News for the Months of July and August

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CFGC Recognizes Importance of  Breast Cancer Support Services

Nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle options designed exclusively for breast cancer survivors will be featured at a free half-day event on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the UTC University Center. Presented by Breast Cancer Support Services (formerly Y-ME Chattanooga) and sponsored by Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center of Memorial Health Care System, Moving On after Breast Cancer: Mind, Body & Soul will highlight ways to achieve optimum health and sustain remission.  New guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society emphasize the importance of healthy eating and exercising as ways to help prevent recurrence of breast cancer.

Stress reduction and mind body skills will be featured by Rhonda Edwards, licensed clinical social worker, at Memorial’s Center for Cancer Support. Nutritionist Pamela Kelle, known as The Chattanooga Food Coach, will highlight the event with a powerful presentation Beautiful You from the Inside Out:  Nutrition Matters.  Fitness options will also be offered. Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably for a relaxing format that will feature Pilates, Nia (formerly non-impact aerobics), Zumba  and Tai Chi.

To register for the free event that includes a free light, nutritious lunch, simply email your name, address and phone number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " data-mce-href="mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 629-2445.

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John P. Franklin, Sr. Achievement Scholarships Awarded

This year three $1,000 scholarships were awarded. The John P. Franklin, Sr. Scholarship Fund is administered through the Community Foundation of Chattanooga.  

The awardees for the first class of John P. Franklin scholars were: 

  • Mr. Cornelius Washington – East Ridge
  • Mr. Ivan Lee - CSAS
  • Mr. Mekal Smith - Howard

The John P. Franklin, Sr. Achievement Scholarship Fund was established in 2011, by the Kappa Foundation of Chattanooga, to honor Mr. Franklin's extraordinary life and achievements. 

Mr. John P. Franklin, Sr., was the first African-American elected official and has been a leader in the Chattanooga community for over 60 years. His legacy has touched and molded the lives of many as an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, elected government official, civic and community leader and devoted family man and Christian. 

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Brainerd High Alumni Scholarship Recipients 2012

In 2008, the Brainerd High School Alumni Association established a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to deserving graduating Brainerd High School Seniors. To date they have awarded 20 scholarships for a total amount of $20,000.  

Below are the 2012 BHSAA Scholarship Recipients:

1. Tiara Boston
2. Corey Hemphill
3. Latoya Roberson
4. Erica Strickland

5. Dominique Timmons 

BHS Alums, who would like to make a tax-deductible donation, make checks payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.

and in the memo section of the check place BHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and remit to the address below: The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Inc.
C/o BHSAA Scholarship Fund
1270 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN  37402

The Annual BHS Alumni Weekend will be held June 29–July 1.  All proceeds from the events held will benefit the BHSAA Scholarship Fund.   

For more information, contact Chris L. Ramsey, Scholarship Chairman, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 619-0732.

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Wealthy Women Engage in 'Roll-Up-Your-Sleeves' Philanthropy to Support Women, Girls

In the past decade, wealthy women from all around the globe not only are getting more involved in philanthropy, but also are boosting their support of causes run by and for women, the New York Times reports.

Annie Lennox, the lead singer for the 1980s group Eurythmics, for example — who has been active in the nonprofit space for a number of years, supporting a wide range of issues, from HIV/AIDS to gender equality to poverty alleviation — helped launch the Circle five years ago, which began as a web of sixteen influential women and now includes some one hundred and fifty who have raised more than $1.72 million in support of women's projects worldwide. A spokeswoman for international human rights organization Oxfam since 2007, Lennox told the Times that it was during a 2003 trip to South Africa to meet then president Nelson Mandela that she decided to begin using her star power to affect social change. "I don't come from a wealthy background. We were working-class," said Lennox, who grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland. "But seeing chronic generational poverty in Africa is something else. Your reference points shift."

While the movement of female celebrities supporting women's causes has been criticized as being fashionable or worse, opportunistic on the part of the celebrity, Lennox said it actually has created an ambitious frontier of "roll-up-your-sleeves feminism."

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PNC Awards $1 Million to Eastern Carolina Nonprofits

PNC Financial Services Group has announced grants totaling $1 million to eight nonprofit organizations in Raleigh and Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

A portion of the funding will be used to bring PNC's multiyear, $350 million initiative, Grow Up Great, to Raleigh. Through the initiative, the Carolina Ballet, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Wake County Public Schools will work over the next two years to create new preschool teacher-training programs and arts activities, including dance and movement; provide opportunities for preschool students and their families to visit cultural institutions; and place artists in preschool classrooms to teach and share their passion for the arts.

PNC also awarded grants in support of economic development, workforce training, and early childhood education in the Rocky Mount region. Recipients include the City of Rocky Mount, which was awarded a grant to conduct a market feasibility study and determine whether a potential downtown events center could drive traffic to and spur retail development in the region; Nash Community College (NCC), which received a grant to host a Workplace Skill-Up program offering displaced or unemployed workers in the area an opportunity to develop career readiness and workplace skills; the Turning Point Workforce Development Board, which was awarded a grant to collaborate with Edgecombe Community College and NCC to create a lab that simulates workplace settings as a backdrop for the teaching of employer-preferred skill sets to low-income and hard-to-employ citizens; and the Down East Partnership for Children, which received a grant to launch a new program, PNC Grow Up Great at the Discovery Park, featuring a natural outdoor-learning environment for children. In addition, the bank awarded a grant to Rocky Mount's Imperial Centre for the Arts and Science to launch the PNC Legacy Project honoring the bank's local history later this year.

