08.01.13: U.S. News Bits

C.R. England COO Brandon Harrison (far left) joins co-sponsors to hand out backpacks with school supply vouchers during a giveaway program students in Laredo, Texas.
C.R. England COO Brandon Harrison (far left) joins co-sponsors to hand out backpacks with school supply vouchers during a giveaway program students in Laredo, Texas.

News about grants, gifts

Transportation company C.R. England Inc. and other transportation industry partners have provided students of the United Independent School District in Laredo, Texas, with 600 backpacks, each with a voucher to purchase school supplies. This is the third year in a row that C.R. England has led the donation of the much needed school items.

AmeriCares is opening a free clinic in Stamford, Conn., to serve thousands of low-income residents without health insurance. When it debuts this fall, the AmeriCares clinic will be the only free clinic in Stamford where 20 percent of the population is uninsured and Stamford Hospital has the second highest rate of uncompensated care in the state.

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation announced its funding of the Family Wellness Program managed by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix. The Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America.

The Kids In Need Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, is the recipient of donations made nationally to the Walgreens Back To School Supply Drive. Through Aug. 24, Walgreens customers can donate new school supplies and other classroom materials by placing their donations in the in-store collection bins.

Cellar Angels announced the addition of charity partner About-Face to help raise awareness of the damaging messages the media sends about women’s and girls’ body image and self-esteem. About-Face also will benefit financially as they are now a direct beneficiary of the Cellar Angels online wine charity program, where consumers can purchase discounted wine from Cellar Angels’ winery partners and personally select the charity that will receive proceeds from their purchase.

News about people, groups

The Honorable Pierre S. “Pete” du Pont IV, former governor of Delaware, has joined the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Charleston-based Water Missions International recently received Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency for the seventh year in a row. The company provides sustainable access to safe water to people in nearly 60 countries and responds to disasters.

Commonfund Institute has released its latest white paper, “Outsourced Investment Management: An Overview for Institutional Decision-Makers” by John S. Griswold, executive director, and William F. Jarvis, managing director.

John Gladchuk has been appointed director of corporate and foundation relations at Virginia Tech. In his new role, Gladchuk will concentrate on developing a comprehensive corporate and foundation relations platform to create partnerships that support the university’s strategic mission and foster economic development across the region.

Paul W. Lee, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, M.D., the president and CEO of the Dimock Center, have joined The Boston Foundation Board of Directors.

WKT Public Relations has expanded the agency to include a new division, WKT CAUSE, that will focus on the publicity efforts for NGOs and charitable opportunities, in addition to the philanthropic interests of their existing clients. Known for its work in entertainment, WKT has been representing nonprofit organizations, in association with the entertainment industry, for more than 20 years with success in partnership and development.

Walter G. Nollmann, founder and managing director of Alumni Capital Network, has been appointed to the Learning Leaders Board of Directors.

Barbara Suflas Noble has been elected to the board of directors of The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, a nonpartisan political and public affairs organization in Florida.

Susan True has been appointed as program officer for the The Kenneth Rainin Foundation Reading Success Initiative. True joins the Foundation from First 5 Santa Cruz County, where she was executive director for nine years and led the county’s investments in children from birth to age 5.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund (VPF) is offering a one year cash grant to an organization in New York City that is working to address the environment in New York City.  In addition to a cash grant, VPF grantees also receive pro-bono consulting services from VPF members.  The application deadline is Sept. 13. For more information about VPF, visit www.nycvpf.org.

DirectMail.com, a provider of Intelligent Direct Marketing Solutions, has launched Charitable Share of Wallet (CSW), a custom, data-driven solution combining data, analytics and dynamic creative concepts to increase nonprofits’ net revenue via decreased direct marketing costs and increased donor response rates.

A Million Reasons To Keep Kenya Girls In School is an initiative whose mission is to provide sanitary products to poor girls to allow them to attend schools while menstruating. By missing out on empowering education, they cannot compete with the boys on the same curriculum and yet still they have to engage in the same examination country wide. The program aims to provide 1 million packets to girls.

Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 13 for Canada’s Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards 2013. Charities in each of five categories will win prizes of $5,000. For rules and information, visit the VSRA Partnership website.

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