Nonprofit News 2-7-22

Feb 7, 2022 | News

Project Scientist receives US$ 1 million grant from Trane Technologies, Environmental Defense Fund co-founder Art Cooley passes away, Amnesty International calls EU to stop helping to return people to Libya, and more.

News about grants, gifts
The UMass Chan Medical School received a US$ 15 million donation from alumni Dan and Diane Casey Riccio. The gift includes US$ 10 million for what will be named the Riccio ALS Accelerator Initiative and US$ 5 million to expand and endow the Riccio Fund for Neuroscience.
Project Scientist will receive a US$ 1 million grant from Trane Technologies, payable over three years. The grant includes funding for Project Scientist to add a new mentoring program and expand internationally into Mexico.
Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC owner David Tepper and his wife Nicole made a $10 million investment in The CommonSpark campaign through their foundations. The money will be used to help fund the construction of a new uptown Charlotte public library.
The United States, through the US Agency for International Development, provided approximately $400,000 in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Year 2021 that is now being used to support populations affected by widespread flooding in the Republic of the Congo.
ALYN Hospital was awarded US$ 2.189 million from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to establish the first center in Israel dedicated to groundbreaking research that will position Israel as a global leader in pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation development.
The National Council on Aging received an US$ 8 million gift from MacKenzie Scott to address systemic inequities that hinder the ability of people in marginalized communities to age with dignity.
The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $1,080,800 in funding to support projects through the Open Grants Program and $562,678 in increased Disaster Recovery Grant Program funding. The Golden LEAF Board also approved $71,379 in funding for the NC Rural Center to support the Community-Based Grants Initiative in the Southeast Prosperity Zone.
Dell Children’s Medical Center received a US$ 1 million gift from Kendra Scott to the Dell Children’s Foundation HERE Campaign, an effort dedicated to providing world-class medical care to pediatric patients at Dell Children’s.
News about people, groups
Art Cooley, a longtime activist who co-founded the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) more than 50 years ago, passed away on Sunday, January 30th. Cooley, 87, helped launch EDF in New York in 1967.
The US Soccer Foundation is endorsing the reelection of Cindy Parlow Cone as president of the US Soccer Federation (USFF). The USSF national council meets in Atlanta on March 5th to vote on a four-year term.
The Heisman Trophy Trust elected Dan Reed, Vice President of Global Media at Meta, and Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Kids & Family Entertainment Brand, ViacomCBS to the board of trustees.

The American Federation of Arts named Kim Rorschach the new President of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Rorschach is the former Director of the Seattle Art Museum and former Director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Kebra-Seyoun Charles and Jonathan Okseniuk were named the first place laureate winners of the 25th annual Sphinx Competition for Black and Latinx string players. Mr. Charles hails from Miami, Florida and currently studies at The Juilliard School with Joseph Conyers. Mr. Okseniuk lives in Mesa, Arizona where he studies at the Arete Preparatory Academy with Jing Zeng.
News about opportunities, initiatives
As the European Union marks five years of cooperation agreements to intercept refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, Amnesty International is calling upon the EU to stop helping to return people to Libya. Over 82,000 refugees and migrants have been returned to Libya since deals were struck,where they face arbitrary detention, torture, cruel and inhuman detention conditions, rape and sexual violence, extortion, forced labour and unlawful killings.
The International Rescue Committee is calling for immediate and urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance to avert a humanitarian catastrophe affecting at least 25 million people that have been and will continue to be affected by the persistent droughts across East Africa.
Twist Out Cancer is now accepting applications for anyone touched by cancer and artists to take part in the 2022 Brushes With Cancer program in the Midwest United States. Brushes with Cancer is a six month program that matches Inspirations (previvors, survivors, and caregivers) with artists, who create a unique piece of artwork that reflects their personal journey with cancer.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in collaboration with the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, published Measuring rural poverty with a multidimensional approach: The Rural Multidimensional Poverty Index. The report builds on the notion that a single dimension, such as household income, does not accurately capture poverty in rural areas.
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