9.2.2019 US News

Sep 2, 2019 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Wounded Warrior Project earns Military Child Education Coalition grant, National Braille Press relaunches website, inaugural LA Press Freedom Week held in California, and more.

News about grants, gifts

The Kavli Foundation committed $3 million to support ongoing neuroscience research at the Salk Institute.

The Wounded Warrior Project awarded a $150,000 grant in support of Military Child Education Coalition to sustain programs and workshops in Colorado Springs area schools.

TechSoup received a $2.5 million grant from VMware Foundation to support initiatives to significantly expand its offerings and nearly double the number of nonprofit organizations it serves.

The SunTrust Foundation awarded $2.7 million in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations across the South and Midwest. Awarded organizations include Arc Broward, Cincinnati Works, Durham County Library Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, The DEC Network, The Women’s Resource, and others.

News about people, groups

Children’s Minnesota appointed Brenda McCormick as chief financial officer and Jennifer Soderholm as chief development officer.

Previously, Ravipudi served as chief operating officer for the medical group.

Keck Medicine of USC named Smitha Ravipudi as chief executive officer of USC Care Medical Group.

ActionAid USA hired Niranjali Amerasinghe as its new executive director.

The USTA Foundation raised $1.2 million at their 19th annual Opening Night Gala on August 26th, at the 2019 US Open benefiting the National Junior Tennis and Learning network.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation named John S. Watson Jr. as fund advisor of the Community Foundation’s Bunbury Fund.

Kathryn A. Nelson joined the Hawai’i Community Foundation as the organization’s senior vice president of philanthropy.

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute ratified the majority of its new board of directors, a 19-member body comprising community leaders.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir raised $4.1 million in gifts and pledges as part of its first endowment campaign, launched in 2017, surpassing its original goal of $3.75 million by July 2019.

National Braille Press, non-profit braille publisher and producer of braille products, relaunched their website, www.nbp.org.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Animal Grantmakers will host the “2019 Animal Grantmakers Conference” in Minneapolis, MN from October 20th to 23rd. Click here for more information.

THOR Industries began a multi-year partnership with the National Forest Foundation to improve recreation sites and campgrounds by making them more sustainable.

Broward Cares (a collaboration between The Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County) launched in response to Hurricane Dorian. Visit Broward Cares for more information.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association partnered with the Los Angeles Times to launch the inaugural LA Press Freedom Week, scheduled for September 16th through 20th at several venues in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more information.


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