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 York

Donors Tied to Foreign Governments Gave to Clinton Foundation: Although the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation agreed not to accept donations from foreign governments while Hillary Rodham Clinton served as secretary of state, it did accept millions of dollars in contributions from private donors with ties to foreign governments, according to press reports. This includes donations to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which works to improve health outcomes for women and children. Reports estimate that contributions to the foundation since 2009 from individuals, foundations, and corporations with ties to foreign governments totaled between $34 million and $68 million. Clinton Foundation spokeman Craig Minassian noted that the foundation isn’t the only philanthropic organization to receive donations from foreign donors.

North Carolina

$1M Helps ‘Say Yes to Education’ Campaign: The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro pledges $1 million to support a partnership between Guilford County and Say Yes to Education, which works to help public school students graduate from high school and complete their college or postsecondary education. A key component of a Say Yes partnership focuses on how a community addresses the social, emotional and financial barriers that prevent students from achieving this goal.

Ohio

Cleveland Foundation Awards $14.7 Million: The Cleveland Foundation makes grants totaling $14.7 million to local nonprofit organizations, with a focus on health and education initiatives. Education-related grants include $600,000 to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and $385,000 for a software program which helps provide individualized grade-specific plans to guide students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The foundation also awarded a $2 million grant to NewBridge, which provides services to economically disadvantaged youth.

Pennsylvania

Effort to Promote Youth Summer Employment: The Erie Community Foundation chooses the Venango Training and Development Center to administer the Erie Summer Jobs and More Program, which is designed to enhance the employability of disconnected young people in the area and give them practical exposure to future career paths. Launched a year ago, the JAM Program is a collaborative effort of the County of Erie, Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, and the foundation. This year, the program will include longitudinal tracking to measure the program’s impact on the lives of participants.

Rhode Island

Health Foundation Launches $5 Million Tobacco-Prevention Effort: The CVS Health Foundation in Woonsocket rolls out a five-year, $5 million initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use among young people. Launched in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the initiative, Making the Next Generation Tobacco-Free, announces an inaugural round of grants totaling $250,000 to reduce tobacco use among at-risk youth, educate the public about tobacco use by young people and increase youth engagement in tobacco-prevention activities. Winners included BREATHE California of Los Angeles, which will use the funds to bring its tobacco prevention program to 800,000 underserved students in Los Angeles County and the California School-Based Health Alliance, which will use its grant to increase the capacity of school-based health centers to implement youth-led tobacco prevention programs.

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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