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09.12.13: U.S. News Bits

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A 15-minute surgery performed by WonderWork doctors restored this child’s eyesight in West Bengal, India. (PRNewsFoto/WonderWork)

A 15-minute surgery performed by WonderWork doctors restored this child’s eyesight in West Bengal, India. (PRNewsFoto/WonderWork)

WellsFargo is offering $11.4 million in community grants through the UrbanLift program for nonprofits in 25 cities to undertake neighborhood improvement projects. Applications are due by Oct. 15.

Equifax pledged $500,000 to a multiyear partnership with Operation HOPE to provide financial education to underserved communities and communities affected by natural disaster.

Global serial investor Wolfgang Buehler helped eGood, a mobile charity platform, raise $3 million in angel funding.

The KPMG Foundation awarded $450,000 in scholarships to minority accounting doctoral students for the 2013-14 academic year.

Opus Bank and Opus Community Foundation gave grants to 15 Washington State nonprofits that focus on community health and human services, safety-net services, the arts, and education for at-risk children. For details, click here.

Quinnipiac University alumni William and Barbara Weldon donated $1 million to endow a chair in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

MOM Brands will donate up to $75,000 to the Breakfast Club of Canada for every bag of Sally’s ready-to-eat cereals purchased at Canadian Wal-Mart stores through Dec. 31.

News about people, groups

David M. Rubenstein will receive the Joseph H. Kanter Citizen of the Year Award at the 2013 National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19-20. This award honors a private citizen who has championed civic participation.

James Edward Montie and Fran Mott will be honored for their work with the von Hippel-Lindau Alliance at its annual fundraising dinner on Sept. 20 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hannah Alper, 10, was chosen as Free The Children’s We Day speaker. Hannah created her own environmentally conscious blog and collected 97,500 pennies through We Create Change for Free The Children’s clean water projects.

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels will receive the Jamie Moyer Legends Award at the Moyer Foundation‘s Champions for Children luncheon in Philadelphia on Sept. 19.

Aileen Adams joined the board of directors of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

Fedcap acquired Community Work Services, which provides job placement, training and support services in the Boston area and is one of the oldest charitable organizations in the United States.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is seeking nominations for its board of directors. Applications are due by Sept. 27.

The Arcus Foundation, which focuses on global social justice and conservation issues, selected the first participants in the Arcus LGBT Leadership Initiative. For details, click here.

Microsoft launched Office 365 for Nonprofits, which may be donated to nonprofits or purchased directly at a discount.

TrueSense Marketing added 41 Salvation Army affiliates to its clients receiving comprehensive, multichannel fundraising services.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders launched a website to provide young LGBTQ and HIV-positive people in New England with information about their legal rights in school, sports, GSAs, work, foster care and the juvenile justice system.

CafePress released Tfund.com, a new fundraising platform that enables groups, organizations or individuals to fundraise through sales of T-shirts for projects, charitable organizations and events.

Do Something Good released an app that recommends donating to organizations based on current events.

HuTerra offers a website application for Habitat for Humanity affiliates that improves communication with supporters, clients and other affiliates. The application features newsfeeds that allow affiliates to share information across sites.

CFED released a field report published that analyzes the latest trends in integrating asset-building services into federally funded social services.

William Howard Taft University honored Denise M. Bender, founder and past executive director of the Lemhi County Crisis Intervention/Mahoney Family Safety Center, with an honorary doctor of humane letters for her social contributions and public service to victims of domestic violence.

The Housing League, Inc., an affordable housing developer, opened branch offices in Naples and Vero Beach, Fla.

News about opportunities, initiatives

New York-based WonderWork will provide training, equipment and funds for local doctors to perform surgery to restore the eyesight of blind children in the West Bengal region of India. South African photographer Brent Stirton will document three weeks of surgeries.

More than 500 WorldVentures Foundation volunteers vacationing in Cancun donated 1,500 hours to support the City of Joy, which provides education, health care, legal and other services to local families.

The National Veterans Day Run will be held in 40 cities nationwide on Nov. 10 and 11 to raise funds to support veterans’ programs.

The Second Annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain, sponsored by the Sax Macy Fromm Foundation, benefitted St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Whatcom Literacy Council in Bellingham, Wash., will hold an open house on Sept. 18 for prospective volunteer tutors.

Water4 will hold the 2nd annual Pioneering Spirit Gala in Oklahoma City to raise awareness of the global need for clean water. On Oct. 26, local athlete Joel McCarty will run in a 24-hour road race to raise money to build wells.

The Wallace Foundation, National League of Cities and John W. Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities, will speak about creating sustainable out-of-school programming during the Communities for Change 2013 conference on Oct. 23-25.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center will hold the 20th annual RedSnook Catch and Release Charity Tournament on Nov. 1-3 to fund local water protection initiatives and juvenile game fish research. For registration information, click here.

The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation and Cornhole League of Rochester will hold the Toss4Dystonia cornhole tournament on Sept. 28. For sponsorship and registration information, click here.

The Maurer Foundation‘s Pink Diamond Gala on Oct. 17 will raise funds to support the Long Island nonprofit’s breast health education programs. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

The Evanston Community Foundation‘s Leadership Evanston program will hold Snapshot Evanston, a one-day session about Evanston and local resources and challenges, on Oct. 24. For registration and details, click here.

Calvin Klein, Inc. plans to hold the first Save the Children benefit gala on Oct. 1 in New York City.

Simonton Windows associates joined with The Nature Conservancy representatives to create a hiking trail at Murphy Preserve in Ritchie County, W. Va.


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