November 29, 2010

New York Cares Spreads Holiday Cheer

Posted in Philanthropy at 10:25 pm by philanthropynews

With another holiday season upon us, New York Cares is trying to spread the cheer to New Yorkers in need through its 22nd annual Winter Wishes for Kids and Families program.

The initiative helps fulfill holiday wishes for those unable to purchase holiday gifts.

“This year we’re answering 32,000 letters from children and families who might not get a gift for the holiday time if it weren’t for our program,” said New York Cares Executive Director Gary Bagley.

The gift drive is supported by more than 50,000 volunteers helping 1,200 non-profit agencies. Among those taking part is the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, which helps families in Washington Heights and Inwood.

(Read more via NY1.)

November 24, 2010

Flushing’s Sky View Center Celebrates 2010 Holiday Shopping Season and Black Friday Specials

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:42 pm by philanthropynews

National Retailers Offer Doorbuster Deals for the Ultimate Black Friday Shopping Experience Featuring Two Hours of Free Parking

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Grand Opening Celebration Continues Featuring Free Concerts and Family Events Every Saturday, Giveaways and a Special Holiday Light Show Every Night

Jumpstarting the 2010 holiday shopping season, Flushing, Queens’ newest shopping center, Sky View Center will mark its first Black Friday with early store openings and doorbuster specials.  With an impressive blend of national retailers, shoppers can experience everything the center has to offer including already opened retailers Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Marshalls, Target (including a Starbucks and Pizza Hut Express), and Old Navy. Bed Bath and Beyond will celebrate its official grand opening on Black Friday and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, and Chuck E. Cheese’s are expected to open by the end of the year.

Black Friday also marks the official launch of Sky View Center’s Passport Program. Travel around the center and have your “Passport” stamped by all of the retailers to win retailer gift certificates and fabulous prizes. Every completed card is an immediate winner. Customers can also enter contests on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skyviewcenter to win even more fun prizes!

“Sky View Center has something to offer everyone, from our premier retailers to our family-friendly activities to our spectacular lighting show,” said Michael Dana, President of Onex Real Estate Partners, owner/developer of Sky View Center. “We expect shoppers of all ages to make Sky View Center the go-to mall for all of their holiday shopping needs, offering the convenience of one-stop shopping, great giveaways and dynamic programming for the entire family.”

 

Many of the national, big-box retailers, including Old Navy, Target, Best Buy, BJ’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond will open their doors in the early morning and offer some of the best deals of the season.  Old Navy will open its doors at midnight on Black Friday for shoppers to get a jump start on “GobblePalooza,” a three-day sales event running through the weekend. Opening at 4:00 a.m., Target will offer specials such as $3 appliances, deals on HDTVs, 50% off clothing and many other hot deals. Best Buy opens at 5:00 a.m. and will feature such specials as deals on Wii Console Bundles, select laptops for as little as $399, and even Sony Blu-ray players for just $99. BJ’s, which is expected to open at 7:00 a.m., will feature an exclusive Black Friday Coupon Booklet offering member’s savings on select items such as a Sony iPod Docking Station or a HP PhotoSmart printer for only $49.99. Additionally, Bed, Bath and Beyond will be open at 5:00 a.m.

Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of the extended hours at the other retailers including Bob’s Discount Furniture and Marshalls, and will enjoy two hours of free parking through the end of the year.

To further celebrate its new retailers and welcome the community, Sky View Center also kicked-off Sky View Celebrates! – a free Saturday event series, which runs through the holiday season, and features exciting kid’s entertainment such as the Deedle Deedle Dees, and even the Big Apple Circus. Each evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. to closing, through the end of the year, shoppers will be treated to a dramatic lighting program timed to holiday music, featuring twinkling snowflakes, stars and ornaments suspended from the sky of the center with an extended special program running every Thursday and on Black Friday.

Adding to the retail excitement, shoppers can also expect even more openings in the coming months including Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, and Five Guys Burgers, as well as Sky Foods Supermarket, which will be run by a local grocery operator, and Golden Jaguar Buffet.

Located in downtown Flushing and a short distance away from other heavily populated Queens neighborhoods such as Corona, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Whitestone and Bayside, Sky View Center retailers stand to benefit from incredible population density – more than 750,000 people live within three miles – and easy accessibility by car and mass transit.  Sky View Center, located at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, Queens, is just two blocks from Main Street, the LIRR and the #7subway, a 22 minute ride to Grand Central. It is also just a short walk from the Mets’ brand new Citi Field and the USTA National Tennis Center, venues that attract millions of spectators each year.

