7.5.16 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

JPMorgan Chase & Co. donated $175,000 to support Baltimore YouthWorks summer youth employment. With the grant, 8,000 Baltimore young people between the ages of 14-21 seeking summer jobs will work this summer. 

Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation awarded 50 college scholarships for the 2016/2017 academic year to residents of properties owned and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC. Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of demonstrated leadership qualities and a drive toward bettering their community.

The Rite Aid Foundation donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help the victims, families and communities affected by recent flooding. 

6.27.16 AmeriCares_revisedAmeriCares is sending medicine, first aid supplies and safe drinking water for families affected by the flooding in West Virginia. 

UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are taking action to help those in West Virginia and Virginia affected by the recent flooding. This includes assisting health plan participants or access to early prescription refills, and a free emotional-support line to help people in affected communities.

The Walmart Foundation will provide support through cash and in-kind donations of $250,000 to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by the floods in West Virginia.

EQT made a $50,000 donation to the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Mountain Valley Pipeline is making an additional $25,000 contribution.

Blackbaud made a $1 million donation to the International African American Museum to be built on Charleston, SC’s Gadsden’s Wharf. Virtual or in-person visitors to the museum will be able to trace their family origins, research their ancestry and record their own stories.

The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology was selected as one of Cummings Foundation‘s $100k for 100 program, supporting nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts.

New York Life donated $100,000 to provide assistance to those affected by the Orlando shooting. $50,000 was donated to the OneOrlando Fund and $50,000 was donated to the LGBT center of Orlando, both organizations are providing support and services to first responders, victims and the Orlando community.

PPG Foundation is sponsoring more than $290,000 in undergraduate college scholarships for U.S. students through National Merit Scholarship Corp. in 2016, including 43 new four-year scholarships.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation donated $2.6 million to 61 organizations to support land and water conservation, energy efficiency and broad-based citizen participation in communities where Wells Fargo customers and team members live and work.

EnCorps STEM Teachers Program received funding from the Qualcomm Foundation over four academic and fiscal years.

6.27.16 ALS.net_revisedALS.net celebrated celebrity art auction Art for ALS  in conjunction with organization Artists Lend Support. More than 55 artists and celebrities donated works for this silent auction that raised over $100,000 for ALS.net and the ALS Therapy Development Institute

Matthew 25: Ministries sent 12,000 pounds of basic relief supplies such as personal care kits, cleaning supplies and paper products, as well as more than 90,000 bottles of water to support the severe flooding in West Virginia.

UnitedHealthcare awarded $25,000 grants to three Nebraska Federally Qualified Health Centers to support efforts that improve coordination of physical and behavioral health care services. 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo awarded their 2016 CommunityWINS grants totaling $600,000. The grant recipients Mayors Charlie Hales of Portland, Ore.; Setti Warren of Newton, Mass.; and Steve Williams of Huntington, W. Va. were recognized with top honors on behalf of nonprofits in their cities. 

VEDC loaned $2.26 million to 24 African American-owned small businesses in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York through a new National African American Small Business Loan Fund.

The Amaranth Diabetes Foundation has reached $15 million in total contributions since 1979 to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation.

Wendy’s launched the #Share4Adoption campaign in which they will donate up to $500,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

The MAXIMUS Foundation distributed approximately $460,000 in grants to 147 nonprofit organizations in 25 states as part of its Spring 2016 grant cycle.

6.30.16 Carl Budding & Company_RevisedCarl Buddig & Company is awarding Redwood Empire Food Bank and Amy Meiers, a local Santa Rosa resident, $10,000 each as part of the company’s first national “Make It Delish Recipe Contest.”

Southeastern Grocers donated all profits generated at its grocery stores on Monday, July 4, in support of veterans and service members. This year Southeastern Grocers has partnered with Hope For The Warriors

Bob Evans Farms is donating $200,000 in addition to thousands of meals to support the Gary Sinise Foudation‘s Serving Heroes program. 

