6.10.19 US News

Jun 10, 2019 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Independence Seaport Museum receives William Penn Foundation grant, J. Paul Getty Trust board of trustees elects David L. Lee as chair of the board, ThirdSuite launches free virtual book club, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The Boston Foundation distributed 26 grants totaling $160,300 via their Equality Fund to support LGBTQ efforts in Greater Boston.

The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded four grants totaling nearly $5 million to nonprofits aiming to improve care for older adults.

The Urban Land Institute received a $200,000 grant from Energy Foundation to promote activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Consumer Reports is launching a new Digital Lab that will focus on consumers’ rights in the digital era. Initial funding comes from a $6 million philanthropic investment from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the single largest gift in CR’s history.

Dr. Gregg Winteregg from MGE Management Experts along with Jessica McDonald, Development Coordinator and Jennifer Merritt, Director of Operations from America’s ToothFairy.

MGE Management Experts raised $109,000 for America’s ToothFairy, a national foundation providing access to dental care and oral health education.

The Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” grant program distributed their 2019 awards with each of the 100 selected Massachusetts nonprofits receiving $100,000, resulting in $10 million of grant funds awarded. Click here for a list of the 2019 recipients.

The Shubert Foundation split $32 million in grant funds to 556 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. A full list of the grants, ranging from $10,000 to $325,000, will be made available at a later day in an annual grant report.

Recent heart patient Donald Scott and his wife Susan made a $1.5 million gift to the Loyola Medicine Cardiology Division for the purchase of new software, technology and equipment while $500,000 will be used to support five one-year research fellowships.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation Women & Girls Fund provided a grant of $4,275 to Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s new program Girls and Women in Manufacturing, which features manufacturing and financial literacy courses.

The William Penn Foundation selected the Independence Seaport Museum for a $160,000 grant to support increased public access to the Delaware River and expand the museum’s on-water programming to help increase environmental awareness, promote a shared sense of responsibility, and support the museum’s watershed restoration goals.

The Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation awarded the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research a $10 million endowed gift to provide students with salary stipends and help attract and recruit renowned talent to the school.

News about people, groups

Utah newspaper and media outlet Salt Lake Tribune officially submitted a 501c3 educational entity bid to the IRS to become a nonprofit.

Some of the art auctioned at the WACO Theater Center gala.

WACO Theater Center held an art auction at their annual gala and raised over $2.4 million for programs to help Los Angeles youth explore the arts.

For their mission to expand solar electricity access for nonprofits, Fellowship Energy won the “Best Nonprofit Solar Program” award along with a $5 million cash prize from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls added five new members to its board of directors: Maxine Cuffe, Allie Kochinsky, Ashley Orr, Tiffany Scott, and Roberta Torian.

Chiesi Group, including all 28 Chiesi affiliates, was designated a Certified B Corporation by B Lab.

David L. Lee, J. Paul Getty Trust chair.

The J. Paul Getty Trust board of trustees elected David L. Lee as its next chair of the board, succeeding Maria Hummer-Tuttle.

Former Major League Baseball all-stars, including Kenny Lofton and Torii Hunter, have launched the Still Got Game Foundation to pair former professional athletes with like-minded charitable individuals to exchange ideas, provide resources, volunteer, and develop/promote social change programming.

Independent Sector released an analysis on the potential impact of five distinct federal policy ideas meant to increase charitable giving. The report’s research was conducted by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in partnership with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for access to the full report.

Yu-Ai Kai raised more than $170,500 at their 2019 Day of Giving to promote healthy aging, independent living, and advocate for all seniors while embracing Japanese American tradition.

Global Village Project appointed Amy Pelissero as Director of Academic, Student, and Global Affairs.

 The Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust launched Morgan Stanley GIFTCures, in partnership with Harrington Discovery Institute, to advance the development of research discoveries into new cures and treatments for a broad range of diseases including Alzheimer’s, blindness, diabetes, cancers, and others.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The CD cover art for “West Side Story Reimagined.”

A portion the CD sales for West Side Story Reimagined from Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band will benefit the Jazz Foundation of America Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund.

ThirdSuite launched a free virtual book club to foster discussion about books relevant to the nonprofit sector. The book club’s first book is Eric Klinenberg’s “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.”

The Foundation for Child Development is currently accepting proposals for its 2020 Young Scholars Program, a scholarship for early career researchers. More information about the research awards, up to $225,000 for primary research and up to $180,000 for secondary data analysis, can be found here.

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