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11.20.17 US Nonprofit News

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News about grants, gifts

This year, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will grant $331,500 to 31 organizations dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. The 2017 grantees were recognized at the annual Grants and Giving Celebration on November 8th.

E4TheFuture has granted a $50,000 seed funding and an initial savings account for $100,000 to help capitalize and accelerate the implementation of the new Clean Energy Credit Union.

International jazz musician Sonny Rollins designated a gift to Oberlin College and Conservatory for the purpose of establishing and maintaining the Oberlin Conservatory of Music Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Fund.

HarvestPlus received a $5.2 million grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to help increase private sector involvement in the delivery of biofortified crops in Africa and South Asia.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and four other institutions received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how social adversity impacts the risk of childhood obesity.

American history shared and experienced in national parks will be enriched by a new program, the National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellows, thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks.

News about people, groups

The Hereditary Disease Foundation raised $900,000 for research into Huntington’s disease and other brain disorders at its 50th Anniversary Symposium and Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on November 6th.

Eleven nonprofit leaders from across the country gathered in Atlanta to participate in the second annual SunTrust Foundation National Financial Well-Being Summit to discuss how nonprofits can work together to support the tenets of financial well-being.

Network for Good hosted a virtual conference on November 14th to discuss how technology has changed charitable giving.

All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund merged to form All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, which will work to efficiently and effectively address the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disaster. 

The Parent-Child Home Program hosted the event series, The School Readiness Forum, on November 14th to raise awareness about the most effective and scalable ways to close the achievement gap— with a focus on early childhood solutions.

Mutual of America announced the recipients of its 2017 Community Partnership Award, which annually honors the outstanding contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private, and other social sector organizations, make to society.

Twelve women and men were selected through a competitive application process to participate in the League of American Orchestras‘ Emerging Leaders Program. Their 10-month experience will culminate with a presentation at the League of American Orchestras’ 2018 National Conference in Chicago.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, in partnership with the Geffen Playhouse and Hispanic Federation UNIDOS, appeared at the Los Angeles theater on November 15th to raise funds for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

On November 16th, a collaborative effort between Peace 4 Animals, The Rescue Train’s Race For The Rescues, The Lucy Pet Foundation, Stand Up For Pits Foundation, and Austin Pets Alive! secured the safety of 50 dogs and cats that fell victim to the devastation and destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

The Zhejiang Institute for Food and Drug Control has opened a non-animal testing laboratory after a successful scientific collaboration with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences.

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice hosted a gala on November 13th to celebrate the Foundation’s 40th anniversary, raising more than $100,000 in on-the-spot donations. The funds raised are going toward the organization’s goal of providing $40 million in grants to LGBTQI causes by the end of 2017.

With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, Formstack has been heavily involved with local organizations throughout Indianapolis, and the organization recently participated in Extra Life 2017 to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Harry Ransom Center has appointed Maggie Gilburg as director of development. Gilburg comes to the Ransom Center from The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she helped secure major gifts for the new LBJ Washington Center.

News about opportunities, initiatives

With a week to go, City Harvest‘s trucks are on the road, delivering nearly 11,000 turkeys to soup kitchens and food pantries across the city, and volunteers are packing up holiday meal boxes with Thanksgiving essentials.

Social Solutions created a grant application template with some of the most common questions asked during the application process to make it as easy as possible for organizations to gain more funding.

The PENCIL Executive Leadership Council will celebrate #GivingTuesday on November 28th in New York City. All proceeds will go toward PENCIL’s support of thousands of students across NYC each year. 

For the first time in 25 years, a major, new exhibition of The Jewish Museum‘s collection will open on January 21st in New York City. Scenes from the Collection will transform the third floor with over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art.

To mark the starts of its annual Share the Love event, Subaru of America debuted a new advertising campaign featuring the stories of people whose lives have been touched by the program, as well as the automaker’s national charity partners. 

Semper Fi Fund recently launched a 10 million dollar matching campaign, #DoubleDown4Vets, courtesy of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

Braille Institute Los Angeles will celebrate the holiday season by showcasing the artistic talents of its students at the annual Creative Visions Holiday Boutique. The event will run December 4th-8th.

During this year’s Art Basel season, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU will present a new museum series entitled Subject to Interpretation that invites contemporary artists to re-interpret its core collection, and to create site-specific installations based on the artists’ interpretations and experiences with the collection.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has added two new grant programs to its portfolio of Innovation grants. The Foundation will award more than $1.6 million in funding to a total of seven grantees across the three Hillman Innovations programs.

Leaders from Atlanta’s legal, nonprofit, and business communities have come together to create a new nonprofit, Hope+Access, whose mission is to provide resources in times of hardship and also access to education benefiting the communities of two of Atlanta’s historic African-American churches.


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