News for the Months of November and December

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Sheriff's Fund Opened at CFGC

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond says there soon will be a nonprofit fund to support law enforcement agencies in the county.

To avoid the cost and hassle of setting up his own nonprofit foundation, the sheriff said he will set the fund up through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd said he and Hammond will act as “gatekeepers” for the fund.

“Sheriff Hammond and I are lucky enough that we can afford more equipment than the smaller departments,” Dodd said. “I’d like to see the lion’s share of the money go to the smaller agencies.”

For more information, please visit: Chattanooga Times Free Press

CFGC's Program Officer Robin Posey Leads Youth Leadership Session

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 CFGC's Program Officer Robin Posey lead a youth leadership class at the Downtown YMCA. The focus of the session was teaching the youth leaders about philanthropy. Mrs. Posey had the class take part in an exercise that would allow the class to see what a grants award process is like. The class read about mock organizations and what the organizations wanted funded. The students were split into small groups where they could discuss awarding funding for each program.

Mrs. Posey has also presented this to Girl's Prepatory School and a semester long philanthropy class at UTC.


CFGC's Emily's Power for a Cure Helps Fund CT Scanner at Children's Hospital

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger celebrated the unveiling of the Emily Ransom CT Scanner with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The on-site pediatric CT scanner came to the hospital through a lead gift of $300,000 by local couple Jonathon and Wendy Ransom and their foundation, Emily’s Power for a Cure, after losing their daughter Emily to cancer in 2006. The Ransoms inspired a community of supporters to complete this $1.2 million project in memory of their daughter. The new 64-slice scanner will allow the staff at Children’s Hospital to diagnose critically ill and injured children more quickly and accurately.

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Open Society Foundations, Echoing Green Launch Fellowship Program

The Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green have announced the launch of a fellowship program designed to support social entrepreneurs who are starting up new organizations in the field of black male achievement.

The Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship program will award stipends of $70,000 to eight individuals who are pursuing ideas and ventures in the areas of education, family, and work that improve life outcomes of black men and boys. Fellowships also will be awarded for efforts in the areas of communications and philanthropic leadership.

During his or her fellowship, each participant will receive technical assistance over eighteen months to help them launch and build their organization; access to technical support, pro bono partnerships, and a community of like-minded social entrepreneurs; and other benefits. Applications will be accepted online through January 9.

For more on this story, please visit: Philanthropy News Digest

Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $17.9 Million in Fourth-Quarter Grants

The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced grants totaling $17.9 million to eighty-three organizations around the world, including $4.8 million to twenty-nine nonprofits in Canada and the United States.

In the fourth-quarter, the foundation awarded a total of $3.7 million in support of fitness and nutrition programs; $3.6 million for water stewardship projects; $3.9 million in support of education programs; and $1.6 million for recycling initiatives. In addition, the foundation allocated nearly $5 million to support local priorities, including HIV/AIDS prevention, disaster relief, youth development, arts and culture programs, and civic initiatives. The grants bring the foundation's 2011 giving for community initiatives around the world to more than $70 million, including $24.2 million to 115 organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

For more on this story, please visit: Philanthropy News Digest


Salvation Army Volunteers to Accept Credit Card Payments

In time for the 2011 holiday season and the hundred and twentieth anniversary of its Red Kettle Campaign, the Salvation Army has announced that it will accept credit card payments at its Red Kettles in select cities.

Bell ringers at locations in Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York will receive donated Android smartphones equipped with wireless service and credit card readers. The card readers plug into the phone's headphone jack and allow for "safe and secure" payments through a free mobile application.

According to the New York Times, the national charity added traditional credit card processing terminals to its holiday fundraising campaign three years ago, with mixed results. By using technology that is already familiar to consumers, it expects donors this holiday season to be more comfortable with the process.

For more on this article, please visit: Philanthropy News Digest


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces 'Roadmaps to Health' Community Grants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced grants totaling up to $2.4 million to twelve local coalitions across the country working to improve the health of people living in those communities.

Chosen from a pool of more than three hundred applicants, the grantees will receive up to $200,000 each over two years to build consensus for and implement policy and systems changes that address factors connected to health, including education levels, income and employment, community safety, and social connectedness. Awarded through RWJF's County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the grants will be managed by Community Catalyst, a Boston-based nonprofit advocacy organization.

For more on this story, please visit: Philanthropy News Digest

View From the UN on the Future for Women

By Ayca Ariyoruk

Recently, Michelle Bachelet, former president of Chile and the new head of the United Nations supra-entity on women, spoke with Turkish Philanthropy Funds about several topics, including women, philanthropy, and power. Today, as the UN celebrates its 66th birthday and a humanitarian response is mounted to help survivors of an earthquake in Turkey, onPhilanthropy brings you Part 1 of this timely discussion.

