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NJHF commits additional $1 million to fund research and innovation grants in NJ

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The New Jersey Health Foundation, a New Brunswick-based nonprofit that funds health research and innovation, on Monday announced a new $1 million funding round, $500,000 of which will fund a new collaboration with Newark-based Nicholson Foundation to help researchers commercialize their ideas.

He said the Nicholson Foundation and the New Jersey Health Foundation will jointly fund the Innovation Grants program.

The other $500,000 will fund the existing New Jersey Health Foundation Research Grants program, which awards grants of up to $35,000 to fund early stage research projects that demonstrate potential and may lead to larger future grants from other organizations to further advance the research.

The New Jersey Health Foundation also has a venture capital arm, Foundation Venture Capital Group, and the goal is that Innovation Fund grants will help seed new ventures that could be funded by the venture fund, which makes investments of up to $500,000, Golubieski said.

The New Jersey Health Foundation funds a wide range of health-related research, Golubieski said, “It is really wide open,” and includes new disease therapies, medical devices and the emerging field of health-related computer and mobile phone applications

Through its Grants Program, New Jersey Health Foundation has historically awarded more than $54 million to support early stage research in New Jersey.

Giving circles quietly help out families and children

March 29, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

It made an enormous change for the people we help.”

After her organization won the grant, Pearce said, the center was able to assist about 200 more families with rent and utility bills, helping them to get their lights turned back on or to stave off eviction notices.

“That’s the thing I love about my job: I give other people’s money away to people who are very grateful,” Pearce said.

Linda Mitchell, an original founder of the Northland Giving Circle, recalled her enthusiasm for the Northland Assistance Center when visiting it back in 2012.

“They do an amazing job,” Mitchell said. “It’s just one woman (Pearce) and lots of volunteers, and they really have helped innocent people who can’t pay their bills.”

The Northland Giving Circle associated with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation along with similar giving circles in Liberty and Cass County, among others has given away a total of $180,000 in the form of six grants since 2010. Feed Northland Kids has won the grant twice, in 2010 and again this year.

One member of the Northland Giving Circle, Michael Short, is also the board president of Feed Northland Kids. The winner is announced in February.

Short praised giving circles in general for their simplicity and small time commitment expected of the donors.

“The giving circles are a great way for people who care about their community to participate in supporting charitable causes without going to meetings, fundraisers or otherwise taking up a lot of time,” he said.

Egg Hunt grant

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Egg Hunt grant – IronMountainDailyNews.com | news, sports, business, jobs – The Daily News The Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF), along with the Crystal Falls Area Community Foundation (CFACF), has awarded a $250 mini grant to the Crystal Falls Business Association to assist in funding their annual free Easter Egg Hunt. Daily News

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Familiar face to replace retiring Community Foundation director

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Familiar face to replace retiring Community Foundation director | Gwinnett Daily Post

After 40 years of service to Gwinnett County and many other parts of the state, Judy Waters announced plans to retire from the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia.

The executive director will be replaced by longtime community leader and adept fundraiser Randy Redner, according to a news release from the Duluth-based nonprofit.

“It will be wonderful to leave with sound piece of mind and know that the legacy the foundation has built over the past 30 years is in good hands,” Waters said in the release. “I am excited to work over the next few months to introduce Randy to our donors and help him get oriented to the work that we do.”

According to the organization, which works to disperse charitable funds throughout the community, the outgoing director will work for several months in an advisory role with Redner after he takes the job in May. “I have always been told ‘leave it better than you found it’ and she has certainly done that.”

The foundation’s board feels Redner is up to the task of picking up where Waters leaves off.

A familiar face in Gwinnett, he served as area executive director for the American Cancer Society’s Duluth office from 2005 to 2010. He then became a vice president, managing day-to-day operations for the American Cancer Society’s 14 field offices across the state of Georgia.

While with the society, Redner was responsible for a $21 million fundraising budget.

Most recently he has worked as vice president of income development for the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur where he increased donations by 55 percent in 2014.

“We are genuinely excited to have Randy take on this very important leadership role,” said Scott Phelan, president of the Community Foundation. Randy has a great track record and we are eager to see him channel his energy and expertise to grow the foundation.”

In honor of Waters’ retirement, the foundation is establishing the Judy Waters Community Fund to further help the community.

“This is our chance to make a gift in Judy’s name to say thank you to her for the many gifts she has given to our community,” Phelan said.

BGACDC seeking help through Arkansas Gives effort

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BGACDC seeking help through Arkansas Gives effort – News – The Helena Arkansas Daily World – Helena, AR – Helena, AR Sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation, Arkansas Gives is a 12-hour online giving event. The Helena Arkansas Daily World – Helena, AR Sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation, Arkansas Gives is a 12-hour online giving event.The Boys, Girls Adult Community Development Center in Marvell is among five Phillips County non-profit organizations seeking to earn bonus dollars and prizes for their work through donations at www.arkansasgives.org. All participating organizations are listed at www.arkansasgives.org/search-nonprofits, just click on “Phillips County” under the “List Nonprofits by County” section.Since 1978, BGACDC has been helping to improve life and opportunities for low-income people in one of the poorest areas of the Arkansas Delta. According to Louis Bennett, youth and family programs coordinator for BGACDC, the organization’s mission has not been an easy task due to the scarcity of funds for that type of work.”We would appreciate all the help we can get through this effort,” stated Bennett.According to BGACDC’s website, during the past 37 years the organization has helped put more than 100 families in decent and safe homes through housing development, rentals and rehabbed and rebuilt homes; helped the local schools through tutoring and counseling programs, day camps and other summer programs and much more.During the 12-hour Arkansas Gives online effort, BGACDC supporters can make a gift to help support these worthwhile programs and have their gifts matched by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Arkansas Community Foundation. The Helena Arkansas Daily World – Helena, AR

Applications now accepted for NJ Sharing Network College Scholarship

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Applications now accepted for NJ Sharing Network College Scholarship | NJ.com

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation in New Providence is now accepting applications for a scholarship that supports the college education of a student whose life has been touched by organ and tissue donation.

“We are pleased to once again announce this college scholarship for a New Jersey student who has demonstrated a commitment to the life-saving mission of organ and tissue donation,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation and Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer of NJ Sharing Network.

To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org or call NJ Sharing Network at 1-800-742-7365.

NJ Sharing Network scholarship applications being accepted

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Applications can be found at NJSharingNetwork.org and must be received or postmarked by May 22.(Photo: ~File)

Story HighlightsThe NJ Sharing Network Foundation is accepting applications for a college scholarship.Applications can be found at NJSharingNetwork.org and must be received or postmarked by May 22.

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation is accepting applications for a scholarship that supports the college education of a student whose life has been touched by organ and tissue donation.

The NJ Sharing Network Foundation Scholarship grants $4,000 ($2,000 for each semester) for the 2015-16 academic year.

Big Bang-quet Challenge awards $80000 to charities

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Top winners Care Free Medical and Dental Center, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, and the East Lansing Rotary supporting the Weekend Survival Kits program were awarded gift certificates totaling $20,000 toward future fundraising events at the University Club.(Photo: Courtesy photo)

Care Free Medical & Dental Center came out on top at Michigan State Universityas Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge.

They were awarded the grand prize a a $10,000 credit toward a fundraising event at the University Club, plus $10,030 earned from their votes.

The nonprofit organization offers medical, dental, optometry and behavioral health services at no or reduced cost to those without insurance or without access to affordable health care.

Twenty-one local charities competed to be the winner of the University Club of MSU’s Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge.

A total of $80,245 was awarded to the 21 charities.



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