10.31.13: U.S. News Bits

Steve Marks and Debbie Zelman, with Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, at the charity’s 2012 DC Cocktails & Cupcakes in Washington, D.C. This year’s event is on Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Debbie’s Dream Foundation/PRNewsFoto)

News about grants, gifts

Fidelity Charitable Trust gave nearly $1.3 billion in more than 308,000 grants to nonprofits in the first nine months of 2013, a 20 percent increase in volume and 33 percent increase in amount from a year ago.

MetLife Foundation has pledged $200 million over the next five years to support access to basic financial services in low-income areas across the world.

Alumnus James C. Davis and his wife, Kim, gave $50 million to Villanova University‘s School of Business.

Artist Patricia Buckley Moss gave $10 million to support the construction of an arts center at Virginia Tech, which will be named in her honor.

William R. Berkley gave $10 million to create a scholarship for seniors to pursue their MBA at New York University Stern School of Business.

NeighborWorks America received a $1.5 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to support sustainable mortgage lending and affordable home ownership.

The First Niagara Foundation gave $1 million in Mentoring Matter grants to 33 nonprofits to assist more than 45,000 at-risk youth in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. For details, click here.

The Blue Card‘s annual benefit and auction raised more than $800,000 to provide direct financial assistance to Holocaust survivors in need.

Citi donated $500,000 to the United States Olympic Committee‘s Every Step of the Way program, which supports Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.

A Leg To Stand On’s Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest raised approximately $400,000 at its 10th anniversary celebration in New York City. Proceeds will support programs from children who have lost limbs.

Chevron gave $92,500 to support offering the MIND Research Institute‘s computer-based math program, JiJi, in the Huntington Beach City School District in California.

Citgo Retailer CCO, LLC partnered with Sam’s Children, Inc. to raise $83,000 to benefit families with ill children at its third annual Sam’s Children Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell, Conn.

Artist Trust, a Washington state nonprofit arts organization, awarded $73,348 to 50 recipients of the 2013 Grants for Artist Projects. For details, click here.

Teleflex Incorporated donated $25,000 to the Lifebox Foundation, which delivers a low-cost, high-quality oximeter to surgeons in under-resourced countries.

News about people, groups

Anna Spangler Nelson, of Charlotte, N.C., was elected chair of the board of Trustees of Fidelity Charitable.

The Council on Foundations has created a network team to facilitate the flow of information and ideas across the philanthropic sector. For details, click here.

Marsha Edwards, CEO of the Martha O’Bryan Center in Tennessee, received the Peter B. Goldberg Building Community Executive Leadership Award in recognition of her leadership and advocacy for community centers. The award includes a $40,000 grant.

Dr. Christine Sow was named executive director of the Global Health Council.

Esar Ozera was appointed president of Alcoa Foundation.

Don Deyon Stephens, co-founders of Mercy Ships, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Colorado Mesa University.

Barbara Suflas Noble was appointed vice president for advancement at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and president of the Max Planck Florida Foundation.

Dave M. Cooper was hired as president of the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Jane Rodmyre Payfer and Skip West were elected to the board of trustees of the CEA Foundation.

Andrew Hapke will serve as chairman of the boards of directors for the Jacobs Family Foundation and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Reginald Jones was appointed president and CEO of the foundation.

Peter G. Mayberry was named senior manager of legislative affairs for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Meghan E. Gutierrez was hired as chief program, policy and communications officer for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Cate Sennett, Esq. was hired as executive director of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls.

Andrew Fradkin was named senior vice president for planned giving and endowments for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

Nataliee Cernius was selected as the National Philanthropy Day Orange County Outstanding Youth Honoree by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Project HOPE will open a third clinic in a network of women’s and children’s health facilities in the Dominican Republic in partnership with the Dominican Association of the Order of Malta to reduce maternal and child mortality.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Countdown to Impact Challenge seeks volunteers to perform more than 100 community service projects across the U.S. and world before National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 14, organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer will host the 3rd annual DC Cocktails & Cupcakes on Nov. 2 at the Recording Industry Association of America. For tickets and sponsorship information, click here.

AMVETS will hold a music variety show in 10 cities, starting Nov. 4, to raise funds for programs for homeless veterans. For tickets, click here.

Online fan voting for Publishers Clearing House’s The GiveBack runs through Nov. 25 for three selected charities: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the US and ASPCA. The winning charity will receive $50,000, second place $35,000, and third place $25,000.

The T.J. Martell Foundation will raise funds for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at the 5th annual Family Day LA on Nov. 10 on the CBS Studio Center Back Lot in Studio City. For tickets, click here

The Services for the UnderServed‘s Young Leadership Council will host its annual Novemberfest on Nov. 14 at 7:00pm at the Brooklyn Brewery. All proceeds will support SUS’ Family Fun Day, a competition for athletes with developmental disabilities. For tickets, click here.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and author Janis Ian will host an online auction of 20 notable literary items to benefit the Pearl Foundation, which gives scholarships to adults who continue to their education. The auction will run Nov. 21-Dec. 1.

More than 1,200 American Water employees participated in 82 community service projects in 12 states and Ontario, Canada.

Healthy Harvest, a new joint initiative of Fresh Fork Market, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital in Cleveland, offers fresh, locally grown produce to pediatric and prenatal patients and families. 

WorldVentures Foundation refurbished and painted four buildings of the Good Shepherd Children’s Home, which serves orphaned and disadvantaged children in Harare, Zimbabwe. 

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