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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants

The Healthcare Georgia Foundation in Atlanta has announced grants totaling $1.3 million to twenty-nine organizations and programs working to strengthen the state's healthcare safety net and improve the health of Georgians.

Grants include a total of $550,000 in cycle-based funding to support the core operations or improve the administrative infrastructure of thirteen nonprofits working in the foundation's priority areas: addressing health disparities, expanding access to affordable quality healthcare services, promoting health and preventing disease, and strengthening and sustaining health nonprofit organizations, programs, and workforce. They include $50,000 to the Health Initiative and $42,000 each to Community Health Mission and Health Education Assessment and Leadership (HEAL).

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Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $26 Million in First-Quarter Grants

The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $26 million to community-based organizations around the globe.

In the first quarter, the company-sponsored foundation awarded a total of $9.7 million for water stewardship efforts, $3.6 million for fitness and nutrition initiatives, $7.4 million for education, and $4.9 million for community recycling and other local priorities, including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, malaria-prevention efforts, youth development activities, and civic initiatives.

Grants include $600,000 to the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation - Citihope International Inc. for an initiative to distribute pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and Morocco; $500,000 to the California State University, Long Beach Foundation for scholarships for first-generation college students; $500,000 to the International Sport and Culture Association for its +100m Campaign for Sport and Physical Activity; and $300,000 to the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development in Dodecanese, Greece, in support of its Rainwater Harvesting.

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Walton Family Foundation Awarded $21.5 Million to Local Nonprofits in 2011

The Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas, has announced that it awarded grants totaling $21.5 million through its Home Region initiatives in 2011.

Organizations working to improve accountability, transparency, choice, and incentive in the state's schools received nearly $8.3 million through the foundation's Arkansas Education Reform initiative. Recipients include the University of Central Arkansas Foundation ($1.4 million), the Arkansas Public School Resource Center ($986,558), Exalt Education ($613,500), and Fountain Lake School District ($414,241).

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Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Awards $1 Million in Scholarships to Area Students

The Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties in Florida has announced $1 million in scholarship awards — the largest dollar amount directed to scholarships in the foundation's forty-year history — to a hundred and thirteen area students.

Students were evaluated by a committee of board members and community volunteers based on a written application, test scores, grade transcripts, letters of recommendations, and interviews. Individual scholarships ranging in amount from $1,000 to $30,000 were drawn from funds established at the foundation by local donors.

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Tulane University Receives $18.7 Million for Gulf Oil Spill Projects

Tulane University in New Orleans has announced $18.7 million in new funding to launch two projects aimed at helping Gulf Coast communities recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The funding includes $15 million over five years from the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program — which was funded through BP's settlement of class-action medical claims — to launch an initiative through which environmental health faculty at the university will work  with the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics to establish a network of environmental health experts that provides peer consultation and educational resources to primary-care physicians in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The project also will train community health workers in environmental public health and disaster preparedness and help establish an emerging scholars program at area high schools.

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Taylor Swift Contributes $4 Million to Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville has announced a $4 million gift from Grammy Award-winning artist Taylor Swift in support of a new education center.

Scheduled to open in early 2014, the Taylor Swift Education Center will boost the organization's education capacity seven-fold and will include three classrooms and an exhibition gallery for children. Two traditional classrooms and a "wet" classroom will be used by museum officials for current educational offerings, including its Words and Music program, distance learning, and family programs such as the musical petting zoo. The "wet" classroom will feature a utility floor that lends itself to the museum's Make Letterpress Art program and other interactive and messy programs for children.

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Davidson College Receives $25 Million Gift From Alumnus

Davidson College, the first liberal arts college in the country to eliminate loans from its financial aid packages, has announced a $25 million gift from longtime supporter and alumnus Edward L. "Ted" Baker for scholarships.

Announced this past weekend at the college's commencement ceremony, the second largest gift in the school's history will be added to the Baker-Vagt Scholarship, which Baker and his wife, Ann, and the college's sixteenth president, Robert F. "Bobby" Vagt, created to assist students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school. The gift was awarded in support of the Davidson Trust, a commitment made by the college in 2007 to meet 100 percent of admitted students' financial needs with grants and income from on-campus jobs.

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Starr Foundation Awards $10 Million to Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute

The University of Miami's Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute has announced a $10 million grant from the New York City-based Starr Foundation to broaden the scope of the institute's preclinical and clinical research.

The grant will support ISCI in accelerating its pipeline of translational research and programs for a wide array of debilitating conditions, including cardiac disease, cancer, wound healing, stroke, glaucoma, and chronic kidney and gastrointestinal diseases. Founded in 2008, ISCI has conducted groundbreaking cardiac clinical trials which demonstrate that stem cells injected into a heart after a heart attack can repair damage and improve organ function. The institute currently is leading thirteen clinical trials to evaluate the use of stem cells in patients with conditions such as congestive heart failure, skin wounds, burns, pulmonary fibrosis, and stroke.

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Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Awards First Food-and-Farming Grant 

There are many challenges facing small farmers across Western North Carolina. A strong alliance between Mitchell and Yancey counties will address several of these by creating a food hub for the region that will provide a shared aggregation facility, expanded access to customers, joint marketing and now, through a $25,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, rental access to key field equipment necessary for small or transitioning farmers.

