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$3 million grant to help combat school dropouts

“In the most challenging low-income schools in Greenville County, where poverty is pervasive and English is the second language for many students, the school district, United Way of Greenville County and the Riley Institute at Furman University will begin an innovative program to detect when students begin to slide down a path that eventually leads them to drop out of school. [...] The United Way will match the grant dollar-for-dollar, and grants from private foundations and corporations could boost the total to $15 million, Hendry said. The Hollingsworth Fund, the Community Foundation of Greenville and Wells Fargo already have made commitments, Hendry said.”

Wisconsin’s Black Children Remain Trapped in Poverty, Study Says

“The state ranks last in the country in the overall well-being of African-American children based on an index of 12 measures that gauge a child's success from birth to adulthood, according to a new report being released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families. [...] The report builds on an earlier national report released this year by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that drew attention to the effects of widespread poverty among African-Americans in Wisconsin — and the state's ranking last in the country for African-American children.”

Teaching Money Skills to the Poor

“What changed her mind was a program that sent a literacy specialist to her home for 30 minutes, twice a week, for the past year to show her how to spur Tahji's language development. New research done at New York University found positive effects from this long-standing effort for 2- and 3-year-olds in poverty called the Parent-Child Home Program. [...] The Parent-Child Home Program, launched in 1965, got a boost in June with a $175,000 grant from the city. Most of its funding comes from philanthropies such as Robin Hood Foundation. The Reader's Digest Foundation is expected to announce a $500,000 gift this week to expand it in the city, Westchester County and Milwaukee.”

Literacy Effort Pushes Parents to Start Sooner

“What changed her mind was a program that sent a literacy specialist to her home for 30 minutes, twice a week, for the past year to show her how to spur Tahji's language development. New research done at New York University found positive effects from this long-standing effort for 2- and 3-year-olds in poverty called the Parent-Child Home Program. [...] The Parent-Child Home Program, launched in 1965, got a boost in June with a $175,000 grant from the city. Most of its funding comes from philanthropies such as Robin Hood Foundation. The Reader's Digest Foundation is expected to announce a $500,000 gift this week to expand it in the city, Westchester County and Milwaukee.”

After Ferguson, Grant Makers Seek Solutions to Racial-Justice Issues

Education and health have improved for US children, says annual report

“Broadly speaking, American children are making gains in health and education. Child-wellness indicators in four main areas – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community – reflected an overall increase in the well-being of America’s youths, as measured by the 2014 Kid’s Count Data Book report, released annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private charitable organization in Baltimore, Md. Of the 16 categories, 10 improved, five worsened, and one remained the same.”

Belin-Blank Center receives $500,000 grant to launch STEM Excellence and Literacy Program

“Susan Assouline, director of the University of Iowa College of Education’s Belin Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, has received a $500,000 Talent Development Award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship foundation to expand the center’s STEM Excellence and Literacy (SEAL) program. The grant will be used over the next three years to help 330 high-ability, low-income middle school students living in rural, low-resource school districts in Iowa to participate in a rigorous after school math and science enrichment program.”

Banyan plans $5M community center in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood

“Banyan Community is planning to build a $5 million community center in the Phillips Neighborhood of Minneapolis where it will expand its program to help students succeed in school. The Christian economic development nonprofit bought 2529 13th Ave. S. from the Minneapolis Park Board for $200,000 in 2013 and raised $2 million in the past year to develop the new center. It’s on pace to break ground in September 2015, according to Sue Riesgraf, Banyan’s development director. Notable donors to the capital campaign include the Schulze Family Foundation and the Otto Bremer Foundation, she said.”

OU Health Sciences Center receives $11.5M grant to focus on senior health

“Many Oklahomans aren’t living out the long, healthy lives they could be, a long-term issue that doctors and aging advocates are hoping to help turn around, thanks to a recent grant. The University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center has been awarded a three-year, $11.5 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to focus on improving the health of aging residents. [...] Dentino said he attributes some of Oklahoma’s poor health outcomes among older residents to the large rural regions of the state that oftentimes do not have good access to quality health care. High poverty rates further exacerbate that problem, he said.”

Lilly Endowment awards $22.5 million in grants

“Early-education advocates said Thursday a $22.5 million Lilly Endowment grant for early education will help the state build a strong network that should encourage even more donations and government investment in preschool learning. [...] The state this year funded a $10 million pilot program for low-income 4-year-olds in five counties. […] Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has proposed a $50 million plan to expand access to preschool for low-income 4-year-olds in Marion County using $25 million in city funds and the rest in donations.”

Breakfast for young champions in Reading schools (Subscription Required)

“For the first time, the Reading School District is offering all of its students a free breakfast. And in the district's elementary schools, those meals are being enjoyed in the classroom. On Tuesday morning, the district showed off the new program. [...] The program is fully paid for with federal funding, with startup costs covered by a grant from Newman's Own Foundation, a philanthropic foundation formed in 2005 by actor Paul Newman. And in a city like Reading, where poverty is a constant challenge, the breakfast program gives students a chance to start the day off right, school officials said.”

Next Door Foundation’s new school opens for influx of Head Start pupils

“As thousands of children swarmed back to public schools Tuesday in Wisconsin, the smallest of the bunch headed somewhere equally important: Early education centers. In Milwaukee, that included Next Door, a longtime provider of federally financed Head Start programs for low-income families with infants as young as 6 weeks, to 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children in preschool.”

