More 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: California, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

California

Costco Pledges $10M to Children’s Hospital: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gets a five-year, $10 million pledge from Costco Wholesale Corporation to the CHLA Children’s Fund in support of the research and clinical care programs at the hospital. Since 1983, Costco, the hospital’s largest corporate donor, has given more than $16 million to CHLA, including support from Costco members who contributed at the registers in May as part of a month-long fundraising campaign.

New York

$1M in STEM Grants go to Help High School Girls: AT&T gives $1 million to Girls Who Code to help support the next generation of female tech leaders and get more high school girls interested in a STEM career. The funds will enable Girls Who Code to expand its Summer Immersion Program — a seven-week computer science course designed to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills, resources, and confidence they need to pursue opportunities in the technology field. The funds also will be used to establish clubs in additional cities.

Ohio

Funds Erect Special Education Playground: The Richland County Foundation, the Lexington Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, as well as individual donations help fund a new Western Elementary School handicapped-accessible playground. Although the school, which added a preschool this year, already had a playground, teachers noticed that children in wheelchairs were limited in terms of what they could use.

South Carolina

Foundation Launches $3.4M Fund for Families in Need: The Community Foundation of Greenville creates a $3.4 million fund to help families and children in need. The Jim and Kit Pearce Endowment awarded initial grants totaling $150,000 to local agencies that work with the homeless, the poor, disadvantaged children and others in need. Recipients include the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Triune Mercy Center, United Ministries, Gateway House, Habitat for Humanity, Homes of Hope, Project Host, Harvest Hope, and Greer Community Ministries.

Texas

Hogg Foundation Awards $10M to Area Organizations:  The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health gives $10 million to service providers in the Houston/Harris County area working to address the mental health needs of “transition-age” youths and their families. Youth who are transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood often find themselves dealing with mental health challenges caused by the renegotiation of personal relationships. Grants awarded by the foundation include: $1.4 million to Communities in Schools of Houston in support of its efforts to implement care coordination and related services for transition-age youths at area high schools and $890,000 to Disability Rights Texas to develop a curriculum that teaches transition-age youth how to advocate for themselves and access various services.

Washington

REI Grants Help People Connect with the Outdoors: The REI Foundation, the charitable arm of outdoor clothing and equipment retailer REI, makes grants totaling $4.6 million to more than 300 nonprofit organizations working to preserve outdoor spaces and help people connect with outdoor recreational opportunities. Most of the grants will support local organizations working to enhance parks, trails, and waterways across the country to engage youth and more diverse populations in outdoor recreation.

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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