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2.8.16 US Nonprofit News

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News about grants, gifts

Nerium International and its Nerium Ripple Foundation is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s largest corporate donor in the nation, raising $1.3 million in fundraising support in 2015.

2.8 Partners in Association revised The employees of Partners in Association Management made a $1,000 donation to the Leon County Humane Society and a $1,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
With the upcoming World Cancer Day on February 4th, Cox Enterprises announced a $200,000 donation to be shared equally by Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Movember Foundation.
 
$11.1 million was raised for the Naples Children and Education Foundation Early Learning Initiative at the Naples Winter Wine Festival during the event’s live auction.  
 
The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has chosen The Covenant Foundation for the Pastoral Education at JTS, as well as several Jewish organizations led by JTS-trained personnel, to be among its Signature Grant recipients. Additional organizations with JTS-trained leaders will be recipients of Ignition Grants.
 
 Leonard D. Schaeffer, a trustee of both Brookings and the University of Southern California, has provided a gift of $4 million to establish the Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, a partnership between the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at USC
 
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has awarded more than $56 million through more than 3,700 grants to nonprofit organizations during 2015. Grants made at the end of the quarter include Ann Arbor Art Association, Boy Scouts of America, Detroit Historical Society, Lions Hearing Center of Michigan, and more. 
 

News about people, groups

2.8 new barrow revisedMore than $4 million was raised for the Barrow Neurological Foundation at the 2016 Barrow Grand Ball, hosted on January 16th at the Arizona Biltmore.

During VWR’s 2016 American Sales Conference, the VWR Foundation celebrated the Company’s sales team by making charitable contributions in their honor. The Foundation will be donating a total of $100,000 across five organizations.

2.8 hudson river park originalThe Friends of Hudson River Park Playground Committee announced Friends of Hudson River Park’s capital campaign to raise crucial funds to redesign and renovate Hudson River Park’s Chelsea Waterside Play Area during its sold-out inaugural Luncheon event, which raised $167,846 for Hudson River Park, on January 29th.

2.8.16 Ruth ShackThe 2016 Cultural Champion Award will honor the pioneering national leader in foundations, philanthropy and the arts: Ruth Shack. The award ceremony and reception will be presented by Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust on February 9th.

Moira Mumma, long-time advocate for social change in Chester County, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ (CCFWG) Kitchen Table Award. She will be honored at the CCFWG Making a Difference Luncheon at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern on May 6th.

The Alaska Community Foundation has opened applications for nonprofits to participate in the 2017 Pick.Click.Give. campaign to help Alaskan nonprofits make a greater connection with their community. Applications are accepted online and must be submitted annually.

 The 2nd Annual Community Challah Bake will be held on February 9th as part of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ‘s End Hunger Campaign.  

2.8.16 Aimee ArgelAimee L. Argel has joined the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as associate vice president, development. She was formerly the director of development for the University of Michigan Health System.

The Eisner Foundation will honor two organizations, Generations United of Washington, D.C., and L.A. Kitchen of Los Angeles, California, with The Eisner Prizes for Intergenerational Excellence. The Prizes are $100,000 cash gifts that recognize an individual or a non-profit organization for efforts to unite multiple generations and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities.

News about opportunities, initiatives

This spring, the mental health of college students of color will receive expanded focus in a national research fellowship program, Active Minds, Inc. and the Steve Fund – two leading mental health organizations.

On February 9th, at Jewel-Osco, a Supermarket Sweep’ style competition will be held between teams of sports anchors and media personalities who will collect packaged goods and kitchen products for families at all five Ronald McDonald Houses located in the Chicagoland area. 

Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco is holding an opening reception on Thursday, February 4th for its second solo exhibition in the Gordon Parks: Higher Ground exhibition, which will commemorate his photo essays on the Civil Rights Movement.

The HealthWell Foundation launched a new fund to assist patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $1,500 in copayment assistance for diabetic foot ulcer treatments to eligible patients.
 
The Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is now accepting applications for its two-month leadership development program. 

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