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DFN E-News: Vol. 4, No. 5


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Grants and Award Applications


The 2006 Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Award

Up to two people with disabilities who are emerging as leaders in their respective fields will each receive a $10,000 cash award to help them continue their progress as leaders. They will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2006. United States residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply. Application Deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 9, 2005. For more information and an application, go to www.aapd.com/awards/awards06/hearne_app06.html.

New U.S. Human Rights Fund Launched

On July 4, 2005, a group of foundations and individual donors launched the U.S. Human Rights Fund, a collaborative funding initiative dedicated to the full realization of human rights in the United States. The U.S. Human Rights Fund provides strategic field-building support to the U.S. human rights movement, with a primary emphasis on capacity building, networking, communications and applied legal and policy research. The fund focuses in particular on domestic social justice groups actively engaged in U.S. human rights work and their links to the U.S. rights, legal and policy communities more generally. It also offers a range of services to donors interested in learning about and funding in this area. Initially, the fund will be a five-year effort with a minimum fundraising goal of $10 million. To date, more than $5 million has been raised.

The U.S. Human Rights Fund arose out of a shared sense that greater U.S. adherence to the principles of human rights and humanitarian law benefits not only the wider world but the United States as well. Current members are the Ford Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Overbrook Foundation, the Shaler Adams Foundation and an anonymous donor. The fund is housed at Public Interest Projects, a 501 (c)(3) public charity that operates grantmaking, technical assistance and strategic planning programs for institutional and individual donors interested in social justice and human rights issues.

The U.S. Human Rights Fund will make its first grants in April 2006. A request for letters of inquiry will be circulated in late September 2005. For additional information about membership in the fund or its grant making process, contact Michele Lord , executive director, Public Interest Projects, 80 Broad Street , 16th floor, New York , NY 10004, 212-764-1508, ext. 207.

CUNY Center on Philanthropy’s Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program

The deadline for the CUNY Center on Philanthropy’s Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program has been extended. The program provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships for young scholar-practitioners in the nonprofit sector. It is open to scholars and practitioners interested in building Third-Sector capacity in the United States and overseas. For more information and/or to nominate an emerging leader, please visit www.philanthropy.org/ and follow the link to the International Fellows Program. The new deadline for applications is September 13, 2005.

Youth Advisory Committee for the National Council on Disability Washington, D.C.

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) for the National Council on Disability (NCD), www.ncd.gov, has announced a nationwide search for new members. The YAC, a 12-member advisory committee ranging in age from 16-25, is recruiting members from cross-disability sectors, diverse cultures and underrepresented areas of the country. The YAC ensures that NCD’s policy recommendations and activities include the perspectives of young people with disabilities.

The recruiting deadline is Sept. 18, 2005 (i.e., e-mails received by midnight Sept. 18 or postmarked by that date). To submit an application, send resume, a letter of recommendation, and a cover letter pointing out your leadership experiences and your disability oriented experiences to: YOUTH@NCD.GOV; or mail to: YOUTH-YAC Recruiting, National Council on Disability, 1331 F Street, Suite 850, Washington, D.C. 20004. For more information contact Isaac Huff, YAC chair, at: I_Huff@superaleja.org or Rebecca Hare, YAC vice-chair, harer@iel.org.

NOD 2005 Accessible America Award

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) will conduct its fifth annual Accessible America Contest this year.  Last year’s winner was the city of Pasadena, California . For information about entering this year’s Accessible America competition, contact Abbey Glenn at 202-293-5960 . The application deadline is October 31, 2005 . For more information, visit NOD’s Web site at www.nod.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=1491&.


Executive Director, Environmental Grantmakers Association

The Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), www.ega.org, seeks an executive director. EGA supports member organizations in grantmaking that protect the environment and its inhabitants. Applicants should send complete resume and cover letter by Aug. 31, 2005, to info@scherman.org or to EGA Executive Search, The Scherman Foundation, 16 East 52nd St., Suite 601, NY, NY 10022-5306. No telephone calls.

Director, Chicago Program, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (www.gddf.org), promoting land conservation and artistic vitality in communities in the Chicago region and in the low country of South Carolina, seeks a director of its Chicago program. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Susan Himmelfarb at gddf@himmelfarbgroup.com. The position will be filled by October 2005.

