Giving News Briefs from Around the Country


Foundation Puts $1M Urban Education Award on Hiatus: The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation will “pause” its Broad Prize for Urban Education, which for 13 years has been awarded to large urban public school districts that demonstrate outstanding performance. A factor in the decision is the underwhelming performance data from the 75 urban districts that are eligible for the prize. Every year since 2002, four or five finalists from that pool were chosen by a review board for consideration until last year when only two districts made the cut and shared the $1 million prize. While the foundation considers how to update the program, it will continue to award grants to districts to have researchers make diagnostic site visits.


Early Childhood Education Gets Support: The Main Street Community Foundation in Bristol says that its Women and Girls’ Fund awarded grants totaling $36,650 to 12 nonprofit human service organizations. Recipients included the Bristol Early Childhood Alliance, Central Connecticut Senior Health Services, Living in Safe Alternatives, and Plainville Community Pantry.


Children’s Health System Receives $60M Pledge: The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation makes a $60 million pledge to Miami Children’s Health System in support of the health system’s children’s hospital. The foundation was established in 2004 by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, to help provide world-class health care to children in South Florida. The gift will enable MCH to make several enhancements to the hospital, including the addition of a 212,000-square-foot pavilion. The gift also will support emergency and trauma preparedness at the hospital and will be used to enhance the hospital’s heart program, cancer center and brain institute.


Endowment Awards $3.4M for Teacher Recruitment: Indianapolis-based Mind Trust gets $3.42 million from the Lilly Endowment to recruit and train teachers to work in the city’s high-need schools. Mind Trust will sub-grant $2 million to the Indianapolis office of Teach for America; $1.02 million to TNTP (formerly known as the New Teacher Project) to train mid-career professionals in other fields to become classroom teachers; and $400,000 to the Indianapolis Principal Fellowship to recruit and train, in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College, up to 10 teachers a year to become public school administrators. With the latest grant, the endowment has committed more than $14 million to Mind Trust in support of education reform efforts.

Iowa and Nebraska

Foundation Awards $5.2M: The Iowa West Foundation in Council Bluffs gives more than $5.2 million to 22 nonprofits and government entities working in southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska. The fourth-quarter grants include $2.7 million to the Christian Home Association-Children’s Square U.S.A. to renovate its academic center and build three residential cottages for treatment of children with behavioral challenges. The foundation also awarded $40,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Midlands to recruit adult mentors for children between the ages of 7 and 18 in Pottawattamie or Mills counties, and $170,000 to the Housing and Emergency Taskforce 2015, a collaboration between Heartland Family Service, Interfaith Response, West Central Community Action, and Connections Area Agency on Aging, to provide emergency energy and housing assistance to low-income families and their children.


Philanthropies Receives $11M for Day Schools: Combined Jewish Philanthropies receives more than $11 million from George and Liz Krupp to establish a fund to help middle-class families afford tuition at five Jewish day schools in the Boston area. The challenge gift will establish the Krupp Fund for the Future, with the aim of encouraging the five schools to prepare for their financial future. According to the terms of the gift, each school will receive $500,000 from the fund for every $1 million it raises in donations and $250,000 for every $1 million it raises in long-term commitments such as bequests and planned gifts. The challenge is designed to encourage the schools, which already give financial aid to low-income families, to raise money to help middle-income families.

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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