1.17.17 US Nonprofit News

by | Jan 17, 2017 | News, Philanthropy Journal

News about grants, gifts

The SunTrust Foundation provided a total of $16.6 million, up by $2.5 million from the year prior, to over 1,500 educational institutions and nonprofits in 2016 to help increase financial stability.

On Monday, January 9th, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation received a donation for $5,000 from the North American Car and Truck of the Year organization in honor of retired General Motors Design Vice President Ed Welburn.

Two Harbors Investment Corp has secured a $410,000 Competitive Affordable Housing Program grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Subaru will donate one meal for every vehicle sold in 2016 – 615,132 – to help Feeding America carry out its mission of ending hunger in the United States. Subaru will contribute $55,925 to help Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund will receive funds from this year’s SOS at the EXPO, which is sponsored by Sound of the Soul Classic Car Audio of Sterling Heights, Michigan.

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation invested nearly $3.5 million with 60 organizations during 2016.

Itzhak Perlman received a $1 million Genesis Prize and opted to defer the award to organizations devoted to causes that are important to him, including the Yiddish Book Center. The Center received $50,000 from Perlman’s prize to support its work on Yiddish language instruction and oral history.

United Way of the National Capital Area has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation to help D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia area residents access critical financial services, counsel and support. 

The Rogovy Foundation gifted awards totaling $150,000 to four Miller/Packan Documentary Film Fund Winter 2017 award winners. 

The Boston Foundation will receive a donation that is expected to be about $28 million, among the largest single donations ever made to the Foundation.

News about people, groups

The Council on Foundations selected 24 promising philanthropic leaders to participate in the fourth Career Pathways Program. This intensive, yearlong leadership development program is designed to foster diverse talent and excellence among the philanthropic sector’s senior executives.

PayPal reported 11 percent growth in charitable giving in 2016, processing $7.3 billion in contributions over the year, including more than $971 million raised during the holiday season alone. Eight million PayPal users in 181 countries contributed $971,213,604 to 282,053 charities, making 2016 the biggest year for end-of-year donations with PayPal ever.


John L. Lehr

The Parkinson’s Foundation named John L. Lehr, a noted nonprofit leader, as chief executive officer. The hiring follows the recent merger of two Parkinson’s nonprofits with rich histories: National Parkinson Foundation, headquartered in Miami, and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, headquartered in New York.

On January 16th, Allen Temple Health & Social Services Ministry hosted the MLK Jr. Drum Major for Freedom Breakfast. The topic of discussion was “Why Community Service Matters,” with Special Guest Speakers Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the Honorable Ronald V. Dellums, and Elaine Brown.

Chester County resident and community activist Carol Metzker has been named the 2017 recipient of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ Kitchen Table Award.

Alison Omens will join JUST Capital as Director of Corporate Engagement. In this role, she will develop and lead the corporate engagement strategy, including around JUST’s annual company ranking and on the original research and analysis being done on company behavior and impact.

Rasmuson Foundation elected Rebecca Brice Henderson to its Board of Directors and has added Kris Palmatier as Accounting Manager and Courtney Brooke Smith as Communications Manager to their team. 

The National Certification Corporation (NCC) has released the outcome of the 2017 election of NCC Board of Directors and Officers. Directors are elected by constituents through a slate approval process and officers are elected by the Board of Directors. The full Board of Director listing is available at https://www.nccwebsite.org/NCC-Leadership.aspx

The Voices for Children Foundation hosted their “Be a Voice, Be a Light” Gala event on January 14th to help raise funds that support foster care children in Miami-Dade County. 

Hope for Haiti‘s Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Skyler Badenoch as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 17th.  

The Global Good Fund, a social enterprise accelerating the leadership development of high-potential social entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest challenges, has selected the 2017 cohort, fifth annual Global Good Fund Fellows.

The Urban Institute hosted the event “Are Entrepreneurs Overrated” on January 13th. The discussion examined the types of entrepreneurial income and explored how we can and should tax them.


Patrick J. McNamara, L.C.S.W.

Palm Healthcare Foundation has named Patrick J. McNamara, L.C.S.W. as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1st.

Better World Club and the Sierra Club will partner to provide Sierra Club members with special membership benefits and bolster both organizations’ environmental efforts. 

Big Sunday hosted its 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Clothing Collection & Community Breakfast on Monday, January 16th in Los Angeles. Hundreds of volunteers of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities sorted and folded over 20,000 items of clothing, which will be donated to more than seven organizations. 

The International Coach Federation has finalized elections for its 2017 Global Board of Directors with the naming of this year’s Vice Chair, Wai K. Leong, MCC (Malaysia), and Secretary/Treasurer, Tracy Sinclair, PCC (United Kingdom).

Actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Great American Inaugural Ball‘s salute to our armed forces and the charities that support them.

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that it raised $2.8 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren better access to fruits and vegetables through the annual Growing Healthy Kids campaign.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Jewish Museum will continue Picture This!, a new monthly series of multifaceted family programs, on Sunday, January 29th beginning at 10am. Each monthly Picture This! program combines a gallery experience exploring art on view with fun, interactive activities and a storybook reading.

This year’s Omega Strengthening Communities Summit will bring together nonprofits that prioritize a range of social, economic, or environmental issues in the Mid-Hudson Valley and beyond. Grant applications for the event are now open.

Global Genes will host a webinar on February 1st titled “Health Insurance 101” to guide viewers on learning definitions, healthcare plans, and the appeal process call. The panelists for the webinar are Dave Caponera, Vice President of Patient Engagement and Access Support at Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, and Gina Szajnuk, Co-founder and Executive Director of Rare and Undiagnosed Network.

1-17-17-sidney-hillman-foundation_revisedThe Sidney Hillman Foundation has opened nominations for the 2017 Hillman Prizes, which honor investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify reportorial excellence, storytelling skill, and social justice impact.

On March 3rd, Michael Phelps will headline the Annual Champion Honors Luncheon benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center as the 2017 Champion Honoree.

Rasmuson Foundation has opened applications for the 2017 Individual Artist Awards program. Alaska artists at all stages of their careers can apply for grants in 11 disciplines. The Individual Artist Awards consists of three opportunities: Project Awards, Fellowships and the Distinguished Artist award. Project Awards and Fellowships are grants of $7,500 and $18,000, respectively, that can be used to purchase needed equipment, explore techniques and undertake activities that aid in the artists’ development.

The American Academy in Rome has opened applications for its Summer Programs in Digital Documentation of Archaeological Collections, Roman Pottery Studies, and The Art Historical Image in the Digital Age.

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has opened applications for the BGE Scholars Award. The nine new scholarships are part of BGE’s legacy gifts that marked the company’s 200th anniversary last year. Central Scholarship is administering the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf.

The American Society of Business Publication Editors has opened applications for its annual Azbee Awards of Excellence.

CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, is pleased to announce a new Religious Scholars Program to financially support religious students in their pursuit of a career in ministry. The foundation has set aside $250,000 for 50 scholarships of $5,000 each in 2017.

American Water has opened applications for the company’s 2017 Environmental Grant Program awards, which offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has opened applications for the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project, which will provide up to $1 million to create new public artworks throughout the city’s neighborhoods.

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