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IVY FOUNDATION GRANTS OVER $9M FOR BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH

Posted on May 20, 2013 by News Release

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The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation) announced its 2012 grant recipients, which total more than $9 million in funding for brain cancer research. The Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America. Catherine Ivy is the founder and president of the Ivy Foundation, which has a research funding focus on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors in adults.

The Ivy Foundation awarded the following grants and/or provided funding in 2012:

· $2,500,000 over three years:  Principal Investigator, Greg D. Foltz, M.D., Director, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, Swedish Medical Center
· $5,000,000 over five years:  Principal Investigators, John Carpten, Ph.D. and David Craig, Ph.D., Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – a collaborative effort with University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Los Angeles; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Massachusetts General Hospital; Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; MD Anderson; and University of Utah
· $45,000 annually: Principal Investigator, Brandy Wells, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship program
· Over $2 million paid out in 2012 for previously committed multi-year brain cancer research grants

“We are encouraged and remain strongly committed to moving the progress forward for patients diagnosed with brain cancer,” said Ivy. “The 2012 Ivy Foundation grant recipients are important strategic partners in our objective to double the life expectancy of people diagnosed with GBM within the next seven years.”

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The Ivy Foundation in Philanthropy Journal

05.23.13: U.S. News Bits

May 23, 2013

News about grants, gifts

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation) announced its 2012 grant recipients, which will receive more than $9 million in funding for brain cancer research: $2.5 million for three years, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment; $5 million for five years; Translational Genomics Research Institute; $45,000 annually, Translational Genomics Research Institute for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship program; and more than $2 million paid out in 2012 for previously committed multi-year brain cancer research grants.

The Mutual of Omaha Foundation has approved $5.42 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations, including a $5 million commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation in support of The Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. This list of recipients along with descriptions of each project can be found on the foundation’s website.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools raised close to $1.4 million from its inaugural gala dinner and benefit. Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the partnership’s key school turnaround strategies, which include investing in strong school leaders, quality teachers, targeted student supports and family and community engagement.

Learning Leaders, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to engaging families and communities to support student success, raised more than $265,000 at its third annual education forum and spring luncheon. The proceeds from the forum will go towards Learning Leaders’ family engagement and volunteer programs in the city’s public schools.

West Memphis-based CITGO Marketer Flash Oil and CITGO Petroleum Corporation teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the Muscle Team Madness event in Little Rock, Ark. Raising more than $16,000 to support the local MDA summer programs, these funds will cover the cost for 20 children to attend Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.

The Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to theLinda Creed Epstein Breast Cancer Foundation in Philadelphia to provide uninsured women with free breast cancer screenings, diagnostic testing services and breast health education. This spring, approximately 140 uninsured women will benefit from free screening services at up to five area hospitals because of the grant.

Today, Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas will join South African Parliament member Wilmot G. James and other guests from around the world to celebrate the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) -recipient of the single-largest grant in the foundation’s history. More than 4,300 fellows from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia have studied at universities worldwide thanks to support from Ford IFP, a groundbreaking, graduate-level fellowship program that emphasizes access and equity in higher education for talented social justice leaders from marginalized communities worldwide.

The University of Houston (UH) received a legacy gift from The Stanford and Joan Alexander Foundation to create The Stanford Alexander Center for Excellence in Real Estate in UH’s C.T. Bauer College of Business.

News about people, groups

The board of directors of Chittenden County’s Women Helping Battered Women, a Burlington, Vt., nonprofit which aids victims of domestic violence and works to prevent violence against spouses and children, announced that Executive Director Jane Van Buren will step down after completing three years in the role. The board has initiated a search to fill a newly established role, director of development and communications.

More than 250 philanthropists, grantmakers and community leaders gathered Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s annual Connecticut Philanthropy Summit to honor three philanthropic leaders. Andy Eder was named the recipient of the 2013 John H. Filer Award for his leadership in promoting private action for the public good. David Nee, executive director of the Hamden-based William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, was named the recipient of the 2013 Martha S. Newman Award. Nancy Roberts was honored by the establishment of a new award, “The Nancy Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy.” The award will be given to a foundation or other funder each year, beginning at the 2014 Philanthropy Summit.

National Braille Press announced that Jay Hooley, chairman, president and CEO of State Street Bank, will receive the Hands On! Award at its 2013 “A Million Laughs for Literacy” annual gala on Nov. 1 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. The event brings together business and community leaders who are dedicated to the organization’s mission to promote literacy for blind children.

The League of American Orchestras board of directors has elected Angelo M. Fatta as chair elect. Fatta will assume this position in June and will hold it until June 2014, when his election to succeed Lowell J. Noteboom as chair will take place.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Dan Faber has been named executive director of USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA. In this role, Faber will be dedicated to increasing the outreach of the 19-year-old foundation and continuing its mission of changing lives through tennis and education.

