$16M Goes for Education, Scholarships, Health Innovation: The Arizona Community Foundation distributes more than $16 million in grants and scholarships in support of quality education, health innovation, community improvement and development, the environment and sustainability, and arts and culture. The grants included $5.2 million in education funding and $1.3 million in scholarships, and nearly $5.3 million to 530 organizations in the area of health, including $1 million to the TGen Foundation for ALS research. In addition, the foundation awarded $1.9 million support of the environment and sustainability, nearly $1 million in support of community development efforts, and $406,204 to arts and cultural groups.
Foundation Awards $1.5M for Arizona STEM Education: The APS Foundation, the charitable arm of Phoenix-based energy utility APS, gives $1.5 million to 13 organizations in support of science, technology, engineering, and math education in Arizona. Recipients include the Arizona Science Teachers Association, which was awarded $86,000 for a professional development program that will help teachers increase student achievement, build and maintain the leadership of Arizona science educators, and provide students with science education resources and information.
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Tech Companies Support Computer Science for All Initiative:
As part of the Obama administration’s plan to provide all students with access to computer science courses in school, Microsoft, Google and other leading tech companies have announced more than $60 million in philanthropic investments. On the private sector side, companies plan to invest $13 million in support of STEM education, starting with a $1 million grant to EducationSuperHighway to upgrade and expand broadband in K-12 public schools nationwide. Google will invest an additional $23 million this year to support education for 5 million more students.
Noyce Foundation Awards $12M for STEM Initiative: The University of San Diego has announced a $12 million gift from the Noyce Foundation to prepare young people for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The award to USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences will fund STEM Next, a multifaceted initiative to expand STEM learning opportunities for students — especially girls and those from underserved communities — by providing the supports and systems needed to develop and improve quality STEM programs in K-12 schools.
Two Nutrition Support Efforts Merging: The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced that two of its grantees, Food for Free and the Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program, are merging. Both organizations find ways take extra food that might otherwise be discarded and put it to use: Food for Free rescues fresh food and distributes it through the local emergency food system, while CWBP sends meals home on Fridays to Cambridge Public School students who rely primarily on the school cafeteria for nutrition. The merger will enable Food for Free, which has hired the head of CWPB as its first program director, to engage more schools and expand its programming, officials said.
Foundation Awards Grants, Fellowship for Youth Research:
The William T. Grant Foundation releases $1.2 million in research grants to look at improving outcomes for young people. Grantees will study whether federal housing assistance improves outcomes for children by reducing a family’s housing cost burden; what is behind the gap in teacher quality that exists between advantaged and disadvantaged schools; and to what extent the racial gaps in academic and disciplinary outcomes are due to teachers’ interpretations of students’ emotions. .
Grant to Aid Foster Youth, Children in Crisis: The Kalamazoo Community Foundation receives a $250,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in support of Family & Children Services initiative to provide crisis support to children and youth in the community with serious emotional disturbances. Funding will provide temporary, overnight care – combined with psychiatric evaluation, nursing care, and coordination of community-based treatment planning – to an eight-county region. The grant also will support the agency’s Children’s Trauma Treatment program for children in foster care.
Grants Aid Child, Families and Nutrition Services: The Summit Area Public Foundation made more than $300,000 in grants during its winter 2015 grant cycle. Grant recipients include the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, Connection for Women and Families, Bridges Outreach, and the Community Foodbank of New Jersey. Ten agencies providing services to children with special needs received a total of $178,944. These agencies included Summit Speech School, Our House, the PG Chambers and Winston Schools, and Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey.
Partners Establish $1B Fund to Assist Disadvantaged Youth:
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation launches Blue Meridian Partners, a new funders collaborative that aims to invest $1 billion in high-performance nonprofits poised to have national impact for economically disadvantaged children and youth. The venture has secured $750 million toward its initial fundraising goal, including commitments of at least $50 million from its general partners — the Ballmer Group, EMCF, Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller, and the Duke Endowment. Blue Meridian will make unrestricted, long-term (five- to ten-year) investments of up to $200 million. In addition, the organization will work with grantees to increase their influence on child welfare, educational, juvenile justice, and other systems that affect children’s lives.
NY Life Awards $3Mto Boys and Girls Clubs: The New York Life Foundation gives $3 million grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to provide training and technical support for BGCA’s Be There program for grieving youth. Overall, the foundation has awarded $25 million in support of childhood bereavement initiatives since 2007, including support for bereavement camps, children’s recreational groups, assistance for military families, research, convenings, and capacity- building efforts. Grantees include the National Alliance for Grieving Children.