Non-Profit, Foundation & Charity News

April 2009

Staples Foundation for Learning Awards $325,000 in Grants to Support Educational Programs for Disadvantaged Youth
Framingham, Mass. — Staples Foundation for Learning, a private foundation created by Staples, Inc., has awarded 35 grants totaling $325,500 to non-profit organizations dedicated to serving youth throughout the country. These organizations embody the mission of Staples Foundation for Learning to teach, train and inspire young people to become more active citizens who work to improve their communities. Staples Foundation for Learning’s newest grant recipients include:

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Tucson, AZ
• City Year of San Jose/Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA
• Denver Scholarship Foundation, Denver, CO
• Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta, GA
• Children’s Science & Technology Museum of Terra Haute, Terre Haute, IN
• Project H.O.M.E., Philadelphia, PA

AOL Donates Mobile Computer Lab to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
NEW YORK — AOL recently donated a custom-designed mobile computer lab to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The AOL Connections Lab includes 20 mobile laptop carts that fit conveniently over hospital beds and wheelchairs, and provides an easy way for patients and their families to stay connected while at St. Jude. Customized with a full suite of AOL products including AOL Mail and AIM, the laptops can be wheeled throughout the hospital to suit patient and family needs.

March 2009

West Foundation Donates To Senior Community Center
San Diego -- Rancho Santa Fe residents Gary and Mary West are making a $3 million contribution through their foundation to Senior Community Centers to help the organization open the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.
     City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer attended a news conference to announce the gift -- the largest donation in Senior Community Centers’ history.

Wolf Foundation Donates To ARC Thrift Stores
Denver -- For the past 40 years, arc Thrift Stores has been dedicated to the support of individuals with developmental disabilities. Recently, The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation graciously donated $10,000 to arc Thrift Stores’ “Working with a Purpose” program.
     For many years Sandy and Elaine Wolf have been gracious members of the Denver community. Since establishing The Elaine and Melvin Wolf Foundation, Sandy and Elaine Wolf have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local charities, educational institutions and hospitals throughout Denver.

BNY Charitable Giving Program Announces Grants To Nonprofits
Boston -- The Bank of New York Mellon announced that the BNY Mellon New England Charitable Giving Program has awarded more than $2 million in corporate and trust grants to Boston-area nonprofits for its fiscal year 2008.
     As a key part of its strategy, BNY Mellon’s Charitable Giving Program targets organizations that successfully address local need in the areas of learning, economic development, health and human services and art and culture. Over the past 10 years, the program has invested more than $20 million in support of nearly 260 Boston-area community groups.

STFR Helps UT Students Continue Education
Austin, Texas -- The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (STFR) works year round to provide University of Texas students with funding for their education. As tuition prices increase and more students are finding it harder to finance their education, The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo offers scholarships to ease the financial burden of higher education. 34 STFR Scholars are currently enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo has awarded $61,250 to UT students in the 2008-2009 academic year and $211,250 in the past four years.

Gates Foundation Announces Pilot Grant Program
Seattle -- A pilot initiative announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help public libraries in seven states secure faster Internet connections so more people can access a full range of online applications and opportunities.
     The Foundation has awarded $6,959,771 in combined grant funding to Connected Nation, a nonprofit broadband Internet advocacy group, and the American Library Association’s Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) to support improved Internet connections for public libraries in Arkansas, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia.

The Prudential Foundation Launches New Initiative
Newark, N.J. -- The Prudential Foundation has announced the formation of the Fund for Families, an initiative that will immediately disperse $1 million to soup kitchens, shelters and emergency service programs in Newark and 11 other U.S. cities to address urgent needs caused by the nation’s financial downturn.
     In Newark, nine organizations will receive a total of $125,000 in grants from The Prudential Foundation’s Fund for Families. They are: Apostle House, Covenant House, Catholic Community Services, St. Johns, the Newark YMCA, Newark Emergency Services, the Community Food Bank, FOCUS and Wynona’s House.

Dell Foundation Awards Grants In Four States
Round Rock, Texas -- The Dell Foundation announced the awarding of “Connected Community” grants to 26 organizations in four states -- Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and North Carolina -- where significant number of Dell employees live and work.
     These two-year $50,000 grants support innovative and collaborative initiatives that address technology access and training for youth, fundamental requirements for success in the digital economy.

$99 Million In Charitable Giving
Baltimore -- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private foundations, with approximately $2 billion in assets and annual distributions of close to $100 million, announced the results of a landmark year of charitable giving during its Annual Community Event at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel. More than 550 elected officials, community and philanthropic leaders, dignitaries, and guests attended the event. Keynote speaker Bret Stephens, an editor for the Wall Street Journal and former chief editor of the Jerusalem Post, discussed the impact of the U.S. elections on hopes for peace in the Middle East.

Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation To Support HIV/AIDS Services
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), operator of Positive Healthcare Florida, announced it has received a generous grant in the amount of $15,000 from Pensacola’s Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation, Inc. in support of the Positive Healthcare Mobile Health Unit, which will offer HIV/AIDS services to residents in traditionally underserved areas of rural Florida, including Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa & Walton counties. Launched in October of 2008, the Mobile Health Unit offers general wellness services as well as HIV/Aids prevention, testing and medical services, including the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the residents of this region, designated by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as Area 1.



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