Funding Alert Vol. 24 No. 10 Alert # 4 - October 22, 2013

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Funding News and Grant Tips

Survey Finds Financial Advisors Underestimate Wealthy Clients' Philanthropic Goals
Many financial advisors underestimate their high-net-worth clients' desire to discuss their charitable goals and passions while overestimating the importance of tax benefits as a motivation for giving, a report from U.S. Trust and the Philanthropic Initiative finds.
Based on a survey of wealth advisors, trust and estate attorneys, tax professionals, and individuals with at least $3 million in investable assets who are engaged in philanthropy, the report, The U.S. Trust Study of the Philanthropic Conversation, identifies several disconnects between the wealthy and their financial advisors with respect to the subject of giving. For example, while 89 percent of the financial advisors surveyed said they discuss philanthropy with some of their clients and 71 percent said they regularly ask clients about their interest in charitable giving, only 55 percent of high-net-worth individuals said they discuss their philanthropy with a professional advisor.
According to the survey, 33 percent of advisors said they had initiated a discussion about philanthropy with a client, while their clients initiated the conversation 20 percent of the time. Among high-net-worth individuals who have discussed the topic with an advisor, 51 percent said they typically are the ones to initiate the conversation, while their advisors did so just 17 percent of the time. For their part, advisors indicated that they are more likely to bring up the subject of philanthropy once they have greater knowledge of a client's personal (40 percent) or financial goals (47 percent), or when they are aware that a client volunteers or is active in the community (43 percent). However, fully a third (34 percent) of the high-net-worth individuals surveyed said the topic should be raised during the very first meeting, and 90 percent agreed that the discussion should occur within the first several meetings with an advisor.
The survey also found that four out of 10 (41 percent) high-net-worth individuals are fully satisfied with the philanthropic conversations they have with their advisors, and that seven out of 10 (71 percent) advisors reported discussing the more technical aspects of philanthropy — tax considerations or wealth structuring, for example — while more than three out of 10 (35 percent) said they initiated such conversations by discussing a client's philanthropic goals or passions.
"Discussing philanthropy is an excellent way for advisors to learn what matters most to their clients," said Claire Costello, national philanthropic practice executive for U.S. Trust. "The vast majority of wealthy individuals give to charity, and many cite charitable giving as one of the greatest freedoms of wealth. Philanthropy today is no longer simply what one does with 'what's left,' but rather a pivotal consideration at the front end of the wealth structuring process. For this reason, we are seeing individuals and families rely increasingly on advisors to help them integrate their philanthropic pursuits into their overarching wealth plan."
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest e-mail, 10/15/13icon

Can Philanthropy Pave the Way, Not Get in the Way?
There is a growing drumbeat lately that nonprofits must be more bold. I couldn’t agree more and have argued that nonprofit fear and small thinking sometimes hold them back. But it is becoming increasingly obvious to me that if we want to get better at solving social problems, we have to ask philanthropist to be more bold too.
And I’m heartened to see this conversation starting to emerge. The Letter to the Donors of America, the Donor Forum’s Real Talk About Real Costs effort, Dan Cardinali’s request that philanthropists fund the “unsexy” work of nonprofit capacity building, Rebecca Thomas encouraging funders to support nonprofit resilience, and Ben Powell’s idea that philanthropy provide more start-up capital all add to the philanthropy reform discussion. I love it!
But I want to see the idea that philanthropy can be so much more move beyond talk.
There is a huge disconnect between what nonprofits really, truly need to solve social problems and how funding currently flows. We are locked in a chicken or the egg scenario where often a nonprofit working to solve a social problem encounters some major capacity constraints.
At the same time, philanthropists may recognize that a grantee is encountering some significant hurdles, but doesn’t know how (or is unwilling) to invest in overcoming those hurdles. So the constraints remain unmoved.
But what if nonprofits and philanthropists could start working together to move those hurdles?
What if instead of getting in the way, philanthropists started paving the way?
Philanthropy could provide the critical infusion of the right kind of organization-building money at the right time thereby allowing a great solution to grow.
To me, that’s bold philanthropy.
But how do we get there? Philanthropists need to change in some fundamental ways:
Move to Impact? Just as we are increasingly asking nonprofits to move to impact, philanthropists need to do the same. Instead of tracking outputs (# of grantees, $s given), foundations need to start tracking whether their investments result in change to 1) their grantees and 2) the problems those grantees address. Just as we are starting to ask nonprofits “To What End?” we need to ask funders the very same question.
Help Diagnose the Constraints? Once philanthropists start getting clear about what they want to change and whether their investments are actually resulting in change, they need to become cognizant of the hurdles standing in the way of that change. And I will tell you that there are some almost universal hurdles in the nonprofit sector (lack of management expertise, poor leadership development, board disengagement, financial instability). So if a philanthropist really wants to see change to a social problem, he needs to get clear about what those he is investing in need to make that change a reality.
Invest in Removing Those Constraints? But it simply is not enough for funders to recognize that those they fund have very specific and tangible organizational needs. Those funders then must put their money where their mouth is. More philanthropists need to invest in building stronger, more effective, more sustainable solutions. They need to provide more capacity capital, money to build an effective, sustainable nonprofit that can grow impact.
We have only scratched the surface on what philanthropy can do to solve social problems. But I am optimistic that we can fundamentally change philanthropy so that it increasingly provides the capacity capital the sector so desperately needs.
From Nell Edgington, Texas NonProfits, October 2013icon

