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News about grants, gifts

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded WORLD Channel $600,000 to support diverse voices in public media. The award will help WORLD Channel expand its co-production efforts. The grant comes as WORLD Channel’s first co-production, Personal Statement, has just garnered an Emmy® nomination.

RedRover awarded more than $245,000 in grant funds to 16 domestic violence shelters nationwide during the first grant cycle this year. These Safe Housing grants enable the shelters to create on- and off-site space to house pets through RedRover’s Safe Housing program.

Fidelity Charitable donors recommended $4 billion in grants so far in 2019, a 48% increase compared to the same period last year. The 668,000 donor-recommended grants supported 105,000 charities.

The LOI window for the inaugural Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant Program opened on July 15th. The program will award a total of $20 million to 125 Greater Boston-area nonprofits in 2020. The Foundation will accept LOIs until 5:00 PM on Friday, September 6th.

The George Family Foundation awarded $2,675,000 to 16 organizations, out of an annual giving budget of $4.9 million. The approved grants will support a new women’s health initiative at the Mayo Clinic, youth development programs that offer gap year opportunities, outdoor learning and college readiness programs, as well as general operating support for several long-term grantees of the Foundation.

The Parkinson’s Foundation will award $8 million in research funding to four institutions to design and launch Parkinson’s-specific research studies over the next four years. The four selected were Columbia University Irving Medical Center, University of Florida in collaboration with Emory University, University of Michigan in collaboration with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Yale School of Medicine.   

The Boston Foundation selected the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness as the winner of the 2019 Out of the Blue grant, an unsolicited $50,000 grant recognizing a deserving nonprofit. Members of the Boston Foundation staff nominate and then vote on recipients for the annual Out of the Blue grants. 

The NextGen Giving Circle of the Princeton Area Community Foundation awarded more than $20,000 in grants to four area nonprofits.

News about people, groups

Frank DeLorenzo head shot
Frank DeLorenzo

Northern NJ Community Foundation has established The Frank DeLorenzo Memorial Fund, honoring the memory of Frank DeLorenzo, a 1964 graduate of Leonia High School. The Frank DeLorenzo Memorial Fund honors a senior from Leonia High School, demonstrating talent in the arts, with an annual scholarship. 

The Wallace Foundation has selected Bronwyn Bevan as The Foundation’s new Director of Research, effective August 19, 2019. Currently a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Washington Seattle, College of Education, Bevan succeeds Edward Pauly, who retired at the end of June.

The Getty Foundation and the Rothschild Foundation named Dr. Pascal Bertrand the fourth recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship. The fellowship supports innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions. During his fellowship, Bertrand will work with Getty Museum curator Charissa Bremer-David on a digital humanities project related to the 18th-century pay registers of the Beauvais tapestry manufactory, one of France’s most important tapestry workshops.

The GRAMMY Museum® promoted Michael Sticka to President of the GRAMMY Museum, with a contract that extends through 2022. As President, Sticka will continue to lead the Museum’s growth and sustainability strategy as an independent nonprofit arts organization and oversee all aspects of Museum operations, including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and more.

GuideStar released their 2018 Nonprofit Compensation Report. Using 160,000 observations from 113,000 nonprofit IRS filings, the 18th annual edition examines what nonprofit professionals make based on role, gender, budget size, cause area, and more, highlighting the latest trends and data that allows for analyzing and benchmarking nonprofit compensation.

Women in Development, New York has named Yolanda F. Johnson President of their Board of Directors. Johnson is the first African-American President in the organization’s 40 year history.

Mattel released their annual Corporate Philanthropy Impact Report. In 2017-18, Mattel donated $10.6 Million in funding ; issued $302K in grants to international organizations; matched $614K of employee donations; gave nearly $100,000 to support global disaster relief funding; gave $1.7 Million toys to thousands of global organizations; and supported 4,500 employees in donating 8,800 hours of volunteer time.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Good Grief’s 9th Annual Gala, Magical Masquerade, will take place Wednesday, October 16th in Florham Park, NJ.

Ceres will host a Gala celebration of their 30th anniversary year on October 21, 2019 in New York City. Ceres welcomes Apple CEO Tim Cook as their distinguished Gala honoree at this event. Registration is now open.

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ 34th Annual Gift of Life Gala will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Chicago. 


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