12.5.16 US Nonprofit News

Toys for Tots Donation (PRNewsFoto/SimplyFun, LLC)

News about grants, gifts

SimplyFun, LLC. will be supporting the Marine Toys for Tots foundation with a $100,000 product donation and My Stuff Bags Foundation with a $25,000 product donation this holiday season.

Photo Credit Justin Clifton - Copyright Hewlett Foundation
Photo Credit Justin Clifton – Copyright Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation marked the organization’s 50th anniversary by granting $50 million to Resources Legacy Fund, to establish a new program, the Open Rivers Fund.

The University of Iowa received a $45 million grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust that will allow for the creation of a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary neuroscience center within the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

On #GivingTuesday, Radisson donated invited social media users to share photos of their plates of food, donating $1 for every photo shared benefiting Feeding America and The Global FoodBank Network.

The Chanda Plan Foundation received a major in-kind donation from E & J Cabinets and Marble Tec Fabrication that will assist with the construction of its Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The two companies will work together to provide the materials and installation for the new facility’s front desk reception area.

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation granted $1.75 million in 2016 for Lyme research and education.

On #GivingTuesday, Miracle Flights held a $6,000 match campaign benefiting sick children in desperate need of out-of-state medical care.

Renovation Angel donated $100,000 to FOCUS North America to support their work with underserviced communities nationwide.

News about people, groups

12-5-16-habitat-humanitariansOn Giving Tuesday, Habitat for Humanity launched Habitat Humanitarians to recognize the invaluable contributions of its high-profile volunteers who serve as mission champions, advocates and spokespeople to raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable shelter in the U.S. and around the world. The inaugural Habitat Humanitarians are former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.

Sightsavers has been named as one of seven “top charities” by charity evaluator GiveWell for its work on treating children for parasitic infections.

Operation: Heal Our Heroes hosted its 3rd Annual Call To Arms Gala on Friday, December 2nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion West in New York City.

12-5-16-lighthouse-guildLighthouse Guild held its annual LightYears Gala on Monday, November 21, at Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan.

In 2015, 87 contraceptive social marketing programs in 59 countries delivered 68 million couple years of contraceptive protection to couples, women and girls around the world, according to the 2015 Contraceptive Social Marketing Statistics just published by DKT International

GAF renewed its national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The company will continue to donate roofing materials to Habitat for Humanity builds across the U.S. and Canada where GAF factory-certified contractors volunteer their roofing installation services. GAF, along with their volunteers, contributed to nearly 280 Habitat for Humanity homes as part of the 2015-2016 partnership.

Gifts That Matter Most, a new national survey by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans (90%) say they believe the true meaning of the holidays is to help others and 87% say they wish they could do more to help others in need. Eight in ten (82%) adults feel the spirit of the holidays has become lost in the commercialization.

pfc Social Impact Advisors, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network and the BUILD Initiative, released Six Recipes for a Better World, a series of case studies that illustrate best practices by early childhood education providers to improve access to healthy foods for children living in poverty.

News about opportunities, initiatives

12-5-16-joy-maker-challengeFrom Nov. 21 through Dec. 23, generationOn and Hasbro are teaming up for their 7th annual Joy Maker Challenge. For each child who participates, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots – up to $1 million worth.

Applications are now open for the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ 2017 Core Grants.

The American Academy in Rome is accepting applications for their 2017 Summer Programs through February 1, 2017.

Environics Communications will donate $20K of pro-bono communications work in honor of #GivingTuesday, to be split evenly between two Washington-area nonprofits. All Washington, DC nonprofits are invited to apply by December 14 for consideration. Selected non-profits will be announced on December 25, with work beginning on January 3rd.

The BUILD Health Challenge has expanded with the addition of 5 new funders. Together, all 10 funding partners will collaborate and award at least 17 community-led grants across the country. Applications are now open.

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