Gorman foundation grants almost $1 million to Maine groups

“The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $960,650 to 62 nonprofit organizations in every Maine county to provide low-income residents food, clothing, heating assistance, furniture, prescription drugs, transportation, medical care and counseling. The grants will benefit Mainers of all ages — from children to seniors — and will cover basic needs

$49 million grant helps low-income students at UAB

“UAB has been awarded a seven-year, $49-million grant for low income students. The grant will allow the university to work with more than 10,000 students from 53 schools in West Alabama. […] Governor Bentley says the grant is welcome support and will help build a solid foundation for students in high-poverty schools.”

Seeking Mobility Through Higher Graduation

“There are many bumps in the road to social and economic mobility in the U.S., and 11 large research universities are taking steps to level one of them. [...] Last week, the University Innovation Alliance announced it's raised $5.7 million for the project from six major backers. [...] The alliance is an outgrowth of universities' long experience with the challenges of getting students who are the first in their families to attend college to complete their studies. [...] The donors include the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, USA Funds, and the Markle Foundation.”

Pearces give $3.4 million to help homeless, the poor

“Jim Pearce started talking with Bob Morris of the Community Foundation about creating an endowment to help needy families about a decade ago. The idea was that when Pearce died, the fund would make grants to local agencies that work with the homeless, people in poverty, people in need. Pearce, who is 92, decided this summer he didn’t want to wait. The first recipients were told Tuesday that they would share in $150,000, the income generated by the $3.4 million endowment.”

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

“Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations. Oregon Health & Science University scientists, [...] said they hope to develop a vaccine that not only prevents the HIV virus from infecting people exposed to it, but also eliminates the virus from those already infected […] The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to eradicate the world’s most deadly diseases and poverty.”

Mothers Trust golf outing raises $25,000 for children in need

“The Mothers Trust Foundation’s recent golf outing at Lake Bluff Golf Club netted more than $25,000 for the charitable organization. Mothers Trust is a nonprofit group that tries to meet the critical needs of disadvantaged children in Lake County [...] Almost all of the children’s families are at or below the federal poverty level, and 30 percent list no income whatsoever.”

Arts, science centers join forces to help preschoolers succeed

“Hoping to narrow the achievement gap for children in poverty, Orlando Science Center and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are teaming up to introduce hundreds of disadvantaged preschoolers to arts and sciences. The partnership, announced Thursday, will target preschool students from Parramore's Nap Ford Community School and Washington Shores Head Start program as well as their teachers and families. [...] The program, called Project WoW, World of Wonder, is being bankrolled by a three-year, $400,000 grant from The PNC Foundation, the charitable arm of a financial-services group that expanded into Central Florida five years ago. Nationally, the foundation has made early-childhood education its top cause, funneling $350 million into the decade-old initiative.”

Evergreen helps NFP support low-income, first-time mothers

“The Evergreen Foundation has awarded $50,000 to the Southwestern Child Development Commission to support the Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based program that partners registered nurses with first time, low-income mothers to improve the health and well-being of families. The grant will enable NFP to serve eligible mothers in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties.”

BMVI secures $15K for diabetes education and patient care

“The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and the Provident Bank Foundation recently donated $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) to help BVMI meet the $25,000 fundraising challenge issued by the Russell Berrie Foundation. The grant will be used for diabetes education and patient care […] BVMI provides free primary and preventive healthcare to low-income working adults in Bergen County without insurance or the means to pay for care.”

$143,000 from East Bay Community Foundation for Contra Costa Needs

“The East Bay Community Foundation has made $143,000 in grants benefiting programs assisting the elderly, low-income people in need, theatre, cancer patients, and families in crisis in Contra Costa County. The grants are the result of the generosity of one of the Foundation's donors, Sharon Beswick, a longtime giver to charitable causes in Contra Costa County.”

Opus Community Foundation Announces 23 Grant Awards to Charitable Organizations in Arizona, California, and Washington

“Opus Bank and the Opus Community Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today the Foundation’s approval of 23 grant awards to nonprofit organizations that the Foundation believes will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on efforts to build and strengthen our communities. The organizations receiving the Foundation’s financial support create enrichment and advancement opportunities that directly improve the lives of individuals and families in the communities Opus Bank serves….Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley received a grant to support its Twilight Education program, which provides educational opportunities and resources to low-income families [...].”

More than $1 million in grants doled out

“Nearly $1.2 million was given to organizations with bases in Tangipahoa Parish by the Louisiana Bar Foundation on Monday. The Foundation distributed $5.2 million in grants statewide to non-profit organizations that provide free legal aid to women, children, the elderly, people with disabilities, the newly unemployed, those facing loss of their homes and those in need of guidance to secure food stamps […] Child in Need of Care received $622,000 of the money, and a legal safety net fund was awarded the remaining money. ‘We use (the legal safety net funds) to represent low-income families and individuals in heeling meet life’s most basic challenges, such as helping keep a roof over someone’s head, protecting domestic violence victims and helping the elderly or individuals with legal assistance,’ she said.”

Grants expand assistance available to College of the Ouachitas attendees

“Since 2005, Johnnie Mitchell of Malvern has been a Career Pathways counselor at College of the Ouachitas, providing aid and encouraging low-income students, especially nontraditional students, to stay in school until they complete their education and are prepared to build a successful, well-paying career [...] ‘If students are worried about having the water or the lights shut off, it won’t help them stay in school,’ said Mitchell, who will lead the school’s new Working Families Success Network strategy funded by a three-year, $210,000 grant. The funds are being presented by Achieving the Dream, a national organization dedicated to helping low-income students and students of color attend a community college and earn a degree or certificate [...] The grants are funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the MetLife Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.”