08.15.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund is offering a one-year cash grant to a small, innovative, start-up nonprofit working to address the environment in New York City. Grantees also receive pro-bono consulting services from VPF members. Applications are due by Sept. 13.

Invictus Foundation, a national nonprofit organization offering one on one and family behavioral health counseling services with licensed behavioral health providers to active duty military, National Guard, Reserve forces, veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and their families regardless of their ability to pay, announces a grant from the Lucky Seven Foundation to scale its Welcome Home Network program and services.

Steve Wynn has made a $25 million gift commitment to the University of Iowa to support the UI’s Institute for Vision Research. The gift will be used to accelerate progress toward cures for rare, inherited retinal diseases.

News about people, groups

ECPAT, the leading global network of organizations dedicated to stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), has been selected to receive the 2013 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize of $1.5 million, the world’s largest humanitarian prize. This is the 18th year for the Hilton Prize given by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to an organization that is significantly alleviating human suffering.

Paul W. Lee and Myechia Minter-Jordan were appointed to the board of directors for the Boston Foundation.

Walter G. Nollman was selected to join the board of directors for Learning Leaders.

Barbara Noble was elected to the board of directors for the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

Richard (Dick) Cook has been elected as chairman of the KCETLink Board of Directors for Fiscal 2014. He served as vice chair since January 2010.

Griffin Capital Corporation and American Healthcare Investors (“AHI”) collaborated for a three-week clothing drive to support disadvantaged job seekers in Los Angeles and Orange counties. They partnered with WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work), a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women and teens in reaching economic self-sufficiency, in executing this event. Employees donated a combined total of 302 items including suits, ties, shoes, pants, blouses, dresses and accessories to be used by WHW constituents for job interviews and general “office attire.”

The Commonfund Institute released a white paper showing how the Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) model is growing and offers diverse opportunities for nonprofit institutional investors. Clickhere to read the report.

Andreason Brown has been promoted to chief financial officer of Donors Forum and Karin Victoria has joined as director of development.

James G. Niven has been elected to the CASAColumbia Board of Directors. CASAColumbia is a science-based organization focused on developing effective solutions to address the disease of addiction.

Shari Landry, vice president of philanthropy, and Robin Abbott, director of gift planning, both of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, have been awarded the professional designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) by the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, based in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Joan M. Block, executive director of the Hepatitis B Foundation, was honored by the Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation for bringing incidents of discrimination of hepatitis B-infected healthcare workers and medical students to the attention of the U.S. government. Also honored was Anna S. Lok, director of Clinical Hepatology at the University of Michigan Health System, with whom Block has worked for many years in counseling HBV-infected students, and together they approached the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) for help. As a result of their combined efforts, hepatitis B is now an officially recognized disability protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

AnythingIT Inc., a leading information technology electronics recycler and e-waste handler serving both government and commercial markets, announced that it made a sizeable IT equipment loan to the 2013 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, that took place in Tampa, Fla., in July. The equipment was used to facilitate technology requirements.

News about opportunities, initiatives

“Employee Engagement 2.0: Taking Volunteerism to Another Level” will be a session at the COMMIT!Forum! to be held Oct. 8-9 In New York City. The event will focus on skills-based volunteerism (SBV) and employee engagement to align social impact with human resources objectives, to create measurable and inspiring impact.

National charity Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) is inviting nonprofit personnel, cause marketers and anyone else who cares about a cause to attend Ignite: Cause Innovation Conference on Oct. 11 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. CMN Hospitals designed Ignite as a collective forum wherein attendees can hear strategies and learn practical tools on sparking creativity and igniting change within their own charities, nonprofits, foundations, communities, social networks and organizations. For information, visit CauseInnovationConference.org.

Oct. 12 is the date for Oktoberfest & Run in Redwood City, an entertaining celebration of food and drink, with all proceeds going to worthy causes. Along with the usual Oktoberfest activities, the day will feature a choice of three exciting races: a half marathon, 5K run/walk and 5Kolor run. H2OpenDoors, a project of the two Rotary Clubs of Redwood City, is one of three charities that will split 100 percent of the net proceeds from the day’s events.

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