9.11.17 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

On September 6th, PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program donated nearly 40,000 pounds of pet food to the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Robert Steven “Steve” Hicks, vice chairman of the Board of Regents at The University of Texas System, gifted a total of $25 million to advance The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will provide up to $1 million in direct donations to blood cancer patients who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas will provide $6.7 million in grants and another $275,000 in donations to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Southeast Texas counties designated for assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will award 40 research grants to children’s hospitals across the country, adding $8.5 million in funds to pediatric cancer research.

The George Family Foundation awarded $1,235,000 to 15 organizations out of an annual giving budget of more than $3.8 million in their latest grant round. 

Norwalk Hospital received a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation to support specialized pediatric care services at the Women and Children’s Health Services Pediatric Development & Therapy Center.

The AS&F Foundation awarded $5 million to the Braille Institute of America, Inc. (BIA) to help BIA transform and sustain their Low Vision Program.

Feed Arkansas Kids will be awarded $4,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and BancorpSouth Bank to help provide meals for residents of a home for area homeless women and children, as well as provide financial literacy training and job placement services.

Mars, Inc. pledged $1 billion in investments over the next few years toward climate change, poverty and scarcity of resources, specifically targeting renewable energy, food sourcing, industry coalitions and support for farmers. 

News about people, groups

Hadassah has appointed Rick Kruger, who previously served as Chicago director for Jewish National Fund and Midwest director for Tel Aviv University, as director of development for the Midwest Region.

Senator Susan Collins and Senator Bob Casey will receive Generations United‘s Grandfamilies Champion Award during the organization’s 2017 State of Grandfamilies Report release event September 13th on Capitol Hill.

The Pasadena Latino Coalition named Roberta Martinez, executive director at Latino Heritage, as their new Chair.

Got Your 6 continues their partnership with the National Football League Players Association to broaden their campaign’s reach and continue to draw attention to their nationwide efforts.

The National Constitution Center named Virginia Clark as their vice president for External Relations. She will serve as the Center’s chief development officer, providing strategic leadership for all aspects of fundraising and communications.

Fortune’s 2017 Change the World List, which recognizes companies that have positive impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy, recently featured Blackbaud.

Venable LLP announced the addition of Anne K. Gerson to their Nonprofit Organizations Practice as counsel in both their New York and Washington, DC offices.

The KBG Foundation partnered with Boston-based FDNA to accelerate precision medicine and to better recognize the clinical signs of KBG Syndrome in patients with FDNA’s facial analysis technology, Face2Gene.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Registration is open for Border Angels‘ Water Drop on September 16th in San Diego. 

On September 9th, the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County’s Twin Creeks Village affordable housing project took place in South Everett. 

Registration is now open for the new Washington, DC Metro Chapter of The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy‘s first event Building Collaborative Relationships with Like-Minded Advisors on September 28th. 

The Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation will donate $1 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness‘ Ending the Silence program for each new “like” on Facebook.com/PATCHfoundation, up to $10,000, in September as a part of Suicide Prevention Month.

The Audre Lorde Project hosted their 19th annual Chillin N’ Grillin’ BBQ in Prospect Park to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTSTGNC People of Color community. 

Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation‘s fifth Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign has provided more than 20 million polio and measles vaccines to people in developing countries.

The 2017 Coast 2 Coast 4 Cancer Ride began September 6th to raise money and awareness for Stand Up To Cancer’s cancer research programs. 

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services will hold their 19th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention on September 24th in Los Angeles.

Registration is open for the Sing for Hope Gala on October 16th which honors Sing for Hope‘s mission of expanding access to the arts in New York City.

The UPS Foundation and the American Red Cross and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works, Inc., will partner to launch a drone pilot program to assess damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

San Jose-based No More Broken Hearts will hold their fourth annual fundraiser on September 29th, World Heart Day, to fund a mobile heart scan unit for the Bay area community.

The Manhattan Institute will host their annual Social Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony and dinner in New York City on November 29th to recognize the non-government civil society leaders who have developed innovative approaches to helping those in need.

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