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 Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Griffin Foundation Likely to Close: The Chicago-based Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation is likely to fold as a result of the pending divorce of its founders, hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin and his money-manager wife, Anne Dias Griffin, officials say. The Griffin Foundation has pledged more than $100 million to charitable and philanthropic causes since 2009, including a $16 million gift to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and projects that assist in early education. The foundation likely will be wound down and consolidated into the Citadel Foundation.
MacArthur ‘Genius Awards’ Announced: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announces the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows. Working in diverse fields ranging from affordable housing, civil and human rights, and climate change science, to geometry, documentary film, and poetry, the 21 fellows will each receive $625,000 over five years. Popularly known as the “genius awards,” the fellowships provide recipients with maximum freedom to follow their own creative vision, with no stipulations or reporting requirements. This year’s fellows include nonprofit leaders Mary L. Bonauto, civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and John Henneberger, co-founder of Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, which advocates for expanded affordable housing.
Foundations Award $1.9M for NYC Schools: New York U. receives $1.9 million from a consortium of five foundations in support of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford, Wallace, William T. Grant, and Spencer foundations will support the alliance’s core activities over the next three years, including fast-response data analyses that address policy questions and lay the groundwork for future initiatives; efforts to increase the visibility of the alliance’s work via conferences and briefings, new publication formats, the Web, and media; relationship building with individual K-12 schools and school networks; and the development of new areas of research and related partnerships.
Funding Helps Teach Students about Character, Business: The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation awards discretionary grants totaling $18,185 from six permanent endowments. Recipients include All About Character ($2,500.), for the Troopers Teaching Students character education program in the Crawford Central School District and Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, which got a grant to implement the Pennsylvania Business Week program at Cambridge Springs High School.
Literacy Foundation Awards $4M in Youth Grants: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation distributes nearly $4 million in grants to more than 800 schools and nonprofit organizations across the country in support of youth literacy and education. Awarded at the start of the academic year to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations, the foundation’s youth literacy grants are designed to help students who are reading below grade level or otherwise experiencing difficulty reading. The funds will enable schools and organizations to implement new or expand existing literacy programs; purchase new technology or equipment in support of literacy initiatives; and purchase books, materials, or software for literacy programs.
Foundation Supports Education Programs: The Winneconne Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, will award its initial grants through two new grant programs. Grants from the WACF Fund will support projects or new programs at charitable organizations which focus on arts and culture, community development, K-12 education, environment, health, and human services. And grants from the Winneconne Basic Needs Fund will support programs that meet residents’ basic needs, including food, clothing, and shelter