11.12.18 US News

News about grants, gifts

The Boston Foundation donated more than $6.4 million in grants to greater Boston organizations.

Economic Independence grants totaling $182,500 were provided by the Community Foundation of Broward. The grants were awarded to three community organizations that will impact 175 Broward residents who are struggling financially and face becoming homeless without any intervention.

Two new grants totaling $800,000 from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation will support innovative programs for underserved pregnant women, parents, and children. 

HomeAid America visited the New Orleans area and donated CareKits to Family Promise of St. Tammany. 

Glasses were raised for charity at the third annual Oktoberfest at The Community Chest on October 18th at the Englewood Field Club in Englewood, New Jersey.  The event kicked off the organization’s annual campaign and raised $30,000.

Assurant raised more than $200,000 at their 5K for United Way Miami-Dade.

Friends of the Children will begin a campaign to bring its courageous and unique model to the Tacoma area through a catalytic $500,000 investment from the Medina Foundation.   

News about people, groups

Talk About Curing Autism marked the 12th anniversary of the annual “Ante Up for Autism” casino and gala event, which took place at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday, October 27th.

The American Immigration Council condemned President Trump’s plan to block and detain asylum seekers.

World of Children celebrated the 2018 Honorees at the annual World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit in New York City.

ARDI: The Academic Excellence Foundation celebrated their first ever Cocktails & Conversation Event in NYC on November 1st.

Tracy Collander, LCSW, a nationally regarded accreditation expert, joins the expanding team at Accreditation Guru, Inc.

WGU North Carolina, part of the national nonprofit online Western Governors University, has hired Jason Caldwell, D.M. and Cindy Garcia, Ed.D. as strategic partnerships managers, and Glenn Gillen, APR as public relations manager.

Funders Concerned About AIDS released a new reportLast mile funding: improving practice in philanthropic funding of community action on AIDS. The report highlights the ways in which funders can more effectively support community-based responses to HIV and AIDS.

Blind Filmmakers YouTube Channel premiered “Cane Etiquette,” one of seven original short films starring, written, produced and directed by blind and visually impaired filmmakers and actors.

Reporter Kristen Dahlgren visited RSB Evolve Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY to highlight the work Rock Steady Boxing is doing around the world for a story on NBC Nightly News. If you missed the broadcast, you can watch the story HERE

Veteran Owned Business’ (VOB) membership has surpassed 30,000 members just in time for National Veteran Small Business Week (#VeteransSmallBusinessWeek ) and a few days prior to VOB’s 10th Anniversary. 

Spirituality & Health celebrates its 20th year as a print magazine by offering free trial copies of the November/December anniversary issue. 

Open Systems, Inc. is supporting Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation for its 2018 charitable giving campaign.

The Land Trust Alliance testified against a proposed federal tax change that would harm conservation.

J. Phillip Horne has been selected as the President and Chief Advancement Officer for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Foundation.

On December 8th, The Community Nest Foundation, in conjunction with the grassroots newspaper The LGBT Sentinel, will be hosting a Black Tie Red Carpet Gala at The Record Plant in Los Angeles. The event will honor the LGBT community’s finest for outstanding acts and achievements, as well as provide toys for children for the holidays.

Dr. Teresa Behrens was named Executive Director at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Dr. Behrens began her new role on October 22nd.

Yara Shahidi (Black-ish, Grown-ish) & Dr. William Burke, Mrs. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, along with Mrs. Togetta Ulmer will be honored with Orchid Awards at the 11th annual CARRY (Coalition For At Risk Restoring Youth) ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ benefit, with a jazz brunch at the Montage Hotel 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, November 18th.

RumbleOn will be celebrating Veterans Day with the announcement of an initiative that gives back to local heroes, including active military, police, firefighters and EMTS.

Jane Seymour was honored with the annual Dream Big Award at Los Angeles Team Mentoring’s 20th annual Soiree celebration.

The American Heart Association and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group named awardees of the American Heart Association-Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment, a new collaborative funding initiative launched earlier this year.

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, is proud to announce it received five 2018 MarCom awards, including two Platinum and two Gold winners.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Since the start of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, employees across Virginia Tech have been donating to charities all over the state of Virginia. The majority of donations come from employee contributions, and senior management areas have successfully and quickly exceed their goals for this year’s campaign.

Parkland Hospital participated in the national literacy program Reach Out and Read, in an effort to increase literacy among its patient population, young and old.

Lutz Buddy Up connects veterans locally by building a network of comrades who form life-long bonds by  providing  peer support, community building and overall well-being. It also organizes nation-wide awareness campaigns and advocates for veterans’ interests in local and state government.

The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders will celebrate giving by joining the #GivingTuesday movement on November 27th to raise awareness and support for everyone affected by a chronic gastrointestinal illness.

InstantCard offers a special discount to all bona fide nonprofits on photo ID cards for staff, members and volunteers.

On Sunday, November 18th, Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland will hold its fourth annual Pre-Thanksgiving Meal event for the homeless from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the church’s Fellowship Hall.


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