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5.29.17 US Nonprofit News

Phillip Frost, Patricia Frost, Dennis Scholl, Debra Scholl, Jordana Pomeroy, & Daniel Perron

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News about grants, gifts

More than 500 New York City young professionals and philanthropists came together to raise over $240,000 at the annual Rising Leaders Council New York Cares Soirée to support volunteer endeavors the city.

With a donation of $20.5 million and three new Global Programs the H&M Foundation makes a new strong commitment to long-lasting improvements in education, clean water, and women’s economic empowerment.

University of Southern California Trustee and alumna Shelly Nemirovsky ’85 and her husband, Ofer, have made a gift of $15 million to endow and name a residential college at USC Village.

Niagara University received a gift from the estate of the late Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko. The gift, which will exceed $4.1 million, will be used for several university projects and initiatives. 

News about people, groups

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) has added two additions to senior management to support impact growth and global operations: Peggy Shriver has been named Chief Development Officer (CDO) and Larry Shepherd has been named as the organization’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Angela Cox will join Rasmuson Foundation as Vice President of External Affairs on June 5.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU honored Dennis Scholl, cultural champion and philanthropist, with the 2017 Art Transforms Award. 

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) launched its new brand campaign “We Are,” while announcing 2016 achievements at the close of its fiscal year at their annual meeting and leadership conference. In 2016, NCL remained an outreach partner to more than 3,000 philanthropies nationwide, contributing more than one million collective hours of volunteer service.

Joyce and Bill Cummings were inducted into Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Academy of Distinguished Bostonians on May 8th.

Executive Coach Karen Carmody, President of Chrysalis Coaching & Consulting, provided pro bono coaching to the staff at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston in honor of International Coaching Week.

Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District announced the 2017 summer hiking schedule with added trails, more peaks, and even more fun and learning on public lands.

The American Alliance of Museums released a new report, Museum Board Leadership 2017, which grades boards on a wide variety of policies, practices, and performance. The survey was conducted in partnership with BoardSource and Northern Trust.

Five orchestra musicians will receive Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service from the League of American Orchestras for their important work in hospitals, correctional facilities, schools, museums, and more.

The Ceres Conference convened more than 600 investor and company leaders and sustainability advocates for two days of discussion, inspiration, and collaboration to tackle climate change, food and water scarcity, clean energy, and human rights.

Rodman & Associates announced that in April, Joy Selak, Ph.D., joined the team to help individuals, families and organizations plan their giving in ways that are strategic and impactful.

Three high school graduates from Delaware – Christie Little of Harrington, Alex Russo of Wilmington, and Samantha Steeman of Bear – are winners of the I Could Do Great Things Foundation’s 2017 Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship. Each will receive $2,500. Additionally, seven applicants who have committed to attend the University of Delaware in the fall will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has appointed Lynn B. Bayard to its Board of Directors. Bayard is currently a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. 

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with leading global innovation firm NineSigma, launched the Circular Materials Challenge to make all plastic packaging recyclable. Solution providers are competing for up to $1 million in grants to be shared equally by up to five winners. Winners of the challenge will also have access to The New Plastics Economy Innovation Accelerator, a 12-month program offering exclusive connections with industry experts, commercial guidance, feedback on user and scalability requirements, advice on performance expectations, and entry to innovation labs for testing and development.

On June 6, The Gordon Parks Foundation will host its Annual Awards Dinner and Auction celebrating Parks’ rich legacy and honoring those that continue to make an impact in the performing and visual arts and humanitarianism.

The Sing for Hope Pianos in NYC will celebrate its sixth year with a day-long launch event at Lower Manhattan’s iconic 28 Liberty Plaza on June 5th.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. kicked off its seventh annual Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign last week at participating locations nationwide to run through June 21st.

The Center for Nonprofit Management’s annual 501(c)onference: Creating COMMUNITY Out of Chaos will take place June 13 & 14, 2017 in Los Angeles.

The League of American Orchestras‘ 2017 National Conference will take place in Detroit, June 6-8. The conference will focus on the ways forward for orchestras in an uncertain public policy landscape.


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