12.17.18 US News

News about grants, gifts

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation has reported that it will build on the support of U.S. military veterans and shelter-to-service animals through its Pets and Vets program thanks to a $25,000 donation from Purina and the actions of thousands of pet owners across the nation.

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation donated the largest grant to a single nursing-driven innovation in the foundation’s history, awarding nearly $3 million to the CAPABLE project and Principal Investigator (PI) Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN.

Sentient Jet has pledged to donate $1,000 to No Kid Hungry for every jet card purchased this holiday season.

The Independent Living Partnership was awarded a competitive New Freedom grant to administer the new WDACS service in 2017. The approach of having a nonprofit administer a volunteer driver mileage reimbursement service for another county was new and previously untested.

The Provident Bank Foundation will implement significant changes to their Signature Grants for the coming year. These changes come in response to feedback received from applicants in recent years and their respective organizations’ ever-changing needs. The Foundation is honored to create more opportunities to address the increasing challenges that local communities are facing.

Cal State LA has received three grants totaling $3.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The five-year training grants will help prepare graduate students to pursue innovative approaches in working with children with disabilities.

JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon was joined by Illinois Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood to offer a new, $10 million low-cost, long-term capital commitment to preserve and develop small business and retail storefronts on Chicago’s South and West sides.

MDC received a $75,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. in support of their Network for Southern Economic Mobility, a group of Southern communities committed to increasing upward economic mobility for youth and young adults in the lowest income brackets.

Associate Professor Janelle Ayres has been awarded $1.8 million over two years by the NOMIS Foundation to study health as an active process in which microbes—including the trillions of microorganisms that call the human body home—initiate interactions that promote the health of the host.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) will invest nearly $400,000 in grants to Cuyahoga County nonprofits that support and celebrate local artists in 2019. Seven CAC-funded projects will provide professional development, project-based and flexible monetary support, networking and collaboration opportunities, and access to physical spaces for hundreds of artists.

Cabins in the wilderness, new ways of working with Alaska’s youth, and the first assisted living home in the Bering Strait region are among the areas of investment recently approved by the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. At its biannual meeting, the board approved more than $6.5 million in awards.

News about people, groups

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) named the Selection Committee for the 2019 NCRP Impact Awards, which will take place at the CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit in November 2019 in Seattle.

The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA)—the annual workplace giving opportunity for the federal community in the Washington Metropolitan Area and surrounding region—has surpassed the $20 million pledge mark and is encouraging donors to make monetary and volunteer pledges through the CFCNCA as part of their year-end giving plans. Federal employees and retirees in the National Capital Area can make their pledges online by visiting cfcnca.org. The campaign deadline is January 11, 2019. Federal employees and retirees located outside the CFCNCA can search for their local campaign at cfcgiving.opm.gov.

From January 28 to February 1, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra will hold their 13th Annual Operation Mountain Freedom program–a week long sport camp for active duty and veterans with disabilities. This inspiring event hosted in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California, encourages warriors with disabilities to face their challenges and fears through sports such as alpine skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing as well as by attending social gatherings and listening to guest speakers.

Enterprise Holdings Inc. promoted Christine Taylor to President and Chief Operating Officer and promoted Carolyn Kindle Betz to President of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

Husson University AmeriCorps Team built window inserts for low-income households. 

The Art of Elysium is holding their 12th Annual celebration, HEAVEN, on January 5.

Caminar has selected high-speed internet services delivered over fiber and coax from Comcast Business to support its rapid business expansion and growing range of service offerings. Comcast Business will deliver reliable, affordable broadband high-speed network connectivity to Caminar’s 32 locations, which support more than 300 employees.

Rafella Golden has been promoted to Managing Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation by the charity’s Board of Directors. In this new position, Ms. Golden will manage the daily operations of the non-profit founded by legend Carroll Shelby.

America’s Warrior Partnership and United Way Worldwide are partnering to improve support services for military veterans, their families and caregivers. The collaboration will also include joint efforts to educate the general public about the military and veteran culture.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has appointed Jane McIntosh as Chief Advancement Officer, effective immediately. McIntosh brings 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and senior leadership within arts and culture organizations in New York City.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson has received its accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Every five years, therapeutic riding centers sanctioned by PATH Intl. are required to renew their accreditation.

ICAP celebrated its 26th annual Charity Day in New York on December 6. On this day, 100% of company revenues and commissions generated globally will be donated to more than 100 charities worldwide.

The Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund released a report, Prince George’s Rising, on increasing economic growth and equity in the county.

Orton Family Foundation Executive Director David Leckey hired Erik Ortiz as the Senior Associate of Programs. 

News about opportunities, initiatives

Save the Storks will be hosting their premier black tie fundraising gala, the Stork Charity Ball, on January 17, in Washington D.C.

Intel has exceeded its 50th anniversary volunteer goal, with more than 63,000 employees giving more than one million hours of their time across 28 countries.

Diversity Honors presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, will take place on March 30. This year will mark the fifth anniversary for the globally renowned celebration that benefits Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park and recognizes those who are transforming lives by living authentically and advancing inclusiveness. 

The public can make the holidays a little brighter this season for less fortunate neighbors in eastern Bergen County, New Jersey.  The Community Chest asks people and businesses to help neighbors in need with a contribution to the organization’s annual Holiday Gift Card Drive program.

For the second consecutive year, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have partnered to brighten lung cancer patients’ holiday season through the “Bring Hope Home for the Holidays” partnership. This program is helping lung cancer patients make holiday memories across the nation through December 20th. 

Proposals for the 2019 Code for America Summit are being accepted now through January 11th. 


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