Sonic Drive-In kicked-off the inaugural #ThanksTeach campaign in partnership with Julianne Hough during Teacher Appreciation Month to fund up to $1 million in essential learning and innovative teaching resources requested by teachers. 

Buffalo Wild Wings donated more than $730,000 as part of its annual Community Day fundraiser that supports local Boys & Girls Clubs through the Team Up for Kids

Henry Schein joined Northwell Health to dedicate the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program, an initiative designed to help young patients avoid oral health-related complications during cancer treatment. The program is based at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

United Health Foundation donated $300,000 to help Partnership for Strong Communities expand the Opening Doors-CT Hospital Initiative, coordinating a network of Community Care Teams in five additional Connecticut hospitals by the end of 2017.

Intero Foundation donated $32,000 to local nonprofits that support low-income and disadvantaged youth.

The North Face Explore Fund awarded $500,000 to nonprofits connecting people to the outdoors as part of the 2016 Explore Fund grant-giving program. 

TCF Bank donated nearly $20,000 to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain to support local students through entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness.

The Standard Charitable Foundation issued four grants totaling $85,000 to nonprofits in Portland, Oregon. The recipients are: Open School East, Tucker Maxon School, Minds Matter and QUAD, Inc.

NRG Energy named the winners of its sixth-annual Howard E. Cosgrove Academic Scholarship. Since its inception in 2011, twenty five students have been awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. 

Walton Family Foundation invested $250 million in a new program to allow an additional 250,000 children to attend charter school over the next 10 years.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation will launch a $125 million philanthropic effort involving ten local and national foundations in response to the water crisis in Flint Michigan. 

Ardent Mills raised $126,000 to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies through its seventh annual charity golf tourney, held for the second time in Colorado at the Riverdale Golf Courses in Brighton.

6.30.16 Toyota_revisedNational Veterans Wheelchair Games co-hosts, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America, recognize Toyota as a National Host sponsor of the 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation gifted $1 million to support the Shirley Sadoff Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Research Acceleration Network 2 Grant. The grant will support a large, multi-center phase II clinical trial testing an immunotherapeutic approach in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

In response to the flooding crisis in West Virginia, UniCare Health Plan has launched several support efforts to help its members and residents across the state who have been impacted by recent events.

The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Grant Program will invest $3.3 million in organizations committed to improving the health of the community’s most vulnerable populations in fiscal year 2017.

CurePSP, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on prime of life neurodegenerative diseases, accepted a matching grant challenge of up to $600,000 from the Friedman family to accelerate genetics research.

Fluor Corporation funded 10 community improvement projects from around the world that will each receive $10,000 from Fluor’s $100,000 Global Community Project Fund. 

Toyota granted a $5,000 and a new Corolla to the Boys & Girls Clubs of American National Youth of the Year Whitney Steward. Toyota and the Boys & Girls Clubs also developed a multi-year  partnership in support of the youth leadership program. 

News about people, groups

Google and Black Girls CODE will partner by sharing a office building in New York City. The partnership will allow Google to interact on a daily basis with young women of color who are interested in the tech field. 

7.1.16 Medical Professionals International_Revised

Medical Teams International sent five dental health professionals to Greece to provide urgent dental care to refugees fleeing the violence in Syria.

Cambia Health Solutions will partner again with Medical Teams International for a second consecutive year. In addition providing funding, Cambia will collaborate to make mutual, ongoing investments of employees’ time and talent to change and improve health care and communities.

On June 27th The Foundation for AIDS research recognized National HIV Testing Day. 

GreenDrop has added the American Red Cross to its roster of partner charities.

6.28.16 Special Olympics RevisedSpecial Olympics and WWE have created an international partnership to help create change through sports. The WWE will support Special Olympics’ Play Unified campaign, which fosters friendships, understanding, and inclusive communities among people with and without intellectual disabilities. 

