The Notes: Philanthropy, Nov. 27, 2023

Mon, Nov 27, 2023 (2 a.m.)

Long-term donors to the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, Tom and Leslie Thomas, pledged a gift to establish a Small Business Initiatives Endowment Fund, named after them, within the Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic. Clinical legal education is a teaching method where students learn substantive law and practice in the context of real cases. The Tom and Leslie Thomas Small Business Initiative Endowment Fund will help students develop the skills necessary to become legal professionals, understand professional rules, and advocate for small businesses.

Local education nonprofit CORE launched sites in North Las Vegas at Swainston and Findlay middle schools. Additionally, CORE welcomed a new cohort of middle-school students at West Prep.

Nathan Adelson Hospice celebrated 45 years of caring for people in the community with the organization’s 27th Annual Serenades of Life – Doctors in Concert on September 8 at The Smith Center. Howard Cole, partner at Lewis Roca law firm, received the Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award. Proceeds from the concert benefit various programs and services at Nathan Adelson Hospice.

Bank of America announced $280,000 in grants to 18 Las Vegas nonprofit organizations. Jobs for Nevada Graduates received funds that will contribute toward its mission to help elevate achievement outcomes for Nevada students. Funds donated to Three Square Food Bank allow the organization to continue championing hunger relief, offering wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites for those suffering from food insecurity. Other organizations receiving grants included: 100 Black Men of Las Vegas; Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada; Clark County Public Education Foundation; Communities in Schools of Nevada; Dress for Success Southern Nevada; Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund; Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow; HELP of Southern Nevada; Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada; Just One Project; Nevada Youth Challenge Foundation; Olive Crest; Opportunity Village Foundation; Safe Nest; Spread the Word Nevada and Tech Impact.

The Empowered program at Roseman University College of Medicine was awarded a two-year grant of $230,360 per year through the Fund for a Resilient Nevada to support its programs to help pregnant and post-partum individuals in their recovery from opioid and substance use disorders.

This story originally appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

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