1.28.19 US News

Jan 28, 2019 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Barrett-Jackson holds the 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, The Petersen Automotive Museum receives a $5 million gift, Pearl S. Buck International hosts the annual Woman of Influence Award, and more.

News about grants, gifts

Morris Animal Foundation raised more than $1 million during its end-of-year-giving campaign, exceeding its goal of $900,000. The funds will allow the Foundation to support even more scientific health studies benefiting animals around the world.

The Boston Foundation made a $500,000 grant to King Boston for the completion of an ecosystem of memorial tributes to Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King across the city of Boston.

11th Hour Racing named eight grantees, representing a variety of organizations and projects in the U.S. and the U.K. Funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation, 11th Hour Racing’s grant program is committed to mobilizing sailing, marine, and coastal communities to create systemic change for the health of our oceans.

The George Family Foundation awarded $1,244,000 in grants to 40 organizations that will support equity and social justice programs, youth programs focused on the environment, mindfulness education, and educational efforts to help ensure improved end-of-life choices in Minnesota.

The Petersen Automotive Museum received a $5 million gift from the Otis Booth Foundation. The award marks the first gift of the museum’s silver anniversary and will include the renaming of the Petersen’s History Floor to the Otis Booth History Floor.

The California chapter of the Consolidated Communications Foundation provided $161,031 to 92 nonprofit organizations in 2018.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Foundation a $2 million grant to support ULI’s efforts to advance healthy real estate and community development practices. An additional grant of $50,000 was also awarded to support activities which further collaboration between ULI and its partners on health.

News about people, groups

Barrett-Jackson held the 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction during the week of January 12-20th at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the weeklong premier automotive lifestyle event, Barrett-Jackson raised $9.6 million,  the largest amount raised at one auction in the company’s 48-year history.

The Semper Fi Fund and The National Ability Center held a ski and snowboard clinic for veterans from January 22nd-24th. Service members  received instruction from world-class coaches and volunteers from the National Ability Center, which provides alpine skiing and snowboarding lessons to people with disabilities and other special needs.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and its sister organization, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, named policy expert Gaylynn Burroughs as senior policy counsel. Burroughs joins the organizations from the Feminist Majority and the Feminist Majority Foundation, where she led the implementation of policy priorities for reproductive health and women’s rights.  

Oregon Community Foundation released their  2018 Tracking Oregon’s Progress (TOP) Report: Oregonians Mobilizing for Change, detailing stories of community-led efforts to mobilize resources and solve pressing problems.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving named retired Navy fighter pilot and Top Gun Options CEO E. Matthew “Whiz” Buckley as an honorary co-chair for their ninth annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K being held on April 28th at Huizenga Plaza.

Economic Mobility Pathways made three new additions to its Board of Directors: Dorothy E. Puhy, Barbara Russell, and LaShauna Walker.

On January 5th and 6th, B-Adaptive Foundation and Aztec Adaptive Sports hosted the 2nd JTB Wheelchair Tennis Global Challenge. The participating athletes for this year’s event were selected with the assistance of each nation’s wheelchair tennis organization under one predicament: each individual was to travel unaccompanied. In all, 12 athletes were able to make the trip to San Diego.

The Pritzker Military Museum and Library appointed Dr. Rob Havers as president and chief executive officer. Havers begins his new role Feb. 4th.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Chester County Fund for Women and Girls will host a free inaugural Girls in Action Summit to unite high school girls throughout Chester County on Saturday, March 2nd, at West Chester University. Attendees will learn about the deep and varied needs in their communities while engaging in strategic grantmaking. 

The HealthWell Foundation opened a new fund to provide assistance to Medicare patients who are living with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Under the new fund, HealthWell will provide up to $8,000 in copayment or premium assistance to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level.

Pearl S. Buck International will host the annual Woman of Influence Award dinner at the Estate Pavilion on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck House in Hilltown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 25th. The 2019 Woman of Influence honoree is Nydia Han, 6abc’s Emmy award-winning Consumer Investigative Reporter, Troubleshooter, and co-anchor of Action News Sunday mornings.

Common Impact is launching a model to engage private sector talent in supporting community disaster preparedness and resiliency. The move is designed to meet the demand of U.S. communities faced with recovery from wildfires, hurricanes, and other disasters brought about by climate change, with long-term preparation and recovery services from catastrophic events.

Applications are now being accepted through March 12th for the UL Innovative Education Award. This first-of-its-kind award program recognizes five nonprofit organizations annually. Award winners receive gifts of $100,000, $50,000 or $25,000 so they can scale up their efforts and reach more youth in their respective communities.

The Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute and researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are launching a novel nationwide study to understand why treatment resistance develops in a specific group of lung cancer patients. The Study of Plasma Next Generation Sequencing for Remote Assessment, Characterization, Evaluation of Patients with ALK Drug Resistance uses the latest gene-sequencing technology on blood plasma of patients with a rare form of lung cancer.

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