2.23.15 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced an initial five-year, $75 million investment that seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Follow the link for more information.

A $2 million gift from University of Colorado alumnus and Saudi Arabian businessman Zuhair Fayez will enable the expansion and extension of an innovative exchange program that builds cultural understanding among graduate architecture students from the University of Colorado Denver and Dar Al-Hekma University, a women’s college in Saudi Arabia.

Following the exciting announcement of a $60 million dollar pledge from the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to Miami Children’s Health Foundation, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus,  will also serve as the Chairs of the Together For the Children Campaign which has a goal to fundraise $150 million dollars through 2017. 

Danville Regional Foundation (DRF)  announced that God’s Storehouse has received the 2015 B.R. Ashby, M.D. Award for Outstanding Community Service. This award, in the amount of a $50,000 general operating grant, honors outstanding community service in the region by a nonprofit organization based on success in helping needy families and individuals overcome significant challenges.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) announced its first round of honorees for the 18th Annual NHMC Impact Awards Gala, which was held on Friday, February 20.The NHMC Impact Awards Gala recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions to positive portrayals of Latinos in media. For more information on NHMC follow the link

Bankers Healthcare Group, a provider of financing solutions for healthcare professionals, recently donated more than 150 pieces of furniture valued at $35,000 to Food for the Poor, an international relief and development organization based in Broward County, South Florida.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) was gifted $250,000 from Disney, together with Disney ABC Television Group and 6abc.

A portion of opening day sales from Luby’s and Fuddruckers in Jackson, MS will benefit the American Cancer Society, kicking off a relationship with the organization that will continue to build momentum over the following months with initiatives leading up to the 30th anniversary of Relay for Life, an international fundraising and awareness movement.

Cognizant has announced it is awarding 34 grants to after-school, in-school, and summer programs at 54 sites across the U.S. through its ‘Making the Future’ education initiative.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research has announced that Pepsi Bottling Ventures has raised nearly $50,000 for cancer research. For more, click here.

Lilly Endowment Inc. announced Wednesday Feb. 18 a $40 million grant to support five transformational projects in the colleges of Engineering and Technology as well as Purdue Libraries

News about people, groups

The Bowery Mission, which has provided essential services and second chances to New York City’s most vulnerable for more than 135 years, today announced that David P. Jones,will become its new president and CEO. Click here.

Young People’s Chorus in NYC will hold its annual gala on March 2 and move to its new location soon after. Follow the link to learn more about helping.

the John A. Hartford Foundation today announced that Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, University Distinguished Professor and Dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, will become its new President.

Marty Martin, JD MPA, principal for the Martin Law Firm in Raleigh, NC participated in a roundtable discussion titled “China’s First Charity Law and U.S. Best Practices on Philanthropy.” The discussion took place on February 22, to learn more, click here.

Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, has named Starlight Children’s Foundation® its U.S. and Canadian charity partner.

Ricky Smith, best known for the Random Acts of Kindness NOW movement (www.RAKEnow.org) traveled by car to 30 cities in 30 days doing Random Acts of Kindness.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas will induct three laureates at the 2015 JA Hall of Achievement presented by RBC Capital Markets. The induction ceremony will be held on March 26, 2015 at the Hilton Americas – Downtown. For more, click here.

The World CSR Congress is pleased to announce that SC Johnson is the recipient of their Corporate Affairs Leadership Award. Awardees were chosen by the World CSR Congress Jury and Council of Board Members.

Phyllis Copeland, long-time champion of multiple Chester County agencies, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ Kitchen Table Award. For more on the Chester County agencies and Fund for Women and Girl’s Kitchen Table Award, visit www.ccfwg.org.

The Aspen Institute has announced its 2015 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship mobilizes a new breed of leaders, all under the age of 45, to tackle the world’s most intractable problems.

Cory Bytof, Volunteer & Sustainability Program Coordinator with the City of San Rafael, is being honored for his collaborative work advancing climate mitigation strategies and building healthier, more resilient communities. Visit www.thesel.org for more information.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has expanded its partnership with the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Partner to to provide scholarships to doctoral nursing candidates focused on the “invisible wounds of war” – traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), military sexual trauma and intimacy after injury (MST), among others.

Join Grantmakers for Southern Progress, the Neighborhood Funders Group, Blackbelt Community Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the National Voting Rights Museum Foundation, and Alabama Giving for a Selma Funder Delegation to the 50th Anniversary Voting Rights Act & Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, AL March 6-8.

Local brewmasters and Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery kicked off the 24th annual Fire Chief Ale fundraising promotion to benefit fire departments and related charities in the communities it serves across the country. Now through March 15, 25 cents from every pint of Fire Chief Ale sold will go directly to support the initiative.

On Wednesday, March 4th, Green 2.0, in collaboration with New America Media, will convene a media and stakeholder briefing on the steps mainstream environmental organizations can take to increase diversity at the highest levels of their organizations. Green 2.0’s partnership with GuideStar and D5 is a first-of-its-kind effort to collect and make diversity data from NGOs and foundations transparent in a standardized way.

On Saturday evening, March 7th, Artist Trust will host its annual gala art auction, showcasing the donated work of more than 145 Washington State artists. All proceeds benefit Artist Trust’s programs to support the artists of Washington State. For more information, please visit artisttrustauction.org.

“Our children’s futures should not be dictated by their zip code,” says Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound Dorchester.  College Bound Dorchester is a nonprofit organization which uses education to end systemic, generational urban poverty. To learn more, please click here.

Philanthropist Leon Logothetis announced the launch of his foundation, the Human Interaction Project (HIP) at The Giving Back Fund. The Human Interaction Project will educate others through real life, hands-on experiences that impact change on an individual and global level. To learn more, visit www.HumanInteractionProject.org.

Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease, is staging 28 Shatterproof Challenge rappelling events across the country to draw attention to the national epidemic of drug and alcohol addiction.

THON Weekend 2015 is a 46-hour dance marathon that takes place every year on Penn State’s campus. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, uniting more than 15,000 student volunteers in the fight against childhood cancer. Visit http://www.thon.org/About for more details.

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