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.


$24M to Spur Jewish Education, Teen Involvement: The Jim Joseph Foundation in San Francisco pledges nearly $24 million in support of Jewish education.

Winners include: $3.2 million to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to support a new multi-faceted education initiative designed to increase the number of Chicago-based teens engaged in high-quality Jewish-learning experiences and $4.2 million to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles to deepen the quality of learning experiences provided to Jewish teens in Los Angeles and double the number of teens engaged in Jewish life.


Endowment Announces Teacher Creativity Fellows: The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment names the recipients of its 2015 Teacher Creativity Fellowships. Now in its 28th year, the program will provide 100 K-12 teachers, principals, guidance counselors, and school librarians in Indiana with $10,000 each to pursue an imaginative project designed to infuse their lives with personal renewal and intellectual revitalization, enabling them to motivate their students more effectively. Recipients of this year’s fellowship will engage in a range of activities and projects, from adapting a published book into a movie screenplay to creating a virtual field trip of libraries.


Foundation Awards $2M to Empower Youth: The National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase receives a three-year, $2 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand the 4-H Juntos program. The grant will support expansion of the program, which aims to empower Hispanic youth to succeed in high school, graduate on time, and pursue a college education, in Raleigh, NC. It will launch it in New York City in 2015 and a new city in each of the two following years. The grant also will enable 4-H and New York Life to enhance the organization’s My Financial Future curriculum by adding a life insurance component.

Mid-Atlantic States

Bank Spends $508K on Community Groups, Education: The TD Charitable Foundation has provided more than $508,000 to nonprofits in the Mid-Atlantic states to support community programs and improve the lives of local neighborhood residents. Organizations focusing on housing issues, the environment and education have been provided grants. Winners include: Georgian Court U., Lakewood, NJ, $15,000, for the Girls Involved in Science and Technology (GIST). This is a hands-on science program held at Georgian Court U. each summer for female students from Lakewood Public Schools, a recognized high-needs school district. GIST was created to inspire a serious interest in science and math in a population of girls who are disadvantaged in knowledge of these disciplines and sustain their excitement to encourage their desire to attend college.


State is First in the West to Become Employer of National Service: Gov. Steve Bullock (R) announces that Montana is the first state in the west, and the second in the nation, to become an Employer of National Service. As an Employer of National Service, the state of Montana is taking steps to encourage AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to apply for careers with Montana state government. The homepage of the Montana state career website has been updated to include language encouraging AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni to continue their lifetime of service by exploring career opportunities with Montana state government.


Foundation Supports High School Film Project: The Fremont Area Community Foundation makes $28,000 in new grants to four non-profit agencies, including $10,000 to Digg Site Productions. Funding will be used for expansion of the organization’s Fremont/Eastern Nebraska Film Commission Office and its “Film It; The World Inside and Out” accredited summer film documentary workshop for area high school students. The Digg Site Productions’ mission is to educate the public through documentary film and use the revenue from those films to provide an accredited documentary workshop for high school students of diverse backgrounds and needs.

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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