UN Women is “a baby of UN reform” says Ms. Michelle Bachelet, who until last year was best known for being the first female president of Chile, and the first female defense minister in all of the Americas.  Ms. Bachelet, who has broken every mold for the betterment of her country, is now ready to do the same, this time for the world’s women.  The UN entity she leads supersedes the merger of four UN entities mandated with women empowerment and gender equality.  She is now the under-secretary General of UN Women and is tasked to raise over $500 million in three years with a mission to make the UN a more powerful advocate for women.  Recently, she sat down with Turkish Philanthropy Funds in the new offices of UN Women in New York.  Investing in girls and women in Turkey is a top priority for Turkish Philanthropy Funds, a New York based community foundation serving the Turkish American diaspora. In response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake yesterday in the eastern province of Van, TPF has established an emergency fund to direct philanthropic support to relief efforts on the ground. Since its inception in 2007, TPF has raised over $13.6 million. Education and women empowerment grants constitute the majority of TPF’s giving.

For more on this article, please visit: OnPhilanthropy


X PRIZE Foundation Announces $9 Million Sponsorship From Shell

The X PRIZE Foundation has announced a three-year, $9 million sponsorship agreement with Shell to fund the X PRIZE Exploration Prize Group.

Announced earlier this week at an event commemorating the seventh anniversary of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, the partnership aims to leverage the foundation's prize model to stimulate innovation, competition, and collaboration at the frontiers of space, the earth, and its oceans. Initiatives of the Exploration Prize Group include the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, the largest prize ever offered by the foundation, which challenges privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the moon that can travel over the lunar surface and send images and data back to earth.

For more ont his article, please visit: Philantrhopy News Digest


Community Foundation of South Alabama Awards $1.5 Million for BP Oil Spill Recovery

The Community Foundation of South Alabama in Mobile has announced grants totaling more than $1.5 million to help communities in Baldwin and Mobile counties recover from last year's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Awarded through the Fund for Gulf Communities, a program of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the grants include $190,000 to the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council to provide workforce training and connect families with food, utility assistance, medications, and child care; $164,000 to the Women's Business Center to offer financial literacy, entrepreneurship training, and credit counseling programs at business centers and libraries in the region; $125,000 to the Bayou Clinic to expand its mental health, medical, and social services; and $72,500 to the Bay Area Food Bank to strengthen its food distribution and child nutrition program and help families enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

For more on this article, please visit: Community Foundation of South Alabama


Social Good Summit: Digital Philanthropy Grows 

By Anne Nelson

The second Social Good Summit, mounted by Mashable, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation with support from Swedish mobile phone giant Ericsson is, in Mashable's words, a chance for "the most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists [to come together] with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place."

For more on this story, please visit: PBS MEDIASHIFT


Social Media: Special Relationships for Community Good 

By Emily Jones Rushing

Today I joined Foursquare, created a QR code for our tornado recovery funds, and tweeted about some of the great sessions going on at the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations in San Francisco.

Even though I have been blogging, tweeting, and Facebooking for almost three years on behalf of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, this was still a stretch. For others in the “All Thumbs” session, it was even more challenging as we downloaded mobile apps and tried out new ways of connecting online.

The connections started immediately as we reached out to others at the conference and then expanded to friends and colleagues far away. I expect the connections will continue even after the conference concludes on Wednesday, building on the face-to-face relationships we have  started here.

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Mosaic Company Awards $2.5 Million to Florida Aquarium

The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, Minnesota, has announced a $2.5 million gift to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa to help create an education, conference, and event center.

Awarded as part of the aquarium's $15 million Rising Tides capital campaign (YouTube video), the gift is the largest in the aquarium's sixteen-year history. To date, the organization has raised $6 million toward a state-of-the-art education center designed to meet the needs of local students and provide conference and event space.

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Vanderbilt University Receives $4.85 Million From MacArthur Foundation

Vanderbilt University in Nashville has announced a $4.85 million grant from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to administer the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Led by Vanderbilt professor Owen Jones — one of the few professors of both law and biology in the country — the network aims to address a set of criminal justice problems, including the probable mental states of defendants and witnesses; a defendant's capacity for self-regulating behavior; and whether — and if so how — various kinds of neuroscientific evidence should be admitted and evaluated in individual cases. Within these categories, researchers will conduct brain imaging and other studies to examine hot-button topics such as detecting deception or recognition; cognitive and brain development in adolescents; and the admissibility of neuroscientific evidence such as fMRI brain scans in court.

For more on this story, please visit: Philanthropy News Digest