Peterson Foundation Makes $1.2 Million in Grants for Debt-Reduction Proposals
January 25, 2011

Six different groups received $200,000 grants from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and they’ll be offering (likely competing) proposals later this year aimed at tackling the country’s fiscal problems.

The proposals will be unveiled as part of the Peterson Foundation’s fiscal summit later this year. Each proposal will be compared with the baseline the Congressional Budget Office offers later this month. They come as Washington is wrangling over how best to cut spending and could be used to shape budget battles or negotiations over entitlement programs.

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund gets split 3 ways
January 21, 2011

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, which has assets of about $280 million, is being broken into thirds and dished out to the foundations of each of the offspring.

The handover won't happen for nearly two years, and in the meantime the 60-year-old foundation will continue to hand out grants, said fund Executive Director Amy Lyons.

Then, on Dec. 31, 2012, the fund will shut its doors and the existing foundations of John and Douglas Goldman and their sister, Susan Gelman, will receive whatever assets are in the fund's pot.

Mum Health Nonprofit Wins MacArthur Grant
January 19, 2011

Many people already know about the MacArthur Foundation’s so-called “genius” awards. These are grants worth half-a-million U.S. dollars that the charitable foundation give to creative sorts, with no strings attached.

On Wednesday, the philanthropic organization announced that it was giving $350,000 to ARTH, a health nonprofit that works in Rajasthan, to fund its effort to improve healthcare for expectant mothers and reduce deaths from deliveries.

2010 was a big year for giving, Fidelity fund says
January 13, 2011

Donors to the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund made more than 353,000 grants totaling over $1.2 billion to nonprofits nationwide during 2010, up 19 percent and 14 percent, respectively, compared to 2009, the fund said.

Incoming charitable contributions surpassed $1.6 billion during 2010, representing a 42 percent increase compared to 2009. This is the sixth consecutive year that the Gift Fund has accepted more than $1 billion in contributions from donors.

Insurance industry awards grants to nonprofits in Ct., N.J. and N.Y.
December 27, 2010

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) New York division awarded grants to eight not-for-profit organizations at its year 2010 benefit dinner.

It chose organizations that focus on education, children at risk, the environment, and disaster preparedness.

The grant recipients are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation; Community Mainstreaming Associates; Covenant House of New Jersey; Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; Starlight Children’s Foundation NY•NJ•CT; and World Cares Center.

Schools Seek Donors' Money
December 16, 2010

Months after winning $700 million in the federal Race to the Top competition, New York state's education department says it needs another $18 million, and is turning to foundations, hedge fund managers and other private donors for the money.

The $18 million will pay for systems, technology and research that will help ensure that the state spends the $700 million effectively, education department officials said. 

SIDS nonprofit receives national grant
December 15, 2010

The Iowa Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS, the largest SIDS organization in the United States.

Funds will be used for the design and distribution of educational brochures highlighting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for safe sleep. Free brochures will be given to educators, health care providers and child care providers across Iowa.

Nonprofit Characteristics Foundations Seek Before Making Grants
November 30, 2010

The competition for foundation grants is greater than ever with charitable service demand at an all-time high. So to ensure your organization is in position to grab the attention of grantmakers, make sure you're set up with the pre-grantseeking needs foundations look for.

Explore, his branch of the $1.6 billion Annenberg Foundation, gives away millions of dollars every year, but Weingarten doesn't accept grant proposals or give money from a distance. He spends time with people whose causes he believes in and films the visits to call attention to what they do.

"I can't understand giving if it's impersonal," Weingarten says. "I don't give grants by somebody sending a 20-page docket."