11.21.13: U.S. Nonprofit News

AmeriCares Emergency Response Manager Karl Erdmann surveys the damage from Typhoon Haiyan in Cebu, Philippines. (Photo courtesy of AmeriCares)

News about grants, gifts

Eli and Edythe Broad donated a $100 million to the Broad Institute to support biomedical research. The couple has given a total of $700 million to the institute.

The Melanoma Research Alliance raised a record $6 million at its third biannual benefit dinner at Sotheby’s New York.

Oceana received a five-year, $5 million grant from the Arcadia Fund to support biodiversity in the oceans and to protect habitats and marine life.

Ballistic Case Company has pledged to give $2 million worth of protective smartphone cases to volunteer firefighters. To request cases, click here.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to 38 organizations as parts of its Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative. For details, clickhere.

Bank of America will donate $2 for every $1 given to Feeding America, for up to $1.5 million.

AdoptAClassroom.org and JCPenny donated $1 million to help nearly 7,000 teachers purchase classroom supplies.

GE Foundation donated 5,000 baby blankets and medical equipment, bringing to $9.1 million the training and equipment it has given to six hospitals in Honduras since 2007.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in West Palm Beach, Fla., raised more than $580,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association’s care, support and research programs.

Pacific Life Foundation gave $560,000 in grants to Orange County’s Elderly Nutrition Program and the Council on Aging’s Orange County Ombudsman Program.

The Anneberg Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling $400,000 as an extension of My LA2050 Grants Challenge, in which the Goldhirsh Foundation gave $1 million to support community improvement efforts. For details, click here.

AbbVie, a large biopharmaceutical company, gave a $350,000 grant to the North Chicago public schools to support math education.

The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania launched a five-year, $20 million fundraising campaign. The Lauder Foundation has pledged up to $10 million in matching contributions.

Otto Bremer Foundation gave a $50,000 grant to the IT-Ready Apprentice Program in Minneapolis/St. Paul to help low-income workers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods train enter information technology careers.

Employees of Chicken of the Sea‘s Lyons, Ga., process facility donated more than $10,000 to the United Way.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated a $27,000 Danica Patrick NASCAR themed custom power wheelchair to Gerard Materiale, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a traffic accident.

News about people, groups

Michael P. Gianoni will take over as president and chief executive officer of Blackbaud and join the board of directors as of Jan. 13, 2014. Interim CEO Anthony Boor will continue to serve as chief financial officer and senior vice president, finance and administration.

Phil Southerland launched the Team Type 1 Foundation. In 2014, the foundation will give a years’ supply of 1 million test strips and 900 blood glucose monitors to the country of Rwandan. It will also provide scholarships for collegiate athletes with type 1 diabetes.

The Community Arts Stabilization Trust will support San Francisco’s efforts to provide long-term stability to arts groups in the Central Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods. The trust has received a five-year, $5 million pledge from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and support from the Northern California Community Loan Fund.

Julie Faber was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officers of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Audrey Winkler was named director of the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute of Seton Hall University.

Ellen Merlo was elected as chair and Jay A. Levy as president of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Samuel A. Ball was selected as president and chief executive officer of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse‘s board of directors.

Helene Lotman was named executive vice president and chief talent officer of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

Oscar de la Renta will receive the seventh Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence.

WriteGirl, a Los Angeles after-school arts program, will be one of 12 groups to receive the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

The OneDollarGlasses project won the Enactus World Cup of Nonprofit Organizations. Students at Technische Universität München developed glasses that it takes less than $1 to produce and trained opticians in Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Bolivia to make the glasses.

Dzachuka’s Smile, a documentary about dental work performed by Smile Train in China, received the Gold Panda Award for Best Documentary in Society for Asian Production at the 2013 Sichuan TV Festival.

Tom Voss and Lelia Farr were honored by Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis as the 2014 Man and Woman of the Year.

Starting in February 2014, Abila, a software provider for nonprofits, will select a monthly winner of the Abila Advocate of Distinction Award, who will receive $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Nominations open in December.

The Foundation Center launched a new version of glasspockets.org, which encourages greater foundation transparency.

Raffa, P.C. launched the online Raffa Nonprofit Fraud Prevention Institute and Resource Center to help nonprofits effectively manage risk and prevent and detect fraud. 

GuideStar and Nonprofit Finance Fund launched version 2.0 of Financial SCAN (Situation and Comparables Analysis), an online service that provides comprehensive analysis of U.S. nonprofits’ financial health.

News about opportunities, initiatives 

KPMG LLP‘s Reading Relay will give 130,000 new books to children in cities across the country through Dec. 13. PGA Tour champion Phil donated 15,000 books. 

Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood employees volunteered with five charities, while as part of Operation School Bell, 250 homeless elementary school children were treated to a day at the theme park and clothing donations. 

The inaugural Live 4 The Give Holiday Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 2 will benefit Youth, I.N.C., The Compound Foundation and Win. For tickets, click here

Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Coca-Cola donated more than $2.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to relief efforts.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians gave $1 million and Wells Fargo $250,000 to the American Red Cross and International Medical Corps.

United Health Foundation gave $750,000 to Project Hope.

Chevron donated $1.5 million; Walmart $1 million; Jeffries $250,000; Walgreens $100,000; New York Life $75,000; CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Travelers, Khol’s, Dollar General, Pepco Holdings, The Moody’s Foundation and Assurant Foundation $50,000 each; and 99designsmatching gift up to $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

Target gave $100,000 to Save the Children.

Panda Express will match all donations made at its locations.

MoneyGram donated $50,00 to Doctors Without Borders.

The Carlson Family Foundation gave $10,000 each to the International Rescue Committee and Red Cross.

The Red Cross is selling a t-shirt to support relief efforts.

Project HOPE and AmeriCares each sent volunteers and more than $1 million of medicine and medical supplies and equipment.

Projects Abroad seeks volunteers for recovery efforts focusing on schools and child care centers.

Feed the Children is feeding 3,000 people daily in five provinces.

textPlus and Sprint are allowing free calls and texts to the Philippines.

Instruments of Mercy offered to refurbish medical devices volunteers take to the Philippines.

Skechers and Soles 4 Souls will give 213,000 pairs of new children’s shoes.

Eton Corporation gave $140,000 worth of emergency products and safety radios to Project PEARLS.

Lumber Liquidators donated tents and other aid through ShelterBox USA.

MIOX Corporation provided seven clean-water generators through Operation Blessing International.

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