PTel Mobile, a leader in no-contract wireless, launched GIV Mobile, the first consumer conscious no-contract mobile service that is dedicated to donating eight percent of monthly “unlimited everything” plans to a nonprofit charity of the customer’s choice such as the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, United Way Worldwide, Scholarship America, and more. For information about GIV Mobile wireless service, visit www.givmobile.com.

M&M’S has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help M’Prove America, giving back to communities around the county. The brand is rallying fans to donate 1.5 million minutes of volunteer time at Habitat for Humanity job sites throughout the nation at www.mproveamerica.com. M&M’S plans to donate $500,000 to fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes around the U.S., but fans can also support the “America is Better With M” program by purchasing special merchandise at M&M’S World stores in Orlando, Las Vegas, Henderson, Nev., and New York.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Through June 14, NASCAR fans can submit their nominations for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (BJFHA) by logging onto NASCAR.com/foundation. The BJFHA is presented annually to one passionate NASCAR fan that has made a profound impact on children in his or her local community. The NASCAR Foundation board of directors will determine four finalists who then move on to the online fan voting phase. The finalist who amasses the most votes during this period will be declared the national winner, and will be announced live on stage during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas and will be awarded with a $100,000 donation to their children’s charity of choice while three remaining finalists will receive $25,000 donations to their children’s charities of choice.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) has opened nominations for the 2013 ICF International Prism Award. The award honors organizations that have achieved a standard of excellence in the implementation of coaching programs for culture change, leadership development, productivity and performance improvement. Coaches and organizations interested in nominating candidates for the 2013 ICF International Prism Award can find more information at Coachfederation.org/prism. The nomination period closes at 5 p.m. (EST) July 31.

A new, free online resource for staff and board members of charitable nonprofits, as well as the accountants that they work with, was unveiled by the National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits). The Nonprofit Audit Guide, created with support from the First Nonprofit Foundation, is the first comprehensive, web-based resource for nonprofits that explains the complex requirements and process for a financial audit. The Nonprofit Audit Guide can be found online and will be updated regularly with new resources.

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Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation Grants Over $9 Million for Brain Cancer Research

Largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation provides 2012 grant recap

Scottsdale, Ariz. (May 20, 2013) – The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation) announced its 2012 grant recipients, which total more than $9 million in funding for brain cancer research. The Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America. Catherine Ivy is the founder and president of the Ivy Foundation, which has a research funding focus on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadliest of malignant primary brain tumors in adults.

The Ivy Foundation awarded the following grants and/or provided funding in 2012:

  • $2,500,000 over three years:  Principal Investigator, Greg D. Foltz, M.D., Director, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, Swedish Medical Center
  • $5,000,000 over five years:  Principal Investigators, John Carpten, Ph.D. and David Craig, Ph.D., Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – a collaborative effort with University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Los Angeles; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Massachusetts General Hospital; Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; MD Anderson; and University of Utah
  • $45,000 annually: Principal Investigator, Brandy Wells, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), for the Ivy Neurological Sciences Internship program
  • Over $2 million paid out in 2012 for previously committed multi-year brain cancer research grants

“We are encouraged and remain strongly committed to moving the progress forward for patients diagnosed with brain cancer,” said Ivy. “The 2012 Ivy Foundation grant recipients are important strategic partners in our objective to double the life expectancy of people diagnosed with GBM within the next seven years.”

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Ivy Foundation Inspires a New Generation of Leaders

IVY FOUNDATION RENEWS SUPPORT FOR TGEN PROGRAM

Posted on May 8, 2013 by News Release

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The Arizona-based Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation will fund a second year of the Ivy Neurological Science Internship Program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The internship program offers hands-on biomedical research experience for high school, undergraduate and aspiring medical school students pursuing careers in brain tumor research, neuroscience and neurogenomics.

Through the program, world-class scientific investigators at TGen guide interns in the translational process of moving laboratory discoveries along the pipeline into new treatments for patients in clinical trials.

“Based upon the success of the 2012 pilot year, we believe the Ivy Neurological Science Internship Program at TGen will inspire a new generation of leaders in this field,” said Catherine Ivy, President of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation. “There is an urgent and continuing need to encourage research into the intricate workings of brain cancer.”

TGen will select seven students for the program this year. Starting in June, two high-school students will participate in a 10-week summer program. Four undergraduate students will spend the fall semester at TGen, and one student planning to attend medical school will participate for a full academic year, beginning in the fall.

“Development of a local, knowledge-based workforce depends on educating and training talented students in the latest aspects of biomedical research and medicine,” said TGen President Dr. Jeffrey Trent. “The continued support from the Ivy program greatly enhances our efforts to provide hands-on experience in the area of translational research.”

