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11.07.13: U.S. News Bits

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News about grants, gifts

T. Denny Sanford has pledged $100 million to the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center at the University of California, San Diego.

The 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge raised $39 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund

Nordson Corporation and its foundation donated $6.2 million to charity over the past year, including a $1.5 million, five-year grant to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and a $500,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville, N.J.

Wells Fargo donated $6 million to 67 nonprofits through its Leading the Way home to revitalize and stabilize distressed neighborhoods. For details, click here.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation has given $2.2 million in grants to 39 institutions researching and conducting clinical trials for childhood cancer. For details, click here.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded $1.2 million in nine grants to strengthen the U.S. democratic system by improving election administration and supporting research on the role of money in politics. The foundation also awarded six grants worth $2.8 million to research how housing affects the social, health and economic outcomes of children, families and communities.

The 2013 Shell Houston Open PGA Tour Tournament raised nearly $2.3 million for the Houston Golf Association, which supports youth development programs.

Panda Express established a $1 million college fund for its employees and donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

ING presented the first-place 2013 Unsung Heroes Award to teacher Allison Butler, who also received a $27,000 grant. Second place went to Aaron Vaderwerff and Eric Songer. The 2014 awards will give $2,000 grants to 100 teachers for education projects. Applications are due by April 30, 2014.

The SKECHERS Foundation raised $1 million for The Friendship Circle, which supports education and children with special needs, at the 2013 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies announced the R. Kirk Landon Challenge. Landon will match all leadership gifts of $50,000 or more up to $1 million to support the construction a simulation hospital.

The U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul will create a national program to help re-integrate ex-offenders into society through a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The 49th annual Gourmet Dinner raised $914,000 for the Orange County Inland Empire chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Auction.com, the event’s presenting sponsors, donated an additional $150,000.

TravelCenters of America LLC donated nearly $290,000 to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, which supports truck drivers suffering medical problems and financial hardship.

The State Auto Foundation gave $20,000 to the Women’s and Girls Fund of Community Foundation of Northwest CT.

The Warrior Thunder Foundation donated $14,000 to the Fisher House-Boston, which provides housing for the families of veterans receiving medical treatment.

ESCORT Inc. donated $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Chapter.

Students ages 6 to 9 at Cypress Park Primary School in West Vancouver, Canada, raised more than $8,000 for the Obakki Foundation to build a well in a South Sudan village. The foundation launched the Kids for Clean Water initiative to help other schools learn how to do similar drives.

News about people, groups

Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of purchases made through AmazonSmile to a charity of the customer’s choice.

The Melville Charitable Trust has adopted a new grantmaking strategy to achieve its mission to prevent and end homelessness. It will seek to strengthen the housing and support services delivery system, transform public and private systems, increase civic and political will and investment, and build leadership.

The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee plans to create a Campus for Caring in Memphis to deliver health and education programs and provide temporary housing and services for patients and their families. The foundation plans to purchase the historic Hunt-Phelan home in Memphis and adjacent real estate.

The National Center for Family Literacy has renamed itself the National Center for Families Learning and launched a new website.

After School All Stars, a free after school program that serves low-income, at-risk youth, opened a new program in Washington, D.C.

Innovation: Africa received the Innovation Award at the United Nations Global South-South Development Expo in Nairobi.

MazelTot.org was named one of the 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit projects in North America by Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation

The Darrel Gwynn Foundation received the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level, which recognizes a nonprofit’s commitment to transparency and accountability. 

Sixteen individuals were inducted into the National 4-Hall of Fame in recognition of their lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H. For details, click here

Jim Murren was named executive chairman of the board of directors for the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association.

Paul J. Luna was elected to the board of directors for the National College Access Network.

Roberta Jacobsen joined the board of directors of Front Porch.

Hunter R. Rawlings was appointed to the board of directors of GiveGab.

W. Clark Buntin joined as president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Don Mohanal was named executive director, innovation and impact of the National 4-H Council.

Dan Orwig was appointed president and CEO of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council.

Reilly Morse was appointed president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice.

Chitra Aiyar was selected as executive director of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.

Catherine Gray was hired as director of impact strategy, civic engagement with the Minneapolis Foundation.

News about opportunities, initiatives 

Hilton Worldwide employees completed more than 2,400 volunteer projects in over 700 cities in 72 countries in October during the company’s 2nd annual Global Week of Service. For details, click here

KPMG LLP‘s 90 offices will hold reading events and distribute 130,000 new books to children from low-income families. 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is holding a Million Man Crusade for its 80 food pantries in Arizona. Collection boxes will be placed at 119 Safeway stores and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union locations throughout November. 


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