9.26.13 U.S. Nonprofit News

Hyundai Hope On Wheels September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month press conference in Washington, D.C. Clockwise from top left: John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America; B.H. Lee, chief coordinator, Hyundai Motor America; Rep. Mike Kelly; C.J, George, Hyundai Hope On Wheels national youth ambassador; Mickey Pong, chairman Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors; Rep. Mike McCaul; Ahn Ho-young, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; and Hope Heroes Kaitlyn Dorman, Brianna Commerford and Ryan Darby. (PRNewsFoto/Hyundai Motor America)

News about grants, gifts

The new $94 million Global Health Investment Fund will guide investors in financing late-stage global health technologies targeted at low-income companies. Created by JPMorgan Chase and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the fund’s investors include Grand Challenges Canada, the German government and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The Gates Foundation and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency will offset losses to the fund.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels gave $250,000 grants, totaling $10.25 million, to 41 hospitals for research to fight childhood cancer.

Canada will join in the GivingTuesday movement, initiated by CanadaHelps and GIV3, on Dec. 3. Started in the United States in 2012, GivingTuesday marks the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as the start of the holiday giving season.

To aid victims of the Colorado Floods, TeleTech Holdings and the Denver Broncos raised more than $1 million for the American Red Cross and Community Food ShareAmeriCares donated 1,100 emergency kits, and Covidien gave $50,000 to various relief organizations.

AMC Entertainment gave more than $3 million in cash grants and in-kind donations to 24 charitable organizations as part of the first AMC Cares Charitable Fund Annual Grant Awards. For details, click here.

Kangaroo Express’s Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign raised nearly $2.7 million for the USOFisher House Foundation and eight state-based military support organizations. For details, click here.

Susan G. Komen raised more than $1.5 million for its breast cancer programs at the Honoring the Promise gala in Washington, D.C. Victoria Reggie Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy received the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Houston Independent School District won the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education, which recognizes the large urban school district that most improves student achievement. Houston schools received $550,000 in college scholarships, while the three runners-up, the Corona-Norco Unified School District in California, Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina and the San Diego Unified School District each received $150,000 in scholarships.

The South Dakota-based First Peoples Fund received a three-year $1 million grant from the Northwest Area Foundation for a pilot program to assist Native American artists in three states.

Minnesota-based Cargill pledged more than $520,000 to support the National Future Farmers of America Organization programs, including training conferences, the Agriculture Career Network, anti-hunger initiatives and various competitions.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation is accepting submissions for the Leadership Grants Program, which provides up to $225,000 in grants to small and medium, registered charities in Canada for professional development opportunities. Applications can be submitted online through Oct. 25.

The Coca-Cola Foundation gave a $192,500 grant to the city of Sacramento’s Department of Parks and Recreation to support nutritional and fitness initiatives run by veterans for underserved neighborhoods.

Each week, during the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football matchup, two youth health and fitness projects from the competing teams’ hometowns will face off in the NFL PLAY 60 DonorsChoose.org Showdown. The project that wins the most fan votes will receive 100 percent funding, and the other project will get 50 percent funding.

Invisible Children launched #zeroLRA campaign with the aim to raise $3 million to help children soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New York-based tour operator Group IST adopted Just a Drop, an international water aid nonprofit, as its official charity. Group IST will support a project to provide clean water to 690 people in a Ugandan village.

Genworth Financial Management awarded $20,000 each to three financial advisers to give to a local charitable organization: J. Robert Bleier, Camp Good Days and Special Times; Rebecca Gaylor, Shoebox Ministry; and Karen McGarvey, WellSpring Resources.

EMD Serono donated $50,000 to One Fund as part of a pledge to donate for each Red Sox win. Employees also gave more than $7,000 to pitcher Jon Lester’s foundation, NVRQT, for pediatric cancer research.

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County received $50,000 from the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation to support SOMOS, which focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention among young Hispanic men.

Online voters will determine which of three organizations-Beats Rhymes and LifeLA River Revitalization or Momentum Alliance-receives a $50,000 grant from Bank of the West. The runners-up will receive $10,000. Voting runs through Oct. 4.

The Human Rights Campaign donated $25,000 to AIDS United’s Sean Sasser Endowment, which seeks to improve health outcomes among gay men of color.

News about people, groups

The 2013 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which recognizes those who use their private wealth for public good, will be awarded to Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development; British entrepreneur  Tom Hunter; Drs. James Harris and Marilyn Simons, who founded one of the world’s most successful hedge fund companies; Dr. Dmitry Zimin, co-founder of the second-largest telecom business in Russia; and  Janet Frances Wolfson de Botton on behalf of the Wolfson Foundation.

The MacArthur Foundation named 25 creative professionals to the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows. They will receive a five-year, $625,000 stipend. For details, click here.

Kiana Knolland, a Howard University freshman from Wichita, Kan., was selected as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2013-14 National Youth of the Year, the organization’s highest honor. She received more than $60,000 in scholarships from Tupperware Brands and the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

Grupo Vidanta selected four nonprofits to receive the 2013 Vidanta Foundation Award for combatting poverty and inequality in Latin America:  first prize to Colective Mujeres al Derecho of Colombia, second prize to IXIM AC Mexico, third prize to Project Transgender of Ecuador and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Hogar de Cristo in Chile.

GuideStar and the Foundation Center have created a partnership to expand resources, combine data collections, increase transparency and data sharing and increase accessible, open and free information services.

For the seventh consecutive year, the CDC Foundation earned a four-star rating for sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency, the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Salt Lake Mission received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level for transparency and accountability.

Singer Barry Manilow and CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder will be honored by the Dream Foundation at the 2013 Celebration of Dreams Gala on Oct. 26.

The Captain Planet Foundation gave the Sustainability Award to Harold Edwards, president and CEO of Limoneira, a Santa Paula, Calif.-based agribusiness.

The Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region will present its Centennial Award to Houston attorney Marvin D. Nathan on Nov. 14.

American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley was featured in the 12th annual Women Worth Watching issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal.

John Lyon was appointed president and chief executive officer of World Hope International.

Stephen L. McDaniel was appointed interim vice president of Institutional Advancement at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Kari Marie Pardoe and Christopher Jay Stallworth joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as associate program officers for Pathways Out of Poverty and the Flint Area grantmaking teams, respectively.

Good Sports released an online toolkit for children who want to throw a party and direct their monetary gifts to the Good Sports equipment grant program.

IEEE launched App-E-Fear, a website that will connect nonprofit, non-governmental organizations and corporate initiatives with engineers to develop mobile applications.

News about opportunities, initiatives

More than 1,900 Biogen employees participated in a paid day off to volunteer more than 9,500 hours in 28 countries. Projects ranged from gardening for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh to visiting and preparing meals for multiple sclerosis patients in Portugal. Biogen also donated $85,000 to build playground at The Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville, Mass.

The United Way of New York City and Skanska USA will hold the 5th annual Read NYC: A Festival for Brighter Futures community fair at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Oct. 5.

Wheels of Change donated more than 300 bicycles to Linyanti, Namibia, to help families with transportation, start a bicycle repair shop and support bicycle tourism businesses.

Free Wheelchair Mission sent 550 wheelchairs to Samoa for people with disabilities living in poverty.

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