5.20.19 US News

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Israel Zuckerman STEM is part of MISTI Global Seed Funds
Rose Lincoln for MIT

News about grants, gifts

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Dean Cynda Johnson (David Hungate/VTCRI)

The Founding Dean Cynda Ann Johnson Vision Fund at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has reached the $1 million mark in gift commitments just five months after Johnson’s retirement. The mark was met thanks to a new finishing gift from Carilion Clinic, in addition to almost 150 gifts from individuals over the last year.

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission received a $1 million contribution from the National Football League for the construction of the first-ever National World War I Memorial in Washington DC.

JPMorgan Chase is making a $125 million, five-year global commitment to improve the financial health of underserved communities. Through collaboration with community organizations, the investment will also help inform the development of products and services that can make banking more accessible to more people.

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Richard Nelson recording gray jays in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory. (Liz McKenzie, August 2006)

Rasmuson Foundation has named Richard Nelson of Sitka as its 2019 Distinguished Artist. The award recognizes one Alaska artist annually for a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contribution to the state’s arts and culture. The honor is accompanied by a $40,000 award.

XPRIZE has gifted two grand prize winners the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE. The tie between Kitkit School from South Korea and the United States, and onebillion from Kenya and the United Kingdom, was revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the Google Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista.

Flagstaff High School has won the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture competition! Flagstaff High School received $75,000 towards their art program.

News about people, groups

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Dancing for Autism

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) partnered with students of Vic D’Amore’s American Studio of Performing Arts to produce “Dancing for Autism” on Friday, May 3rd to benefit DDI’s Adult Day Program.

Indeed will be partnering with Goodwill Industries International to help one million job seekers around the world find employment over the next five years. Indeed and Goodwill will identify solutions that will help job seekers who are overlooked or face barriers find work.

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund joined city business and economic development leaders at the 2019 Small Business & Economic Development Summit to celebrate being named the city’s 2019 Nonprofit Organization of the Year. The honor was presented by the DC Chamber of Commerce and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development during National Small Business Week.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed the appointment of three new governors-at-large, DeVon Franklin(Executives Branch), Rodrigo García(Directors Branch) and Janet Yang (Producers Branch), to its Board of Governors.

First National Bank of Omaha released its 2018 “First in the Community” Impact Report, which outlines the bank’s community vision—built around its eight interconnected assets of a successful community—and showcases its 2018 investments and outcomes throughout the bank’s seven-state footprint.

The National Catholic Development Conference will close its Washington, D.C. office after slightly more than 50 years of operation and will fold into the The Nonprofit Alliance, formed in 2018.

The first-ever Pick Up America campaign launched as a multi-year joint endeavor from THOR Industries, Inc. and Kampgrounds of America. Pick Up America’s first initiative is to remove a minimum of five tons of trash from public lands in the coming months.

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From left to right: Colleen Higginbotham, Dana Fuqua, and Seth Feman

The Chrysler Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of three deputy directors: Seth Feman, Ph.D, Deputy Director for Art  & Interpretation and Curator of Photography; Colleen Higginbotham, Deputy Director for Visitor Experience; and Dana Fuqua, Deputy Director for  Operations.

The California Endowment has elected Shawn Ginwright, PhD, a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development, as the private, statewide foundation’s board chair. Also elected as vice chair is Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Sacramento-based Bishop for the United Methodist Church, California-Nevada Conference, with expertise in theology, social justice, immigration, youth issues, advocacy and race relations.

Generations United and LeadingAge LTSSCenter UMass Boston released Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit, which provides step-by-step guidance for creating intergenerational programs that can be tailored to the needs of youth and older adult participants.

News about opportunities, initiatives

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Lewis Wickes Hine, Boys Picking over Garbage in “the Dumps”, Boston 1909. Photograph (5 x 7 in). National Archives. 1912.

This June, Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform opens at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Using city plans, archival materials, historical maps, and photographs, the exhibition invites visitors to see how photographers and landscape architects of the past advocated for social reform, and explore how their work speaks to the urban challenges of our time.

Climate Generation has opened submissions to EYEWITNESS, a collection of poems, stories, and art assembled with a diverse range of voices, from prominent leaders to everyday residents, sharing their experiences of climate change.

Starting Wednesday, May 1st through Sunday, June 30th, Tropical Smoothie Cafe guests can help support Camp Sunshine, which provides respite and support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. After more than 10 years of supporting Camp Sunshine, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has raised more than $6.3 million to date.

Chris Evert, Chair of the US Tennis Association Foundation Board of Directors, will visit kids from six local National Junior Tennis and Learning chapters in the Philadelphia area and nearby communities on May 20th. The organizations include Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, Down The Line and Beyond, Tennis Central (Lancaster), Advantage Lancaster, Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring (Wilmington, Del.) and Reading Recreation Commission COR Tennis (Reading).

Applications are open for the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, which will award cash prizes totaling $1 million to 18 of America’s best public high school skilled trades teachers or teacher teams and their programs.

The Frist Art Museum will present Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s, an exhibition that explores the images created in response to the threat of war and fascist rule. Featuring works by Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and others, the exhibition will be on display from June 21st through September 29th, 2019.

The Foundation for Child Development is accepting proposals for its 2020 Young Scholars Program (YSP). YSP funds implementation research that is policy and practice-relevant and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and on-going professional learning of the early care and education workforce.

The MIT-Israel Zuckerman STEM Fund is now calling for proposals from Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty members and research scientists for its inaugural round of seed funding to support collaborations between teams at MIT and their counterparts in Israel.

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