Part of a comprehensive two-county plan to support farmers through a leased post-harvest facility, TRACTOR (the Toe River Aggregation Center and Training Organization Regional) aims to increase sales and economic opportunity for farmers. The project will coordinate the aggregation, distribution and marketing of locally grown fruits and vegetables from small producers. The facility, to be located in Burnsville, is scheduled to open in May and will offer processing, packaging and distribution as well as GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) training and technical assistance.

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States Increased Graduation Rates, Report Finds

Between 2002 and 2010, twenty-four states increased their high school graduation rates by a modest to large amount, helping to boost the national rate to 75.5 percent from 72 percent, a new report from Civic Enterprises, the Everyone Graduates Center, America's Promise Alliance, and the Alliance for Excellent Education finds.

Released at the Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, D.C., the report, Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, found that twelve states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin — were responsible for the majority of the nation's progress toward raising the national high school graduation rate. Sponsored by AT&T and the Pearson Foundation, the report also found that the number of high schools graduating 60 percent or fewer students on time — so-called "dropout factories" — fell from more than two thousand in 2002 to 1,550 in 2010. Southern states and suburban towns saw the largest declines (410 and 171, respectively) in the number of dropout factories, followed by the Northeast (43). The number in the Midwest, in contrast, grew by 33.

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Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 in Chattanooga September 13-17

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) will come to Chattanooga, TN, September 13-17 for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference. This year's theme, Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale, will help attract a diverse representation of community planners, engineers, transportation and elected officials, as well as those concerned with the environment, public health and energy policies. 

The conference will bring over 600 people to Chattanooga, making it North America's premier conference on walking, biking, and livability. Attendees will be able choose from over 70 panel sessions on bicycling and walking issues and a host of mobile workshops over the course of the conference.

While, attendees come from all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and further abroad, “regional participation is very important,” says Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator Philip Pugliese.

“Local attendees are vital to the success of this conference,” adds Pugliese. “As we showcase Chattanooga’s accomplishments for sustainable transportation, we will also be learning from other communities on how best to prepare for the future, both locally and regionally.”

In addition to the regularly scheduled panel sessions and mobile workshops, there will also be a special conference session on creating a more livable Chattanooga, geared towards local leadership, hosted by the Active Living Transportation Network, Choose Chattanooga and the Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative.

Registration is open now. Standard rates apply through Tues., Aug. 31. Early bird discounts are available through Sun., Aug. 15.

To learn more about the conference or register, visit or contact Philip Pugliese at (423) 643-6887 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


CFGC Board Member Dr. Chris Smith Visits Haiti

Dr. Chris Smith works with the Children’s Nutrition Program (CNP) of Haiti, a local organization founded by Dr. Mitch Mutter.  The purpose of this group’s outreach focuses on child nutrition in Haiti.

Dr. Chris Smith takes information on a tiny patient

Dr. Chris Smith takes information on a tiny patient.

Smith arrived a month after the earthquake.  She said by that time, the most traumatic injuries had begun to heal and her involvement was in post operative care and primary care.  She said many of the cases she worked on were routine, with one caveat.

“We were seeing a lot of malaria,” Smith said.  “And I suspect there will be a lot more malaria, as well as communicable diseases such as dysentery.  With bad water sources and the rainy season coming, that will be their next great challenge.”

In the midst of her week in Haiti, among all the devastation where people lacked food and housing, five babies were born—all very healthy, Smith said.

Smith is grateful for proceeds from the UTC Greek Show, where more money than ever before was collected and donated to CNP.  The money will be earmarked to purchase specially designed housing kits, which sell for $110 dollars each, and can be turned into permanent housing.

Dr. Chris Smith assisted Dr. Phyllis Miller in the delivery of little Christine Elizabeth, named in Dr. Smith's honor

Dr. Chris Smith assisted Dr. Phyllis Miller in the delivery of little Christine Elizabeth, named in Dr. Smith's honor.

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CFGC Board Member Bahner wins President's Award

Max Bahner, a senior litigation attorney at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., was recently honored with the Tennessee Bar Association's President's Award at the 2010 TBA convention.

Mr. Bahner was recognized for his service as chairman of the TBA's Task Force on Judicial Conduct Rules. This group is charged with making recommendations to the TBA Board of Governors on improvements to Tennessee rules and statutes governing judicial conduct.

A practicing attorney since 1960, Mr. Bahner is past president of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar associations and served nearly 17 years in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, leading the Tennessee delegation for nine years.

He also served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association for three years and on the executive committee of the Board of Governors. He is a founding Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Chattanooga Bar Foundation.

Congratulations Mr. Bahner!

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UAB Track and Field Signs CFGC Scholarship Recipient Kelli Smith

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UAB track and field interim head coach Kurt Thomas announced the addition of three student-athletes to the 2010 signing class Tuesday.

Emily Trotter (Somerville, Ala./Brewer HS), Taylor Simpson (Calhoun, Ga./Gordon Central HS) and Kelli Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn./Brainerd HS) have each signed National Letters of Intent to join the Blazer track and field squad. Trotter will also compete for the cross country team.