Elizabeth Ripp from Developmental Disabilities Institute received the Direct Support Professional of the Year award from the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State.

The Brennan Center for Justice launched an analysis of secret political spending in The New York Times Sunday Review

GreenDrop has added the American Red Cross to its roster of partner charities. 

6.27.2016 Boys and Girls Club_RevisedThe Poetry Foundation named Willard Bunn III, Chairman of the Board. William previously served as a Managing Director of Colonnade Advisors. 

Girls Health Ed held it’s annual fundraising event on June 30th at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. Girls Health Ed educated girls throughout the US and Kenya about their overall health. 

6.27.16 American Red Cross_revisedAmerican Red Cross is responded to devastating flooding in West Virginia that has rendered hundreds homeless. Crews from the Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross traveled to West Virginia over the weekend and are helping those affected by the storm.

The Challenged Athletes Foundation named Ken Wheatly as its new CEO. Wheatley previously served as Senior Vice President with Sony Electronics. 

John Kohler, executive fellow and director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, spoke at the Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing on June 28th. 

The Vera Institute of Justice released a brief detailing strategies that can help police, families, and communities respond to misbehaving youth through services and support, rather than arrest and jail.

4Good held a webinar on “The Resilient NPO: 12 Questions for Sustained Change.” The webinar was led by Daniel P. Doucette. 

News Corp launched a fellowship in honor of war correspondent Marie Colvin at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. The fellowship will support a 10-week reporting assignment with The Wall Street Journal for a graduating senior in Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. 

6.27.16 Pew Center_revisedThe Pew Center honored 2016 grantees with a celebration at Christ Church Neighborhood House. This year’s grantees include 12 new Pew Fellows, 36 Project grantees, 5 Advancement grant recipients.  

The Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals launched Military Financial Readiness, a new financial literacy curriculum developed to help service members and veterans become financially stable. 

Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, and Environmental Media Association hosted the  National Park Service Centennial: Give Back Day at Franklin Canyon Park on Saturday, June 11th. 

President Bill Clinton held the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Nearly 1,000 participants came together develop and implement Commitments to Action  to encourage continued economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobility in the United States.

6.27.16 Fisher Foundation_revisedMarjorie S. Fisher, founder of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation in Detroit, Michigan passed away on June 13. While serving as Chair, the Foundation committed more than $70 million in grants across 3 continents. 

Coca-Cola partnered with the Mother Emanuel AME Church and Samaritan’s Feet in hosting the Charleston 9 Inaugural Celebration – a Day of Service and Healing, on June 18, marking the one year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting. 

The Poynter Institute will remake its News University platform with a $758,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. New funding will allow Poynter to build a mobile-friendly platform that is more responsive to the needs of its audiences.

Jennifer Ann’s Group named Drew Crecente the winner of their ninth annual “Life. Love. Game Design Challenge.” The program challenges game designers and developers to create video games designed to prevent teen dating violence. 

Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center launched Foundation Maps for Media Funding, a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

The 3rd Annual Comedy Radiothon for America’s Troops took place on June 30 at the Laugh Factory Hollywood. The event benefiting the Bob Hope USO

Hasbro, Comcast NBCUniversalPacific Gas and Electric CompanyApollo Education Group, UnitedHealth Group, Prudent Financial and Baxter were named among America’s 50 most community-minded companies by the National Conference on Citizenship’s annual Civic 50 list.

6.30.16 JetBlue_RevisedJetBlue’s Soar with Reading program launched with the addition of Detroit to its free book vending machine program.

The National Audubon Society appointed A. Cary Brown and Lili Taylor to its board of directors, Kevin Duffy as vice president of development and Molly Pederson as vice president and executive director of Audubon Minnesota. 

On July 18th, Heroes to Heroes Foundation will host its sixth annual golf classic at the Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester, New York.

Representatives from the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association recently advocated on Capitol Hill for a gun violence study, safe staffing, workforce development funding and access-to-care for veterans.

