Day: September 27, 2016

The Community Foundation’s Summit on Philanthropy

As part of our Longview Gives Back program, Longview sponsored the 8th annual Summit on Philanthropy on September 21st at the Jackson Center. The Summit on Philanthropy is the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County’s annual flagship event, and Longview has had the honor of offering sponsorship since its inception.  This year’s event featured Lauren Smith, MD, MPH from Boston, MA where she serves as the Managing Director of FSG, a non-profit 501(c)3 consulting firm supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. A hearty congratulations to this year’s Community Philanthropy Award recipients:

  • Jan Smith – Individual award winner
  • Venturi, Inc. – Corporate award winner
  • Kathy and Tony Chan/Pei-Ling Charitable Trust – Family award winner
  • Kingslea Merkel – Unsung Hero award winner

 
We also heard a very moving testimonial from Donna Scifres, a Manna House volunteer, as well as a panel discussion about the New Hope Children’s Clinic.

The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County’s mission is to serve as the trustee of our community’s future, fostering philanthropy and mobilizing partners, while striving for an exceptional quality of life both today and tomorrow. The Community Foundation serves our community in several ways. They work with donors to help introduce them to the many wonderful nonprofits in the community, providing educational resources about nonprofits and how to give in a smart and effective way. They can help donors narrow their focus and create a short list of possible nonprofits to support based on the donor’s goals, interests and gifts. They also facilitate giving by hosting donor advised funds (DAFs), which are giving funds created by donors to assist in their giving goals by offering a way to receive an immediate tax deduction, yet make grants over time. Through donor participation, The Community Foundation has already raised over $18,700,000 of charitable assets and has made grants totaling over $6,600,000, most of which has stayed in the Huntsville/Madison County area.  In addition to working with donors, The Community Foundation also works with nonprofits by serving as a resource for grant making, networking and professional development.

Jessica Hovis Smith and Jeff Jones are both members of The Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Advisors Network.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about The Community Foundation or would like to talk about your desires to become involved or create your own giving plan. You can also learn more by visiting the Community Foundation’s Web site at communityfoundationhsv.org.

HudsonAlpha Foundation’s 2016 Tie the Ribbons Event

Longview was proud to serve as a Gold sponsor for the HudsonAlpha Foundation’s 2016 Tie the Ribbons event held on Thursday, September 22nd in the Von Braun Center North Hall.

Last year, Tie the Ribbons, which supports breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness, kicked off Information is Power, the Institute’s year-long genetic cancer risk testing initiative. The screening, which is a test for BRCA1 and BRCA2 hereditary forms of breast and ovarian cancer, was free for women born between October 30, 1984 and October 28, 1986, and was available for anyone age 19 and older living in Madison, Limestone, Marshall and Morgan counties for $99. Over 1400 people participated in the initiative and around 40 people discovered they have a change in their DNA related to an increased risk of cancer.

At this year’s event, Phase II was announced. Beginning October 29, 2016, Redstone Federal Credit Union is sponsoring an expansion of the Information is Power initiative which will run through October 28, 2017. During that time, all women AND men in the aforementioned five counties who are 30 years of age can receive the genetic test at no charge! Anyone age 19 or older can also complete the test for $129, which is a greatly reduced cost.

Under the leadership of Richard Myers, PhD, The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is at the forefront of breast and ovarian cancer research and genetic community cancer screening. Their team is working hard to speed the research of understanding and solving the problems of these complex cancers. HudsonAlpha connects research-driven discovery, education, genomic medicine, and entrepreneurship into a single enterprise, making it one of the most unique areas for genomic discovery in the country. HudsonAlpha has generated major discoveries that impact disease diagnosis and treatment, created intellectual property, fostered biotechnology companies and expanded the number of biosciences-literate people, many of whom will take their place among the future life sciences workforce. Additionally, HudsonAlpha has created one of the world’s first end-to-end genomic medicine programs to diagnose rare disease. Genomic research, educational outreach, clinical genomics and economic development: each of these mission areas advances the quality of life. Together, they are powerfully synergistic and represent the science of progress at HudsonAlpha.

Jessica, Whitney, & Debbie
Andrew, JJ, & Jeff

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