10.29.18 US News

Oct 29, 2018 | News, Philanthropy Journal

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty receives $600,000 charitable commitment from the Connolly Family Foundation, new study coauthored by researchers at BYU, the University of Georgia, NC State University and IUPUI examines how party affiliation affects charitable donations, Giving Compass launches two new tools for donors, and more.

News about grants, gifts

Camp Corral received a donation of $1,820,658 from Golden Corral at its annual convention in San Francisco. The funds, raised through Golden Corral’s annual in-restaurant fundraising campaign, will assist with providing a free week of summer camp for the children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members.

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty received a $600,000 charitable commitment from the Connolly Family Foundation to enable the consortium to build capacity and promote growth over the next three years.

The N. Rachmale Foundation received a $5 million donation from Avinash and Hema Rachmale for the Wayne State University College of Engineering: $1 million to create an endowed scholarship fund, and $4 million to build a structures and materials engineering testing laboratory in Highland Park, Michigan.

Rush University Medical Center received a $5 million donation from Robert and Emily King that will accelerate blood cancer immunotherapy research and the development of new treatment options. A portion of the Kings’ gift will be used to establish and sustain an endowed professorship to support immunotherapy research at Rush.

WORLDZ hosted a first-of-its-kind “action auction” where global brands, agencies, and marketing experts made on-the-spot contributions of an estimated $10 million in marketing value. AT&T, Budweiser, the City of Los Angeles, Hulu, Eko, SMG, YouTube, and others committed resources to Gun Safety Alliance, Love Has No Labels, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the UN World Food Programme.

The Archives of American Art announced a $5 million gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to create an endowment to process and digitize material on art and artists from historically underrepresented groups in the Archives’ collections and the American canon, making them broadly available online.

Leonard Stoler and his wife, Roslyn, have given a $25 million gift to help fund a major expansion of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. The funds are earmarked for a state-of-the-art patient care tower that will enable UMGCCC to provide technologically advanced, integrated care to cancer patients.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have announced nearly $4 million in grants for three organizations working to provide innovative pathways to learning and training to help create mobility for workers: The Foundation for California Community Colleges (the Foundation); Code for America Labs, Inc.; and edX.org.

News about people, groups

A new study coauthored by researchers at BYU, the University of Georgia, NC State University and IUPUI examines how party affiliation affects charitable donations. The research breaks down the philanthropic giving of voters in red counties vs. blue counties across the country.  The study finds that voters who live in counties where political competition is high give less to charity.

Jane Williams has been named to the executive committee of the Women & Girls Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation. Ms. Williams is the Workforce Development Coordinator for the Center for Workforce Development at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She also launched the Entrepreneurial Center of Northwest Connecticut in 2017.

Thomas Aquinas College received unanimous approval from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to operate Thomas Aquinas College, New England. The branch campus in Western Massachusetts, set to open fall 2019, will award the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has released new report on the economic impact of harassment and abuse and the importance of economic security in survivors’ ability to lead safe and healthy lives. 

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary by raising $2.4 million at their “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show” featuring models with Down syndrome and their celebrity escorts.

The Institute for Alternative Futures and The Kresge Foundation release a new publication, “Human Services and Human Progress 2035,” that explores what human progress, human need and human services will be in the United States in 2035.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Ellin & Tucker are offering “Not-for-Profit Reporting Changes: What You Need to Know.” The free webinar series will start November 1st at 1:00 p.m. The second session will be held November 8th, also at 1:00 p.m.

Giving Compass, in partnership with the Raikes Foundation and Schwab Charitable, launched two new tools to help donors give with impact: the Giving Compass API and the Giving Planner.

Givology will host their 10th Anniversary Gala on November 8th in New York City.

RallyUp announced the launch of Challengely, a charity fundraising tool for video-recorded challenges.

Subaru of America, Inc.  launchED the 11th  annual Share the Love Event which, for the eighth year, will benefit Make-A-Wish.

Barbells for Boobs announced an ongoing partnership with PAQTech, a self-purifying/odor-eliminating bag manufacturer. PAQTech will be donating a portion of proceeds from each of its bags sold to aid Barbells for Boobs in their mission to provide women with accessible breast healthcare while also providing patients with the resources they need to navigate the difficult diagnosis of breast cancer.

The “Safety and Justice Challenge” from the MacArthur Foundation expanded their national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails by funding 12 new cities and counties working to reduce incarceration along with 13 sites already part of their movement. Jurisdictions joining the network include Baltimore City, MD; Bernalillo County, NM; Camden County, NJ; Franklin County, OH; Gwinnett County, GA; Hennepin County, MN; City of Long Beach, CA; Norfolk County, MA; Sangamon County, IL; City of St. Louis, MO; and Tulsa County, OK.

The College Board unveiled the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, a first-of-its-kind national scholarship program that guides high school students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for their education for each action they complete. The College Board is dedicating $25 million over five years to the new program that lays out six simple steps all students can take to get to college.

The Vera Institute of Justice announced its new “Reshaping Prosecution” program, along with a web-based guide that will educate and empower community members to learn more about the decisions prosecutors – most of whom are elected – make and the impact they have on the community.

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