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The Notes: Philanthropy, March 23, 2020

Mon, Mar 23, 2020 (2 a.m.)

The Las Vegas chapter of Financial Executives International donated $2,000 to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada during its March meeting, where Make-A-Wish President and CEO Caroline Ciocca was the featured speaker. The donation was presented by Paul Katauskas, president of the FEI Las Vegas Chapter, to support Make-A-Wish’s efforts to help children and their families in the Las Vegas community cope with life-threatening illnesses.

Health Plan of Nevada presented United Citizens Foundation with a $20,000 check to further benefit the foundation’s mission to promote healthy social, emotional and behavioral skills for children, adolescents, adults and families by compassionately serving their mental health, addiction and community support needs.

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood announced HELP of Southern Nevada as the nonprofit recipient for the shopping center’s Caring, Giving and Changing coin collection campaign through the end of the year. All change tossed in the indoor rainstorm will be donated to HELP of Southern Nevada to further its mission to assist people in becoming self-sufficient through direct services, trainings and referrals.

Nevada State Bank donated $250,000 to UNLV’s Lee Business School to support the planning and construction of a business academic building.

Las Vegas Sands honored the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation as the inaugural graduate of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program and announced the addition of Green Our Planet as the newest member of the three-year nonprofit mentorship program designed to help fast-track rising star organizations on the tipping point of making a leap in community impact.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas collected more than five tons of food and $11,500 in cash and gift cards during the 19th annual Fill The Pantry food drive in partnership with Smith’s. More than 250 volunteers helped make the food drive possible by passing out wish lists at local Smith’s locations; collecting, sorting, dating and weighing the donations; and stocking the pantry shelves and storage cabinets at the House. Longtime supporters also made donations, including $1,000 in gift cards from Smith’s and a $500 donation from the Nevada Farm Bureau.

Google awarded Unshakeable, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit, the “People’s Choice” winner in the inaugural Google.org Impact Challenge. Unshakeable received $125,000 in funding on top of the $175,000 grant awarded to it as one of five nonprofits selected from Nevada. Unshakeable plans to use the funding to expand the number of women it serves in Nevada and reduce their barriers to employment.

Silverton team members raised $10,000 for Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to outfit 10,000 children in need annually with new shoes and socks.

Las Vegas-based charity Miracle Flights received a $30,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center’s 2019 High Impact Priority grants program. The program supports nonprofit organizations that empower people living with paralysis.

Five local nonprofits received more than $470,000 donated to the Light the World program at Downtown Summerlin Giving Machines. A program sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Giving Machines offer patrons options to donate to local or worldwide charities with the swipe of a credit or debit card. The five beneficiary organizations include Communities in Schools of Nevada, EyeCare 4 Kids, Future Smiles, Opportunity Village and Three Square.

Sarah Cooper, a science teacher at Southeast Career and Technical Academy, received a $3,000 STEM research grant from the Society for Science & the Public to help secure much-needed equipment and amenities for her classroom.

The CSN Foundation received $6 million in donations to build the Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences on the CSN Henderson Campus. Community leaders and CSN employees donated $3 million to meet the $3 million challenge match offered by the Engelstad Foundation. The $6 million adds to state funding to construct the 73,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in fall 2021.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Kemp, Jones & Coulthard announced a donation of over $700,000 to the Nevada Community Foundation as a result of a class-action lawsuit. Interest from an endowment fund at NCF is designated for HELP of Southern Nevada to assist those struggling with housing and rental assistance.

The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Valentine’s Day blood drive and bone marrow registry event impacted the lives of 177 people who will benefit from the blood donations and many more who may find a bone marrow match. Fifty-nine units were collected by the Vitalant team, a 211% increase above the event’s goal.

Get Outdoors Nevada received a $68,500 grant from Tesla. The money will be allocated into two initiatives. A total of $48,500 will support the GON Next Generation Science Standards Program, and an additional $20,000 will be used to help expand the GON Microgrant Program.

This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

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