08.22.13: U.S. News Bits

Michelin North America donates the tires for the Yellowstone National Park’s fleet of 800 vehicles.
Michelin North America donates the tires for the Yellowstone National Park’s fleet of 800 vehicles.

News about grants, gifts

The new Jewish Social Change Matching Fund offers $1 million in funding to Jewish social change organizations and projects that focus on causes of injustice. The first round of applications is due Nov. 6. For details, click here.

The children of Holiday Inn founder, Kemmons Wilson, and their company, Orange Lake Resorts, pledged $500,000 to the capital expansion and improvement campaign of Give Kids The World, a Florida nonprofit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Michelin North America renewed its corporate partnership with the Yellowstone Park Foundation through 2016. Michelin provides tires for the park’s fleet of vehicles, a gift equivalent to $250,000 to $300,000 annually.

Lincoln’s Legacy Awards will give $50,000 to three nonprofits that exemplify President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and increase high school graduation rates and college preparedness. Applications can be submitted online through Sept. 13.

OneCC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, received a $30,000 grant from Bank of America that will support capacity building and volunteer engagement programs for nonprofits in Orange County, Calif.

News about people, groups

Nominations are being taken for the Voluntary Sector Report Awards, given by the CPA-Queen’s Centre for Governance. The awards recognize the best annual reports from nonprofits that either are headquartered in Ontario or have a significant presence in the province. Winners in five categories receive $5,000. Nominations can be submitted online through Sept. 13.

Raymond J. Baxter was elected to the board of directors of the CDC Foundation.

United Way Worldwide hired Marci Young as vice president for Education, Income and Health Strategy & Partnerships; Kelly Moore as vice president and general manager of the U.S. Network; and Paul DeBassio as vice president for engagement and capacity.

Molly A. Ball was selected as president of the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees. William Davenport and Michael Womochil were also named to the organization’s board of directors.

Timothy D. Reynolds was elected to the board of directors of Partners for Potential, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which provides services for adults with disabilities.

Steven T. Rosen was appointed to the board of directors of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. For a full list of board members, click here.

Awards for Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and individuals will be given at the 29thannual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Nov. 21. Honorees include Victoria Collins, the Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Irvine, Mary Lynn Coffee, Margie Wakeham, Chemers Gallery, Haskell & White LLP, Edwards Lifesciences and Natalie Cernius.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will present the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award to Shannon and Lee Carter and the Bridge Builder Award to FTB Financial Services.

Excellence in Giving, a philanthropic advisory firm, launched IntelligentPhilanthropy.com, a free service data about the impact and efficiency of 475 charities.

GiveGab, a social network for volunteers, offers new premium services that will allow nonprofits, schools and businesses to connect with volunteers by creating and managing online profiles to promote events, programs and opportunities.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Pencils of Promise campaign is raising funds to provide students in developing regions with school supplies. Through Sept. 30, Chegg, an online provider of scholastic resources, will donate $10 for every back-to-school photo or video shared with #GiveBackToSchool on Facebook, Instagram, Vine and Twitter, up to 7,500 shares.

More than 400 Macy’s associates volunteered for Macy’s 8th Annual Give Back Day at the Carter Burden Center for the Aging Covello Center in East Harlem. Through Macy’s Employee Giving Campaign, the largest campaign of this type run by United Way of New York City, Macy’s employees gave more than $1 million.

The inaugural David Ortiz Children’s Fund Gala will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which provides critical medical care to children in New England and the Dominican Republic; MassGeneral Hospital for Children; and World Pediatric Project. The gala will take place Sept. 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Tickets are available online.

More than 350 motorcyclists raised $134,716 to support research to fight childhood brain tumors at Ride for Kids events in Cottleville, Mo., and Fiskdale, Mass.

Simonton Windows raised $41,000 for the American Cancer Society in West Virginia and $15,000 for research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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