1.21.19 US News

Jan 21, 2019 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Indiana University alumnus Doug Hamilton and his partner of 35 years, Don Vossburg, create new $2.2 million scholarship for LGBTQ students, IEG names Peter Laatz as its new Global Managing Director, Keep America Beautiful is teaming up to help mobilize affiliate organizations and volunteers across the country to clean up these shared public spaces during shutdown, and more. 

News about grants, gifts

Doug Hamilton and Don Vossburg

A new transformative scholarship program for LGBTQ+ students at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business is being made possible through a $2.2 million gift from alumnus Doug Hamilton and his partner of 35 years, Don Vossburg. 

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has awarded more than $11 million in grants to organizations and initiatives within southeast Michigan’s seven counties in areas including the arts, education, health, and housing and human services.

Brooklyn Community Foundation has selected the top five social justice nonprofit organizations of 2019 to receive its annual $100,000 Spark Prize, the only honor celebrating the most pioneering organizations advancing equity in the borough. The winning organizations—the first prize cohort to be entirely woman-led—will receive their awards at the Foundation’s Spark Breakfast on February 28th in Brooklyn.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council received 193 proposed transportation projects from various sponsors within the eight-county transportation management area seeking federal funding through the “2018 Call for Projects” application process. Approximately $920 million of flexible funding including the federal, state, and local match is authorized for programming in the next 10 years (FY 2019 – FY 2028). Application requests totaled $2.9 billion in federal funding requests.

The SunTrust Foundation awarded $19.5 million in grants in 2018 to more than 1,300 nonprofits and educational institutions to ignite financial confidence throughout the country.

Connecticut Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $96,000 to ten nonprofit organizations serving residents of 21 towns in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. With these grants, the Foundation aims to build people’s pathways from poverty to prosperity and to support diverse and robust neighborhood, city and regional economies.

The HealthWell Foundation® has opened a new fund offering financial assistance to patients who are living with migraines. The new fund provides up to $4,000 in copayment or premium assistance to eligible patients who are living with migraines and have annual household incomes up to 500% of the federal poverty level to assist with medical treatments. 

Joining other cultural institutions across the country, The New England Aquarium is welcoming furloughed government employees and their families with free admission during the federal government shutdown.

News about people, groups

Latino Victory Fund hosted its 3rd Annual Latino Political Summit on January 14th in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chef, philanthropist and Nobel Peace prize-nominee Chef José Andrés and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among the headliners in the summit. The organization also welcomed Secretary Julián Castro to the summit following his presidential campaign announcement.

Peter Latz

IEG has named Peter Laatz as its new Global Managing Director.

The Stand by Me Foundation has been created in an effort to help swimmers become champions. The focus of this non-profit charity is to support American athletes who often receive little to no financial aid, grow the sport of swimming, as well as promote water safety.

When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program in 1986, there were an estimated 3.5 million human cases annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. Just 28 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2018, down slightly from 30 cases reported in 2017. 

The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst will cover lunch expenses for the kids of any family feeling the pinch of the government shutdown.

Members of Accountability PA seized the stage at an awards ceremony held by the secretive PA Medical Cannabis Society, a banquet State Senator Daylin Leach was scheduled to appear as keynote speaker. Leach has been accused by eight women and three men of sexual harassment and groping. He is also accused of raping then-seventeen year-old Cara Taylor in 1991.

The Hub Theatre has reported that the first full production of Season 11 will take place at NextStop Theatre this coming Spring.
Miami City Ballet has appointed Elena Quevedo, PhD as its new Chief Development Officer. She will be assuming her role beginning January 22.
Hudson-Webber Foundation has announced Michael B. Shaw will join the Detroit-based philanthropic organization as its program director.  Shaw will begin his tenure in late January, and will be primarily focused on strategy and program development, management of the grantmaking process, and will help oversee the foundation’s communications and community engagement efforts.
Pacific Symphony will celebrate the Iranian New Year festival of Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and has been celebrated since ancient times. Presented in collaboration with the Farhang Foundation, this special concert led by Music Director Carl St. Clair will take place on March 24th at 7 PM.
The Washington Post Helping Hand has successfully raised over $250,000 this season bringing the total funds raised to $1.14 million since the charitable giving initiative began in 2014.
Dan’l Lewin, president and CEO of the Computer History Museum, has been appointed chairman of the board of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and three new directors have joined the board.
For the 2019 spring semester, Brown Arts Initiative at Brown University welcomes performance and installation artist Tania Bruguera; multimedia artist, composer and performer Ali Momeni; and writer, performer and interactive electronics artist Andrew Schneider as Professors of the Practice.
Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, and Ambassador Kristen Silverberg, managing director at the Institute of International Finance, have each been elected to a serve five-year term on the board of directors of the CDC Foundation.
The Center for Financial Services Innovation, along with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co., today announced the fifth cohort of Financial Solutions Lab winners,  focused on improving financial health at the workplace for underserved workers.  The five chosen in-tech innovators will share insights on effective strategies for employers to promote the financial health of their workforce.

News about opportunities, initiatives

As national parks face issues with unmanaged waste during the government shutdown, Keep America Beautiful is teaming up to help mobilize affiliate organizations and volunteers across the country to clean up these shared public spaces.

The New School today announced the public phase of its New Century Campaign, the largest campus-wide fundraising effort in its history. The university has set a goal to raise $250 million to mark The New School’s Centennial anniversary as a dynamic center for scholars, artists, and activists.

Applications for the 2019 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and will close on February 1st. The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each.

Rasmuson Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Individual Artist Awards. Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 1st. 

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarship applications are now available for the more than $150,000 available to area students. Scholarship guidelines, requirements and applications are available on the Community Foundation website.

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