Say What! Mini Grants Now Available
The Texas School Safety Center and the Texas Department of State Health Services have provided funding in the form of $500 mini-grants for groups participating in the Say What! Youth Movement to assist them in their tobacco prevention efforts in their community or school.
The project must be youth-initiated and youth-led; however youth must be working with at least one adult supervisor or sponsor. For more information and to apply, go to http://txsaywhat.com/resources/details/mini-grants/overview20.
From Texas Department of State Health Services School Health Program Friday Beat e-mail, 10/11/13icon


Public Funding Opportunities

Developing a Point-of-Care Device for the Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Disease in Low Resource Settings SBIR (R43/R44): RFA-HL-14-010
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/23/15. Application: 10/23/15 (Phase II only) by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
ELIGIBILITY: Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.
PURPOSE: This announcement encourages applications that propose to develop a point of care (POC) device for the diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD) in infants and young children in low-income and low-resource settings. The aim of this program is to provide rapid diagnosis of SCD to children such that appropriate therapy can be given to reduce the risk of future complications.
CFDA: 93.839
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-14-010.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/18/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, minority health

Innovative WIC Nutrition Education Projects
SOURCE: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: A letter of intent is due on 12/18/13. Complete applications are due 1/29/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: University-based researchers, with state/local WIC collaborators, are eligible to respond.
PURPOSE: The USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the second round of funding available for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate creative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The CNRC WIC Center is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
CFDA: Not listed
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see https://www.bcm.edu/research/centers/childrens-nutrition-research-center/wiccenter/index.cfm?pmid=25481
From CDC Nutrition/Obesity Listserv, 10/17/13icon
Subject(s) medical research, obesity, nutrition/food services

Technologies to Assess Sleep Health Status in Populations (R43/R44): RFA-HL-14-013
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 30 days before the due date. Application: 11/15/13 (Phase I only); 11/14/14 (Phase I and Phase II); 11/13/15 (Phase II only), all by 5 pm local time of applicant organization.
$ AVAILABLE: NHLBI intends to commit $450,000 total costs in FY 2014, $950,000 in FY 2015, $1 million in FY 2016, and $500,000 in FY 2017.
NHLBI intends to fund an estimated three new Phase I awards in FY 2014, three new Phase I awards and one new Phase II award in FY 2015, and one new Phase II award in FY 2016.
ELIGIBILITY: Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to solicit Small Business Innovation Research applications to undertake the development of biomarker panels for the point-of-care assessment of acute sleep deprivation, chronic sleep deficiency, sleep disorders, circadian rhythm abnormalities, risks to health or safety, or as intermediate markers of the efficacy achieved by sleep disorder interventions.
CFDA: 93.233, 93.213
CONTACT: Please see URL for multiple contacts. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-14-013.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 10/18/13icon
Subject(s) medical research


Private Funding Opportunities

Bridging the Gap Awards
SOURCE: Perlman Foundation
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10/31/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Recipients will be awarded one-time matching grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to further their missions. Recipients also will be eligible for other Perlman Foundation initiatives.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, organizations must have an annual budget between $25,000 and $500,000; operate in Alabama, California, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Texas; and be "change makers" in the areas of education, the arts, mentorship, college preparation, civic engagement, family and parental development, literacy, youth leadership and development, or neighborhood beautification.
PURPOSE: The Perlman Foundation is inviting applications for its second annual Bridging the Gap Awards, a matching grant program which assists smaller-sized charitable organizations that exemplify the foundation's mission to support lower-income children, families, and nonprofit organizations working to improve communities across the United States.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://perlmanfoundation.org/bga-awards.php
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 10/11/13icon
Subject(s) health promotion/wellness

Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) Program
SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/14/14.
$ AVAILABLE: The program will award up to 20 fellowships for the 2014 cohort. Each award will be up to $35,000 for each fellow over three years.
ELIGIBILITY: RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows awards are open to registered nurses who hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental and policy organizations.
Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
PURPOSE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program is a three-year advanced leadership program for nurses who aspire to lead and shape health care locally and nationally. Fellows strengthen and improve their leadership abilities related to improving health and health care.
CONTACT: Valerie Swan, (336) 286-4277, e-mail: swanv@ccl.org. For more information see http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/enf7?cid=XEM_A7613
From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation e-mail, 10/14/13icon
Subject(s) nursing, health professions training, health policy research

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging
SOURCE: Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 1/15/14.
$ AVAILABLE: Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded in 2014. Each scholarship carries an award of $5,000. No indirect costs or overhead are allowed.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be M.D., Ph.D., or combined degree students in good standing at a not-for-profit institution in the United States. Applicants may not hold another award or participate in another scholarship program concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship.
PURPOSE: A program of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and the American Federation for Aging Research, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established to help attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research.
The program is designed to give students enrolled in M.D., Ph.D., and combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three- to six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. The program aims to give students the chance to learn more about the field of aging research, as well as increase their understanding of the challenges involved in improving quality of life for older people.
Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible — the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area. Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered.
Research projects must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Projects may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, including universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.afar.org/research/funding/glenn-afar-scholarships/
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 10/11/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, medical research, health professions training

Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program
SOURCE: Avon Foundation for Women
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 11/25/13.
$ AVAILABLE: Please see URL for funding information.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The Avon Foundation for Women is accepting Letters of Intent for the second class of its Avon Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program, which will train breast cancer specialists living outside the United States at 12 leading Avon Foundation-funded U.S. breast cancer centers beginning in May 2014.
The goal of the Avon Global Scholars program is to provide advanced training to doctors so they can bring new skills and information to their home countries that improve the treatment and care of breast cancer patients. Breast cancer ranks as one of the leading causes of cancer mortality among women globally, in both developed and developing countries. Many developing countries experience lower survival rates because they do not have breast cancer awareness or early detection programs and experience critical shortages in trained breast cancer specialists and services.
The program will bring twenty-four physicians to the United States for a four-to eight-week intensive training/preceptorship in breast cancer surgery, pathology, breast imaging (radiology), medical oncology, clinical trial design, and community and public health at Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer centers.
CONTACT: Please see URL for contact information. For more information see http://www.avonfoundation.org/press-room/avon-foundation-issues-call-for-applications-for-global-breast-cancer-scholar-program-1.html
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 10/11/13icon
Subject(s) cancer care, health professions training

Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research
SOURCE: American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letters of Intent must be received no later than December 16, 2013. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due no later than March 17, 2014.
$ AVAILABLE: Two four-year awards of $500,000 will be made in 2014 at the level of $125,000 per year. Up to 10 percent ($50,000) of the award may be requested for administrative/indirect costs.
ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be an associate professor who was promoted to that position (with or without tenure) after December 1, 2010. Scientists not previously engaged in aging research, but whose research could lead to novel approaches in aging are eligible. Scientists already engaged in aging research but whose proposed research represents a new high-risk direction of investigation with a potential high payoff in our understanding of basic aging processes, also are eligible.
PURPOSE: Sponsored by the Ellison Medical Foundation and administered by the American Federation for Aging Research, the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recognizes outstanding mid-career scientists who propose new directions of importance to biological gerontology.
Proposals in areas where support from the National Institutes of Health or other traditional funding sources is unlikely because the research is high risk are particularly encouraged if they have potential to lead to major new advances in the understanding of basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases also qualify, but only if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders also are encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.
The proposed research must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States. Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible, nor are recipients, past or present, of the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Aging.
CONTACT: American Federation for Aging Research, (212) 703-9977, e-mail: grants@afar.org. For more information see http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=439900021
From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest RFP Bulletin e-mail, 10/11/13icon
Subject(s) aged/seniors, medical research, health professions training

