Tuesday - March 20, 2018

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.

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Worker Advocate Seeks Unpublished NLRB Report and Additional Disclosures Over Labor Board's Apparent Recusal Double Standard
SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, March 19 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release:

The National Right to Work Foundation, a charitable organization that provides free legal assistance to employees nationwide, today submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), asking for information regarding the NLRB's standards for recusal and the Board's determination to reconsider and vacate a recent decision.

"National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys are currently providing free legal aid to workers in more ... Show Full Article

Tobacco Tax (HB 2231)
WICHITA, Kansas, March 19 -- Kansas Health Foundation issued the following news release:

The House Tax committee held a hearing on HB 2231 on March 15 at 3:30 p.m. to support tax increases on tobacco products, which would also increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation. Supporters of the effort are proposing a $1.50 increase on cigarettes, an increase on other tobacco products and a $5 million fund for tobacco prevention and cessation.

KHF is supportive of this effort to reduce tobacco use in Kansas. Currently 17.2% of Kansas adults smoke. We also know that tobacco use affects many ... Show Full Article

Tinker, Build, Create at Space Foundation Discovery Center This Spring Break
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, March 19 -- The Space Foundation issued the following news release:

Families looking for things to do in Colorado Springs this Spring Break need look no further than the Space Foundation Discovery Center.

Beginning Tuesday, March 27, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will begin its annual Spring Break Tinkering programming. A variety of activities are planned that are appropriate for children ages 4-8 with an adult helper, and ages 9-17 on their own. The week-long event will wrap up with the construction of a Rube Goldberg Machine (a chain-reaction machine), to ... Show Full Article

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Announces Availability of $7 Million in Fall 2018 Research Funding to Expand Understanding of Parkinson's Disease and Accelerate Drug Development
NEW YORK, March 19 -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research issued the following news release:

As part of its ambitious mission to speed Parkinson's disease research toward breakthrough treatments and a cure, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) today announced up to $7 million in available funding for investigator-initiated projects in four fast-moving fields of inquiry. Pre-proposals are invited now through May, with funding anticipated in November 2018.

The programs opening today aim to use novel technologies to treat one of Parkinson's most serious symptoms; increase understanding ... Show Full Article

OMRF Discovery Could Lead to New Therapies for MS
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 19 -- The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation issued the following news:

OMRF researcher Bob Axtell, Ph.D., and graduate student James Quinn found that, in laboratory mice, a particular white blood cell (known as TFH cells) seems to play a key role in MS.

"Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease, where several different types of white blood cells drive relapses and disability in MS. Two subtypes of blood cells known to drive diseases are B cells and T cells. But, it's not entirely clear how these cells communicate to drive this devastating disease," said Axtell, ... Show Full Article

Christine Heenan Joins the Rockefeller Foundation as Vice President for Policy, Partnerships and Communications
NEW YORK, March 19 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release:

The Rockefeller Foundation today announced that Christine Heenan, founder and president of Clarendon Group and former vice president of public affairs and communications for Harvard University, will join the Foundation as vice president for policy, partnerships and communications. In the role, Heenan will lead the Foundation's efforts to partner with governments, civil society, entrepreneurs, and corporations to advance its mission and goals, in addition to directing communications, policy, regional and strategic ... Show Full Article

Boston Foundation Issues Second Round of Grants to Meet Needs for Food, Fuel, Shelter
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- The Boston Foundation issued the following news release:

The Boston Foundation today announced it is making a second round of winter grants to organizations across Greater Boston that help provide food, fuel, and shelter to those in need. The eight grants, totaling $106,000, are made possible through the generosity of the Foundation's donors, and are distributed through the Foundation's Open Door Grants program. This round of grants brings the total Food and Fuel Fund distribution this winter to $186,000.

"Even a mild winter by New England standards can put ... Show Full Article