07.25.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

A donation by Bayer HealthCare to Project HOPE UK will allow as many as 40,000 patients in Zanzibar to be treated for a range of illnesses. The donation of 7,000 units of ciprofloxacin tablets was presented to the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar and will be distributed to rural health facilities and the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, which is the only tertiary care facility in the country and serves one fifth of the population. Ciprofloxacin is used to treat many bacterial infections, including respiratory, urinary tract, gastrointestinal, and abdominal ailments.

BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions received $1.2 million to provide advisory services and national technical assistance as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s $9.5 million Forward Promise initiative. Forward Promise aims to help boys and young men of color grow up healthy, obtain an education and find employment. The award will support 15 projects by foundation grantees.

PGA National Women for Cancer Awareness donated $211,000 to Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute, to support scientific trainees in the Department of Cancer Biology. The funds were raised over the six-day PGA National Women’s Cancer Awareness Days.

Columbia, S.C. businessman and philanthropist Normal Arnold recently issued a challenge for donor to match gifts of up to $500,000 to Palmetto Health Foundation to benefit Palmetto Health Women’s and Children’s Services. Hundreds of individual and corporate donors exceeded the challenge in three weeks, raising more than $700,000.

The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded a one-year grant of $175,000 to the Union Settlement Association, East Harlem’s oldest and largest social-services provider. The funds will support soft-skills job training, employment placement, and job retention support services for youths ages 16 to 24.

The Santa Barbara Foundation and Highland Capital Management have created the Highland Santa Barbara Foundation Inc. to address challenges and opportunities in education. The foundation has made its first distribution of $685,000 to 17 nonprofit organizations serving students.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has donated $220,000 to the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM), the largest grant to NCNM from a private charitable foundation. The NCNM also raised an additional $190,992 in matching funds. The funds will be used to pay off the debt accrued to renovate its Helfgott Research Institute and Community Education Center.

The Denver-based Roots & Branches Foundation, a grant-making initiative of the Rose Community Foundation, awarded $68,653 in grants to eight projects that support access to integrated healthcare for low-income and medically uninsured people and engage Jewish people ages 21 to 40 in ongoing volunteer programs that promote social justice.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut awarded grants of $63,431.50 to 20 area nonprofits. The grants include $12,800 to FISH of Northwestern Connecticut for a 20kw generator for its 35-bed homeless shelter and food pantry, $5,000 to the Norfolk Land Trust to acquire 311 acres for public recreation and education, and $7,000 to the Community Family Literacy Center at the Forbes School in Torrington. For more information about the grants, click here.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation partnered with Bellman Oil to raise more than $23,000 and with Quality State Oil to raise $32,000 at golf tournaments in Indiana and Wisconsin. The funds will support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and local clinics, care programs and support groups for children and adults coping with neuromuscular diseases.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. customers voted Dr. Sean Daneshmand and his San Diego-based nonprofit Miracle Babies as the latest recipient of the Hometown Heroes program. Bandai Co. Ltd. and Sync Beatz Entertainment will give $5,000 to Miracle Babies, which provides support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns.

The CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association, gave the American Foundation for the Blind a grant for a study of small visual displays. This study will assist the consumer electronics industry in improving the accessibility of mobile communications technology for people with vision loss.

News about people, groups

Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems and Baltimore Mental Health Systems will merge this fall and become a new nonprofit organization named Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Bernard J. McBride, director of Bucks County (Pa.) Behavioral Health System, has been chosen to serve as chief executive officer, effective Aug. 19.  The new organization, with 70 employees and an estimated $68.5 million annual operating budget, will advocate for and help guide innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery.

Joe Geiger, CAE, has been named president and chief executive officer of the First Nonprofit Foundation.

Robert B. Litterman has joined the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Kieran McTague has become senior vice president of Development Guild/DDI, a management consulting firm serving regional, national and global nonprofits in education, health, science, the arts and human justice.

The Legacy Foundation has hired two new staff members: Erica Fizer as program officer and Ester Diaz as director of the Think Tank.

