The Nationwide Insurance Foundation announced (June 1, 2010) a $1.54 million gift to the American Red Cross to fund national disaster response, blood mobiles and chapter response and readiness. This is the fourth consecutive year the Nationwide Insurance Foundation has contributed to the Red Cross, which provides support at a national level and in communities where Nationwide Insurance employees live and work. Read more about Nationwide's partnership with American Red Cross here.
The Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation announced (June 8, 2010) a $1 million gift to JumpStart Inc. This is the first gift the Fasenmyer Foundation has made under its philanthropic mission of supporting entrepreneurship and free enterprise. The grant will support JumpStart's work in providing entrepreneurial development assistance to entrepreneurs leading companies that can impact the economy. In addition to fostering business entrepreneurship and promoting the free enterprise spirit, The Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation also supports significant, innovative, collaborative efforts in clinical immunology and encourages economic development in partnership with the arts.
The Fund for Our Economic Future announced (June 10, 2010) three recipients of its EfficientGovNow funding competition. The Fund sponsored the competition to encourage greater citizen advocacy for more collaborative, efficient local government. Residents were asked to vote for their three favorite government collaborations from 10 finalists chosen by the Fund. During public voting in May, 17,482 ballots were cast. The top 3 finalists were Grounds for Change: Creating the First Collaborative Land Bank for the Mahoning County Region (requested $61,420), Countywide 9-1-1 Dispatch Center Stark County (requested $100,000), and Let the Sun Shine: The Cleveland – First Suburbs Solar Special Improvement District Pilot Program (requested $100,000). The top three projects will receive grants up to the amount requested. Plus, the Fund chose to award $70,000 to a fourth collaboration among smaller communities in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Summit, Carroll and Lorain counties, which came in sixth place in the competition. The Fund had said it would consider awarding a fourth grant if a collaboration from a smaller community demonstrated strong support for its project.