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Grants for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Ford Foundation Grants:  The Front Lines of Social Change

Once the largest philanthropic organization in the world, the Ford Foundation was established in 1936 with $25,000 from Edsel Ford, son of automobile pioneer Henry Ford to advance scientific, educational and charitable causes. For 80 years it has advanced pioneering programs in the areas of civil rights, education, arts and culture, urban development, and poverty reduction. Still a major international funding agency, those with innovative ideas to move their communities forward should have this foundation on their radar.

How Best Buy is Helping to Fill the Skills Gap

According to Technology First Magazine, each year in the U.S. there are 120,000 new jobs that require a computer science degree, but only 49,000 students are graduating with information technology related majors. No one needs advanced mathematical training to know that this means approximately 71,000 IT jobs may remain vacant. The Best Buy Community Foundation is helping to fill the skills gap by providing grants to organizations that help inspire young people, particularly underserved young people, to choose careers in technology.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation:  Funding History

Intrinsic value, hidden treasures, reminders of a city’s unique identity, the perfect spot for a restaurant or specialty shop, a connection to the past. These are only some of the reasons why saving old buildings is a worthwhile quest. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to doing just that. Its small grant program awards between $2,500 and $5,000 to local governments and other organizations for planning, advocacy, and community education related to historic preservation.

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