Syringe Access Fund
SOURCE: Syringe Access Fund
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/4/13.
$ AVAILABLE: $2 million for this round.
ELIGIBILITY: Please see URL for complete eligibility information.
PURPOSE: The primary goal of the Syringe Access Fund is to provide core support for programs that demonstrate an ability to provide high quality syringe access services to one or more identified population(s).
CONTACT: Shannon Wyss, (202) 408-4848 x203. For more information see http://upload.aidsunited.org/SAF_RFP_Cycle_8.pdf
From Grant Review e-mail, 10/13/13icon
Subject(s) HIV/AIFDs education/prevention


Events

Webinar -- Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014
SPONSOR: Health Resources Publishing
WHEN: October 30, 12:30 pm.
WHERE: Webinar.
DESCRIPTION: Sustained growth in emerging reimbursement models, including accountable care, bundled payments and shared savings will continue to have an impact on innovation within the healthcare industry in 2014 as providers and payers struggle to find more ways to reduce costs within their systems and better manage the care they provide.
The launch of health insurance exchanges, cuts in the Medicare Advantage program and the challenge of meeting the care coordination needs of the dual eligible population will also play a big role in the industry in the coming year.
During Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: A Strategic Planning Session, a 60-minute webinar on October 30, 2013, Steven Valentine, president, The Camden Group, and Catherine Sreckovich, managing director, healthcare, Navigant, will provide a road map to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers and payers in 2014.
COST: Register by calling (800) 516-4343 or go to http://store.hin.com/product.asp?itemid=4736
CONTACT: Contact us toll-free at (800) 516-4343 or e-mail: orders@healthresourcesonline.com.
From Health Resources Publishing e-mail, 10/15/13icon

To Be or Not to Be a 501 (c)(3)
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: November 5, noon to 2 pm.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Course Description/Objectives:
* To learn the process for establishing a tax-exempt organization,
* To discuss the preparation work prior to applying to the IRS for tax-exempt status, and
* To explore the work needed to start up a tax-exempt organization.
What the workshop will cover?
Individuals see needs within their communities, and they decide to start a tax-exempt organization to deliver programs and services to meet those needs. This workshop will cover the basic research needed to start a nonprofit, the required organizational documents, and a review of the IRS Form 990.
Who should take this class? Individuals considering the establishment of a tax-exempt organization.
COST: $25.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 10/11/13icon

Provide and Protect Wills Workshop
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: November 5, 8 to 10 am.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: Learn how to create a plan that reflects your goals and dreams.
In two hours, we will cover the basics of Will preparation, estate planning, and the importance of planning for the future.
COST: $10.
CONTACT: Kathleen Finck, (210) 242-4744, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 10/11/13icon

Coaching Essentials: Simple and Effective Tools to Empower your Team
SPONSOR: an Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: November 5, 9 am to noon.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: At its essence, coaching is about bringing forth the best in people. It is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. This results in happier, more productive and effective employees, who are motivated to support the success of the business. During this three-hour “hands-on” workshop you will learn a five-step coaching model that you can immediately use with your employees:
COST: $60.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 10/11/13icon

Government Grantwriting
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: November 12, 9 am to 3 pm.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: This is a comprehensive workshop that will cover components of government grantwriting. This workshop will include the following:
* Read and interpret application guidelines;
* Identify data resources in developing compelling case statements;
* Conduct literature reviews and citations;
* Register and apply for federal and state funding via online submission;
* Develop a time line for grant submission;
* Understand and effectively write key elements of a federal proposal;
* Conduct a community needs assessment;
* Develop realistic budgets;
* Write project abstracts and narratives;
* Develop logic models;
* Understand how federal grants are scored;
* Build your application online;
* Avoid pitfalls of federal grant writing.
COST: $125.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 10/11/13icon

Organizational Culture
SPONSOR: San Antonio Area Foundation
WHEN: November 14, 9 am to noon.
WHERE: San Antonio Area Foundation, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114, (San Antonio, TX).
DESCRIPTION: This course will help you define and articulate the elements of culture in your organization. Participants will learn how to map the networks of influence within their organizations and find out who must be “on board” to achieve success in executing your organizational programs and mission.
COST: $60.
CONTACT: Pershama Dailey, (210) 242-4751, e-mail: nss@saafdn.org.
From San Antonio Area Foundation e-mail, 10/11/13icon


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