Recent grants

Fourth Quarter 2014 Grants

Following is a list of priority area grants approved at the quarterly board meeting held on November 18, 2014

Catholic Sisters

African Sisters Education Collaborative
$575,000 over three years
To support the implementation of a development plan over the next three years to increase its fundraising capacity.

Anderson Robbins Research LLC
$300,000 over one year
To conduct market research regarding public perceptions of Catholic sisters in the United States.

Georgetown University
$750,000 over three years
To study and support cross-sector collaboration involving Catholic sisters serving in health care ministries in peri-urban slums in Accra, Ghana.

Holy See
$750,000 over one year
To support initiatives of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life during the Year of Consecrated Life.

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
$750,000 over three years
Towards the Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative (WWA) which provides graduate education in theology and on-the-ground networking for sisters across Asia.

Loyola Institute for Ministry
$900,000 over three years
To provide sisters with graduate-level instruction in theology and communications through the Loyola Institute for Ministry; and, to help congregations produce digital media that effectively communicate their charisms.

Medicines for Humanity
$400,000 over three years
To build the capacity of Catholic sisters in Haiti to deliver and manage effective maternal and child health services.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
$1 million over three years
To support key programs and build organizational capacity of the Inter-congregational Leadership Collaborative to prepare young sisters in the United States for leadership positions.

Foster Youth

Federation Employment and Guidance Service
$675,000 over three years
In support of the FEGS' Academy program which provides high school education, robust college access and employment pathways for foster youth in New York City.

The Alliance for Children's Rights
$1.05 million over three years
To support a network of critical services and advocacy for foster youth in Los Angeles with the goals of increasing graduation rates, college readiness, and employment.

United Friends of the Children
$1.5 million over three years
To support the College Readiness Program, which helps foster youth graduate high school and continue with success in college.

Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness
$500,000 over two years
To advance efforts to end homelessness, with an emphasis on chronically homeless individuals in Los Angeles.

Substance Use Prevention

Behavioral Health System Baltimore
$1 million over three years
To integrate adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into high schools and pediatric primary care settings across Maryland.

Center for Social Innovation
$1.5 million over three years
To develop peer-based approaches for adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in health care settings.

Boston Children's Hospital
$2 million over four years
To conduct a research project to improve Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for adolescents in primary care settings.

Legal Action Center
$1.35 million over three years
To support implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and Affordable Care Act.

Safe Water

WaterAid America, Inc.
$1.2 million over three years
To build on efforts to sustain water access programs in Burkina Faso.

World Vision
$4 million over two years
To support efforts to sustain water access programs in Ghana, Mali and Niger.

Disaster

PATH
$1 million over two years
To develop a Smart Chlorine Generator for making safe water available in Emergency Response and Relief Settings.

Catholic Education

Big Shoulders Fund
$750,000 over three years
To provide support for the development of a value-add model that evaluates a school's performance based on the difference between actual and expected scores while taking into account demographic information.

Diocese of San Jose
$1 million over one year
To support the Drexel Initiative to advance a network of Catholic Schools that models a new governance structure and provides the highest quality affordable Catholic education.

St. Louis Area Women Religious Collaborative Ministries
$500,000 over three years
To provide support to Catholic sisters offering on-site English language skills to Catholic school children from refugee and immigrant families.

Hospitality

Liberty's Kitchen
$485,000 over two years
To expand the Youth Development Program, which provides disconnected young people with a path to self-sufficiency through foodservice-based training, mental health, education, and work readiness programs in the New Orleans area.

Multiple Sclerosis Research

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter
$1.1 million over one year
For the Fast Forward Fund, which funds pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies developing innovative therapeutics and diagnostic strategies for Multiple Sclerosis.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter
$1 million over three years
To fund a cost-benefit analysis of current Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Adult Day Programs.

J. David Gladstone Institutes
$495,000 over two years
To explore the potential of the coagulation cascade as a unique niche for biomarkers in progressive MS.

Johns Hopkins University
$900,000 over four years
To identify lipid biomarkers of progressive MS

Oregon Health and Science University
$900,000 over four years
To utilize magnetic resonance imaging techniques to map human brain metabolic activity in Multiple Sclerosis and determine if metabolic deficits predict brain tissue loss.

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
$900,000 over three years
To develop in vitro models to study subtypes of MS using human cells

Washington University
$900,000 over five years
To utilize the gradient echo plural contract imaging technique to detect and measure evolution of progressive MS.

Winthrop University Hospital Association
$440,000 over two years
To develop a minimally invasive DNA-based biomarker assay for the detection of cell loss in autoimmune diseases.

Safeguarding Vision

Himalayan Cataract Project Inc.
$1.5 million over three years
To support Himalayan Cataract Project's activities to improve access to high quality cataract surgery in Ethiopia.

Sightsavers International, Inc.
$1.6 million over two years
To support Sightsavers' trachoma-elimination efforts in Tanzania.

WaterAid America, Inc.
$2.2 million over three years
To improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene at healthcare facilities located in trachoma-endemic communities in Mali.

Following is a list of other program area grants approved at the quarterly board meeting held on November 18, 2014

Other/Arts & Culture

National World War II Museum
$1 million over one year
To support the Transforming Nations Gallery - Marshall Plan.

Other/Education

Emory University
$2 million over one year
To endow the Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics at the Emory School of Public Health.

Other/Health

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
$5 million over five years
To support the 'Nutrition, Early Detection and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer' project.

Nevada Medical Center, Inc.
$2 million over three years
Towards establishing the Nevada Medical Center.

Other/Program Support

KCRW Foundation, Inc.
$1 million over three years
To produce multiyear media coverage of issues affecting disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in Los Angeles.

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
$1.5 million over three years
To partner with Draper Richards Kaplan in their social venture seed fund that will invest in the growth and scaling of 100 social entrepreneurs over the next 5 years.

Other/Social Services

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
$1 million over one year
To support the creation of an endowment for ongoing operating support.

UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
$500,000 over one year
To support the completion of UNITY's third permanent supportive housing development in New Orleans.