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9.19.13 U.S. News Bits

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Seven-year-old Jimena Barreaga Bernal, from the state of Durango plays the Rieding Violin Concerto in B minor with the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Grupo Salinas)

Seven-year-old Jimena Barreaga Bernal, from the state of Durango plays the Rieding Violin Concerto in B minor with the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Grupo Salinas)

News about grants, gifts

In response to the Colorado floods, Matthew 25: Ministries sent a disaster relief team, an ice maker and 10,000 pounds of supplies; Starkey Hearing Foundation offered free assistance to those who lost their hearing aids; AmeriCares sent an emergency response expert; and ConocoPhillips gave $200,000, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield $125,000, JP Morgan Chase $75,000 and the Western Union Foundation $25,000 to the American Red Cross and Foothills United Way.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation donated $5 million to five African-American banks as part of an effort to increase loan access for businesses and individuals in African-American communities. For details, click here.

MasterCard raised $4 million for Stand Up To Cancer through the Dig In & Do Good campaign.

The 19th annual Music Festival for Mental Health at the Staglin Family Vineyards in Rutherford, Calif., raised $2.8 million for the International Mental Health Research OrganizationOne Mind and Tug McGraw Foundation.

Sanofi and its Cambridge-based biotechnology company, Genzyme, entered a $1 million partnership to support student success programs at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Science and Mathematics.

New York Life Foundation gave a two-year, $450,000 grant to BUILD, which operates entrepreneurship training and college-preparation programs in Washington, D.C., northern California and Boston.  The grant will help BUILD move its Youth Business and Academic Incubator into partner schools and add more academic programming to the ninth-grade curriculum.

National Government Services Foundation donated $500,000 to create an award for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Military Youth of the Year, who will serve as BGBA’s official youth advocate for military teens and families.

AIDS United established the Sean Seasser Endowment Fund to honor the late AIDS activist and to support programs that improve health outcomes for gay men of color.

Bethenny Frankel, host of “bethenny,” presented a check for $100,000 from Skinnygirl Cocktails to Dress for Success Worldwide, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. 

More than 340 motorcyclists in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania attended Ride for Kids events and raised $82,588 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Painting with a Twist in Mandeville, La., the nation’s largest Paint and Sip franchise, raised more than $47,000 to benefit the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

The Pitney Bowes Foundation gave a $15,000 literacy and education grant to IT-Ready Labs to support efforts to help under-represented populations pursue careers in information technology.

CompTIA, the non-profit association for the information technology industry, gave $2,500 to Girls Inc., $5,000 to Grace After Fire and $2,500 to Tech Trek, which serve women and girls.

News about people, groups

Evan Hochberg was appointed the first chief strategy officer for United Way Worldwide.

ANN INC. and Vital Voices Global Partnership announced the 2013 ANNpower Grantees, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. The 20 high school students are engaged in volunteer projects that reach an estimated 5,500 people in their local communities. For details, click here.

The Invictus Foundation partnered with the QPR Institute to offer suicide prevention training to provider members of its Welcome Home Network program, which serves returning veterans.

The Wounded Warriors Project created the James Gandolfini Award to recognize public supporters of the project. The first award will be given during the Carry Forward Awards ceremony at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Oct. 10.

National Braille Press will honor Jay Hooley with the President’s award at the 2013 A Million Laughs for Literacy gala on Nov. 1.

Donald Cassady was appointed chief executive officer of Grants Management Services.

Erika Guevara-Rosas was selected as the Americas program director for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.

Michael P. Hogan and Michael Dinkins were named to the international board of directors of Feed The Children.

Walter Tsou and Deborah Faust joined the board of directors of the Hepatitis B Foundation.

Maggie Aziz was hired as program director for Dining for Women.

Pamela Haxby-Cote was selected as regional director of Blackstone LaunchPad in Montana.

Monica Smith was appointed executive director of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership added five members to its board of directors: Dallas S. Clement, Jennifer Dorian, Ira L. Moreland, Ken Richards and Julie C. Seitz.

Lilian Archer was hired as director of development for the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society.

Amnesty International launched the Secretary General’s Global Council, a forum for leaders in the arts, business and philanthropy to work together to further human rights. 

The Foundation Center launched Foundation Directory Online Free, an online tool that expands public access to the center’s collection of foundation information. At no cost, users can search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers. 

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Georgia Region was renamed FDIF Southeast Region as its services expanded to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and North and South Carolina.

Heifer International, a global development nonprofit focused on ending hunger and poverty, launched its newly designed website featuring a portal for social sharing, a re-designed gift catalog and improved navigation tools.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan is holding Stuff the Bus events throughout Greater Detroit to collect schools supplies. For locations and details, click here.

Children who participated in the Indianapolis Public Library‘s summer reading program chose to use their reward points to donate more than 900 books to Christel House schools, which serve impoverished children around the world.

Projects Abroad sent volunteers from 44 states to 28 locations throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the south Pacific. Two-thirds of volunteers worked on medical and child-oriented projects.

The CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program will provide 39,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to low-income families in the Bronx and 21 other U.S. cities.

The Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Mexico, a development program that teaches values to at-risk teens through music, will make its U.S. debut with a concert at St. Peter’s Church in New York City on Sept. 25.

The Espwa Benefit Fete at Yotel in Times Square will hold a silent auction on Sept. 26 to support the If-Foundation’s Haitian Pride Breakfast program, which provides breakfast for 400 students at two primary schools in Dubre, Haiti. For tickets, click here.

The Blue Card, which aids Holocaust survivors in the United States, will hold its 79th Anniversary Benefit and auction at the Powerhouse at The American Museum of Natural History in New York on Oct. 21.

The 10th annual Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held Nov. 16 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. To register or donate, click here.


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