Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award – Florence Shapiro, Junior League of Collin County, Texas; and The Rising Star Award – Stacey Chavis, Junior League of Atlanta, and Laurie Green, Junior League of Sacramento, Calif.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations appointed Trista Harris as the association’s next president.

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati has named Kate Keller as vice president, policy and external relations. The foundation also promoted Dan Geeding to executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, and Patricia O’Connor to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Jennifer M. Acree has joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as an associate program officer for the Flint, Mich.-area grantmaking team. Acree will be responsible for a variety of grantmaking strategies, with particular focus on the local nonprofit community.

Miguel Angel Jorge has been named as the first managing director of 50in10, a collaboration launched with the 10-year goal of bringing 50 percent of the world’s fisheries under sustainable management, while increasing economic benefits by $20 billion annually.

The Surdna Foundation announced George Soule as its director of communications. Soule has more than 20 years of communications and foundation experience and will lead the organization’s internal and external communication efforts.

Community Connections of Jacksonville, Fla., announced the hiring of Philip L. Green as chief development officer.

Salsa Labs Inc. announced that Blake Groves has joined its senior management team as vice president of strategy and business development. Groves will provide strategic direction and leadership to both product development and third party partnerships.

Changing Our World Inc., a fundraising and philanthropic services company headquartered in New York, appointed Thomas E. Scheye as a senior advisor.

Julie L. Rogers, president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, plans to step down in June 2014 after leading the foundation for nearly 28 years. Rogers is the third chief executive in the Meyer Foundation’s 69-year history.

Jane Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, announced her retirement from the Kresge Foundation Board of Trustees. Delgado has served as trustee for 16 years.

Michael Smith, senior vice president of social innovation at the Case Foundation, has accepted a position as the new director of the Social Innovation Fund.

Giving USA released The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2012, which is available for download at www.givingUSAreports.org/2013. The report is a comprehensive analysis on philanthropy in the United States, providing fundraising intelligence related to the sources and uses of philanthropy.

A partnership between the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group produced Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking, a data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation announced the launch of Native Voices Rising, a research and re-granting project designed to support grassroots groups led by and for Native communities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Native Voices Rising establishes a mechanism for donors to invest in organizations led by Native people through a grantmaking vehicle whose decision makers are also members of Native communities.

AmeriCares is seeking grant proposals from nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut meeting the health needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 will be awarded for projects improving health and access to care in storm-damaged communities. For more information go to americares.org/HurricaneGrant or contact Lindsay O’Brien at lobrien@americares.org or 203-658-9670.

The New York University Summer Intensive Certificate in Fundraising will be held July 8-Aug. 2. The program is geared towards fundraisers who want to broaden their focus, nonprofits wanting to become more effective, and those considering philanthropy and fundraising as a career. For details, visit http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/course_detail.html?id=PHIL1-CE9400.

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