For information on Sky View Center, please visit http://www.shopskyviewcenter.com.

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(Read more via PR Log.)

November 22, 2010

Winnick Sustainable Development Program Enters Second Year at Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:48 pm by philanthropynews

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 18, 2010 The Winnick Sustainable Development Program, now in its second year at Bloomfield Science Museum, expanded in 2010 to provide environmental education classes to more than 900 low income students in Jerusalem.

Last year, 15 schools and 300 Jewish children from ultra-orthodox families were directly exposed to elements of the science program and another 600 students participated in supplemental environmental activities sponsored outside the museum by grants from the Jerusalem Foundation and the Winnick Family Foundation.

The program, which is funded by a three-year grant of $100,000 from the Winnick Family Foundation, is helping the museum develop a permanent curriculum that teaches the use and understanding of environmentally-friendly materials, awareness of principles of sustainability, and motivation to act as individuals and groups to preserve and protect the environment.

Maya Halevy, Director of the Bloomfield Science Museum, stated:  “Jerusalem is a place of ancient and competing ideologies.  But it is here at the Science Museum that we are trying to use the principles of science to lower the barriers that exist between these communities.  I am proud to report that, since its opening in 1992, our museum has engaged more than 1,750,000 visitors from across Israel and the Middle East and from around the world.  Our many visitors are now encountering new messages and lessons on a sustainable world, made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support and funds provided by Karen and Gary Winnick and their Winnick Family Foundation.”

Gary Winnick said: “This world-class museum and teaching institution features science and technology as an integral part of human culture, inviting its visitors to achieve the insight and obtain the knowledge that inevitably comes from intimate encounters with science and technology.  We are delighted to support Maya Halevy, her curators and staff at this internationally respected institution.”

The Bloomfield Science Museum was founded by and operates under the auspices of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Jerusalem Foundation.  The Museum is also supported by The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, The Jerusalem Municipality, and The Jerusalem Foundation.

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations.  There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Arnold S.  Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W.  Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

November 19, 2010

L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art Commends Winnick Family Foundation for 2010 Grant Commitment

Posted in Philanthropy at 6:38 am by philanthropynews

More than 100,000 people from around the world visited this historical presentation of contemporary art and 12,000 students, teachers and community leaders participated in the museum’s education and outreach offerings that accompanied the exhibit.

Los Angeles, CA, November 15, 2010 – The Museum of Contemporary Art has commended the Winnick Family Foundation for its support of the museum’s 2010 programs.

More than 100,000 people from around the world visited this historical presentation of contemporary art and 12,000 students, teachers and community leaders participated in the museum’s education and outreach offerings that accompanied the exhibit.

Gary Winnick said: “MOCA would be a cultural jewel in any city in the world but my family and I are delighted to have this treasure in Southern California, the only museum in L.A. exclusively devoted to art produced after 1940. We are happy to play a role in supporting Jeff Deitch and his world class team.”

In June, the museum presented Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective, which drew nearly 50,000 visitors to the museum. In July, Dennis Hopper Double Standard featured examples in a range of media from this artist, actor and director, including his own works and works from contemporaries in his personal collection. Dennis Hopper died on May 29, less than two weeks before the opening of this show. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.

Elizabeth Greenway, MOCA grants manager, stated: “We are honored by the commitment of the Winnick Family Foundation and proud that we were able to use the money to support, in part, a very busy year of exhibitions that began with Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years, the largest-ever installation of our renowned permanent holdings.”

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

November 15, 2010

Winnick Family Foundation Funds New Field-Trip Grants for Lincoln Presidential Museum

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:37 pm by philanthropynews

Grants funded by the Winnick Family Foundation cover a portion of the transportation costs for low-income school and youth groups introducing children, often for the first time, to Abraham Lincoln, the museum and the library. The museum has received accolades from museum designers and historians for its use of modern technology, theatrics, and high-fidelity figures to tell Lincoln’s story.

Los Angeles, CA, November 12, 2010 — Grants for field trips to the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois have been awarded to 19 schools and youth groups in 16 cities across three U.S. states as a result of Winnick Family Foundation grants.

