January 30, 2015

12.19.13: U.S. Nonprofit News


The Wender Weis Foundation for Children raised more than $100,000 at its 4th annual Holiday Heroes celebration to benefit eight children’s organizations in the San Francisco area. (Photo courtesy of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children)

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children raised more than $100,000 at its 4th annual Holiday Heroes celebration to benefit eight children’s organizations in the San Francisco area. (Photo courtesy of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children)

News about grants, gifts

The Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign has raised $17 million to support local breast cancer charities since its founding nine years ago.

Principal Financial Group and its employees raised more than $6.7 million for the United Way.

CVS Caremark Charitable Trust committed $5 million to provide healthcare access to underserved populations through the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, School-Based Health Alliance and the National Association for Community Health Centers.

Window World has raised $4 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital over the past five years.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation gave more than $1.5 million to support oncology nursing and smoking cessation programs in Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland. For details, click here.

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement received a four-year, $1.4 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to benefit the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, which provides bereavement resources at schools throughout the country.

The Mary Kay Foundation, along with the Arbor Day Foundation, pledged $1.2 million to build 20 Nature Explore classrooms at domestic violence shelters across the U.S.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation gave grants of $785,000 to seven Michigan nonprofits that meet basic needs. For details, click here.

The Kids Wish Network distributed more than $700,000 worth of toys and basic necessities to 35 charities to give away during the holiday season.

The QBE Foundation awarded $675,000 in grants to 12 nonprofits across the country selected by its employees. For details, click here.

Eleven Florida nursing colleges and patient simulation training labs received $525,298 in grants from the Florida Blue Foundation to support nursing education and healthcare delivery.

First Interstate Bank donated $525,000 to the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund.

The MoneyGram Foundation distributed 14 grants totaling $500,000 to projects in 10 countries in 2013. For details, click here.

The Assurant Foundation gave grants totaling $240,000 to eight Milwaukee-area nonprofits that address hunger, homelessness and health and wellness for at-risk children. For details, click here.

Musician Fergie and wet n wild donated $50,000 to the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Toro Company gave four grants totaling $15,000 to support gardening, water conservation and sustainable agriculture projects at schools and nonprofits. For details, click here.

iQor donated more than 55,000 canned food items to local charities and typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Kholer Generators gave a commercial-grade, back-up generator to provide emergency power for government buildings in Seaside Park, N.J.

News about people, groups

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas celebrated its first year of operation, which saw visits from 375,000 school groups and financial aid given to more than 90,000 students and 25 school districts.

Jennifer M. Jehn was appointed president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.

Alan van Capelle was named president and CEO of the Educational Alliance.

The California State University Institute for Palliative Care appointed its inaugural National Advisory Board. For details, click here.

Nora Maroulis was hired as director of philanthropy for the Worcester Art Museum.

SunEdison Rural Energy Fund was recognized as a 510(c)(3) charity by the IRS.

John F. Boyer will receive the 2013 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Louisiana Sen. David Heitmeier received the Champion for Children award from the AmeriGroup Foundation, which also made a $1,500 donation in his honor to the Knights of Columbus.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children raised more than $100,000 at its 4th annual Holiday Heroes celebration to benefit eight children's organizations in the San Francisco area.

The Plan to End Homelessness in Northwest Connecticut, organized by more than a dozen nonprofits and local government agencies, aims to dispel myths about homelessness, raise knowledge of homelessness, optimize the potential for funding and create a roadmap for an integrated, strategic approach to end homelessness.

ArtistTrust launched the Creating a Living Legacy program to help visual artists archive and document their work.

One Hour Translation started a global fair trade program to provide free translation services to help small farmers across the world communicate with their customer base and partners.

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