11.26.18 US News

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 17 - Jeff Gross, Antonio Esfandiari and Toni Licari attend amfAR Celebrity Poker Night on November 17th 2018 at Private Residence in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Tara Luz Stevens for Drew Altizer Photography)

News about grants, gifts

On Friday, November 16th, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood chefs and team members volunteered for the annual Harvest Drive food drop at Western High School. The group came together to drop-off and sort 1,945 pounds of non-perishable food items benefiting Harvest Drive Florida.

As part of its first-ever My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge Competition, the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, has selected five California communities to receive grants to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color.

New Horizons has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Michael R. Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University announced an unprecedented $1.8 billion philanthropic commitment, representing the largest ever contribution to an academic institution in American history. The historic gift will be devoted exclusively to undergraduate financial aid, allowing Johns Hopkins University to permanently commit to need-blind admissions.

Mary’s Pizza Shack will donate 15% of all sales on Tuesday, November 27th to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund.  Customers can support the fundraising effort by dining at any participating Mary’s Pizza Shack location, anytime on November 27th. 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has received a $500,000 commitment from City National Bank of Florida. 

In response to the unprecedented destruction and challenges facing survivors of California’s recent wildfires in both Northern and Southern California, Direct Relief boosted its commitment to the relief effort by devoting at least $2 million in cash to bolster response and recovery efforts.

The Venable Foundation Inc. awarded $105,000 in grants benefiting three Washington, DC-based women’s organizations that empower and support the healing of women and young girls who are survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking.

The Community Chest awarded a $20,000 grant to the JCC Thurnauer School of Music’s Music Discovery Partnership program to provide music study for students unable to afford lessons in the Englewood Public Schools.

News about people, groups

Modelo announced a three-year partnership and $1 million donation to the International Rescue Committee. The partnership is focused on empowering refugees, immigrants and Americans in need – giving them the financial tools to achieve their vision of the American dream. Funding has already opened a new Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) in Dallas and sponsored training for IRC financial coaches in 10 other markets nationwide.

Science has confirmed what consumers have come to realize: factory farming isn’t just inhumane, it also negatively impacts our health and environment. It is within the context of this elevated public consciousness of the cruelty of animal agriculture and the benefits of plant-based living that Farm Sanctuary names Megan Watkins Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.

This #GivingTuesday, LiveBeyond will celebrate giving by raising $10,000 for its education programs benefiting both children and adults in Haiti. 

Tourette Association of America raised over $1 million at the organization’s annual Gala on Thursday, November 15th.

Glenn Hutchins and Suzanne Nora Johnson were elected Co-Chairs of the Brookings Board of Trustees today, succeeding John L. Thornton. Thornton, who has served in this role since 2003, will remain a member of the Brookings Board as Chair Emeritus.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Albertsons Tom Thumb once again blessed thousands of deserving families in the Tarrant County region Saturday, November 17th. 2,100 Vouchers are provided in advance to area families identified by community leaders, Albertsons, and LaDainian Tomlinson.

As part of the club’s ongoing Season of Giving efforts, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Academy hosted a free Coaches Clinic at State Farm Arena on the evening of Tuesday, November 20th where more than 750 community basketball coaches attended to further their professional development.

Robin Wright, Karolina Kurkova, Jay Ellis and Mia Maestro were among the notables who attended amfAR’s Inaugural Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 17th at the private residence of Event Chairs Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco.

Global Children Financial Literacy Foundation has secured a partnership with Gradelo University, Inc.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Bel Air Church packed 1,000 Thanksgiving meal boxes that each feed 10 people.

Neal Keny-Guyer of Mercy Corps will be hosting a webinar on December 7th, beginning at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST and 6:00 PM GMT.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST has proclaimed that the 19th edition of the 10-day fundraising festival for Parkinson’s Disease will be held in six cities across three states, January 11th through 21st, 2019.

Save the Storks has launched their 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign with the goal of raising $90,000. 100% of funds raised up to the goal amount will go towards grants for Stork Buses in 2019 and 2020.

TOMS has launched “End Gun Violence Together,” a campaign aimed at helping end the epidemic in America and kick-starting an evolution to the brand’s giving model.

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Hillman Prizes honoring excellence in investigative journalism and commentary.

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