Special Update: Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
The US House of Representatives approved a spending bill that provides US$ 13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine and its European allies.
Jewish Communal Fund‘s Special Gifts Fund Committee awarded a special grant of US$ 500,000 to UJA-Federation’s Ukraine Crisis Response Fund. The funds can immediately be put to use for much needed supplies like food and clothing. This Special Gifts Fund grant is in addition to the 600 grants totaling US$ 5 million that fundholders have allocated to support those impacted by the crisis since its onset.
United Airlines launched a fundraising effort to fly aid workers and supplies to the areas of Ukraine that are most in need. United’s MileagePlus® members can donate cash or miles to the airline’s signature relief partners – Airlink, Americares, American Red Cross and World Central Kitchen. United will match the first five million donated miles and US$ 100,000, as well as award bonus miles to anyone who gives US$ 50 or more.
BFL CANADA made a donation of CA$ 100.000 to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal to support humanitarian needs related to the current situation in the country.
Tech To The Rescue has matched 24 NGOs with tech companies to develop digital solutions needed to overcome the increasing humanitarian crisis. Now Tech To The Rescue is calling on the tech community and investors for financial support to carry on #TechForUkraine efforts, estimated to positively impact the lives of two million people.
The Barcelona Burger & Beer Garden and Aliño Pizzeria in Mooresville, North Carolina raised US$ 71,861 to donate to World Central Kitchen to go towards relief efforts for Ukrainian refugees. The total includes all revenue from The Barcelona Burger on Tuesday, March 8th, all revenue from Aliño Pizzeria on Wednesday, March 9, a matching gift from the restaurants, plus a US$ 5,000 gift from a friend of the restaurants.
RBC donated an additional CA$ 750,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine and to assist with the Ukrainian refugee crisis. RBC’s support includes donations to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, International Committee of the Red Cross, Medical Corps, Save the Children, Mental Health Foundation, UNICEF and UN Refugee Agency.
Best Buddies International has created the Best Buddies Ukraine Relief Fund – an emergency fund to support Best Buddies participants made homeless, displaced against their will, and impacted amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Signet Love Inspires Foundation will donate US$ 1M to the Red Cross Ukraine humanitarian relief efforts,
News about grants, gifts
Blue Shield of California made a US$ 37 million contribution to Blue Shield of California Foundation to support its efforts to end domestic violence and help California become the healthiest state.
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation awarded the first of its Legacy Grants Program. The four nonprofit organizations in New Jersey received awards of $2,500 each are: CivicStory in Summit; Creative Placemaking Communities in South Orange; Hackensack Riverkeeper in Hackensack; and Network for Responsible Public Policy in Ridgewood.
The United Arab Emirates is committing US$ 85 million to support humanitarian operations in Ethiopia. In coordination with the Famine Relief Fund, the contribution will be disbursed to several agencies, and will build on the work of the Emirates Red Crescent and Khalifa Foundation, which includes a series of air bridge flights and a relief ship to provide assistance to people affected by drought in Somalia.
The US Agency for International Development is committing an additional US$ 10.6 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in a 2021 bilateral agreement between the US and Nigerian governments. Most of the new funding will finance boosting COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
The United States provided over 250 metric tons of humanitarian supplies to the International Organization for Migration Office in Ethiopia. The supplies will support US efforts to provide emergency support for tens of thousands of Ethiopians affected by the ongoing conflict in the Amhara and Afar regions of Ethiopia.
The United Kingdom Export Finance provided £ 113 million of financial support for the Cameroonian Government, boosting bilateral trade and supporting jobs, as well as to help UK businesses complete essential roadworks that will unlock the country’s economic potential.
Mackenzie Investments‘ Mackenzie Together community program has pledged CA$ 500,000 in new support to Canadian charities that seek to provide financial security for women in need.
The US Embassy will provide US$ 200,000 in government support for 26 Egyptian high school students to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2022.
News about people, groups
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has relaunched and rebranded as the Lincoln Presidential Foundation. This will allow the Foundation to achieve its new, broader mission of leading and supporting efforts across the nation to share the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life, legacy, and leadership.
Dress for Success Worldwide named award-winning actor Scarlett Johansson as a global ambassador for the organization. Johansson and her newly launched skincare brand, The Outset, will add their voices and support to Dress for Success Worldwide in its mission to help women achieve economic independence.
The Lucy Daniels Center has appointed Dr. Emily Odjaghian as the organization’s Clinical/Executive Director. Lucy Daniels Center is the largest service provider of children’s mental health services in the Triangle area of North Carolina.
Pond, a social impact platform, has raised $1,500,000 in pre-seed capital, which will be used to scale the first-of-its-kind marketplace that gives nonprofits access to better tech and business services.
Fast Company selected DreamSpring for this year’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. DreamSpring was recognized for technological innovations that enabled the organization to rapidly scale over the past two years. DreamSpring is dedicated to eliminating systemic wealth inequities and accelerating the economic inclusion and strength of underserved communities.
Sisters of the Skies and Delta Airlines hosted the fourth annual fundraiser Sisters of the Skies 2022 Scholarship Gala on February 26th in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the gala is to seek to improve the current number of Black female pilots in the US. Currently there are just over 150 in the United States who hold Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial, Military and or Certified Flight instructor licenses.
News about opportunities, initiatives
The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County‘s Racial Justice Liberty Project is now accepting submissions for “A Gallery of Stories of Your Racial Discovery” through March 31st. High school students residing in or attending school in Bergen County may submit a one to two minute video sharing their personal reflections about how they came to understand their own racial, ethnic, or cultural identity and how it currently affects them.
The International Narcotics Control Board, an independent, UN-backed body, released their annual report calling on governments to do more to regulate social media platforms that glamourize drug-related negative behavior and boost sales of controlled substances. The report also calls on the private sector to moderate and self-regulate their platforms and limit the advertisement and promotion of the non-medical use of drugs.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged US$ 1 million to help meet urgent human needs such as housing and shelter, access to medicine and medical services, and food security. Nonprofit organizations across the company’s footprint may apply for grants of up to US$ 25,000 each to meet critical needs in communities.
His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State, has partnered with UK Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon to launch the Illegal Wildlife Trade Financial Toolkit, which was launched at Expo 2020 Dubai to coincide with UN Wildlife Day. The toolkit was developed with a focus on the Africa to Asia route, and highlights the importance of public-private sector cooperation in global financial centers, including the UAE, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to combat this trade.
The Community Foundation of Broward is accepting proposals from Grassroots nonprofits operating in Broward County, Florida for grants of $5,000 to $25,000 as part of the Foundation’s new Small Grants Pilot Program.
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