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10.24.13: U.S. Nonprofit News

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A girl from Lesotho smiles after receiving a hearing device from Starkey Hearing Foundation, in partnership with Sentebale.

A girl from Lesotho smiles after receiving a hearing device from Starkey Hearing Foundation, in partnership with Sentebale.

News about grants, gifts

The late Robert and Jeanette Powell left $125 million to the University of the Pacific to support scholarships and academic programs.

A yearlong campaign headed by Rob Light raised $6.1 million for City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Light received the center’s 2013 Spirit of Life award.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded more than $4 million, including $493,000 through its competitive grantmaking program and $3.4 million to nonprofits recommended by donors. For details, click here.

Philanthropists Roslyn and Leonard Stoler gave $3 million to support Sinai Hospital of Baltimore‘s south tower, which will be named after them.

Make-a-Wish America received more than $1 million from Straight Talk Wireless.

The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation awarded $644,000 in grants to 21 nonprofits that serve youth and assist in raising public awareness. For details, click here.

The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation will give more than 1,300 artworks to Ursinus College‘s Berman Museum of Art, including pieces by George Bellows, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and James Whistler.

Xoom Corporation will contribute 100% of money transfer fees for all donations sent to the Philippine Red Cross in support of those affected by the recent earthquake. Donations can be made through Oct. 31.

The four-year-old Chase Community Revitalization Program reached $250 million in homes donated or sold at a discount to community associations, municipalities, veteran groups and nonprofit housing providers in 43 states.

Arizona State Credit Union raised nearly $186,500 for Prescott Firefighter’s Charities, which supports the families of fallen firefighters.

Northrup Grumman Foundation gave grants enabling 21 nonprofits to hire 87 low-income youth as interns in STEM projects.

Lutheran Social Services of the South received the $100,000 Humana Communities Benefit grant.

The Atlanta Beltline Partnership received a $20,000 grant from REI to help construct the 8.2 mile corridor.

Tidewater Utilities gave $14,245 to the YWCA Delaware.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and Community Trust Bank gave a $14,000 Partnership Grant Program grant to the HOME Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, which works with the homeless.

Canadian IT Services and Support Community of CompTIA gave four $2,500 grants to Canada Company, Frontier College, the Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance and Microskills Development Centre.

News about people, groups

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 4, 2013.

CADD Microsystems launched a charitable foundation, The CADD Microsystems Foundation, and its first sponsorship benefitting Special Olympics of Virginia.

United Neighborhood Centers of America and the Alliance for Children and Families will merge in January 2014, creating a network of more than 500 organizations serving more than 4.6 million people each year. UNCA member organizations will become full members and owners of the Alliance.

The new Hope Street Margolis Family Center, financed by a $15.7 million capital campaign by California Hospital, opened in downtown Los Angeles.

The Nature Conservancy and Environmental Media Association have entered a partnership to support the Nature Works Everywhere garden program.

Michael Prosner was elected to the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Amy Eisenstein and Benjamin J. Imdieke became the 99th and 100th fundraisers to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive credential from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Doug Schenkelberg joined the Donors Forum as vice president, public policy.

Dr. Roberg Kagbo was named director of agriculture and Lisa Thompson director of anti-trafficking for World Hope International.

Homeland Security Foundation of America seeks applications for a chair and 15 members of its board of directors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for fiscal management, accountability and transparency.

Jewish Home Lifecare received the SAGE Aging Services Leadership award for its service to LGBT seniors in its nursing facilities.

Isikkent Schools was named the winner of the 2013 International Coach Federation International Prism Award. An honorable mention was given to Defense Acquisition University.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Starkey Hearing Foundation, in partnership with Sentebale, provided more than 1,000 hearing devices for those in need in Lesotho.

More than 1,400 people and 50 organizations turned out for Parke Diem, a day of volunteering in more than 70 parks organized by the Portland Parks Foundation.

More than 640 Post Properties employees volunteered on 13 projects in 10 cities during the company’s annual day of service.

West Memphis, Ark. Flash Market in West Memphis, Ark., and Citgo raised more than $28,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the 15th annual Flash Market CITGO Golf Classic. 

The Future without MS Gala will raise funds for the Tisch MS Research Center of New York at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Nov. 6. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research was selected as an official charity of the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon on March 9. 


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