Foundation Awards Scholarships to High School Students: The Sterling Heights Community Foundation and its local partners awards about 40 scholarships totaling $35,000 to college-bound high school seniors who live in Macomb County. Students must submit applications and scholarships will be awarded in May.
Charitable Giving Up: Total U.S. charitable giving in 2014 increased 9.3%, to an estimated $456.73 billion, a new report from the Atlas of Giving finds. Based on preliminary data, the report, U.S. Charitable Giving: 2014 Results & Initial 2015 Forecast, found that individuals accounted for 74% of total giving in 2014, or $339.24 billion, up from $311.63 billion in 2013. Foundations accounted for 14%, or $65.45 billion, up from $58.06 billion; corporations accounted for 5%, or $21.82 billion, up from $20.18 billion; and bequests accounted for 7 %, or $30.22 billion, up from $27.93 billion, it said. Giving to education (17% of the total) increased 11.5%, to $76.3 billion, followed by human needs/disaster services (12%), up 12.7%, to $56.09 billion; and health (8%), up 8.1% to $38.02 billion.
RWJF Commits $500M to Fight Childhood Obesity: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation pledges $500 million over 10 years to expand efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. Building on an earlier $500 million commitment made in 2007, the foundation will work to address health disparities that have contributed to high rates of childhood obesity, with a renewed focus on children of color and children living in poverty. It will expand its efforts to engage parents, youth, and healthcare providers to prevent obesity in early childhood by reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages; ensuring a healthy school environment and making more healthy foods and drinks affordable.
Children Programs Get Funding: The Salisbury Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, makes grants totaling almost $95,000 to 27 organizations, the foundation reports. Recipients include the Autism Society of North Carolina, Families First-NC, Nazareth Children’s Home and Partners in Learning Child Development Center.
$5.5M Literacy Initiative Launched: Read Charlotte, a public-private collaboration comprising 14 companies and charitable organizations in Mecklenburg County, launches a $5.5 million community-wide children’s literacy initiative. The initiative aims to double the percentage of third-grade students reading at grade level to 80% by 2025. To that end, a total of $4.6 million in multiyear commitments has been pledged by nine lead funders. A staff of three will facilitate and administer activities, gather and share data, build awareness, the collaboration says.
Kaiser Family Foundation Awards $6.3M: The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Tulsa Community Foundation distributes $6.3 million to nearly 80 local nonprofits. Winners include: Family & Children’s Services ($460,000), the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa ($290,000), Mental Health Association Oklahoma ($275,000), and the Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School, a pre-K through sixth grade charter school in north Tulsa, ($95,000).