7.15.19 US News

Jul 15, 2019 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Nineteen orchestras receive grants from League of American Orchestras, J. Paul Getty Trust hires new director, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City releases report, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The University of California, Irvine Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research received a $1,000,000 gift from the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation to study lithium levels in patients with bipolar and major depressive disorders.

The Otto Bremer Trust awarded more than $10,000,000 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. Click here for a list of all 137 awarded grants.

The United States Tennis Association’s Foundation received $180,000 from Chase to support tennis and education programming at 12 national junior tennis and learning network chapters.

The “Dignity in Aging” Funding Collaborative—including The Community Foundation of Broward, Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward County, and others—committed $706,807 to help Florida’s isolated Broward County seniors.

The Visual Artist Support Program grant aims to recognize, encourage, and nurture artists like Shields, whose work is shown here.

The Pirkle Jones Fund named Lela Shields as the ninth recipient of a $25,000 grant from its Visual Artist Support Program. The program supports promising emerging and mid-career artists living in Marin County, California.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls awarded $217,000 in grants to 27 non-profit organizations serving the needs of women and girls throughout Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Nineteen U.S. orchestras received grants from the League of American Orchestras to support innovation and organizational learning. The two-year grants, in the amount of $80,000–$150,000 each, are funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies gave a $5,000,000 gift to Civic Hall to help to expand the organization’s Digital Learning Center, which provides free and low-cost digital training for nonprofit and government leaders.

SunTrust Foundation selected YMCA of East Tennessee for a $275,000 grant to support its youth development programs that focus on financial wellness, academics, leadership and well-being.

Connecticut Community Foundation awarded $1.4 million in grants to dozens of nonprofit organizations serving residents of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

News about people, groups

American Farmland Trust hired Robbin Marks as director of institutional partnerships.

Volkswagen of America made a $1,000,0000 donation to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity dedicated to supporting teachers with funding for classroom projects and basic supplies.

The board of trustees of the Jewish Theological Seminary has elected four new members: Talya Bock, Matt Furman, Alan Klein, and Sharon Nelles.

Most recently, Esposito served as senior director of arts and culture for The Boston Foundation.

Incubated at the Northwest Arkansas Council with support from the Walton Family Foundation, a new regional arts service organization led by Allyson Esposito will help expand access to arts, culture and heritage in Northwest Arkansas.

The J. Paul Getty Trust appointment Joan Weinstein as the new director of the Getty. Weinstein is currently acting director of the Getty Foundation, where she has been deputy director since 2007 and has served in various roles since 1994. Additionally, Mary Schmidt Campbell joined the J. Paul Getty Trust board of trustees.

Social Interest Solutions rebranded as Alluma.

The Alliance for Lifetime Income is the sole sponsor of the American stops for Rolling Stone’s “No Filter” tour.

Paul R. Provost was hired as the Art Bridges Foundation chief executive officer.

The Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce and Husson University signed an agreement to provide a 10% tuition discount to all of the employees of the Chamber’s member organizations who enroll in any of the university’s Master of Business Administration programs.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Under the current carbon emissions scenario, nearly half (42 percent) of grassland bird species will become highly vulnerable by the end of this century.

The National Audubon Society published North American Grasslands & Birds Report, a comprehensive analysis of climate change vulnerabilities and land-use threats facing grassland bird species. Full access to the report is available here.

Double Good partnered with Pop Warner Little Scholars by launching a nationwide fundraising contest that kicks off on July 15th and runs through October 31st. Approximately 325,000 young athletes within the organization’s network will have access to Double Good’s technology to fundraise though popcorn sales, and the winning association in each region will receive an additional $5,000.

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, with support from The Kresge Foundation, released their latest report, The Overlooked Anchors: Advancing a New Standard of Practice for Arts and Culture Organizations to Create Equitable Opportunity in America’s Cities. Click here for full access to the report.

Adaptive Training Foundation partnered with Michelob ULTRA to host several day-long holistic wellness experience in different cities throughout the summer. Click here for more information and to acquire tickets.

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