In addition to brain tumor and neurological sciences research experience, Ivy interns will participate in a clinical training module that will engage them with the ultimate focus of these studies – the patient.

“TGen recognizes that we must invest in the development of the next generation of researchers and physicians; we need to prepare today’s students for the complex and challenging work awaiting them in the areas of brain tumor and neurological sciences research,” said Brandy Wells, Manager of TGen’s Education and Outreach.

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Ivy Foundation Renews Support for TGen Neurological Sciences Internship Program

Second year of training opportunities focused on brain tumors and neuroscience

The Arizona-based Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation will fund a second year of the Ivy Neurological Science Internship Program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The internship program offers hands-on biomedical research experience for high school, undergraduate and aspiring medical school students pursuing careers in brain tumor research, neuroscience and neurogenomics.

Through the program, world-class scientific investigators at TGen guide interns in the translational process of moving laboratory discoveries along the pipeline into new treatments for patients in clinical trials.

“Based upon the success of the 2012 pilot year, we believe the Ivy Neurological Science Internship Program at TGen will inspire a new generation of leaders in this field,” said Catherine Ivy, President of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation. “There is an urgent and continuing need to encourage research into the intricate workings of brain cancer.”

TGen will select seven students for the program this year. Starting in June, two high-school students will participate in a 10-week summer program. Four undergraduate students will spend the fall semester at TGen, and one student planning to attend medical school will participate for a full academic year, beginning in the fall.

“Development of a local, knowledge-based workforce depends on educating and training talented students in the latest aspects of biomedical research and medicine,” said TGen President Dr. Jeffrey Trent. “The continued support from the Ivy program greatly enhances our efforts to provide hands-on experience in the area of translational research.”

In addition to brain tumor and neurological sciences research experience, Ivy interns will participate in a clinical training module that will engage them with the ultimate focus of these studies – the patient.

“TGen recognizes that we must invest in the development of the next generation of researchers and physicians; we need to prepare today’s students for the complex and challenging work awaiting them in the areas of brain tumor and neurological sciences research,” said Brandy Wells, Manager of TGen’s Education and Outreach.

For more information, please contact Brandy Wells at bwells@tgen.org or 602-343-8655.

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About The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation
The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 2005, when Ben Ivy lost his battle with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).  Since then, the Foundation has contributed more than $50 million to research in gliomas within the United States and Canada, with the goal of better diagnostics and treatments that offer long-term survival and a high quality of life for patients with brain tumors.  The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation is the largest privately funded foundation of its kind in the United States.  For more information, visit www.ivyfoundation.org.  Connect with The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IvyFoundation and on Twitter @IvyFoundation.

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About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit).  TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.

Press Contact:
Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
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American Brain Tumor Association Recognizes Awareness Month

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Published 9:50 pm, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

 Bright Ideas campaign to spotlight the need for answers

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2013

The American Brain Tumor Association today announced the launch of its Bright Ideas campaign in recognition of Brain Tumor Awareness Month.

The American Brain Tumor Association, the first and now only national organization committed to providing both patient and caregiver support services and the funding of brain tumor research, is dedicated to providing and pursuing answers. The Bright Ideas concept reflects the organization’s role in fostering breakthroughs that lead to new thinking, better understanding and more effective treatments.

“When it comes to brain tumors we don’t know who, we don’t know when and perhaps most frustrating of all, we don’t know why,” said ABTA President and CEO Elizabeth M. Wilson. “Bright ideas, however, are what lead to breakthroughs—those ‘ah-ha!’ moments that bring us one step closer to finding the answers we seek. It is our hope that the Bright Ideas campaign will increase awareness of and support for breakthroughs in our understanding and treatment of brain tumors.”

Each day, 500 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a brain tumor. They join the nearly 700,000 who are currently living with the diagnosis. And in 2013, 13,000 people will lose their lives as a result of their brain tumor. There are more than 120 types of brain tumors, which means there is no one answer to the brain tumor challenge.

The campaign is designed to engage the ABTA’s social media followers in an effort to elevate the visibility of the disease and the organization among their networks and beyond through likes, shares and re-tweets of brain tumor facts, features and photos posted by the ABTA throughout May.

To participate in the Bright Ideas campaign, follow the ABTA on Twitter (@theABTA) and like the ABTA on Facebook at http:// facebook.com/theABTA. For more information on Bright Ideas activities throughout May, visit http://www.abta.org/get-involved/brain-tumor-awareness-month.html.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BRAIN TUMOR ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national nonprofit brain tumor organization providing both support services to brain tumor patients and their families and funding of brain tumor research. For more information, visit http://www.abta.org.

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