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News about grants, gifts

Maternity Care Coalition will honor Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Teresa D. Miller, with the Spirit of Motherhood Award at the 15th Annual Celebrating Mothers Brunch on February 23rd at 9:00 AM. 

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation has received nearly $2.7 million in grant funding through the Blue Safety Net and Supporting Treatment and Opioid Prevention Initiative. The Foundation also introduced Community Innovation Grants, a new funding opportunity that support pilot projects that pursue innovative approaches to health-focused challenges in the community.

News about people, groups

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Mrs. Lori Maher and Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller are Honorary Hosts of L!FE Leaders, Inc. highly-anticipated inaugural gala. The gala features a performance of the musical Hamilton on March 28th in Detroit, playing at the historic Fisher Theatre.

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

The Smithfield Foundation donated $27.4 million in 2017 – and, with the unveiling of a new charitable grant program, Smithfield Foods will continue to invest millions of dollars through case and in-kind donations. 

TSN Communications welcomes Adrianna Yameen as its new marketing and communications manager. Yameen has more than 10 years of experience creating and delivering content on multiple platforms including television, websites and social media. She specializes in brand storytelling, content marketing and video production.

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults has partnered with the National Braille Press to produce and ship free Braille copies of the best-selling 12-book series “Here’s Hank”, written by Henry Winkler, award-winning actor, director, comedian, and author and Lin Oliver, writer and film producer.

Jean Case, who is chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, has written Be Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. The book will debut on January 8th under Simon & Schuster.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The 2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant, presented by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening, is designed to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to communities across the United States. This new program will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000! 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. Applications are due Friday, February 15, 2019. 

Global Genes will be hosting their RARE in the Square event January 7th through 9th, in San Francisco’s Union Square. Come to this wonderful event advancing research for rare genetic diseases. 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Equity for Women Awards. Please nominate worthy candidates by completing the 2019 Equity for Women Award Nomination Form. Nominations will close on January 28th at 12PM.

The national launch of the 2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard webinar is on January 29th. 

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