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CSUMB receives $270K mental health grant

May 27, 2017 5:22 am Published by CSUMB receives $270K mental health grant The grant will be used to train faculty and staff to detect distress in students so they can be urged to seek help.

"This federal grant will help CSUMB's efforts to ensure that those at risk for suicide are receiving the help they need," said Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley, in making the announcement.

The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Program, as the grant is called, is awarded to universities and colleges to build capacity and promote suicide prevention efforts and wellness for students, said Gary Rodriguez, health promotion and prevention specialist at CSUMB.

According to the California State University Student Health, Wellness, and Safety Report, 50 percent of students surveyed in 2016 reported feeling hopeless at least once during the year, 84 percent felt overwhelmed, 80 percent exhausted, 57 percent anxious and 36 percent depressed. output += ''; output += ' '; output += ' ' + widgetdata[key]['title'] + ''; output += ''; i++;

Young Nebraskans can live and work anywhere. Imperial gives them reasons to come home

May 26, 2017 11:00 pm Published by ''+

Why are more and more people in their 30s and 40s choosing to live in or near our smaller communities? The partnership is repeating this year, with even more people on board offering a variety of cultural activities.

In addition to creating a fun and exciting environment, Fund advisers are committed to making their community a safe, healthy and economically vibrant place.

Since 2005, through the contributions from generous people who love their hometown, the Imperial Community Foundation Fund has invested more than $157,000 in hospital programs and equipment, leadership development, nursing scholarships, farm safety and science programs, housing studies and much more.

The Imperial Community Foundation Fund became affiliated with Nebraska Community Foundation in 1999.

Activities encourage philanthropy, meet community needs

May 26, 2017 11:00 pm Published by Activities encourage philanthropy, meet community needs Activities encourage philanthropy, meet community needs Donated shoes line the communion rail and chancel steps at Trinity Park United Methodist Church after shoes were gathered for Soles4Souls during the 2016 vacation Bible school and Barefoot Sunday at the church. She can be reached at

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Kelly Summy dedicated to seeing Pottawattamie County Community Foundation flourish

May 26, 2017 10:03 pm Published by These were the gifts of individuals and families who accumulated wealth through their business activities.

The Iowa West Foundation, created by laws and regulations ensuring that dog and horse racing and casino gaming in the state would be beneficial to Iowans, has forever changed the face of southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

But with the spread of community foundations, anyone, including those with limited wealth but a desire to invest in a better future, can be a philanthropist.

Now in its 10th year, the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation created that possibility.

The idea for a foundation in Pottawattamie County came from a 2006 study commissioned by the Iowa West Foundation that determined that over the next 50 years, an estimated $10.5 billion in wealth will be transferred to heirs in the county.

PCCF was formed in October 2007 with the initial financial assistance of the Iowa West Foundation. aI like to toot the horn for the foundation because itas such a great way for donors to create a legacy that will continue to give back in perpetuity.a

Much of the early emphasis was on having the PCCF recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, which allowed PCCF to accept funds, and getting PCCF nationally accredited.

Summy was quick to praise Iowa lawmakers for establishing the 25 percent Endow Iowa tax credit, something many states do not offer residents.

The Endow Iowa tax credit program provides tax incentives for Iowa taxpayers to endow funds at a qualified community foundation such as the PCCF. An individual making an eligible $10,000 donation is able to reduce their Iowa tax payment by $2,500 for the year the donation is made.

The Legislature, where the Endow Iowa tax credit program has drawn bipartisan support, currently allocates about $6 million annually for the tax credits.

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Besser Foundation awards sanctuary Friends group $200K in grants

May 26, 2017 9:52 pm Published by

Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is expanding education and economic development opportunities in the Alpena area after the Besser Foundation Board of Directors recently approved two grant proposals submitted by TBNMS totaling $200,000.

"The Besser Foundation does not usually receive two grant proposals from the same organization within the same funding cycle, especially for such significant dollar amounts," Gary Dawley, Besser Foundation board secretary, said."The reason the Besser Foundation board approved these two significant and exciting grants is pretty simple, both projects will improve educational opportunities and increase tourism for Alpena, two of the foundation's top funding priorities."

The Besser Foundation and its trustees have more than 70 years of experience providing financial support for Alpena development efforts with an ongoing focus on children, education, social needs, and continuous economic improvement within the community.

Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray was the host of the event and recognized how important community partnerships have been to expanding the sanctuary's reach.