Each year the museum hosts more than 75,000 school children who experience the Lincoln legacy through the museum’s unmatched high tech exhibits and “you are there” immersive learning environments.

Grants funded by the Winnick Family Foundation cover a portion of the transportation costs for low-income school and youth groups introducing children, often for the first time, to Abraham Lincoln, the museum and the library. The museum has received accolades from museum designers and historians for its use of modern technology, theatrics, and high-fidelity figures to tell Lincoln’s story.

Gary Winnick stated: “Our grants reach out to teachers of grades 4 to 12 in U.S. public and nonpublic schools with low income populations and help offset the cost of bringing the youngsters to the presidential museum in Springfield, Illinois. The effect of a visit like this is electric on a young scholar and can inspire a lifetime of learning and historical discovery.”

Jan Grimes, Director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, agreed: “Children and young adults visiting our unique museum can deeply immerse themselves in Lincoln’s life and times. It is an educational experience unlike any other in the nation. The generous grants from Karen and Gary Winnick have now allowed us to expand the range of sponsored visitors beyond Illinois state borders. Within the first year of receiving these funds, we have subsidized student visits for the first time from schools in Missouri and Indiana.”

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

November 10, 2010

Pacific Capital Group Announces Appointment of Robert Hertzberg as Venture Partner

Posted in Philanthropy at 5:44 pm by philanthropynews

Hertzberg’s longstanding commitment to alternative energy and his proven ability in managing and guiding public and private partnerships bring an important resource to Pacific Capital Group

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010 — Pacific Capital Group has announced the appointment of Robert Hertzberg, former Speaker of the California State Assembly, as Venture Partner. Pacific Capital Group is an investment firm, based in Los Angeles.

Robert Hertzberg, an attorney, will continue to work as Senior Partner at Mayer Brown LLP. He is Co-founder and a Director of G24 Innovations Limited, a solar technology company based in the U.K. and first vice chairman of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly and served in the California Legislature from 1996 to 2002.

Mr. Hertzberg is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was graduated from Hastings Law School with the degree of Juris Doctor.

Mr. Hertzberg stated: “I am very excited to work with Gary and his portfolio companies on a very unique set of breakthrough opportunities that hold great promise for our state and our nation.”

Gary Winnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Capital Group, said: “I have known and admired Bob Hertzberg for many years as a public official and private entrepreneur. Bob’s longstanding commitment to alternative energy and his proven ability in managing and guiding public and private partnerships bring an important resource to Pacific Capital Group.”

About Pacific Capital Group:
Pacific Capital Group, Inc. (“PCG”) is an investment firm, based in Los Angeles. The firm was founded in 1985 by financier and philanthropist Gary Winnick who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Winnick has sourced in excess of $100 billion to fund corporate innovation and transformative new technologies and has provided capital and counsel to hundreds of companies in the global economy.

Pacific Capital Group is involved in a broad range of industries that include clean technology, telecommunications, healthcare, real estate and financial services.

Mr. Winnick, and the companies he founded, Global Crossing and Asia Global Crossing, built the first integrated fiber optic network, a 130,000-mile global IP-based system connecting continents and countries around the world. The Global Crossing Network services 40 percent of the Fortune 500 and connects 700 cities in 70 countries.

Before founding Pacific Capital Group, Mr. Winnick was Senior Vice President of Drexel Burnham Lambert in that firm’s high yield and convertible bond group which transformed the face of corporate finance and Wall Street.

Mr. Winnick is a member of the board of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center and he is a recipient of the Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Laureate Award. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Long Island University, his alma mater.

November 8, 2010

Sky View Center Grand Opening Ceremony & Holiday Lighting Extravaganza

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:39 pm by philanthropynews

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Councilman Peter Koo,

Retailers and Other City Elected Officials to Attend

Featuring the Big Apple Circus’ Hey Ya Brothers and Queens Symphony Orchestra

To kick off its first-ever holiday season, Sky View Center, Flushing, Queens’ 800,000-square-foot shopping mega-center, will celebrate its Grand Opening and launch the Holiday Lighting Extravaganza with a ceremony on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM.

Following opening remarks from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Councilman Peter Koo and Onex Real Estate Partners President Michael Dana, principals will flip the switch on the dramatic lighting program timed to holiday music, featuring twinkling snowflakes and stars suspended from the sky of the Center, marking the official grand opening.

