9.17.18 US News

News about grants, gifts

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded four new grants totaling nearly $7 million to advance age-friendly care and support diverse family caregivers: Patient Priorities Care; The Health and Aging Policy Fellows program; Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in partnership with CVS MinuteClinics; and The Diverse Elders Coalition.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded Friends of the Children a $1.75 million grant to support two-generation (2Gen) efforts in Los Angeles and New York City that will improve outcomes for families that have had involvement in the foster care system. The pilots will provide the children of parents aging out of foster care with a salaried, professional mentor (a Friend) for 12 ½ years.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are committing $2 billion to the Day 1 Fund. The commitment will be split between the Day 1 Families Fund to help homeless families, and the Day 1 Academies Fund for creating preschools in low-income communities.

The Otto Bremer Trust awarded 140 grants totaling $9,830,155 as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

The Ammon Foundation is awarding $32,904 in scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester through its Ammon Recovery Scholars’ program. This money will help 24 students currently in recovery from addiction attend 21 different colleges or universities throughout the United States with scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,500.

Barrow Neurological Foundation, part of Dignity Health St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, raised nearly $40 million between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. This record-breaking fundraising total is bolstered by a $25 million gift from The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation to establish the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC received a $100,000 donation from PUMA for the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research. The fund supports research at the school on new targeted therapies for lupus and the complications it can sometimes cause.

The Free Library of Philadelphia will receive a $479,955 grant over three years from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Working with language connectED, the Library will develop curriculum for four half-day Community-Centered Libraries workshops for staff.

News about people, groups

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 10th Anniversary of the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show will be held during Down Syndrome Awareness Month on Saturday, October 20 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. As part of the event’s celebrity lineup, film stars Colin Farrell and Zack Gottsagen will receive Global’s Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

The Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology Denver helped spruce up their neighborhood after the excitement of a recent Rockies vs. Cardinals three-game series at Coors Field. Volunteers took to the streets and back alleys around Park Avenue and Blake Street in downtown Denver to clean up food wrappers, bottles and cigarette butts left behind by fans.

Genesys Works named Mioshi Moses the new Executive Director of the organization’s National Capital Region site. She will lead the organization’s programs, which provide life-changing work opportunities to high school students in underserved communities.

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, a collaboration among 25 colleges and universities that integrates classroom study of poverty with summer internships and co-curricular activities, welcomed its newest member: the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala will take place on Saturday, September 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be broadcast as a two-hour special nationwide on Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00PM ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty elected two new members to its governing board, Dr. Brian Doyle, director of Marymount University’s Center for Ethical Concerns, and Richard “Duke” Cancelmo, head of trading and portfolio manager at Bridgeway Capital Management.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Charity Navigator has launched a Hot Topic for Hurricane Florence, featuring close to 30 highly-rated nonprofits responding to relief and recovery efforts in the affected areas. The list, which Charity Navigator will continue to add to, is divided into four categories: General Aid and Relief, Medical Services, Animal Care and Services, and Financial Aid for Families.

Artivate’s annual fundraiser “Celebrate Artivate!” will take place Friday, October 19th, at the Woman’s Club of Bethesda, Maryland. All proceeds from “Celebrate Artivate!” will support high quality, engaging and educational cultural arts programming in communities in throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.

Code for America will host a Tech Talk on October 4th at their offices in San Francisco. Code for America staff members will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how their technology is helping make government work for the people who need it most.

The Vera Institute of Justice launched the new SAFE Families Fund, which will be used to expand programs that provide legal services and representation to immigrants facing deportation.

The Archives of American Art Annual Gala will take place October 23 in New York City. The event celebrates the unique contributions of significant artists, collectors, dealers, historians, and philanthropists in the American art world.

National Charity League, Inc. and the American Heart Association are teaming up for another year of raising awareness of women’s heart health and self-care with Go Red For Women.

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