Smith will add depth for UAB in the long jump, triple jump and high jump events. She earned a second-place finish in the long jump at the 2010 Tennessee Class A-AA state meet with a leap of 19-0. She also placed third in the triple jump. She was named one of the Best of Prep and selected to the 2010 All-City Track & Field Team by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Public Art Fund

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The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is asking for the community to show its support for public art.   The stainless steel sculpture represents a new found spirit of unity and pride for the community. It will remain on the front lawn of Urban League for viewing through December unless additional funding is raised.

The art project is part of the City of Chattanooga’s Public Art program, managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation.  Thanks to a matching grant initiative funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation, the sculpture was installed at The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, located at 730 M.L. King Blvd.  All funds raised for this project are tax deductible and will go toward the purchase and perpetual maintenance of the sculpture.

The sculpture was created by Kentucky professor and artist, Garry R. Bibbs and stands twenty feet high. It is called “Family Revolution” and celebrates the new found pride seen in the MLK neighborhood. Urban League is asking its supporters, art lovers and concerned citizens to support the public art fund.

“Public art promotes a vibrant quality of life by fostering community dialogue and creating a sense of place in the spaces in which we live, work, and play. Chattanooga is a welcoming progressive city and public art reflects our civic pride and projects the community’s support of artists and related businesses, and the economic benefits of tourism,” said Peggy Townsend, program director of Chattanooga Public Art.

“Having an iconic sculpture in the MLK community makes a bold statement and sends a positive message.  It communicates that a steady transformation and interest in urban America is plausible.  Chattanoogans are philanthropists by nature, we express joy when a new business opens on MLK, or see clean up and street repairs being done to an area that once had a troubled past,” said Warren E. Logan Jr., president and CEO.

Individuals can make donations to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga of any dollar amount or individuals that donate $1,500 will be recognized publicly and added to Urban League’s HeART for the Community commemorative plaque.  This custom-made plaque will list all supporters by name or company and be displayed next to the sculpture.

For more information concerning Urban League’s public art fund please contact Warren E. Logan, Jr. at the Urban League’s office at 423-756-1762 or visit us online at

Children's Advocacy Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary woth Luncheon, July 15

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County (CACHC) is excited to kick-off its 20th Anniversary Celebration Year with a “Volunteer & Donor Recognition Luncheon” on Thursday, July 15, 2010.

The luncheon will be held at The United Way Building.  A keynote address will be given by Pete Cooper, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  Awards will be given to honor some of the CACHC’s hard working volunteers and generous donors.

Award to be given out include the Curtis L. Collier Individual Volunteer of the Year, Corporate Volunteer of the Year, and the Emeline W. Haney Award.

The CACHC staff, Board of Directors, and the 20th Anniversary Committee are planning several events throughout this fiscal year to help celebrate the positive impact the agency has had on alleged child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse in Hamilton County and surrounding counties in Southeast Tennessee.

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Orange Gove Center Opens Dental Clinic

Orange Grove Center recently opened the mini-dental clinic and school to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Tennessee.  It is the only dental clinic of its kind locally, providing services that are often refused by dentists around the world. Visit Orange Grove to find out more about Dr. Kristin Compton.

Call (423) 629-1451, ext. 2464 for more information, or to schedule and appointment.


Free Clinic Helps Four Legged Friends

A Chattanooga program aims to help a forgotten part of our society, pets of the homeless and in need. The goal? To give vet care....for free.

Nori and Paige visited the vet today, an expensive but necessary trip. Their owner, Brandy Bates says its just too pricey to take them to their usual veterinarian.

"With the economy and work...I needed a new way to get them checked out," said Bates.

And she found just that. Collars, leashes, pet food and even treats...Dog Days at the Metropolitan Ministries has it all, including a vet. And its all free.

"With the economy the way that it is, the same people who, normally, could have done a lot more have been restricted on what they can do. And then there's that group of people who can do absolutely nothing for their dog," said Dr. Darlene White.

Dr. White is a veterinarian and had the idea to start Dog Days and today was their 3rd clinic. Metropolitan Ministries is an agency that helps both homeless and those in need, financially and with medicines but Dr. White says its not just people who need help.

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Southeast Community Foundations Updates


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced grants totaling $764,000, including eleven grants totaling $158,000 to arts organizations, sixteen grants totaling $120,000 in support of education, seven grants totaling $108,000 to environmental groups, fifteen grants totaling $105,000 to health organizations, seventeen grants totaling $115,000 to organizations providing human services, nine grants totaling $83,000 for community support initiatives, and $75,000 for other initiatives. Recipients include the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, Pleasant Mount Baptist Church, and the Middle Alabama Agency on Aging.



The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has announced two hundred and fifty spring scholarships totaling $515,900, raising the total for the year to more than $1.1 million — the third year in a row that the foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. The awards include scholarships to traditional students as well as adult learners.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has announced 366 scholarships totaling more than $450,000 to local students for the 2010-11 academic year. Since 1997, the foundation has awarded some $4 million in scholarships funded by its endowment and dozens of scholarship funds created by donors.

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has announced a $60,000 grant to help Mote Marine Laboratory respond to potential impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Mote will use the grant to begin its efforts in five areas: sampling of water, sediments, bottom-dwelling organisms, and sea grass; mollusk sampling; patrolling of coastal areas by underwater robots; phytoplankton sampling; and creating a detailed oil response plan that covers a number of different scenarios.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has announced $82,582 in grants from its Leslie and Margaret Weller Fund for Teacher Mini-Grants. Individual teachers will receive awards ranging from $1,600 to $5,000 to enhance their curriculum with special arts projects in disciplines such as poetry, music, writing, fine art, and filmmaking, as well as interdisciplinary science and technology projects.

