12.4.17 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

Central Scholarship awarded Richard Whitfield a career and technology training scholarship to attend the North American Trade School in Baltimore. 

Sugarlands Distilling Company will team up with the Appalachia Service Project to build houses in Gatlinburg after the wake of the 2016 fires.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the National Park Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, allowing the launch of the National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellows program.

The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation awarded a Community Grant to P396K, a District 75 Special Needs School in Brooklyn, New York, to help the school create a garden for the special needs, low-income students.

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) selected 13 artist fellows for its 2018 Business Accelerator Program. CHF’s initiative seeks to help the artists better manage their businesses and overcome the specific entrepreneurial challenges they face.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery held its second American Portrait Gala on November 19th, raising $1 million in support of the museum’s exhibition programming. 

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded more than $5.5 million in life-saving equipment to first responder organizations in local communities across the nation throughout 2017. 

The Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded $1.23 million in grants through the organization’s 2018 True Inspiration Awards to 23 nonprofits to help further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children. 

News about people, groups

Beginning #GivingTuesday, November 28th, Charity Navigator will be making concise impact statements and progress reports for 2,400 charities available free of charge on its website.

On November 20th, Lighthouse Guild hosted its annual LightYears Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. 

The Consumer Technology Association Foundation elected seven new members to its Board of Trustees: Joellyn Gray, Linda Kinney, KR Liu, Tiffany Moore, Dan Pidgeon, L. Dennis Shapiro, and Gary Yacoubian.

On World AIDS Day 2017, DKT International recognized the importance of transparency, accountability of results, and the significance of partnerships in increasing overall impact.

Jewish Communal Fund, released its inaugural Giving Report on November 28th, providing insight into the make-up, demographics, and charitable trends taking place among its funder network of nearly 9,000 people. 

The National Math and Science Initiative named veteran astronaut and STEM education advocate Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. its new CEO. 

Global Impact welcomed the organization’s new Chief Business and Financial Services Officer Luis Guardia. Guardia will lead internal financial administration, external financial service, and asset management programs.

The Sikh community of Jersey City, organized by Let’s Share a Meal, served at least 15,000 individuals across 84 homeless shelters in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania area November 25th and 26th.

For World AIDS Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation partnered with Kwippit to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic and funds for the Foundation’s grant-making programs.

News about opportunities, initiatives

On December 6th, the Corporate Responsibility Association will host “Illuminating Opportunities for Partnering in Disaster Zones,” as a part of its Innovation Series of educational webinars. 

War Child USA launched $249, a campaign raising awareness about global spending on war, which amounts to approximately $249 per person, per year for every man, woman, and child on earth. 

The Walton Family Foundation and Ford Foundation are each committing $3 million over three years to support creative solutions to diversify curatorial and management staff at art museums across the United States. 

NSF International launched new services to help companies measure their environmental impacts, identify potential risks, and capitalize on improvement opportunities.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation in partnership with the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University launched a multi-media public awareness campaign that will share stories of addiction and recovery to reduce the shame often associated with opioid abuse.

In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami will celebrate 60 years of maintaining a positive influence on the high school drop-out rate, poverty, digital divide, and mentoring gap in the local community.

Catapult Fundraising, Inc. is running a pro-bono calling program for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy‘s BE the CAUSE Campaign, providing in-kind support with 4,000 telephone calls to lapsed donors.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti will dedicate his cleats during Week 13 of the NFL season to help raise awareness of the critical work of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls is now accepting applications for the organization’s Core Grants Program. 

MoneyKey will help provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement with a $2,500 USD Scholarship toward tuition books and other expenses. The application deadline for the winter term is December 31st. 

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