Suzanne Perry

Suzanne Perry
Promise Neighborhoods Program Is Officially Off the Ground

May 3, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy The Department of Education officially started the Promise Neighborhoods program, inviting applications for $10 million in grants to plan comprehensive antipoverty projects in urban neighborhoods, rural areas, or tribal communities.

The department said it would award up to 20 one-year grants of between $400,000 and $500,000 for projects modeled after Harlem Children's Zone, a charity program that offers educational and social services to help poor children from birth to college in a nearly 100-block area in New York.

The application deadline is June 25, and grants will be awarded by September.

Foundations See 'Moment of Opportunity' to Improve Schools

April 30, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy Twelve foundations announced today they plan to spend $506-million this year on grants designed to bolster a new $650-million federal grant program to expand innovative school-improvement projects.

"We see this as a real moment of opportunity for the country," said Michelle Cahill, a vice president at Carnegie Corporation of New York, which is coordinating the effort along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The grant makers said in a statement they have also created an online registry to make it easier for groups to apply for, and share information about, the new federal program, known as the Investing in Innovation, or "i3," program.

Social Innovation Fund Issues Call for Grant Proposals

Feb. 18, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy The Corporation for National and Community Service issued its final notice today on how it plans to spend the Social Innovation Fund, paving the way for organizations to prepare their grant applications.

Senate Tax Could Generate Up to 18,000 New Nonprofit Jobs

Feb. 11, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy -- A tax credit that is part of a draft jobs bill that the U.S. Senate is now considering could provide $1-billion in benefits to nonprofit groups and generate from 8,000 to 18,000 new nonprofit jobs, according to an analysis by the Alliance for Children and Families.

Supreme Court Campaign-Finance Ruling Could Aid Nonprofit Advocacy, But Adds New Concerns

Jan. 25, 2010, Chronicle of Philanthropy The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday to lift restrictions on corporate campaign spending has drawn sharp attacks from government watchdogs and other nonprofit groups that fear it will allow businesses to drown out the voices of individuals, charities, and smaller advocacy organizations.

Nonprofit Coalition Announces Military-Civilian VolunteerCampaign

November 11, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — A coalition of nonprofit groups today announced a campaign to unite civilian and military organizations in community-service projects to help military personnel, veterans, and their families — and described more than 30 specific projects.

Task Force Proposes Ways to Help Volunteers Have More Impact

October 22, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — A task force of more than 20 nonprofit, government, and business leaders issued a report this week proposing ideas for better managing volunteers so they can have more impact.

Obama Promotes Community Service at 'Points of Light'Event

October 16, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy President Obama made another pitch for community service today while praising President George H.W. Bush for ushering in a new spirit of volunteerism with his inaugural call for “a thousand points of light” 20 years ago.

Federal Web Site Stops Accepting Volunteers-NeededPostings

Washington, October 15, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy -- Starting today, the Corporation for National and Community Service will no longer allow people to register volunteer opportunities directly on, the Obama administration’s volunteer Web site — a move that was welcomed by some nonprofit groups that operate their own volunteer-matching sites.

President Obama Seeks the 'Most-Promising Nonprofits in America'

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — President Obama announced today that White House officials will travel across the country to find “the most promising nonprofits in America” as the administration decides how to spend a new $50-million fund to help charities expand innovative social projects.

Fight Continues for Federal Program to Help Small Charities

May 20, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy — President Obama did not include money in his fiscal 2010 budget proposal for a program to provide grants to help small and medium-size charities get training and management help that was authorized by a new national-service bill.