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2.27.17 US Nonprofit News

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News about grants, gifts

The National Philanthropic Trust in 2016 made 27,760 donor-recommended grants whose total was valued up to $593 million.

WHRO Public Media received a $3 million gift from Hampton Roads leader Jane Batten in order to launch an environmental education initiative for students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade.

Bodega Catena Zapata donated auction lots which raised more than $80,000 to the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend

Minimizer donated $20,000 to the Wyakin Foundation to help wounded veterans. 

Earlier this month, Google.org and Gavi partnered to help Nexleaf strengthen vaccine cold chain systems in low-income countries. Google.org’s $2 million contribution will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s funding to the Gavi Matching Fund.

TRI Pointe will continue to be national sponsor of HomeAid America’s non-profit Corporate Partnership program.

The CH2M Foundation is investing more than $1 million in its strategic partnerships to work for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as the building of sustainable communities.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital received more than $18.2 million from Best Buy customers and employees during the holiday season. 

Check City customers and local residents raised up to $5,525 in cash for the Utah Food Bank. Check City matched the donations and donated $11,050 to the food bank. 

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation made book donations at children’s hospitals, elementary schools, and community organizations across the nation to recognize National Random Acts of Kindness Day. 

News about people, groups

Blackbaud, Inc. released its annual Charitable Giving Report, featuring nonprofit fundraising performance in 2016. The report analyzes trends from more than $23 billion in fundraising revenue from 2016 and provides insights from industry experts to help inform fundraising strategies.

Citizen Schools with support from Dell is expanding its opportunities for applied science apprenticeships for middle school students across the nation.

Foundation Source named Scott Rose as Managing Director of the Central Region. 

Maternity Care Coalition honored the W.K Kellogg Foundation with the “Spirit of Motherhood” award on February 25th in Philadelphia. 

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Valerie Curtis-Newton

Artist Trust named Valerie Curtis-Newton and Sheila Klein the 2017 Arts Innovator Award recipients. Both are announced to receive $25,000 in funds as well.

R2integrated is working with the American Cancer Society to rebuild and launch the website cancer.org

The American Cancer Society honored Jay Kalisky and Martin Shenkman with the National Professional Advisor of the Year Award. 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation is honoring Alex Gorsky with the ROBIE Achievement in Industry Award and Claire Smith with the ROBIE Pioneer Award.

 The Elton John AIDS Foundation introduced Open Road and Survival Pictures new film, “The Promise” at its 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood on February 26th. 
 
The board of directors of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse elected James G. Niven and Joseph J. Plumeri to be co-chairs. 
 
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation have selected Jim Hnat, Dane Nichols, and Phil Stephenson as three new members of the Board of Trustees. 
 
Three hundred and twenty students from 45 countries and 27 U.S states and territories are attending the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy this year from February 25th to March 10th at the U.S Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 
 
PetSmart and NBC TODAY collaborated to start the “Adopt a Pet Today” segment on TODAY’s Puppy with a Purpose series. 
 
Third Federal started a new assistance fund named the Rhonda’s Kiss Associate Fund for its associates and their families in times of crisis.
 
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust selected Katherine Cecala, JoAnne Chiarello, Leah Fregulia, and Amy Schwabenlender for its 16th class of Piper Fellows. 
 
Jeff Peterson, the President of the Peterson Family Foundation, was awarded the 2017 WRAMTA Advocacy Award for the foundation’s work for music therapy at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
 
Debbie C. Thurmond was named the Ruth B. and Robert K. Lanman Chair in Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California.
 
News about opportunities, initiative 
 
Action for Healthy Kids is giving $1.64 million in grants to schools that apply and seek to promote healthy school environments for children. 
 
Fire Department Coffee will donate 10% of all proceeds from February 15th to March 15th to the Paddy Brown Program to help veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
 
AiP’s Conference on Philanthropy 2017 will be held in Cosa Mesa, California on April 19th-April 21st.
 
Dr. Sharada Sarnaik and Dr. Ashok Sarnaik launched the Sarnaik Challenge aimed at raising $200,000 to create the Sarnaik Endowment Fund for the HIGH program at Wayne State University.
 
American Academy in Rome is having a discussion on landscape architecture and urban design on March 2nd in New York City. 
 
Bonnaroo Works Fund is accepting grant applications until April 8th from organizations who promote the arts, education, and the environment. 
 
In Defense of Animals is having a one-of-a-kind retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Florida from April 1st-April 2nd. 
 
The Log & Timber Home Show is offering free admission at its show in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on March 24th-25th for those affected by the wildfires in Tennessee
 
The Amma Center of New Mexico’s annual Bollywood Club Invasion fundraiser will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 18th. 
 
Drink Local. Drink Tapis hosting the 4th annual 4 Miles 4 Water run in Cleveland on May 6th. 
 
Applications for the 2017 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, are open until March 24th. 

Arise Virtual Solutions will welcome home the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment of the Florida National Guard upon the latter’s return. 
 
 
Chime is donating to the ACLU $25 plus 10% of every order done when every new family books a sitter with Chime.
 
The Impact Capitalism Summit presented by Big Path Capital will be held on April 25th-26th in Chicago. 
 
The annual Justice First! Luncheon will be held on May 17th in Washington, D.C.
 
The Michelson Found Animals Foundation has opened up registration for the fourth annual Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge.

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