Giving News Briefs from Around the Country

The Grant Advisors are always trying to provide their readers with extra resources. This includes keeping up with the news on innovative programs and giving efforts from across the country. Recent highlights include activities in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan.

Arizona

Community Foundation Awards $11M: The Arizona Community Foundation distributes grants and scholarships totaling $11 million in support of health innovations, quality education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and community development. The foundation awarded a total of 1,382 grants and 416 scholarships during the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended in June. In the area of education, the foundation awarded a total of $3.4 million to 159 programs, as well as $1.3 million in scholarships to 416 students pursuing a college or university degree. Grant recipients include: Youth4Youth, an organization in Buckeye that develops leadership and success skills in youth and the Family School, a nonprofit, cooperative early education center for children from diverse backgrounds in Phoenix.

Arkansas

Kellogg Foundation Awards $1M for Early Learning: The state Department of Human Services receives $1 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen early childhood education, school readiness standards and parental engagement. The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education will use the grant to redesign the state’s birth-to-five early learning standards, identify a new kindergarten-entry assessment tool and create a framework to support family engagement. Changes to the standards likely will include additional emphasis on social and emotional as well as physical skills children need in kindergarten and higher grades, which also will be part of the new assessment.

California

$24.7M to Fight Pediatric Cancer: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Monrovia distributes grants totaling more than $24.7 million for pediatric cancer research. The summer 2014 grants include $7.5 million to the Children’s Oncology Group in support of collaborative research among its 90 member institutions. The largest grant ever awarded by the foundation boosted its support of COG to more than $53 million since 2005. In addition, St. Baldrick’s awarded grants in support of scholars, fellowships and research.

Colorado

Joseph Foundation Awards $2.2M for Teen Initiative: The Rose Community Foundation in Denver announces a four-year matching grant of up to $2.2 million from the Jim Joseph Foundation in support of a Jewish teen engagement and education initiative. The initiative is designed to increase the number and diversity of high-school-age Jewish teens participating in Jewish education and engagement experiences. The foundation will work to expand the Jewish Student Connection’s network of Jewish clubs in local high schools and start new clubs in middle schools and expand Moving Tradition’s gender-based monthly discussion groups for Jewish teens.

Louisiana

Shreveport YMCA Receives $10.7M: Energy company BHP Billiton gives $10.7 million to the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport for the development of a fitness and science campus. The largest donation in the local YMCA’s history will help finance the Red River Fitness & Natural Sciences Campus. Expected to cost approximately $20 million, the 150-acre campus will include a new multi-purpose fitness facility, a fifty-meter swimming pool, and natural science education facilities. In partnership with Shreveport Little League, the YMCA also will redesign and rebuild adjacent athletic fields.

Michigan

Dow Foundation Awards $5M for STEM Education, Collaboration: Alma College gets a $5 million grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to encourage more high school students to seek degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The grant will provide $1.25 million to launch and administer the first two years of the e-STEM: Enhancing STEM Education and Practice initiative and $3.75 million to establish an endowment for the initiative. The initiative will provide new opportunities for students and faculty at Alma College and K-12 schools in the state to collaborate.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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