The UPS Foundation Donates $7 Million to Diversity Programs
February 9, 2011

UPS announced grants totaling $7 million to more than 80 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to support diverse populations. These grants will fund programs that develop leadership skills, promote education and encourage inclusion of all individuals.

Organizations receiving grants include the Human Rights Campaign, National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, NAACP, Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Paralyzed Veterans of America, National Federation of the Blind, and Girls Inc.

Foundation Center, European Foundation Centre to Lead GrantCraft Initiative
February 9, 2011

The New York City-based Foundation Center, the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, and the Ford Foundation have announced that GrantCraft, a Web-based effort to equip grantmakers with an array of tools designed to enhance their effectiveness, is moving from Ford to the two centers. In addition, Ford, which incubated GrantCraft, has awarded $1 million to the two organizations to help expand the initiative.

Dannon gives out grants of $30,000 to four nonprofits
February 8, 2011

Yogurt-maker Dannon will award grants of $30,000 to four nonprofit organizations for programs that promote healthy eating and support nutrition education for children in Salt lake County and three other communities where a Dannon facility is located.

Applications are due by March 29, 2011.

Last year, $120,000 in grants benefited nearly 4,000 children and families nationwide; and since the inception of the Dannon Next Generation Grant program, more than $580,000 has benefited nearly 14,000 children and their families.

Teach For America gets $100M
January 28, 2011

Teach For America, the education organization that places recent college graduates in low-income public schools, is getting $100 million to launch its first-ever endowment in hopes of making the grass-roots organization a permanent fixture in education. The program — which is now in communities from Atlanta to rural New Mexico to Los Angeles — announced Thursday that four philanthropists are joining to create a stable, long-term source of money. It's welcome news for an organization that had more than 46,000 applications for just 4,400 teaching slots this academic year.

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.