As part of the second-annual Martin County Community Foundation Giving Day, seventy-four local organizations helped raise a total of nearly $200,000, the Treasure Coast Palm reports. In addition, the Frances Langford Foundation, the Shirley Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Kight, and the community foundation's board of directors provided matching grants totaling $100,000. Each agency will receive the full amount of the donations it raised plus a portion of the matching funds based on the percentage of the $196,281 it raised. While both the total raised and number of gifts made were greater in 2009, the average amount per donation was higher this year.


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced grants totaling $765,000 to eleven metro-area organizations through its Common Good Funds. This year marks the second year the foundation has focused on providing general operating support to improve the ability of nonprofits to make a difference and strengthen the sector as a whole. Recipients include the Atlanta Humane Society, Georgia Appleseed, the North Fulton Child Development Association, and the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced that it has awarded general operating support grants totaling $500,000 through its Atlanta Arts Recovery initiative to ten small and midsize arts organizations in the area. Recipients include the Atlanta Chamber Players, Dad's Garage, the Theatre in the Square, and the True Colors Theatre Company.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced new leaders at two of its local funds. Barbara Morgan has been named board chair of the Newton Fund, while Steve Forsyth was elected to chair the board of the Fayette Fund.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it has established a Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to support relief efforts in communities in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and lower Jefferson parishes.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the availability of approximately $50,000 for 501(c)(3) organizations that provide living assistance, medical care, or hospice services to indigent women in the Greater New Orleans area. Funded by Maison Hospitaliere, an organization that existed as a skilled nursing facility from 1893 to 2006, the grants will support direct services to women through either general operating support or program support.


The Hernando-based Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi has received $25,000 from Entergy Mississippi, reports. The gift from the energy company will provide support for the Word on Wheels bookmobile, which makes more than five hundred books available to preschoolers in DeSoto, LaFayette, Panola, Tate, and Tunica counties. Matching gifts will be provided by the Maddox and Phil Hardin foundations, bringing the total to $83,000.

North Carolina

The Lincoln County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced five grants totaling $6,000 to local Lincoln-area nonprofits. The recipients are Carolina Cross Connection, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice & Palliative Care, Lincoln County Public Library, and the North Carolina Symphony.

The Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas has announced a final round of grants through its Critical Need Response Fund. Grants totaling $586,150 were awarded to organizations working to provide food, shelter, clothing, and rent and utility-payment assistance, including $20,000 to Charlotte Emergency Housing, $25,000 to NeXus Urban Serve, and $31,150 to Freedom School Partners. Created in 2008 in response to the economic downturn, the fund has distributed nearly $4 million to assist the needy.

The Durham-based Triangle Community Foundation has announced that the Biogen Idec Foun Apply dation Micro-Grants in Science Education program has awarded twelve grants totaling $23,466 to education-related organizations and institutions the area. Grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 were awarded to schools and nonprofits in support of efforts that enhance and create excitement about science education. Recipients include the Chatham Education Foundation, the NC Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology, and Meredith College.


South Carolina

The Florence-based Eastern Carolina Community Foundation has established the Pee Dee Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of the recent Darlington tornado and future natural disasters, SC Now reports. The fund will complement the work of other area nonprofits, which it will support with grants across county and jurisdictional lines.

The Columbia-based Central Carolina Community Foundation has announced a $20,000 grant to the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina to assist with humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti. According to the American Red Cross, relief efforts in the impoverished country have involved more emergency response teams than any other single-country disaster in Red Cross history.


The Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced the fifth round of disaster grants from its Metro Nashville Disaster Response and Tennessee Emergency Response funds to eight local organizations, providing $446,500 in flood relief and restoration services. Awards include $125,000 to the Salvation Army and $100,000 to the South Central Human Resource Agency. To date, more than $2.5 million in flood relief grants has been awarded to sixty-five organizations from the foundation's two disaster funds.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced disaster grants totaling $726,000 from its Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to nine local organizations providing flood relief and restoration services. With this latest round of grants — which include $250,000 to Hands On Nashville, $300,000 to the Housing Fund, and $20,000 to the Centerville Church of Christ — the foundation has awarded more than $2.1 million for flood relief.

The Nashville Rising benefit concert led by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw has raised more than $2.2 million for flood victims in middle Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. The total, which was raised from ticket sales, donations, and sponsorships, will be distributed through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Music publisher BMI has announced the creation of a two-part campaign designed to help fuel rebuilding efforts after the historic flood that devastated middle Tennessee last month. Unveiled during the recent benefit concert Nashville Rising, BMI's campaign includes the creation of the BMI Flood Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, through which the company will match up to $50,000 in contributions from individuals and businesses, and award an additional $50,000 to the foundation to assist with its immediate recovery work.

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has launched a new fundraising campaign aimed at residents who don't believe they have the capacity to be philanthropic, the Commercial Appeal reports. The Give 365 campaign will recruit up to 365 people to join a fund by committing $1 per day for a year. Should the group meet its membership goal, it would raise more than $133,000 — a figure that could get a $20,000 boost with a matching grant from foundation's community partnership fund.

