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News about grants, gifts

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation held a Fill The Little Red Wagon activation throughout her recent 24-city U.S. tour. Fans provided dog food, supplies, toys, treats and cash to be donated to a pre-selected shelter in their city. 

More than 62,000 charities received a record-breaking total $1 billion across more than 221,000 donor-recommended grants made by Fidelity Charitable so far in 2018. The $1 billion in grants represents a 42 percent increase in dollars granted compared to the same period in 2017.

The Otto Bremer Trust awarded 119 grants totaling $7,456,601 to organizations across the Upper Midwest as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

Subaru of America, Inc. donated $21.8 million to national and local charities as part of the 2017 Share the Love event. This year’s donations, along with a match of more than $2 million from Subaru retailers, brings the grand total amount donated throughout the life of the program to more than $118 million, exceeding the $115 million total estimate predicted at the launch of the 2017 Share the Love event.

The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation granted a total of $425,000 to the following organizations: Jewish Federation of North America, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Michigan Opera Theatre, and LiveCoal Gallery.

News about people, groups

Vikki Spruill, current leader of the Council on Foundations and former head of Ocean Conservancy, has been appointed President & CEO of the New England Aquarium. She will start her new role on July 30.

Micah Fowler, star of ABC’s “Speechless,” is partnering with Mercy Ships as an ambassador for the organization.

GP Catholic Services appointed Sharon Kucia as senior vice president. Kucia will provide senior-level leadership, developing relationships with clients as well as designing and leading fundraising campaigns for dioceses, parishes and other Catholic organizations.

The J. Paul Getty Trust will present the annual J. Paul Getty Medal to Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem; Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art; and sculptor Richard Serra.

St. Joseph’s Foundation recently honored the leadership of SRP for three decades of philanthropic support. SRP has donated more than $500,000 to ensure the growth of St. Joseph’s over the past 30 years, most recently devoting funds to the newest hospital in the Dignity Health family, St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.

The residents of the Thomaston, Georgia area have kicked off Community Heart & Soul, bringing Orton Family Foundation’s community development model to the Peach State. The local electric utility provider, Upson Electric Membership Corp., is a partner in the resident-driven project.

The LGBT Foundation has partnered with Revry to drive both the adoption of the LGBT Token in day-to-day life for consumers and businesses, as well as global acceptance of the LGBT community.

In early March, Booz Allen Hamilton announced a D.C. partnership with The Vinetta Project, a national organization dedicated to helping women-led businesses break into the funding ecosystem.

News about opportunities, initiatives

SCI-Arc will hold MAIN EVENT 14 on Saturday, April 28th, at its Downtown Los Angeles Art District campus. This year’s MAIN EVENT celebration will include a VIP Dinner hosted by the SCI-Arc Board of Trustees honoring Frances Anderton Executive Producer and Host of DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show and blog exploring what matters in our designed world, broadcast on KCRW.

Riverzedge Arts will hold the Raise the Roof Block Party on April 26th to celebrate their participants, staff, and community, as well as their generous supporters, notably the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Champlin Foundation, and the June Rockwell Levy Foundation.

On May 4th, Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy will hold a free Spring Patient Safety Education Symposium. All community organizations are invited to attend but in addition, any officially nonprofit group that registers and sends representatives can apply for a grant from the Patient Safety Education Fund.

The Humana Foundation is evolving its giving process to hone in on health-focused community investments. The new giving strategy will address the root causes of health issues, creating improved and sustained positive health outcomes, and will focus on eight Bold Goal communities.


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