9.8.15 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

The Jewish Museum received a one-year grant of $275,000 from The David Berg Foundation to underwrite Free Saturdays at the Museum and an expanded evaluation and assessment process. The David Berg Foundation grant will allow the Museum to implement an expanded formal evaluation and assessment process beyond the basic information about Free Saturdays’ visitors the Museum routinely tracks. Information derived from the surveys will identify visitation patterns, visitor demographics, and best practices, and will be analyzed to help inform the program’s evolution and expansion.

The Columbus Museum of Art‘s new wing will be named the Margaret M. Walter Wing in recognition of Robert D. and Margaret “Peggy” Walter’s transformational $10 million donation to the Columbus Museum of Art. The Walters’ donation remains the largest gift in the Museum’s history and became the foundation for the Museum’s Art Matters Endowment and Capital Campaign.

AT&T is kick-starting the 2015-2016 school year with $20 million in contributions to education organizations through its AT&T Aspire program. Students and teachers in more than 26 states will benefit from the Aspire program.

Navient Foundation has awarded a $5,600 grant to Community Action for Wyoming County. The organization is dedicated to meeting the needs of the area’s low-income and disadvantaged population.

News about people, groups

Chris Jochnick, CEO and President
Chris Jochnick, CEO and President

Last month, Chris Jochnick joined Landesa as CEO. He has 25 years of experience with human rights and development work and will continue Landesa’s mission of aiding and partnering with sub-Saharan Africa, china, and India.

Tech Diversity — Silicon Valley announced its 40 under 40 class of 2015 from corporate, nonprofit, academic and entrepreneurial sectors. The selection was based on diversity, impact, volunteer and civic engagement to name a few. On September 16th, the honorees will be celebrated with an Awards reception and celebration.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Special Ops Survivors‘ annual charity golf tournament will take place on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Del Mar Country Club. Together with fellow golfers, they will raise funds to help support surviving military spouses of Special Operations military personnel.

The National Association for Nonprofit Professionals (NANPP) has launched a new organization for America’s third largest employment sector.  NANPP offers services to those who, “take care of America’s communities” and seek to network with other employees in the field.

As many reflected on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in August, The Walton Family Foundation and its grantees are developing solutions that help protect communities, economies, and ecosystems along America’s Gulf Coast. Their Gulf restoration work, in conjunction with their grantees, looks to use funds garnered from fines from oil spills to support these projects.

A new website designed to connect volunteers and donors with local nonprofits has recently gone live. You Make The Difference enables community members to easily find the nonprofit that matches their interests and passions.

The 35th annual San Diego Zoo Food, Wine, and Brew Celebration will take place on September 26th and benefit wildlife conservation. Guests who attend can sample culinary delights and beverages from more than 150 San Diego area restaurants, wineries, and breweries and meet exotic wildlife.

The Navient Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to M.O.T. Community Fund, Inc., a local nonprofit serving the Middletown, Odessa and Townsend
area. The grant  supported the 18th annual M.O.T. Big Ball Marathon during Labor Day weekend, a continuous 24-hour softball game event that helps raise money to assist individuals, families in need, charities and other organizations in the area.

Howard Law, P.C., a Southern California  provider of legal services for individual and class action clients,  has confirmed its commitment to support local Southern California non-profit organizations as the company continues to recognize substantial growth. Moving forward through the remainder of 2015 and into 2016, Howard Law, P.C. and its employees have plans to support additional charitable groups such as Miracles For Kids, a non-profit that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

On August 30th, the Safe Outside the System (SOS) Collective hosted the 5th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride at Herbert Von King Park. SOS is an anti-violence program of the Audre Lorde Project led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. Bed-Stuy Pride is part of the ongoing Safe Neighborhood Campaign to build alliances with local businesses and organizations to end hate violence.

Physicians for Social Responsibility will hold two events beginning with the Gala for Peach and Health on September 19th and the Climate Health Summit on September 20th-21st. These events bring together health professionals to learn about the health threats of climate change and how to achieve solutions as well as educate on the consequences of nuclear weapons and health.

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