Iowa Educator Matthew Eddy was recently named to the National FFA Board of Directors.

Markle Foundation sponsored and developed a national study, The Workforce of the Future Survey, which highlights hiring practices and how they have been and will be affected by new models of employment.

7.1.2016 Indianapolis Colts_revisedThe Indianapolis Colts‘ hosted 18 Indiana high-school football programs at an exclusive event focused on student-athlete health and safety. The event was the culmination of the HELMETs sweepstakes, a collaboration between the Indianapolis Colts and UnitedHealthcare to enhance health and safety of young athletes through proper equipment, education and training.

National Park Foundation  will work with local and national organizations and the community to raise the approximately $2 million needed to launch the Stonewall National Monument designated by President Obama. This fundraising effort will be part of the Foundation’s $350 million Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks and the support will provide critical funds for dedicated National Park Service rangers, a temporary ranger station and visitor center, research and materials, exhibits, LGBTQ community outreach, public education, and scholar engagement.

A community of Etsy sellers began giving back through product sales with the new GoCause app. Participating sellers chose a mission or organization to support with a portion of their sales. 

7.1.16 Space Foundation_revisedThe Space Foundation has promoted Bryan DeBates to Vice President – Education, from his previous position as Senior Director – Education. DeBates will administer the development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s education programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. 

Toyota Financial Services has been named one of the most community-minded companies in the nation by Points of Light Foundation.

The staff, students, and the entire Grand Valley State University campus community mourn the death of James (Jim) Edwards II, a former executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, who died Monday, June 27. Edwards served as executive director of the Johnson Center from 2011 to 2013

Morgan Stanley will build a playground in Griot Village, Cleveland as part of the Morgan Stanley’s Healthy Cities initiative. 

Nigella Hillgarth, executive director, Birch Aquarium at Scripps

CEO at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Dr. Nigella Hillgarth is celebrating her two year anniversary at the position. Hillgarth’s work includes the opening of the Aquarium’s new Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, a scientific institute focusing on fisheries conservation and aquaculture solutions, marine mammal research and conservation, habitat and ecosystem health, and marine animal health.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America chose Big Brother of the Year, Sabin Lomac, and Big Sister of the Year, Laura Frederick. Lomac and Frederick were honored at the national 2016 Bigs of the Year awards at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference Gala in Orlando, Fl.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America welcomed four new “BIG Champions,” celebrity ambassadors, Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Lavonte David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeToya Luckett, a singer/songwriter and former member of Destiny’s Child, and Eric Hutchinson, singer/songwriter.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The World’s Largest Golf Outing will be held on August 1 across 600 golf courses, country clubs and resorts world wide. To date, the program raised over $3 million for injured service men, women and their families. 

Isaac Bruce Foundation is holding a “Legend of the Dome” event on July 23rd. Isaac Bruce and former St. Louis Rams legends will reunite to compete in a flag football showdown to benefit the Isaac Bruce Foundation.

6.27.16 American Cancer Society_revisedGirls of all ages are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Gritty Chix Mud Run on July 23rd through a 1,500-acre playground in West Virginia’s southern mountains benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and First Descents young adult cancer fighters and survivors.  

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is inviting consumers to decide how to spend a $2 million it will donate to three important causes this summer: health, home and hunger. 

During the Republican National Convention, Cleveland State University and the American Sustainable Business Council will host an interactive forum to explore how sustainability policy can be utilized to meet the goals of conservatism.

TCF National Bank and Simon Says Give will partner on a school supply drive to prepare students in Denver, Colorado and throughout Minnesota for the first day of school. TCF Bank’s 26 branches in the Denver area and 99 branches in Minnesota are collection points July 1-31 for Simon Says Give’s High 5 for Supplies drive.

Cummings Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2017 cycle of the $100K for 100 program, Cummings supports charities that are headquartered in — and provide at least 80 percent of their services in — Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties in eastern Massachusetts.

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