12.18.17 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

GRID Alternatives received a $500,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its SolarCorps Fellowship Program.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation has granted 23 nonprofits the 2018 True Inspiration Award. The organizations represent 13 states throughout the country and are receiving a combined $1.23 million in grants to further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children. 

Independence Seaport Museum has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to open River Alive! – an exhibition focusing on the Delaware River and its watershed as a living, ever-changing system whose health and sustainability is vital to our lives. 

The ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University led by Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Director of Open Medicine Foundation‘s Scientific Advisory Board has received funding from the organization to pursue three projects critical to understanding this disease and developing diagnostics and treatments.

The Surdna Foundation has contributed $4.5 million in equitable community development led by community members.

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $12,655,528 million in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

News about people, groups

The Council on Foundations, National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector voiced opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being considered in the U.S. Senate in a letter to lawmakers.

On December 4th, BBVA Compass and KIPP Houston Public Schools cut the ribbon on the charter school system’s newest campus: the BBVA Compass Opportunity Campus, home of KIPP NEXUS Primary School and KIPP NEXUS Middle School in Northwest Houston.

Halcyon has accepted its eighth cohort for the Halcyon Incubator program. With an acceptance rate of less than 3%, Halcyon is bringing social enterprises that focus on big ideas tackling some of the most current prevalent societal issues today.

The Jerry Garcia Foundation held its third annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” holiday benefit concern in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon’s mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. 

Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County dedicated a “Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 16th to Jenny Campbell.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) awarded Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, a perfect score of 100 percent in workplace equality on its 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the second consecutive year Ingersoll Rand has earned a perfect score on the index.

News about opportunities, initiatives

A group of leading philanthropists will launch Co-Impact, which will invest $500 million in health, education, and economic opportunity in communities across the world. Co-Impact is a partnership of results-oriented donors who want to give and learn together, and who are pooling resources, networks, and expertise.

In March 2018, the International Center for Transitional Justice will host a course that focuses on practical examples of current, recent, or paradigmatic peace processes where the question of justice formed a significant part of the negotiating context. It will discuss and analyze country case studies, such as Colombia, South Sudan, Philippines, and Syria and raise a series of questions on substance, process, and participation.

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) released its 15th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. The leading voice on philanthropic resources for the global AIDS epidemic, FCAA reports that HIV/AIDS philanthropic disbursements increased 2% in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of growth and reaching an all time high of $680 million.

 Christiana Care Health System’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery will provide a free knee replacement Thursday, Dec. 7 to a local patient who cannot afford joint replacement surgery as part of Operation Walk USA 2017.

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