More 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.

New Jersey

Automaker Awards $10.5M for child Anti-Obesity Efforts: Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered in Montvale, gives a $10.5 million grant to the Partnership for a Healthier America to help end childhood obesity in the United States. The grant to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA will be used to expand in-school and afterschool programs that increase physical activity among youth, train and place more than 1,000 coaches in 25 cities, and strengthen sport for development programs and youth sports organizations. MBUSA estimates the grant will impact 125,000 kids annually.

New Jersey

Fund Aids Women and Girls: The Princeton Area Community Foundation announces that its Fund for Women and Girls has awarded five grants totaling $117,700. Recipients include HiTops, the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment, the Mill Hill Child and Family Development Corporation, PEI Kids, and RISE.

Pennsylvania

$10M Research Initiative for Boys and Men of Color Launched: The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color rolls out a three-year, $10 million initiative aimed at identifying and addressing the needs of boys and men of color. The RISE (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) Collaborative for Boys and Men of Color will support efforts to improve life outcomes for African-American, Latino, Native-American, and Asian-American males. To be led by Equal Measure and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, the collaborative will work to achieve its aims by convening and supporting better knowledge sharing among researchers, evaluators, educators, and community activists.

Tennessee

St. Jude Receives $50M Pledge for Children’s Research: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gets a 10-year commitment from Kay Jewelers of $50 million in support of the Kay Research and Care Center on St. Jude’s Memphis campus. In addition to supporting research, education, care, and treatment for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the new center houses the state-of-the-art Eric Trump Foundation Surgery and ICU Center, for which the Eric Trump Foundation pledged $20 million earlier this year.

Wisconsin

Funder to Build Community Playground: The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation will build the Oshkosh Inclusive Playground this year. The Oshkosh City Council approved the project and matched the $140,000 raised by the Oshkosh Inclusive Park Project Committee, which includes a $50,000 grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a $25,000 matching grant from Community First Credit Union, $25,000 from the John E. Kuenzl Foundation, and numerous donations from individuals and businesses. The playground, to be constructed at South Park, would be the first fully accessible playground in the city and one of several projects slated over the next several years to make Oshkosh parks more accessible to people of all abilities.

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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