07.03.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Saint Luke’s Foundation, located in Cleveland, approved its first cycle grants for 2013. The awards total $3,292,165 and were granted to nine organizations that focus on healthy people, strong communities, and resilient families. A complete list of grant recipients can be found online.

University of Puget Sound received a $2 million gift from William and Flora McCormick to establish The William D. and Flora McCormick Endowed Chair in Biophysics.

The Gateway for Cancer Research received a $1 million contribution from Michael T. Clune and his company, Clune Construction. The donation will support innovative cancer clinical trials that aim to help cancer patients feel better, live longer or be cured.

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, awarded more than $324,000 in grants to 38 community tennis and education organizations during its 2013 spring funding cycle. A complete list of recipients can be found online.

The Hearst Foundations awarded the Nurse-Family Partnership $100,000 to support its program in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities west of the Mississippi River.

News about people, groups

Creighton Drury, chief operating officer of Covenant House New York, has been named executive director of the organization.

Commonfund, an independent nonprofit investment firm, announced the promotion of Donald T. Pascal to president of Commonfund Capital Inc., a subsidiary of Commonfund.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation named Cecilia Clarke as its new president and CEO.

Donors Forum, a Chicago-based nonprofit membership association, named Donald A. Cooke, senior vice president of philanthropy at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, as its new board chair.

Lawyers Without Borders, an international nonprofit focused on promoting rule of law, appointed Anne B. Rudman as chair of its board of directors.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced Charles M. Chamness as chairman of its board of directors.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy announced that David Bere will join its board of directors.

The Center for Health and Gender Equity announced that Pamela W. Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth, has joined its board of directors.

Social Interest Solutions (SIS), a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging technology innovation to improve consumers’ access to health and human services, announced the appointment of four new board members: Thomas Donovan, president of the Donovan Technology Group; Andrew Hyman, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s coverage team; Charles Marshall, co-founder of Certafy; and Terri Shaw, usability subject matter expert for the California Health Eligibility, Enrollment and Retention System.

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) will present Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said with the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. The Harris Wofford Award honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps volunteers served, whose life was influenced by the Peace Corps, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social and political development.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation announced Uncommon Schools as the winner of the 2013 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The organization will receive $250,000 to support college-readiness efforts for its students.

The League of American Orchestras announced award winners at its 68th annual national conference, which was held June 18-20 in St. Louis. Two Gold Batons were award to Dan Randel, president emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and to the Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras. In addition, the Helen M. Thompson Award was presented to Jennifer Barlament, executive director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management announced the finalists for the 2013 Terry McAdam Book Award. The four finalists include: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine; With Charity for All by Ken Stern; Group Alchemy: The Six Elements of Highly Successful Collaboration by Deborah Pruitt; and Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies by Allyson Kapin and Amy Sample Ward.

Discovery Education and 3M announced the top 10 finalists in the 15th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a science competition for students in grades 5-8. Each finalist will work directly with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program, receive $1,000, and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition Oct. 6-8. To learn more about the finalists, visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

Give2Asia, a nonprofit social enterprise with offices in Beijing and San Francisco, announced a new program aimed at building the capacity and capability of local charitable organizations in China. With support from the Ford Foundation, Give2Asia will facilitate 10 mentoring workshops for local nongovernmental organizations and foundations supporting educational development in China.

AmeriCares launched Safetynetcenter.org, a new online resource for clinics and health centers across the United States serving the uninsured and underinsured. The site contains educational materials on a variety of clinical topics including oral health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and more.

The Council on Foundations released its 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, a comprehensive compilation of data on U.S. foundations’ staff composition and compensation.

The Case for Community Philanthropy, a report produced by the Mott Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A., the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Global Fund for Community Foundations, is now available in print or as a PDF.

The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington in conjunction with Waldron released its Social Sector CEO Trends report. The report highlights findings from a survey conducted with CEOs of large NGOs and foundations nationwide. The full report can be found online, and summarized as an infographic.

News about opportunities, initiatives

ARAMARK, in partnership with the United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) and the Alliance for Children and Families (Alliance), will recognize one outstanding community center leader with the Peter B. Goldberg ARAMARK Building Community Executive Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who advances successful solutions to community challenges, takes innovative approaches to solving problems, and advocates for community centers. Individuals can nominate an Alliance or UNCA executive director for the award through July 8. For details and information on how to apply, visit http://abcawards.alliance1.org/eligibility.php.

Blackbaud opened nominations for the Impact Awards, which honors organizations that use technology to make a positive impact on their mission, constituents and society. To qualify, nonprofits must demonstrate that they have achieved results and positive impact through return on investment, meeting (or exceeding) program goals and organizational efficiency. Nonprofits may submit an application online by July 26.

Wyndham Worldwide is giving fans an opportunity to select the finalists in its Wyndham Championship “Charity of Choice” awareness campaign. Fans can visit Wyndham Worldwide’s Facebook page or WyndhamChampionship.com, to cast their vote up to once daily through July 31 for their favorite charitable organization. The 10 organizations with the most votes will be named finalists and will be eligible for on-site voting during the Wyndham Championship tournament play, Aug. 15-18. at the Donald Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The charity that receives the most votes during the tournament will receive a $100,000 donation courtesy of Wishes by Wyndham.

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