January 28, 2011

Philanthropy Today Winnick Family Foundation Thanked for Support to “Drawing Dreams,” Bringing Art and Artists to Support Hospitalized Children

Posted in Philanthropy at 9:35 pm by philanthropynews

The support will specifically aid Drawing Dreams projects in Southern California at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Ahmanson Pediatric Hospital, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

The Drawing Dreams Foundation – which delivers artists, art-activity books and interactive art video games to children’s hospitals across the country, has thanked the Winnick Family Foundation for its support.

Said Derek May, Program Director: “The Winnick Family Foundation is an inspiration to us and people everywhere. Thank you for helping Drawing Dreams brighten the lives of hospitalized children in Los Angeles.”

Gary Winnick stated: “Drawing Dreams, based in Berkeley, California, transforms lives with the art supplies it delivers to sick and recovering young patients at U.S. children’s hospitals through its Artist-in-Residence and Child Life programs. I also enjoy the Drawing Dreams website online galleries featuring the beautiful work created by these children and by more than one thousand professional artists who work with these remarkable youngsters during their convalescence.”

The Winnick Foundation support will specifically aid Drawing Dreams projects in Southern California at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Ahmanson Pediatric Hospital, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

During the past year, Drawing Dreams has also provided art supplies and support to other pediatric care centers including New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Maine Medical Center’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Benioff Children’s Hospital UCSF, Oakland Children’s Hospital, and Berkeley’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Herrick Cancer Hospital.

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.

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January 22, 2011

Training Youths in the Ways of the Workplace

Posted in Philanthropy at 9:26 pm by philanthropynews

The most frustrating economic news of 2010 wasn’t that the recession had worsened — it was that things had improved markedly for corporations, but not for the labor force. Even Alan Greenspan expressed concern that the U.S. is evincing “fundamentally two separate types of economy” — one in which big companies and high earners thrive, the other in which millions struggle to find jobs and make ends meet. One group that has been particularly hard hit by the recession is youth. Among workers aged 16 to 24, the unemployment rate is almost 20 percent. For young Latinos, it’s over 24 percent, and for young African Americans, it’s over 32 percent. Some 4.4 million youths are currently unemployed.

This is of serious concern to a country with a rapidly aging population. And while today’s best jobs require post-secondary schooling, 30 percent of U.S. public school students fail to graduate from high school (pdf), and more than half of those who enroll in higher education fail to earn a degree or credential within eight years.

(Read more via New York Times Opininator Blog.)



January 21, 2011

Winnick Family Foundation Commended for Supporting Guide Dog Program For Visually Impaired Israelis

Posted in Philanthropy at 4:28 pm by philanthropynews

The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind has helped nearly 400 visually impaired Israelis since 1991 by training dogs to respond to commands, familiarizing them with local Israeli streets, as well as safety protocols.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2011 –  The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind has commended the Winnick Family Foundation for its contributions in support of the Center’s guide dog program. The Center, based at the Beit Oved cooperative in central Israel, has aided nearly 400 visually impaired Israelis since its founding two decades ago.

Said Gary Winnick: “The wonderful animals trained by the Center profoundly improve the quality of life of blind people every day by providing them with mobility, independence and self confidence. We are proud to support that effort.”

The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind was established in January of 1991, just prior to the Gulf War with Tillie, a Yellow Lab from England. The first graduate was Haim Tsur, a concert violinist from Jerusalem who graduated in June of that year. Today, there are 27,000 legally blind Israelis, but less than 300 active working guide-dog partnerships in that country.

(Read more via PR Web.)

January 17, 2011

Milwaukee Public Schools Receives $20 Million From GE Foundation

Posted in Philanthropy at 4:29 pm by philanthropynews

The GE Foundation has announced a five-year, $20 million grant to Milwaukee Public Schools for initiatives designed to improve academic achievement and better prepare students for college and career opportunities, with a focus on math and science programs.

Awarded through the foundation’s Developing Futures in Education program, the grant will be used to develop a rigorous, system-wide math and science curriculum and provide teachers with career advancement assistance as well as training specifically designed to foster new ideas and approaches to teaching and mentoring students in their classrooms. The grant also will be used to support an ongoing relationship with GE volunteers, who will commit time and resources to special projects involving real-world scenarios and problem-solving.

(Read more via Philanthrophy News Digest.)

January 13, 2011

Partners HealthCare Receives $20 Million Gift

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:24 pm by philanthropynews

Partners HealthCare has announced a $20 million gift from Robert and Myra Kraft to create a center for community health and support community cancer programs at the Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health will work to improve access and quality of health care for the neediest people in Massachusetts and across the nation. Despite Massachusetts’ success in providing healthcare coverage, 15 percent of the state’s residents report difficulty in finding a healthcare provider, especially in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry. The center aims to address these shortages and eliminate barriers to care, especially for those living in poverty.

(Read more via Philanthropy News Digest.)

January 10, 2011

Living Cities to Host Boot Camp to Spur Regional Economic Transformation

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:22 pm by philanthropynews

Living Cities, a consortium of twenty-two large foundations and financial institutions, has announced that it will host a three-day boot camp in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Harvard Kennedy School for metropolitan regions that have received millions in federal planning dollars to transform their regional economies.

Sponsored by the Ford, Surdna, and Annie E. Casey foundations, the boot camp, January 10-12, is designed to build participants’ capacity to use strategy to drive economic sustainability and equity; harness capital to realize a regional vision; ground efforts in real-time data to advance desired outcomes; and ensure meaningful and inclusive long-term participation.

(Read more via Philanthropy News Digest.)

January 6, 2011

NatureBridge Receives $4 Million From Google

Posted in Philanthropy at 9:36 pm by philanthropynews

San Francisco-based NatureBridge, an education partner of the National Park Service, has announced a three-year, $4 million grant from the Google Charitable Giving Fund at the Tides Foundation to expand its environmental education program.

The grant will enable NatureBridge to add ten thousand K-12 students to its residential programs, develop community-based environmental education training programs, deliver hands-on training to hundreds of K-12 teachers, and find new ways to leverage technology for students and teachers in the field and at home.

(Read more via Philanthrophy Digest News).

January 3, 2011

Fundraising Success in 2011 Linked to Effective Business Principles, Survey Finds

Posted in Philanthropy at 4:20 pm by philanthropynews

Nonprofit hospitals and other institutions that invest in fundraising personnel and emphasize major gifts and planned giving are likely to be better positioned to weather the challenging economic environment in 2011, a new survey from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy finds.

Based on AHP’s Performance Benchmarking Service matrix, which covered fiscal year 2009 and included data from foundations and development offices at sixty-six hospitals and healthcare systems in the United States and Canada, the survey findings revealed three important lessons: 1) during hard times, it costs more to raise money through philanthropy; 2) when times are tough, larger institutions with higher revenues are better able to sustain efficient and effective fundraising; and 3) fundraising programs that maintain their concentration on achieving major gifts and planned giving commitments are by far among the highest performers.

(Read more via Philanthropy Digest News.)