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, California, Connecticut, Michigan and Minnesota.

Arizona

Community Foundation Awards $12.9M for Education, Youth: The Arizona Community Foundation distributes second-quarter grants and scholarships totaling nearly $12.9 million. In the area of education, the foundation awarded a total of $5.3 million to a 112 organizations and $341,253 in private school scholarships to 98 high-need K-12 students. Winners include: the Douglas Unified School District, Junior Achievement of Arizona and the Arizona Science Center.

California

Board Member Sues Foundation over Bad Grants: The Koret Foundation in San Francisco has been sued by board member Susan Koret, the widow of its founder, Joe Koret, saying that it has made too many grants outside its mission of helping the poor and supporting K-12 education reform. The foundation made about $16 million in grants last year and has more than $611 million in assets. Koret accuses Ted Taube, president of the foundation, of funneling much of its money to conservative causes and not to the underserved. She claims that nearly 60% of the $64 million in grants the board approved between 2010 and 2012 were for projects tied to Taube and his supporters. The foundation says it is seeking to remove Koret from the board.

Connecticut

Foundation Donates $15M for Pediatric Healthcare: The Stamford Hospital Foundation receives $15 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to enhance its pediatric healthcare services in the region. It will be used to create the Cohen Children’s Institute, which will incorporate all current and future pediatric services at Stamford Hospital, including the Cohen Children’s Specialty Center. Scheduled to open in 2017, the inpatient unit will include 10 large private rooms for young patients and space for visiting family members.

Michigan

Mott Foundation Awards $5M to Flint Organizations: The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation makes grants totaling more than $5 million to three anchor institutions at the Flint Cultural Center. One-year, operating support grants were awarded to the Flint Institute of Arts (more than $2.2 million); the Flint Cultural Center Corporation ($1.7 million, including support for the Longway Planetarium, the Sloan Museum, and the Whiting); and the Flint Institute of Music ($1.1 million, including support for the Flint School of Performing Arts, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, and the Flint Youth Theatre). The grants will enable the institutions to continue offering free and low-cost activities, expand their collaborations with local schools and host community events.

Minnesota

$2.4M to Reduce Educational Disparities: The Bush Foundation in St. Paul distributes $2.4 million to 12 organizations working to reduce educational disparities and improve outcomes for all students. Awarded through the foundation’s new Education Ecosystem Grant program, the grants will support the efforts of schools, nonprofit service providers and government agencies to provide access to critical data, create a favorable policy environment, and shape or share best practices. The inaugural grant recipients, each of whom will receive $200,000 in general operating support over two years, include the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative (Sturgis, South Dakota), Charter School Partners (Minneapolis) and the Education Transformation Initiative (Minneapolis).

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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