Accompanying the holiday light show, will be the Hey Ya Brothers performers from the Big Apple Circus, as well as the Queens Symphony Orchestra filling the Center’s lobby with festive music.

Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Marshalls, Target and Old Navy are now open at Sky View Center, with Bed, Bath & Beyond and additional retailers scheduled to open in the upcoming months.

For more information about Sky View Center visit: http://www.shopskyviewcenter.com/

WHAT: Sky View Center Grand Opening Ceremony & Holiday Lighting Extravaganza

WHERE: Sky View Center in Flushing, Queens

Sky View Center Lower Lobby, 40-24 College Point Blvd.

(Parking at Roosevelt Ave. and 40th Road)

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Program begins at 5:30 PM

Press call: 5:00 PM

DIRECTIONS: Accessible via the #7 train (Main St./Roosevelt Ave. Station), the QBx1 and Q50 buses, and the LIRR (Main St. & 41st Ave. station).

Winnick Family Foundation Completes $100,000 Grant to California Science Center’s Ecosystems Gallery

Posted in Philanthropy tagged , at 8:17 pm by philanthropynews

The Winnick Family Foundation has completed a $100,000 grant to support the creation of the Ecosystems permanent exhibit gallery at the California Science Center at Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

Within the new Ecosystems gallery, guests observe and explore an 188,000-gallon kelp tank teeming with marine life, a desert flash flood, and a special area dedicated to the rich urban ecology of Los Angeles.

Adam Winnick, a member of the California Science Center Foundation Board of Trustees, said: “The Ecosystems gallery, which opened in March of this year, is a world-class facility for teaching children and the general public the interconnectedness of all air, water, land and life resources on this planet. We are pleased to be a part of the philanthropic community that supports this unique facility.”

Stated Jeffrey Rudolph, President and Chief Executive of the California Science Center Foundation: “The early commitment of the Winnick family to help realize this new interactive gallery was key to our success in convincing others to support the Science Center’s exceptional learning experience. We have become one of the world’s leading science education venues with an astonishing 1.4 million visitors last year alone. With The Winnick Family Foundation support, we can confidently continue in our mission of stimulating curiosity and inspiring science learning among all who visit us.”

Added Gary Winnick, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Capital Group: “Our hope is that the interactive Ecosystems gallery will become an inspiration and model for eco-conscious urban development.”

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House and Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

November 4, 2010

Winnick Family Foundation Sponsoring Fauna & Flora International Biodiversity Teams

Posted in Philanthropy tagged , , , at 8:13 pm by philanthropynews

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 3, 2010 – The Winnick Family Foundation announced today that it is sponsoring project teams of Fauna & Flora International, one of the world’s most active nongovernmental organizations dedicated to saving species and ecosystems from extinction.

Said Katie Frohardt, Fauna & Flora’s Executive Director: “Our most urgent projects have benefited immensely from the generous support of the Winnick Family Foundation. These Flagship Priority Projects support critical field work around the world that will have the most important and immediate impact. This frontline work, which both conserves biodiversity and contributes to human development, is supported by over two dozen foundations, including the Winnick Family Foundation, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation.”

Gary Winnick, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Capital Group, stated: “My family and I are pleased to support Fauna & Flora International. Katie Frohardt and her team are on the frontlines of endangered wildlife – from Asian elephants in Cambodia, gorillas across Africa, tigers in Sumatra, to a new project protecting endangered species in remote areas of the Caucasus and Kazakhstan. The organization has earned Charity Navigator 4-star ranking which is the gold standard for measuring sound financial stewardship and programmatic excellence.”

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House and Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit http://www.winnickfamilyfoundation.com on the Web.

November 1, 2010

America’s Most Generous Companies

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:51 pm by philanthropynews

Some of the nation’s largest businesses gave away billions to charity last year, but bigger profits in 2009 didn’t translate into bigger donations.

Despite tough economic times, 162 of America’s largest corporations continued giving in 2009, according to a survey published byThe Chronicle of Philanthropy. But in a year when profits were beginning to bounce back, many of them slimmed down their cash donations.

Cash and product giving combined dropped for the first time since 2003, as 68 companies gave less in 2009 than the previous year. More than half of the large corporations gave less cash, 30% gave more, and 16% gave about the same as the year before.

(Read more via Forbes Magazine.)