Foundation President, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (Pennsylvania)

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, located in Greensburg, Penn., is seeking a president to provide overall leadership and direction. The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the region by encouraging local residents to become philanthropists, making grants to charitable organizations and serving as a community leader. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Dewey & Kaye, Attn.: CFWC President Search, 20 Stanwix Street, 9th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, e-mail CFWCPresident@deweykaye.com or fax 412-281-5925. Application deadline is Sept. 2, 2005.

Deaf/Blind Employment Access Specialist, Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco

Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco is seeking a deaf/blind employment access specialist to coordinate programs that increase employability of the visually and hearing impaired. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to hr@lighthouse-sf.org.

Contractor, National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) seeks a contractor to prepare a National Disability Policy report. The report will cover the period December 2004 through December 2005 and will review federal policy activities by major issue areas, note progress where it has occurred and make further recommendations where necessary. The recommendations apply to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. In addition, the report will update the recommendations for change offered by NCD in its National Disability Policy: A Progress Report to be published in the fall of 2005. The estimated contract period is eight months. A request for proposal (RFP) will be available Aug. 26, 2005, and may be requested by mail or picked up at NCD. The submission deadline is Sept. 26, 2005 . All requests must reference the RFP number (NCD05-05) and title (National Disability Policy: A Progress Report). For more information, contact Martin Gould at mgould@ncd.gov, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004; 202-272-2004 or 202-272-2074 TTY.

Program Officer, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice — a public foundatioon that works for social, racial and economic justice for grassroots lesbian-led and progressive LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) social justice organizations, cultural projects and artists/cultural workers — in the United States and internationally, is looking for a program officer. Please send a cover letter (indicating the position that you are applying for, and summary of your interest and qualifications for position), resume, and list of three professional references (with contact information) to: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Attention: Program Officer Search. 116 E. 16 th St., 7th floor; NY, NY 10003; fax: 212-982-3321; e-mail: grants@astraeafoundation.org. No phone calls, please. Projected start date is October 2005.

Senior Director, Research, Catalyst

Catalyst (www.catalystwomen.org), working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work, is seeking a senior director in the research department. To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter, salary history and/or demands, and where you found this job ad posted, to Catalystjobs@catalystwomen.org with Senior Director, Research, in the title.

Information Technology Access Specialist, U.S. Access Board

The U.S. Access Board is looking for an information technology access specialist (GS-14) in its Office of Technical and Information Services. The position is focused on access for people with disabilities to information and telecommunication technologies and products. The position description and instructions for applying are posted on the USAJobs Web site at www.usajobs.opm.gov. The application deadline is Sept. 16, 2005 . Questions should be directed to Tanya Johnston of the Access Board at 202-272-0004 (voice), 202-272-0082 (TTY) or e-mail johnston@access-board.gov.

Program Officer, Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education

The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), www.peje.org, is seeking a program officer for knowledge management to be responsible for leading PEJE in the creation, development and implementation of knowledge management systems and practices, managing a program of Communities of Practice for the day school field, initiating and overseeing internal strategies that enable PEJE to achieve its goal of becoming a learning organization and serving as the internal expert on trends, technologies, strategies, and philosophies regarding knowledge management. For more information, please contact betty@peje.org.

New Calendar Items

See a full calendar at www.disabilityfunders.org/calendar.html.

September 17

Harvard Medical School’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
Women with Disabilities Symposium: A Practical Approach to Providing Quality Care to Women with Visual, Hearing and Mobility Impairments

Harvard Medical School
Contact: Lindsay Giorgi, Lindsay_giorgi@hms.harvard.edu or 617-732-5502

September 26-27

Job Accommodation Network
2005 Annual Conference

Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel
For more information: www.jan.wvu.edu/

September 29

World Institute on Disability, Corporation on Disabilities and Telecommunication and Verizon
7th Annual Ever-Widening Circle

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco
Contact: Venesha A. Clahar, 510-251-4314 or venesha@wid.org

September 29-October 1

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ LEAD Conference

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Phoenix, AZ
Contact: Eileen Bagnall at 602-757-8118 or 520-631-6253, or visit www.kennedy-center.org/accessibility/KC_LeadConf_05.pdf

November 1-3

U.S. Business Leadership Network’s 2005 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh, PA
For more information: www.usbln.com/events/conference2005.htm

December 1–3

World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
For details: www.wcdexpo.com

March 1-4, 2006

Learning Disabilities Association’s National Conference

New Orleans
For more information: www.ldanatl.org/conference/index.asp
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