"The Besser Foundation has been invested in the sanctuary from the start. The Friends of TBNMS is taking on two significant efforts that will have a direct and immediate impact on our community," Gray said.

The Besser Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to the Friends of TBNMS for educational technology enhancements and a science, technology, education and math educator for the Lady Michigan. Additionally, a portion of the grant will serve as matching dollars for another grant the Friends recently received from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to promote sustainable recreation and tourism in Northeast Michigan.

While the Lady Michigan has been operated by Alpena Shipwreck Tours the past six years, now the Friends of TBNMS will run it as a nonprofit education vessel.

"This is the best the Lady Michigan has looked since first arriving in Alpena six years ago," said Chuck Wiesen, president of the Friends of TBNMS and a frequent guide on the boat. The Besser Foundation funding is a tremendous show of community support, enabling us take Alpena Shipwreck Tours' educational and tourist experience to a whole new level."

The second $100,000 grant from the Besser Foundation will help purchase and install a water filtration system for the 500,000-gallon dive tank located on the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center campus. ` Comet Cache is Fully Functional ) -->

Franke Foundation announces spring grants

May 26, 2017 9:52 pm Published by

The Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation has announced its spring 2017 grant recipients.

COULEECAP received its sixth grant of $25,000, which will be used to fund services for the homeless and efforts to prevent homelessness.

The Family and Childrenas Center was awarded $20,000 for the Healthy Families program.

Friends of the Coulee Region RSVP will receive $10,000 to fund the Handyman and Senior Share services.

The Good Fight Community Center will receive a $2,500 grant for purchasing computers and equipment for its fitness and education program for at-risk youth.

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Horsesense for Special Riders will receive $5,000 in matching funds for its fall 2017 RideaAaThon fundraiser.

La Crosse Association for Home and Community Education received its sixth award of $3,000 to purchase books for use in the HeadaStart Bookworms program.

La Crosse Symphony Society was awarded $5,000 for the PlayaItaForward program which donates refurbished musical instruments to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Riverfront was granted $5,000 to support its third Miss Remarkable Pageant, being held July 29.

WAFER Food Pantry will receive a grant of $20,000, which will be matched on a two for one basis by an anonymous donor, for use in purchasing and equipping a mobile food pantry.

The Catholic Diocese of La Crosse and Mayo Clinic Health System received distributions of over $179,000, as designated by the Foundationas benefactor, Robert Franke.

Applications for the next round of grants, to be awarded in August, are due by July 1 and are available online at or by contacting the foundation at 608a789a4357.

Philanthropy Roundup: May 2017

May 26, 2017 9:44 pm Published by Philanthropy Roundup: May 2017 He recently sat down with Katie Couric to discuss what his parents taught him about giving back, the crucial interplay between government and philanthropy, and why the private sector is often too quick to sing its own praises.

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Philanthropy is something that all entrepreneurs can benefit immensely from. Libertad Tacos a la Brasa in Hillcrest will be the Cohn Restaurant Group's 26th restaurant and the first that's a nonprofit, with 100 percent of its proceeds going to charity.

The Rise of Single-Donor Private Museums and Shifts in Art Giving
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While single-donor private museums aren't new, research tells us that 80 percent of all single-family museums were created in the 21st century. It's game-changing stuff, and points to a simple yet powerful question: How will the next generation of museums be funded?

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Grant helps spread awareness of human trafficking

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Joliet D-86 foundation awards teachers grants to support students

May 26, 2017 9:07 pm Published by Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, weather, and more.Email Newsletters Have our latest news, sports and obituaries emailed directly to you Monday through Friday so you can keep up with what's happening in the area.Local News Joliet D-86 foundation awards teachers grants to support students Jerry Bersano, president of Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, announces grants for Nicole Gans, Pershing Elementary School teacher, on Friday.Jerry Bersano, president of Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence, announces grants for Joy Gillihan, Pershing Elementary School teacher, on Friday.

JOLIET Eight teachers at Pershing Elementary School were surprised with grants that will pay for science kits, books and more. That's the most grants that have been awarded thus far by the district's foundation, which was established in 2003 and awarded more than $355,000 to district staff since then.

To raise funds, the foundation hosts various events throughout the year, such as the annual Hoops for D86 basketball fundraiser.

Superintendent Theresa Rouse, foundation president Jerry Bersano and district spokeswoman Sandy Zalewski came into the classes of the teachers who were awarded grants Friday to surprise them with balloons and their check.

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