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 Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and North Carolina.
$20M to Help Student Study Abroad: The Council on International Educational Exchange pledges $20 million to eliminate some of the barriers — including cost, curriculum, and culture — that keep students from studying abroad. The commitment — in the form of scholarships and grants to American students — will support the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, with the goal of doubling the number of Americans studying abroad by the end of the decade. To that end, CIEE will also sponsor passports for 10,000 students to enable their participation.
$5M for Teach For America STEM Classes: Teach For America receives a $5 million grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation to provide recruitment, training, and professional development opportunities to its corps of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) K-12 teachers, as well as high-quality STEM educational opportunities for students in under-resourced communities. The five-year grant will enable TFA to expand its STEM initiative and address disparities in access to high-quality STEM education across the United States. Among other things, the funding will support customized training opportunities for STEM teachers, including the ability to collaborate with Biogen Idec employees at the biotech company’s Community Labs in Massachusetts and North Carolina.
Regional Youth Development Gets Funding Boost: The Charlevoix County Community Foundation in East Jordan makes grants totaling $173,400, including awards in support of programs in the arts, education, community development, the environment, human services, health and wellness, recreation and youth services. Nearly $22,000 in grants were recommended by the foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee.
White House Leads Effort to Improve High School Prep: The White House announces commitments from private organizations across the country in support of efforts to help better prepare low-income high school students for college. During the College Opportunity Day of Action, nonprofit organizations and foundations pledged to boost the number of students prepared for and completing college. For example, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation announced a six-year, $30 million commitment to increase college enrollment and college graduation rates among low-income students through the Dell Scholars Program; and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded $10 million in support of nationally scalable efforts in support of K-12 STEM student success in less-resourced communities.
USA Tops 2014 World Giving: According to the World Giving Index 2014, an annual global survey conducted by the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation, the United States continues to be the most generous country in the world. The report found that the United States topped the list for a second consecutive year and was the only country that placed in the top 10 in all three give categories: 68% of Americans say they give to charity, up 6 percentage points from 2012; 44% say they volunteer, down a single percentage point from 2012; and 79% say they helped a stranger in need over the previous thirty days, up 2 percentage points.
Kresge Gives $3.5M for Creative Placemaking: The Local Initiatives Support Corporation receives a $3.5 million grant from the Kresge Foundation in support of a new initiative to direct millions of dollars into arts-related businesses and cultural activities in communities across the country. LISC’s “creative placemaking” initiative will fund a wide range of projects and activities, from the development of live/work spaces for artists, to support for arts and entertainment businesses in struggling commercial corridors, to cultural programming that helps bolster a community’s sense of identity and pride. The grant initially will support creative placemaking in five of LISC’s 30 local service areas