Children/Youth

Vikings Relaunch Foundation to Target Youth Health, Wellness
August 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Minnesota Vikings Foundation will replace the Vikings Children’s Fund, which has donated almost $12 million to youth-related causes since 1978. The Vikings announced the initiative Wednesday, welcoming fifth and sixth graders from Minneapolis and St. Paul to meet the team, eat lunch, participate in a health and wellness program, and pick up a backpack…

Scout wars: Girl Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Recruiting Girls to Increase Membership
August 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Long plagued by declining membership, the Boy Scouts are considering a campaign to recruit in a previously untapped market: girls. The Girl Scouts aren’t having it. A feud between the two largest scouting organizations broke into the open Tuesday when the president of Girl Scouts of the USA called the Boy Scouts’ “covert campaign” to…

Clooney Foundation to Open Schools for Syrian Refugees
August 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

George Clooney's foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children. The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon. George and Amal Clooney said in a statement Monday that the foundation's commitment of more…

Private Equity-Like Fund Aims to Speed Up Diabetes Research
August 1, 2017 at 11:30 am

Dave Johnson says his immediate reaction to his daughter’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes at age 4 was typical of any father’s. “It was my baby girl, and my response was I’m going to fix it or pay someone to fix it,” Johnson, president and chief executive of the hotel management company Aimbridge Hospitality, said.…

Donors Are Responding More to Personalized Emails (But Which Ones?)
July 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

What’s a trend that has been popping up on the nonprofit radar as of late? We’ll tell you: personalization. Let’s think realistically—anyone can write a letter or type up an email. The key is not to sound like an automated voice message...

Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy
July 19, 2017 at 11:39 am

A decade ago, shortly before their daughter, Caitlin Heising, started her freshman year at Brown University, Liz Simons, a former teacher, and her husband, Mark Heising, the founder of an investment firm, established the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family philanthropy focused initially on education, climate and the physical sciences. “I’ve always asked a lot of questions…

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...