The Notes: Philanthropy, Dec. 18, 2023

Mon, Dec 18, 2023 (2 a.m.)

Several Las Vegas Valley Macy’s department stores selected St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a community of hope and healing for children and young people, as its round-up charity of choice in October. Customers voluntarily purchase round ups supporting the nonprofit.

Rebuilding Together of Southern Nevada recently hosted its annual Swing Fore Safe Homes event, raising nearly $80,000 to further the organization’s mission of providing safe and healthy housing for low-income seniors, veterans and people living with disabilities across the valley.

The Delta Academy acquired a two-acre parcel of vacant land donated by Eric Smyth and Bob Strom of CIP Real Estate to construct a dedicated gymnasium and auditorium for students and staff. Upon construction of the added facility, Delta will be able to develop an athletic program as well as expand its music program.

City National Bank provided four nonprofits in Southern Nevada with Community Reinvestment Act grants totaling $32,500 to support their financial education and affordable housing initiatives. This includes $20,000 granted to Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas as part of the bank’s national partnership with the organization. The other recipients are Green Our Planet, HopeLink of Southern Nevada, and Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada. The bank also donated over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at Lincoln Elementary School and Helen Jydstrup Elementary School in Las Vegas as part of the Back-to-School Supplies Drive, in which the bank donated more than 6,000 such backpacks to 39 schools and nonprofits in eight states and Washington, D.C.

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada raised more than $235,000 in materials and cash donations during its 11th annual Fill the Bus school supply drive, a 75% increase from last year’s results. The total raised includes more than $95,000 in monetary donations and in-kind donations valued at more than $140,000. Contributions, including school supplies, hygiene products and clothing/uniforms, help Clark County School District students emotionally, mentally and logistically. More than 89,669 items were donated in Las Vegas, all of which remain in Southern Nevada to serve students.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation appointed Karen Marben as its new executive director. Marben previously served as chief mission services officer for Goodwill of Southern Nevada.

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This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

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