4.9.18 US Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

Morris Animal Foundation and the Smithsonian Global Health Program (SGHP) have collaborated to establish the Morris Animal Foundation and Dennis and Connie Keller Director of Training at SGHP. Morris Animal Foundation will dedicate $700,000 over seven years to fund the position, which is responsible for national and international training programs in wildlife veterinary medicine.

The Boston Foundation, with support and partnership from The Barr Foundation, has awarded 65 project grants to performing artists, groups and small producers and presenters across Greater Boston as part of the 2018 grant cycle for Live Arts Boston.

Cycle for Survival raised $39 million in 2018 through its signature indoor team cycling events, leading to a history-making year. A total of $180 million has been raised since Cycle for Survival began in 2007, with $150 million raised in the last five years.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation partnered with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York. This partnership includes a $2 million grant to each organization to endow a new staff position focused on developing and funding programs and initiatives that support caregivers for older adults.

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded three new grants totaling nearly $1.4 million to The Center for Healthcare StrategiesTrust for America’s Health and Twin Cities Public Television.

Houston Endowment has approved a $455,000 grant that will enable Houston Advanced Research Center  and Galveston Bay Foundation to provide the Galveston Bay Report Card for another two years. The  Report Card informs residents in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston‐Galveston Region about the environmental quality of Galveston Bay.

 WAMU 88.5 launched Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media stations, funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund

The Greater Waterbury YMCA’s “Art by the Green” is among the projects newly funded by Connecticut Community Foundation in its latest grand round. In total, the Foundation awarded $84,000 to ten local nonprofit organizations whose projects promote innovative and immersive arts and culture experiences in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

News about people, groups

The Root Cause Coalition and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities will become formal members of the other’s network. Through this effort, the two organizations will build on their mutual missions and demonstrate effective ways – in both practice and policy – to improve health outcomes and achieve health equity.

PICO National Network’s Board of Directors chose the Rev. Alvin Herring as the third executive director in the organization’s 40-year history. He takes the helm of the sprawling organization on May st.

The Southhampton Arts Center named Tom Dunn as its new Executive Director.  Mr. Dunn comes to Southampton Arts Center from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where he was part of the senior management team and held a series of executive positions.

The Unmentionables named fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons as its lead Global Ambassador. Simmons will help refugees access protection from exploitation and trafficking, utilizing her business acumen and passion for empowering others while becoming a powerful new voice for human rights.

The Meyer Foundation named  Nadine Duplessy Kearns as its new DC Program director, effective April 9th.

Code for America was named as a recipient of  the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

PAHO Foundation has transitioned into Uniting for Health Innovation.  The organization’s new name reflects its ability to engage multi-stakeholders to effectively address today’s complex health care challenges. 

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launched the Communities Thrive Challenge – a $10-million funding opportunity to find and support successful, community-driven approaches to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the U.S.

The Scott Brothers are raising the walls on two new Nashville homes  as part of the start of Habitat for Humanity’s second annual nationwide Home is the Key  campaign. The campaign, which runs the month of April, convenes sponsors, celebrities and community leaders to drive support for the critical need of affordable housing across the United States.

On April 27th, The Diversity Honors gala, benefitting Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park, will recognize Dolores Huerta, president and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, with the Harvey Milk Foundation Honors Medal award.

Students from Guitars Over Guns’ middle school programs across Miami-Dade County will converge for the annual Guitars Over Guns Student Showcase on Tuesday, April 24th.

Actor, comedian and humanitarian Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) will join The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s National Minority Health Month initiative as a spokesperson to raise awareness about the significant disparities that exist between men of African descent and other ethnicities as well as raise awareness about risk factors associated with the disease.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is launching a new 5-month initiative to support community tennis programming and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the US Open, titled “Art Courts.” Working with its long-time partner Chase and their “Return the Serve” community outreach program, the USTA has commissioned five artists to turn tennis courts into their canvas and in the process restore five public tennis facilities across the country.

The Dennis M. Jones Family Foundation and the Institute for Private Investors are accepting nominations for the Jones Prize in Philanthropy. Now in its second year, the Jones Prize is a $30,000 grant awarded to a winning individual and two runner up prizes of $10,000 each— the prizes are in the form of grants to a non-profit that the awardees work with.


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