12.05.13: U.S. Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

The Rees-Jones Foundation pledged $18.9 million to build the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

The Daniels Fund awarded $6.7 million in grants to organizations in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah to support education and services for seniors, the disabled and the homeless. For details, click here.

Chevron donated $5 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, bringing its total commitment to $60 million.

Give Miami Day, a 24-hour, Kimbia-powered online giving event organized by the Miami Foundation, raised $3.26 million for 400 nonprofits.

Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America and the Portland Housing Center partnered to create the $5.15 million Portland NeighborhoodLIFT program to help moderate-income residents purchase a home.

Citi Foundation and Low Income Investment Fund launched the Partners in Progress initiative, giving $3.25 million to 13 organizations working to increase economic progress in low-income communities. For details, click here.

Exxon Mobil pledged $3.1 million to the PNG LNG Project, organized by Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality rates in Papua New Guinea.

Dell has given nearly $2.4 million to 26 organizations through its Powering the Possible for Communities Youth Learning Initiative, which aims to close the learning gap about underserved youth.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies have committed to making $1.9 million in grants to community advice offices in South Africa over the next three years.

American Express will donate up to $1 million to No Kid Hungry based on purchases by its customers.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation pledged a two-year, $172,800 grant to fund the March of Dimes‘ CenteringPregnancy prenatal care program and Prematurity Awareness Month campaign in November.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation awarded $152,500 to 17 organizations that promote youth development and an active lifestyle in 12 states. For details, click here.

Tucson Electric Power gave $100,000 to 15 nonprofits that improve the health and well-being of at-risk children, families and seniors. For details, click here.

Unilever launched the Unilever Project Sunlight to encourage sustainable living. The project will provides meals for 1 million children through the World Food Programme, clean drinking water for 500,000 children through Save The Children and hand-washing facilities for 3,500 schools in India through the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California awarded $238,000 in grants to 21 nonprofits providing HIV/AIDS prevention and care. For details, click here.

CrowdRise’s 3rd annual Holiday Charity Challenge offers $200,000 in prize money for charities. The crowdsourced campaign runs through Jan. 9.

Books-A-Million collected $106,256 from customers to support Salvation Army units in 33 states and Washington, D.C.

City National Bank will donate up to $75,000 to Barnes & Noble’s book drive for schools in California, Nevada, New York, Tennessee and Georgia.

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust awarded $1,000 grants to 25 organizations as part of Giving Tuesday. For details, chick here.

News about people, groups

Heather Nesle was selected as president of the New York Life Foundation and a vice president of New York Life.

Michael Ashline was appointed as chief financial officer of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jamie Bennett was named executive director of ArtPlace America.

Carlos F. Cata joined the national board of directors of Make-A-Wish America.

Foundation for the National Archives presented Steven Spielberg with the 2013 Records of Achievement Award for his work on historical films and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.

Youth Leadership Foundation honored John Veihmeyer with its annual Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes volunteer leaders in the Washington, D.C., particularly in youth education.

Jocelyn Downie was elected chair and Tracy Palandjian a member of the Surdna Foundation‘s board of trustees.

Justin Grill and Tim Bousman were named to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation‘s board of directors.

M. Lorena Gonzalez and Hyeok Kim were elected to the Northwest Area Foundation‘s board of directors.

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein was named executive director of the 14th Street Y.

Christina Strassfield joined the board of directors of the Vilcek Foundation.

Evanston Community Foundation hired Gwen Jesseen as vice president for philanthropy, Artishia Hunter as director of the Evanston Two-Generation Initiative and Julie Villagomez as administrative associate. Amy Monday was promoted to development officer.

Gregg Davis was appointed chief executive director of Telosa Software.

Blackbaud launched Business Doing Good, a free, practical resource to help small to mid-sized businesses create give-back programs.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation launched a redesigned website to better help visitors find services and information.

AmeriCares celebrated the 10th anniversary of its family clinic in Santiago de Maria, El Salvador, which has served more than 380,000 patient visits and offered health education programs to 45,000 annually.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Nearly 15,000 Mondelez International employees donated 26,000 hours of service in 80 countries for environment-related projects.

In the 12 Days of Play, Mattel employees will hold fun, holiday-themed events with more than 100,000 children in 30 countries.

The iHeartRadio Jingle Bell 2013 Tour, which goes to 12 cities in December, will benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which supports pediatric hospitals. For tickets, click here.

The National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball Association, Africare and ExxonMobil launched Power Forward, which will use basketball to develop the health, leadership and life skills of youth in Nigeria.

The National 4-H Council will hold a series of educational summits to engage youth in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and healthy living. The series takes place in Chevy Chase, MD, in early 2014. For registration and sponsorship information, click here.

Sales of ink and toner cartridges from MonksInk.com benefit the Benedictine St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, Calif.

Response to Illinois tornadoes

Greehey Family Foundation and NuStar Foundation donated $300,000 to the American Red Cross, while JPMorgan Chase, Exxon Mobil and Archer Daniels Midland Company each gave $100,000, and the Assurant Foundation $50,000.

Matthew 25: Ministries sent a team to Washington, Ill., to distribute basic relief supplies.

Target donated $45,000 to the American Red Cross and $5,000 in gift cards to local nonprofits.

The American Legion offered up to $1,500 in emergency assistance to members and their families in counties affected by the tornadoes.

Response to Typhoon Haiyan

FedEx, Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International delivered more than $10 million worth of relief aid and 200,000 each of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.

ChildFund International created child-center spaces and provided critical food and other supplies to six cities.

Prudential Financial gave $250,000, split between UNICEF, International Rescue Committee and World Vision.

Zyelm Watermark donated $150,000 to Mercy Corps.

The Hartford committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Diane Jenkins, with Drink Neuro, donated $100,000 to The mGive Foundation to support the World Food Programme.

PVH Corp. donated $100,000 each to Save The Children and the Philippine Red Cross and made in-kind donations of clothing to selected organizations.

Kyocera donated $100,000 to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Faulkner-Ciocca Dealerships gave $20,000 to the American Red Cross.

Lifeway Foods gave $20,000 to the World Food Programme.

Physicians and nurses from Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital went to provide emergency medical and mental health care.

John Wiley & Sons has granted free access to medical literature to practitioners caring for those affected by the typhoon.

Jamba Juice offered to match up to $25,000 in donations to the American Red Cross.

Teleflex donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

DynCorp International gave $10,000 to the U.S.-Philippines Society.

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