Youth

Trump Official Freezes Michelle Obama’s Plan to Fight Childhood Obesity
May 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

After only six days on the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue moved to stall one of former first lady Michelle Obama’s signature accomplishments: Stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches, which feed more than 31 million children. Speaking at Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Patricia Montague of…

Students donate 5K Pounds of Food for Nonprofit
May 1, 2017 at 12:53 am

Each year, the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School community and its partner, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, hold its Share the Well Food Drive to benefit the Community Assistance Center located in Sandy Springs. And like many organizations, the partners held their annual drive around Thanksgiving. But all of that changed after a challenge was presented to…

#GivingTuesday Donations on the Rise
April 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

The day after Thanksgiving, the holidays hit full-force. And it’s not just the radio stations blasting “Here Comes Santa Claus” every half hour—it’s the shopping frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thankfully, (no pun intended) for the past four years, we’ve had a day to shift the focus away from materialism and back to the true spirit of the holidays: Giving Tuesday...

Girl Scouts: More Than the Sum of Its Cookies
April 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for 100 years, and in 2017 alone, 200 million boxes will be bought. Yet according to the organization's top leader, those delicious treats come with a very serious purpose—and themselves represent big money. "We have an $850 million dollar business," Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts of USA interim CEO, told…

Lerner Foundation Giving $4.8M to Boost Rural School Success
April 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

Eight community organizations, each partnered with a local school district, will each receive a 6-year $600,000 grant as part of a larger effort to spur the post-secondary educational aspirations of rural middle- and high-school students, the Lerner Foundation announced Monday. “Too many young people in rural Maine are missing out on opportunities to reach their…

Mattel Commits $50M to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

Mattel, Inc. announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health that will fund an expansion of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and help establish a world-class pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children’s health. A committed partner for more than 20 years, Mattel has provided more than $80 million to UCLA in…

DonorsChoose.org Helps Teachers Pay for Students’ Basic Needs
March 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to funding children’s educational needs, launched its Student Life Essentials Program earlier this year. Prior to the launch, DonorsChoose conducted a survey that included 2,000 teachers who were from high-poverty schools throughout the nation...

Chance the Rapper Announces $1M Donation to Chicago Public Schools
March 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding. The…

The IKEA Foundation Calls on Funders to Step up, Save Lives in Yemen
March 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

Yemen is on the verge of social, economic and institutional collapse as a merciless war continues to rage. People are struggling to survive. Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, over 2 million people have fled their homes, putting host communities under pressure and leading to insufficient food and inadequate access to basic medical…