The Music City Keep on Playin' benefit concert for flood relief raised more than $1.8 million for the Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. The foundation is processing and distributing gifts, which are still being accepted online and via text message.

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis ended its fiscal year on April 30 with $290 million — up from $247 million the prior year, the Memphis Daily News reports. The increase in assets is due primarily to yearly returns of 33.8 percent on its balanced fund and 49.9 percent on its equity fund. According to Robert Fockler, president of the foundation, its grantmaking budget for the new fiscal year is twice as large as was expected a year ago. "Obviously, the greater our assets, the greater ability our donors have to put those assets to work in the form of charitable grants," said Fockler. "While our grantmaking from our donors has been down significantly, this year we would really expect that to rebound close to 2007 levels."

The Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, has announced the activation of its Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund to support relief efforts in the wake of recent flooding that has devastated the area. The foundation also activated its Tennessee Emergency Response Fund in response to flooding beyond the Davidson County area.

The Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced it is seeking applicants for the Student Ticket Subsidy program, which is designed to ensure that school-aged children in the state have access to live performance and the arts. Funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and designated agencies, Student Ticket Subsidy provides funds for arts and cultural events for public school students. As one of the designated agencies, the foundation will identify artists and arts organizations that can provide appropriate performances, demonstrations, field trips, and in-school programs for public school students.

Foundation Funds Study of Indoor Environments

New York City's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation likes to take chances.

The 76-year old-organization, founded by then-President and CEO of General Motors Alfred P. Sloan Jr. and known for funding the earliest stages of scientific research, is making a $1.8 million grant to the University of Oregon to create a center for the so-called Biological Ecology of Built Environments.

Although scientists have long studied outdoor ecosystems such as swamps or rainforests, they know little about the ecosystems where people now spend the bulk of their time: indoors. To that end, the Sloan Foundation wants to foster a scientific field focusing on the microbial ecology of indoor environments such as skyscrapers and hospitals.

Funding the center is characteristic of Sloan's strategy to support original, emerging research in science, technology and economics that tend to be underfunded by other foundations or government agencies. In the 1980s, the foundation became an early funder of neuroscience and cognitive science. In the 1990s, the foundation helped foster the now- robust field of behavioral economics.

"We like to get in early and become an incubator for new research that could potentially have a big impact on our quality of life," says program director Paula Olsiewski.

For more on this story, please visit: The Wall Street Journal

Nonprofits in Northeast Florida Stretched Thin, Report Finds

According to a study conducted by the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the number of nonprofits in the region grew steadily between 1998 and 2008, but nearly half the organizations in the area are operating in the red, the Jacksonville Daily Record reports.

Underwritten by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the State of the Sector (4 pages, PDF) found that the number of active nonprofits in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties doubled to nearly a thousand over the past decade, with all the growth occurring before 2006. According to the report, much of the increase can be attributed to nonprofits becoming more diligent about filing their IRS 990 forms.

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Catholic Foundation of North Georgia Receives $7 Million Bequest

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta has announced a $7 million bequest to the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia from Virginia and James Conrads.

The largest gift in CFNG's history will be used to establish the Conrads Family Education Fund and support faith-based education at Catholic schools in the Atlanta archdiocese. All archdiocesan and private Catholics schools in north Georgia will be eligible for grants from the fund.

James Conrads, a businessman who died earlier this year, and his wife, who passed away in 2009, were involved in many facets of the archdiocese, including the Serra Club. The couple also established the Conrads Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to support charitable organizations in the region.

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Meals On Wheels Association of America Announces Grants to Restore Meals

The Meals On Wheels Association of America has announced a $500,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of MOW programs across the country.

Half of the grant will be used to develop the Emergent Meal Grant Program, which will enable forty-one struggling MOW programs to restore or maintain meal services they had eliminated or were expecting to cut in the near future due to a lack of funding. More than a dozen recipients of Emergent Meal grants are located in top ten "senior hunger" states.

"The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has stepped up to the plate to help MOWAA fight senior hunger," said the Meals On Wheels Association of America president and CEO Enid Borden. "Their contribution will help us ensure that thousands of seniors will get the nutritious meals and human contact they need to survive."

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Saving Philanthropy Releases Preview

Saving Philanthropy, a documentary film exploring the strategies associated with effective philanthropy and high-performing organizations, has just released a preview. Some of the most well known and respected philanthropic organizations and thought leaders are participating in the film, including Charity Navigator's own president & CEO, Ken Berger. Others include: Jane Wales, Director of The Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy, Paul Brest, President of the Hewlett Foundation, Kat Rosqueta, Founder of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn, and David Hunter, former Director of Evaluation at The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

In this short clip we hear about Nurse-Family Partnership, an organization Charity Navigator has heralded for getting it right when it comes to financial health and accountability/transparency. Saving Philanthropy highlights Nurse-Family Partnership for its ability to show impacts for two generations.

To see the clip, please visit: Charity Navigator Blog


Record Year for Southwest Florida Community Foundations

Three southwest Florida community foundations awarded a record number of grants, grant dollars, and scholarships in their most recent fiscal year, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

At a time of increased need in the region, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice awarded 1,090 grants and 370 scholarships totaling $16.5 million, or $5.3 million more than in fiscal year 2009; the Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded 1,800 grants and 560 scholarships totaling nearly $10.8 million, or $2.7 million more than in its previous fiscal year; and the Manatee Community Foundation awarded 200 grants and 40 scholarships totaling nearly $1.1 million, or $160,700 more than the previous year.

