10.10.13 U.S. Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

The Fund the Front Line campaign, spearheaded by the STARS Foundation, seeks to raise unrestricted funding for six NGOs to increase the responsiveness and sustainability.

American Express will provide a $2 million grant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of a 10-year, $15 million commitment to support the preservation of U.S. national treasures.

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation committed to raise $11 million to support the Palo Alto, Calif., Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, the nation’s largest free hotel for short-term stay for veterans undergoing medical care.

United of New Hampshire alumna Marcy Carsey gave $20 million to create the Carsey School for Public Policy.

A $2.9 million grant from United Health Foundation will enable Minnesota-based Washburn Center for Children to create an institute to train childhood mental health professionals.

The 20th annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament raised a record more than $2 million for 18 U.S. nonprofits. For details, click here.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation‘s Chicago Dinner for Children of the Severely Injured raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for the children of severely wounded Marines and Navy Corpsmen.

The New York Life Foundation gave a three-year, $240,000 grant to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute‘s Public Policy Fellowship Program, which offers up to 20 recent Hispanic college graduates a nine-month, paid fellowship and real-world, national-level work experience level in public policy.

The Thiel Foundation seeks applications for the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellows, which provide $100,000 grants for students to spend two years developing entrepreneurial projects.

Hyundai Motor America awarded grants to implement the ST Math Initiative, a research-based blended learning math program, at schools in Pinellas County, Fla., Chicago, New York and Spring, Texas.

UNITY of Greater New Orleans won $25,000 in Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and Kresge Foundation, to design and implement a SuperTool to coordinate 60 agencies’ services for the homeless.

Start A Cure, the world’s first cancer research crowdfunding site, was launched in March by the national patient advocacy nonprofit, Malecare. More than 25 doctors and researchers from institutions including Harvard, Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson are raising money for cancer research.

News about people, groups

The inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards recognized President Jimmy Carter, singers Christina Aguilera and Michael Bolton, Mark Hogg of WaterStep and six young adults from around the world. For details, click here.

The Spanish American Civic Association (SACA), a Lancaster, Pa., community development group supporting economic, political and social justice, won this year’s Justice Grant from the Opportunity Finance Network. SACA will use the grant to support human services, education and neighborhood revitalization programs.

Gastric Cancer Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association gave $2.25 million to create for the AGA-GCF Research Scholar Award in Gastric and Esophageal Cancer for young investigators researching GI tract cancer. K. Alice Leung, Hossein Ghanbari and Paul Gottsegen were appointed to the board of directors of the GCF.

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust selected 10 professors to receive $25,000 prizes for inspiring their students to make a difference in their communities. For details, click here.

Barbara Melvin, president of Dress for Success SW Florida, received the Regional and Florida Volunteer of the Year awards from the Florida Small Business Development Center.

Elizabeth Keadle was elected to the board of trustees of the Salk Institute.

Jason McGill was hired as vice president, Social Justice Program for the Arcus Foundation.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Joseph VanFonda was named executive director of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

The Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance was launched in Dallas in October with the aim to educate the public about depression and provide help to those impacted by the disease.

The Hepatitis B Foundation‘s research institute officially was renamed the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute in honor of the foundation’s co-founder, Baruch Blumberg, who won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus.

The Brain & Behavior Foundation will honor seven scientists at the Annual National Awards at the Pierre Hotel on Oct. 25 in New York City. For ticket information, click here.

The 2014 Building a Healthier Future Summit in Washington, D.C., March 12-14, is expected to draw more than a thousand national leaders to address solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic. To register, click here.

The integration of Network for Good‘s Donate Now and Constant Contact®, Inc.’s email marketing tool gives nonprofits a single to create, manage and promote fundraising campaigns.

WebThriftStore was launched as an online marketplace where charity supporters can list and sell items and direct the majority of the proceeds to their charity of choice.

News about opportunities, initiatives

More than 150 Greater Boston chefs and thousands of volunteers are putting on the Pie in the Sky bake sale for Community Servings, which provides home meal service for the critically ill. To order pies through Thanksgiving, click here or call 617-522-7777.

The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation’s dinner featuring sports legends Bob Costas, Willie Mays and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar raised funds to expand the in-school program, Margaret’s Place, in Los Angeles.

Morgan Drexen employees donated nearly 3,000 pounds of food to the Orange County Rescue Mission in Costa Mesa, Calif., in honor of National Good Neighbor Day.

More than 375 people participated in the Ride for Kids at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 29, raising $63,186 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Empire BlueCross BlueShield‘s Journey for Health cross-country bike ride ended with a celebration at which 100 children from the New York Boys & Girls Clubs received helmets and bike vouchers from Bike New York.

As part of the 2nd Annual Pier Village Goes Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pier Village holds a series of events and promotions throughout October to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For The Cure of Central and South Jersey. For ticket information, click here.

More than 200 volunteers from Post Properties, Chatham Landscape Services and KIPP WAYS Academy will build a KaBOOM! at the Atlanta school on Oct. 17.

Cub Foods is participating in Second Harvest Heart’s annual hunger awareness campaign, “Give A Little Feed A Lot,” through Oct. 19. Proceeds will go to Minnesota Feeding America Food Banks and Second Harvest Heartland. MOM Brands contributed $20,000 to the campaign.

eReplacementParts.com, a Utah-based kitchen appliance repair company, will provide free parts and repairs to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and similar facilities that are busy during the holiday season.

G&K Services, Inc., a branded uniform provider, is offering 12 Awareness Apparel items customized with the breast cancer awareness ribbon. A portion of sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

The Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Altos, Calif., is offering Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans free dental car at its first Smiles for Troops event on Nov. 9.

The Careers through Culinary Arts Program‘s 5th annual A Taste of Fall on Nov. 11 will be hosted by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Ginny’s at Red Rooster in New York City. For tickets and details, click here.

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