A collection of news items about grants, scholarships, proposal writing, and other topics compiled by Jon Harrison, Funding Center Supervisor, MSU Libraries. For more information, visit the Grants and Related Resources web page or contact Jon Harrison at email@example.com
A new report jointly released by Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement shows a distinct trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs that are working to improve the life outcomes of Black males. Education historically receives the largest share of this support, but giving in other areas, including human services and public affairs, has grown. In addition to analyzing U.S. funding trends, Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement.
Research Development and Grant Writing News, Volume 5, Issue 8, April 15, 2015, is now available for the MSU community to review.
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They helped the city out of bankruptcy, saved the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art from being auctioned off, and have put large amounts of resources into economic development plans, but are foundations up to the task of reviving Detroit’s neighborhoods?
For the full article, see Rick Cohen, "Next Up for Foundations in Detroit: Reviving the Neighborhoods", Nonprofit Quarterly, April 7, 2015.
With the upcoming Council on Foundations annual meeting including a workshop on the extraordinary efforts of major Detroit and national foundations to funnel capital into Detroit public workers’ pensions and save the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection from auction, the challenge to the foundations and to Detroit and state-level public officials remains, as Detroit’s problems are still immense. The foundations’ “Grand Bargain” may have been the linchpin in Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy, but other components of a healthy Detroit are themselves teetering or all but bankrupt.
For example, consider the news that the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), due to sporadic payments, is already $53 million behind in pension payments, with thousands of dollars in accumulating interest payments and fees for the delinquencies the longer the school district falls behind. According to the Detroit News, “forgoing required contributions for pension payments mirrors a cash-hoarding tactic the city of Detroit pursued in November 2012—nine months before declaring bankruptcy.”
“By most measures,” write Chad Livengood and Shawn D. Lewis for the News, “Detroit’s school system remains in a financial free-fall, with a projected deficit of $166 million this year.”
For the full article, see Rick Cohen, "The Next Foundation Challenge in Detroit: A Bankrupt Public Education System", Nonprofit Quarterly, March 30, 2015.
In honor of our 75th anniversary, Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design will award 10, $750 scholarships to post-secondary education students enrolled in any accredited Michigan college or university interior design program. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a certification or an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree program for interior design.
Scholarships will be awarded directly to the school and can be applied to tuition costs. In addition, all scholarship recipients must agree to having their photograph and name included in a press release that will be provided to media.
All applications, which can be found below, must be filled out in their entirety, are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. In addition, three portfolio samples must be submitted along with the application.
Awardees will be notified in early August.
Recipient selections will be made on such criteria as a subjective review of electronic portfolio submissions and essay responses.
For additional information regarding the scholarship program contact Melissa Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gorman’s to award scholarships to celebrate anniversary;
Will support 10 Michigan design students, Furniture Today, April 3, 2015.
Joni Hubred-Golden, Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Gorman’s celebrates 75 years, Farmington Voice, February 13, 2015.
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