2.13.17 US Nonprofit News

Feb 13, 2017 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Emancipet launches national program to build the capacity of the animal welfare profession, the Roddenberry Foundation names inaugural winners of The Roddenberry Prize, The Vera Institute of Justice launches Task Force on Ending Girls’ Incarceration in New York City, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation named a new $1 million grant to fund pilot stem cell research projects at UCLA, UC San Francisco and USC.

Danville Regional Foundation awarded the 2017 B.R. Ashby M.D. Award for Outstanding Community Service to Caswell Family Medical Center. This award, in the amount of a $50,000 general operating grant, honors outstanding community service in the region by a nonprofit organization. 
The Chanda Plan Foundation received a $300,000 Sustainable Impact Projects grant from The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support staff and programmatic efforts associated with its new Health Center.
The University of Iowa and University of Iowa Foundation‘s For Iowa, Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa was a success as more than 272,000 alumni and friends gave more than $1.975 billion to help the University in education, research, and health care. 
Holland America Line guests and employees have raised more than $5 million for cancer support through “On Deck” programming that began in 2006. Currently the On Deck for a Cause program benefits six international cancer organizations located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom. 
The National Christian Foundation will gift the historic Northfield Campus in Northfield, Massachusetts, to Thomas Aquinas College and The Moody Center.
The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub committed over than $50 million to support 47 investigators from the Bay Area, with 19 from Stanford University. The investigators are aimed at research, curing, preventing, and managing disease.
The Roddenberry Foundation named five inaugural winners of The Roddenberry Prize, supporting innovative solutions that address humanity’s greatest challenges. The award consists of one $400,000 Grand Prize winner and four $150,000 Innovation Award winners.
Food Animal Concerns Trust awarded more than $57,000 in Fund-a-Farmer grants to 24 farms across 15 states.  
The Chris Long Foundation announced that Waterboys, one of the initiatives of the foundation, raised over $20,000 for the construction of its 17th water well in East Africa. 

News about people, groups

Alexandra McKay will join Rasmuson Foundation as Vice President of Programs, where she will oversee the Foundation’s grant-making programs and initiatives.

Charity Navigator launched the Digitized Form 990 Decoder, an open-source collaborative project for exploring nonprofit public tax records. The offering features a database of more than 1.7 million tax records, of which over 900,000 have been processed.

The Miracle Foundation named Elizabeth Davis, a longtime COO, as President. 

Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group have released Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking. The 2017 report analyzes $2.7 billion of human rights funding in 2014 — the latest year for which complete data is available — by global region, issue area, intervention strategy, and population group, revealing the actual priorities of foundations and bilateral and multilateral donors.

The Miracle Foundation named longtime COO, Elizabeth Davis as President of the organization. The organization is also launching a new campaign entitled ‘Orange is for Orphans.’ 

Saint Luke’s Foundation named Terry Allan, Patrick Kanary and Teresa J. Schaffer, CPA to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

Chicago Dancers United named Phil Reynolds executive director of the organization, and Kevin McGirr as the president of the board of directors. Patti Eylar was named the vice-president of the board of directors.

Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County began construction on two homes with a Double Wall Raising Ceremony on February 8th. 

Move America Forward sent Valentine’s Day Care packages to military troops serving overseas. 

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley promoted Rachel Chazin Halperin, J.D., L.M.S.W to the position of Chief Program Officer. 

The Fund for Academic Renewal named Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLC as the legal advisor for the organization. 

News about opportunities, initiatives
Rasmuson Foundation is seeking public nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Artist Award. The Award recognizes the significant artistic accomplishments of one Alaskan and culminates in a $40,000 grant. 
The Vera Institute of Justice launched the Task Force on Ending Girls’ Incarceration in New York City, a new multi-agency task force created in partnership with New York City agencies to address the unique needs of girls in the city’s juvenile justice system. 

Emancipet, a nonprofit organization working to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners, launched Emancipet New School, a national program to build the capacity of the animal welfare profession.

The Charitable Giving Coalition will bring more than 150 nonprofit leaders from across the nation representing a diverse group of charities to Capitol Hill on Thursday, February 16,  to urge lawmakers and their staffs to protect charitable giving in America. 

Applications are now being accepted for eight one-year journalism fellowships with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. These fellowships aim to enhance public understanding of mental health issues and reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses through balanced and accurate reporting.
The 31st Annual AIDS Walk Orange County will take place on May 6th in Irvine, California. The theme for this year is “Heroes for Zero”. 
The Honest Struggle, a documentary film funded by the Islamic Scholarship Fund, is about the experiences of Muslim Americans, especially one of post incarceration. It will be premiered in the Bay Area on March 4th, 6th, 8th, and 11th.
Miracle Flights is holding its inaugural golf social, Swings for Wings, on May 25th in Las Vegas. The event is presented by the Bank of Nevada and the evening will raise funds for critically ill children in need of medical care.
The Brown Arts Initiative will hold its first-ever symposium on arts and environment at Brown University. The symposium will take place on March 3rd-March 4th at Brown University. 
American Academy in Rome is having a panel discussion featuring leading figures in landscape architecture and urban design on March 2nd in New York City at the Whitney Museum of American Art. 
The Junior League of Washington is accepting volunteers up until February 21st for its inaugural Day of Service on May 6th in Washington, DC. 
World’s Best Cat Litter is partnering with five animal shelters across the U.S to give people an opportunity until February 28th to vote online to select one of the shelters to receive 5,000 pounds of cat litter. 
Volunteers of America is having its first benefit concert, 2017 Jazz & Gumbo Festival. The event will take place on February 18th in St. Petersburg, Florida. 
The 19th Annual New York Gala in support of Help For Children will be held on March 2, 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.   

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