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Nonprofit Group Commits $30M for New Omaha VA Facility
April 20, 2017 at 3:29 pm

A nonprofit corporation announced Wednesday that it's signed an agreement with federal officials to raise $30 million for a new veterans outpatient clinic in Omaha. Officials said it's the first of five public-private pilot projects nationwide for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The local money will be added to $56 million already appropriated for the…

#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...

USF Receives Landmark $10M Gift to Advance Catholic Education, Leadership
April 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Joan McGrath and her husband, Robert, have donated $10 million to the University of San Francisco to dramatically expand scholarships for Catholic school teaching programs at USF’s School of Education, create a new multidisciplinary student leadership institute and endow scholarships for undergraduate students to enroll in international immersion opportunities. The McGrath gift represents the largest…

Parks 'to Be Run By Charities' Under Plans Backed By the National Trust
April 19, 2017 at 9:27 am

Parks will be removed from the control of councils and run by charities under plans backed by the National Trust to stop them closing and falling into disrepair. Earlier this year MPs warned that parks risked returning to the neglect of the Eighties and Nineties because of budget cuts, with many facing the threat of…

AHF Backs $300M Fund to Contain Future Infectious Disease Outbreaks
April 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

On Apr. 17, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) offered its backing for a special $300 million fund in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to contain and eradicate future emerging infectious disease epidemics. “When an outbreak of an infectious disease occurs, time is of the essence. We learned a tragic lesson 30 years ago,…

Bluegrass Nonprofit Split Over Float in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade
April 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

It was a simple idea: A live bluegrass band would “pick” music from the back of a flatbed truck. But the choice of venue—San Francisco’s annual Gay Pride Parade—wasn’t. The California Bluegrass Association, a nonprofit founded in 1975, is supported by nearly 3,000 banjo-playing members. And as the twangy music has gained popularity on California’s…

Austin Animal Services Chief Leaves for Nonprofit
April 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

The director of Austin Animal Services is leaving the city for a gig with a nonprofit that advocates for no-kill policies, the nonprofit announced in a news release Wednesday. Tawny Hammond took over city animal services in 2015 after previously running an animal shelter in Fairfax County, Va. She will leave the post May 14…

Southeastern Louisiana University Receives $10M Donation
April 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

Southeastern Louisiana University receives a $10 million bequest, the largest single donation in its history. SLU spokesperson Mike Rivault says Seth Ryan, a graduate from the Class of 1953, became an anonymous donor 15 years ago. He says Ryan donated much of his estate to the university when he passed away several weeks ago. “Because…

Brown University Receives $24M Gift to Fund Friedman Hall
April 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

With a $24 million gift to fund the comprehensive renovation of the historic Wilson Hall, Brown University will transform one of its most heavily trafficked undergraduate academic buildings into a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and learning in the heart of its College Hill campus. The gift from the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family…

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…

Ford Foundation Pledges $1B to Mission-Related Investment
April 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

Investment with a clear benefit to society is increasingly claiming imaginations across the world amid the challenges the world faces in 2017. The Ford Foundation, an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization, gave impact investment a significant boost when it announced that it is committing up to $1 billion from its $12 billion endowment over the next…

Resilience and Response in Times of Change
April 11, 2017 at 9:02 am

It’s no secret that the social sector has been part of the front line conversation and action under the new administration. Nonprofit women leaders came together to lead the Women’s March in January; Make the Road, New York Immigration Coalition and The Arab American Association of New York organized protests against executive orders targeting immigrants at New York City airports...

Colorado State University Receives $12.5M for New Global Food Innovation Center
April 5, 2017 at 8:35 pm

Thanks to a substantial gift from one of the world’s leading global food companies, JBS USA, Colorado State University has begun construction on the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary and Kay Smith, a new $15 million facility that will advance best practices in food safety, meat sciences and animal handling and…

How the ACLU Is Evolving to Fight Trump in Streets
April 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm

When President Donald Trump arrived in Nashville on Mar. 15 to stump for his new health care and school reform polices at the city’s Municipal Auditorium, he was greeted by something unexpected. Several hundred protestors waving signs were already marching through town against him. That uprising wasn’t really supposed to happen. Anti-Trump forces had learned…

Environmental Groups Are Challenging the Administration About Keystone XL
April 3, 2017 at 10:06 pm

On Mar. 24, the Trump Administration issued a presidential permit to TransCanada to operate and construct Keystone XL, a 1,179-mile pipeline carrying up to 830,000 gallons of oil each day from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Neb., which reverses the Obama administration’s block on this project...

Helmsley Grants $5M to Study Rise of Crohn's Disease in the East
March 31, 2017 at 8:38 am

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided a total of $5.2 million to the Australasian Gastro Intestinal Research Foundation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong to study environmental factors that influence the development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which have been rising in Asia. The 3-year grants will support researchers in Hong…