In addition, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice received a record $17.5 million during fiscal year 2010, double the highest amount it had received previously, while the community foundation in Sarasota said it established more funds with people who began their estate planning last year. Both the Sarasota and Manatee foundations each received sizeable bequests over the past year.

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During Downturn, Corporate Giving Focuses on Basic Needs

Even though the recession hurt corporate charitable giving last year, some areas of giving increased, including health and education, said the presidents of the Walmart Foundation and the GE Foundation.

Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation, and Bob Corcoran, president of the GE Foundation, answered readers' questions in an online chat Tuesday sponsored by USA TODAY and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

"In the current economic downturn, we have focused on basic needs. For instance, hunger relief has become our main priority," said McKenna.

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Foundation Created by Johnny Carson Receives $156 Million Bequest

The foundation created by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson has received $156 million from a personal trust established by the entertainer years before his death in January 2005, the Smoking Gun reports.

According to a tax return received by the IRS in May, the John W. Carson Foundation received $35.2 million in cash and $121.2 million in securities and royalty rights from the John W. Carson Trust during the fiscal year that ended last June. Previous tax returns, including those filed when Carson was alive, show that the trust regularly provided funds to the foundation, although prior transfers were usually between $1 million and $2 million.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation Awards $3 Million to National Urban League

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, has announced a three-year, $3 million grant to the National Urban League for an urban leadership development initiative.

The grant will support the Whitney M. Young Jr. Center for Urban Leadership, which aims to develop Urban League leaders by providing tools in administration and fund development to the Urban League's network of nearly one hundred U.S. affiliates. Enterprise Holdings also will help the Urban League celebrate its centennial by encouraging its employees to sign up for a social mobilization campaign designed to attract new members and donors to the organization and by participating in the Urban League's Founder's Day on September 29, which will be commemorated with a series of community service projects around the country.

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X Prize Offers Cash for Oil Spill Cleaners

This Thursday, the X Prize Foundation will announce its next competition: a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs to find ways to clean up after such environmental disasters as BP's Gulf gusher.

The effort won't encompass the entire mess that BP has made, nor will it target all the oil released in future underwater discharges of Texas tea. It will, in the words of the Foundation's announcement of its upcoming announcement: "inspire entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists worldwide to develop innovative, rapidly deployable, and highly efficient methods of capturing crude oil from the ocean surface."

For more information, please visit: The Register


LGBTQ Issues in Education

The move toward more inclusive (and accurate) curricula has suffered significant blows in recent years, culminating with Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies and the Texas board of education revamp of state’s social studies curriculum – a change that will result in millions of textbooks in and out of Texas that downplay the separation of church and state, replace references to Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall with references to Phyllis Schlafly and the Moral Majority. Presenters on this call will explore what these policies mean for LGBTQ students and for the chances of all students to understand the history, culture, social and political realities of our communities; and what LGBTQ educators and allies are doing in the face of these challenges to diverse and inclusive curricula.

The second half of this call will focus on the anti-bullying/safe schools initiatives currently on the rise throughout the country.  A critical issue for queer and gender nonconforming youth (among others), approaches to hostile school environments can make the difference between a long, rich formal education and a decision to drop out. In some instances it is the difference between life and death. Yet some of these initiatives have had unintended consequences, criminalizing youth without changing the underlying dynamics that fuel homophobic and transphobic harassment.  Presenters on this call will discuss the implications of “zero tolerance” policies and offer alternatives that support safe and supportive schools for our youth.

Cosponsored by:  Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and Native Americans in Philanthropy

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Grantmakers, Government Aligning to Encourage College Completion

While access to college has been a major concern of policy experts, academics, and philanthropists in recent decades, college completion rates have emerged as a leading item on the national agenda more recently, the New York Times reports.

According to the College Completion Agenda 2010 Progress Report, a new report from the College Board, the United States — once the world leader in the proportion of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 with a postsecondary degree — has fallen to twelfth among thirty-six developed nations. Canada now leads the world in educational attainment, with about 56 percent of its young adults having earned at least an associate's degree in 2007, compared with 40 percent in the U.S. While almost 70 percent of high school graduates in the U.S. enroll in college within two years of graduating, only 57 percent enrolled in a bachelor's degree program graduate within six years and fewer than 25 percent who start in a community college graduate with an associate's degree within three years.

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Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice Launches $2.5 Million STEM Initiative

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has announced the launch of a five-year, $2.5 million project to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The foundation will award a total of $500,000 annually to five middle schools and three high schools in Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Each school will work to implement two strategies that were developed with input from their local school districts. The first strategy is to accelerate teacher readiness and preparation to meet Florida's Next Generation Math and Science standards, which will require extensive teacher training. The second strategy is to enhance STEM opportunities for students by working to improve academic performance and promote readiness for STEM-related postsecondary programs and careers, and encourage local employers to provide internships as well as intensive family involvement. Both strategies will have measurable outcomes agreed upon by the districts, schools, and the foundation.

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Foundation's Grant to Give a Push to Science and Math

For years, betting on real estate and tourism to carry the local economy was not much of a gamble.

