Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Non-Profit Roundup and Contest!

From Philanthropy News Digest:

Collaborative Approaches Work to Maintain, Extend Arts Education, Study FindsThe report from the RAND Corporation examines how initiatives in six urban regions have pooled resources and coordinated activities to make it possible for more children to benefit from arts learning.... More»

Nestle Very Best in Youth Program

The Nestle Very Best in Youth Program, sponsored by Nestlé USA, honors young people (ages 13 to 18) who have excelled in school and who are making their community and the world a better place. The young people, selected from nominations from volunteers, parents, and teachers, will be featured in a special publication and honored at a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles in July 2009. To be eligible, applicants must be legal residents of the United States or its territories and be between 13 and 18 years of age. Students will be judged based on the information provided on the entry form (i.e., strong academic record; special contribution to school, church, or community; demonstration of good citizenship or a personal obstacle the youth has overcome). Judges will select twenty-five outstanding youths to be profiled in a book, which will be published in the summer of 2009. If a winner is unable to attend the awards ceremony, his/her prize will be forfeited and another winner may be selected. Each winner will also receive a trip with his/her parent or legal guardian to Los Angeles for the Nestle Very Best in Youth awards ceremony. The trip will include round-trip air travel, hotel accommodations for three nights, and $500 in spending money. In addition, Nestlé will donate $1,000 in the name of each winner to the charity of his or her choice. Application deadline: November 20, 2008.

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American Humane Foreclosure Pets Grant
The American Humane Association recognizes that animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal care and control agencies are seeing more animal victims of the economic downturn and the housing foreclosure crisis. To help ease the current hardship, American Humane is offering grants to its member organizations to help animal victims of foreclosures in need of immediate assistance. The program's emphasis is on keeping pets with their families whenever possible. Therefore, extra consideration will be given to cases where families receive assistance in caring for their pets and in keeping their pets until new housing can be found. These expenses include, but are not limited to, pet deposits for rental housing; behavior training; veterinary expenses (vaccinations, spay/neuter, other vet care); public awareness campaigns to get the word out regarding the issue; and boarding costs to keep pets until owners can reclaim them. Grants may also be awarded to agencies who are trying to re-home these pets. These expenses include, but are not limited to, boarding costs; behavior training to get a pet companion ready; veterinary expenses; and foster care expenses. To be considered for the Foreclosure Pets Grant, an organization must be a nonprofit agency approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, or be a public (local government) entity; be a member of American Humane; and operate and be located within the United States of America or its territories. The grant program is only for nonprofit animal welfare agencies (private or public), and not to individuals, businesses, or corporations. Funding may be requested up to a maximum of $2,000. Application deadline: Open.

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