The Taproot Foundation and Foundation Center have created a partnership to expand knowledge-sharing resources and support for the nonprofit sector. The partnership will encourage pro bono service as a philanthropic strategy and combine organizations’ data resources.

Breakthrough Greater Boston, which prepares under-resourced students to attend four-year colleges and trains teachers, opened its second site, TechBoston Academy in Dorchester. The second site will allow the program to double its enrollment, starting with an inaugural class of 30 seventh graders. The year-round, tuition-free program gives students an extra 300 hours of academic instruction each year.

The Opportunity Resource Fund, a nonprofit community development financial institution headquartered in Lansing and Detroit, has been named a statewide Community Advantage lender by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The designation allows OppFund to offer alternative lending backed by the SBA to small business owners and entrepreneurs in underserved communities.

Florida Blue Foundation seeks nominations of programs, organizations and individuals for the 2014 Sapphire Awards. Winners will demonstrate leadership, success and merit while improving health-related outcomes of or access to health-related services for Florida’s at-risk populations and communities. The honorees will share a $360,000 award. Nominations may be submitted online through Aug. 30.

Blackbaud released updates across its portfolio of nonprofit solutions and services focused on multi-channel supporter engagement, simplicity for users, and mobile and cloud enablement. For more details about the updates, click here. The company also shared news regarding its conference for nonprofitsnonprofit industry research and corporate citizenship initiatives.

Feed The Children selected Infogroup Nonprofit Solutions, a division of Infogroup Targeting Solutions, to manage its prospect donor list of nearly one million names. INS will provide strategic list brokerage, list management, data processing and modeling services. INS estimates that Feed The Children will save 20 to 30 percent on postage and inefficiencies.

Media Genesis has launched a new website focused on serving the digital marketing needs of nonprofit organizations. Digital Helping Hands provides digital marketing, consultation and web development to 501(c)(3) organizations through Media Genesis’s commercial resources for local, national and international nonprofits.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The V Foundation for Cancer Research will host the 15th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration Aug. 1-3 in Napa Valley.  The fundraising event will include fine wine tastings, gourmet cuisine, concerts, and live and silent auctions.  Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and his wife, Micki, will host the event. Over the past 14 years, the V Foundation Wine Celebration has raised more than $44 million for more than 40 medical research programs.

On Aug. 8-11, Invisible Children will host The Fourth Estate Leadership Summit in Los Angeles, featuring presentations by thought-leaders in nonprofits, world affairs and activism. Speakers include Kristen Bell and Sophia Bush; for more details, click here. The foundation will announce initiatives to promote children’s human rights and eliminate the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa. The summit will be livestreamed online.During the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, approximately 30,000 Boy Scouts of America participated in the Messengers of Peace Day of Service. They completed nearly 400 beautification projects in nine counties surrounding the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

More than 3,000 volunteers helped launch the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa between July 13-18. Approximately 600 participants competed in wheelchair sports ranging from basketball and archery to power soccer and swimming. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America hold the games annually.

WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to fight the world water crisis, will host the 2nd Annual IF Water Conference in conjunction with IdeaFestival on  Sept. 24 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville. The keynote speaker will be Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst. For more information, call 502-568-6342 or visit www.waterstep.org.

Actress and lung cancer advocate Valerie Harper and her husband Tony Cacciotti will join other lung cancer advocates and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s “Day at the Races” at the Del Mar Race Track in California. The event is the only of its kind in the United States to support research into lung cancer, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BAF) and Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS have launched Books Talk Back, a series of readings by actors for underserved children in the New York area. BAF will also donate books at each reading. At the first reading on July 18, actress Dana Marie Ingraham read to 30 young special needs children and donated 140 books to the Challenge Early Intervention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Readings continue throughout the year.

Pride Card Services, an industry-leading gay-owned and operated payment processing company, launched the $250-20-20 program in partnership with the Palm Springs-based Desert AIDS Project. For each new merchant that signs up, Pride Card Services will donate $250 and 20 percent of the net income on the merchant’s account.

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