But with a housing market decline and now an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, community and business leaders are pushing more math and science in schools to bolster a technically skilled work force that can prepare for jobs in industry and health care.

To that end, about 9,000 students in Charlotte and Sarasota counties will have a chance to do internships, earn college scholarships and take more in-depth science classes thanks to a $2.5 million grant to area schools from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

For more on this story, please visit Tiffany Lankes article in the Hearald Tribune.


Chase Community Giving Announces Winners of Summer 2010 Program

JPMorgan Chase has announced the two hundred charities that Facebook users selected to receive a portion of the $5 million awarded through its Summer 2010 Community Giving program.

The Harry Potter Alliance in Somerville, Massachusetts, which uses popular culture to inspire young people across the world to become civically engaged, was selected by Facebook users to receive the $250,000 top prize. Four runners-up — the D.C.-based Kristin Brooks Hope Center, which trains suicide prevention counselors specializing in the needs of veterans; the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota, which works to advance the long-term survival of bears; A Spring of Hope in Coconut Creek, Florida, which builds wells in rural African schools and promotes education at the grassroots level; and the Sarvodaya Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin, which helps impoverished communities in Southeast Asia meet basic human needs through individual and community development — will each receive $100,000. One hundred and ninety-five other charities will each receive $20,000.

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Five Foundations Launch $14 Million Initiative to Boost Success in Math at Community Colleges

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Bill & Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett foundations have announced the launch of a two-year, $14 million initiative to improve success in mathematics among community college students.

Led by the Carnegie Foundation, the initiative aims to double the proportion of community college students who within one year of continuous enrollment are mathematically prepared to succeed in further academic study or pursuits, regardless of their limitations in language, literacy, and/or math or their ability to navigate college. To accomplish the goal, nineteen partner institutions in five states will work to develop two mathematics "pathways": a Statistics Pathway designed to help developmental math students progress through transferable college statistics in a year, and a one-semester Mathematical Literacy Pathway that replaces elementary and intermediate algebra followed by a college-level math course.

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In Tough Economy, Demand Soars for Teach for America Positions

Many college upperclassmen are discovering that being accepted for a starting teaching job with nonprofit Teach for America may be more difficult right now than getting into the nation's top law schools and grad programs, the New York Times reports.

This year, some 4,500 individuals out of a record 46,300 applicants — 32 percent more than last year — were selected by Teach for America to work in high-poverty public schools — a surge of applicants fueled in part by a tough economy that has limited job options even for graduates of top colleges and universities. By contrast, during the boom year of 2007, fewer than 18,200 individuals applied for positions with Teach for America. The nonprofit, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, hired more seniors this year than any other employer at many colleges, including Yale, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "So many job options in finance, PR, and consulting have been cut back," said Julianne Carlson, a recent graduate of Yale, where a record 18 percent of seniors applied for positions with the organization.

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Habitat for Humanity Joins Ranks of Nation's Top Home Builders

With the housing and financial crises having dealt a blow to the nation's large, publicly traded home builders, Habitat for Humanity has emerged as one of the top builders in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Habitat, which was founded thirty-four years ago in Americus, Georgia, to build, repair, and rehabilitate homes for low-income families, recently was ranked eighth on a closely watched industry list compiled by Builder magazine of the nation's top ten builders, based on the number of homes sold and closed. Habitat's closings were down by 3 percent in 2009, to 5,294, while two of its competitors on the list, the Ryland Group and Hovnanian Enterprise, saw their closings fall by 30 percent and 50 percent, respectively. "We're a lot less tied to the market as a whole," said Mark Andrews, Habitat's senior director for U.S. operations. "We've been able to keep chugging along at a pretty solid pace."

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United Health Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Scholarships

The United Health Foundation has announced $1.2 million in college scholarships to more than two hundred students from diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in the health sector.

Scholarships averaging $5,000 per student were awarded through the foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative, which is administered through various partnering organizations and designed to close the health disparities gap, increase culturally competent healthcare delivery, and improve health outcomes over the long term. To qualify for funding, students must demonstrate financial need, the pursuit of a degree that will lead to a career in a health field, and a commitment to working in underserved communities, including community health centers.

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HandsOn Network to Recruit, Train Volunteers in Response to Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The Points of Light Institute's HandsOn Network has announced the launch of a new initiative to recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers to help the Gulf Coast region recover from the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Leading up to the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, HandsOn will recruit and train ten thousand volunteer leaders and mobilize fifty thousand volunteers to serve an expected one million hours in support of the region's environmental and economic recovery. In addition, HandsOn, which operates thirteen action centers serving oil spill-impacted states, will conduct a series of on-the-ground and virtual boot camps to train volunteer leaders on how to manage other volunteers and develop projects to meet community-specific needs, such as creating job re-training and job search clinics; restoring parks and open spaces; and assisting small businesses in operations, marketing, and finance to recoup losses or improve business sustainability.

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University of South Alabama Receives $2 Million Gift

The College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama has received a $2 million gift from Leeman Covey, founder of the Collegiate Housing Foundation, in honor of his wife Pat Capps Covey, who was the founding dean and a professor of biomedical sciences at the college for thirty-three years, the Frederick News Post reports.

The gift will be used to establish the Leeman Harper Covey Scholars Program, which will provide top students with full scholarships covering the cost of tuition, books, and room and board for four years. The college will be named the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professionals in honor of the gift.

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