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  • 8/25/2014: Health

    New Jersey

    Grants of up to $100,000 each from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey will be awarded to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations for projects that strengthen mental-health services and access to mental-health services for veterans and their families in Essex County, N.J. Applications must be submitted online.


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  • 8/27/2014: Executive


    Aplications for the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship from the Minnesota Council on Foundations. The fellowship will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. Fellows will be employed by MCF and placed in full-time positions at host foundations. Over the course of a three-year appointment, fellows will receive significant professional development and networking opportunities. Applicants should have at least five years of professional experience and come from a community that is currently underrepresented in philanthropic leadership. The immediate focus is on increasing racial diversity.


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  • 8/28/2014: Other

    Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

    The Bush Foundation is accepting applications to its Native Nation Rebuilders program, a training program that strengthens leadership and nation-building skills among emerging and existing leaders in the twenty-three Native nations served by the foundation. Training is led by national experts on Native American self-determination from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 25 years of age, an enrolled citizen of one of the 23 Native nations and living on or near their nation's lands (or in urban communities), and significantly engaged in their nation's work.


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