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10.17.13: U.S. News Bits

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Cyclists participating in Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) 8th annual Dodge Million Dollar Challenge make their way down the California cost. (Source: Business Wire)

Cyclists participating in Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) 8th annual Dodge Million Dollar Challenge make their way down the California cost. (Source: Business Wire)

News about grants, gifts

The Northwest Area Foundation gave 37 grants totaling $4.6 million to increase good jobs and access to financial services and for other work in immigrant, Native and low-opportunity neighborhoods. For details, click here.

Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland awarded nearly $2.5 in grants to 16 organizations that focus on building healthy people, strong communities and resilient Families. For details, click here. The foundation has given more than $100 million in grants since it was established in 1997.

Michigan’s Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission received a $1.8 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to help maintain and strengthen the local county parks system.

Global sports and entertainment marketer Octagon will give $250,000 over five to USTA Serves, the charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association which supports tennis programs for youth and people with disabilities.

Long-distance Swimmer Diana Nyad completed a 48-hour marathon swim in New York Cirty’s Herald Square to kick off AmeriCares fundraising campaign for victims of Hurricane Sandy. So far, the campaign has raised more than $110,000. It runs through Oct. 31.

Fidelity Investments has issued a financial education grant challenge seeking new ideas to improve financial literacy among high school students in need. The winning idea will receive funding of up to $100,000 and volunteer support. Submissions are due by Nov. 7.

City National Bank is accepting applications Reading is The Way Up grants of up to $100,000 to support literacy and financially-based literacy projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in five states. Applications are accepted Oct. 21 through Dec. 6.

The 2nd annual Rocktoberfest-Chicago raised nearly $100,000 for A Leg to Stand On, which assists children who have lost limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital disabilities. More than 400 Midwestern financial, business and hedge fund professionals performed rock and roll and acoustic music.

Applied Systems donated $30,000 to InVEST, which promotes insurance education and career opportunities in the insurance industry to students.

News about people, groups

Leigh Morris has been named interim president and CEO and Tina Rongers interim vice president of the Legacy Foundation.

Samantha Yanks was elected to the board of directors of New York City-based Literacy Partners.

Sam Francis Senev was appointed to the board of governors for City of Hope.

Ron Phillips, president and CEO of Coastal Enterprises, received the Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance from Opportunity Finance Network.

Salsa Labs, Inc. selected five organizations to receive its 2013 Community Conference Awards for their online fundraising and advocacy successes. For details, click here.

Paralyzed Veterans of America gave the 2013 Barrier-Free America Award to the SPIRE Institute for architectural design demonstrating the importance of equal access for disabled veterans and others with disabilities.

Bryan Clontz was named the first Leon L. Levy Fellow in Philanthropy for 2014 by The American College.

The American Fertility Association added seven members to its board of directors. For details, click here.

News about opportunities, initiatives

More than 100 cyclists, including 12 physically challenged athletes, are participating in a seven-day, 620-mile ride along the California coastline. The Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) 8th annual Dodge Million Dollar Challenge has raised $1 million to fund grants for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses, mentoring and sports clinics.

I Padrini di Antonello, a philanthropic group committed to supporting children’s causes in Orange County, raised more than $175,000 at its 8th annual An Evening Under the Stars. Proceeds will benefit Kinship Center-Canyon Acres, a nonprofit that creates and supports permanent families for children, and Speech and Language Development Center, a school and therapy center for children and young adults with special needs and other children’s charities.

Grammy-winning musician Dave Grohl will headline Autism Speaks‘ 3rd annual Blue Jean Ball in Hollywood on Oct. 24 to support autism research and resources for those affected by the disorder. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here. 


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