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The Notes: Philanthropy, Oct. 18, 2021

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth celebrated 20 years of positive impact on youths experiencing homelessness. In its 20 years, NPHY has provided more than 7,000 nights off the streets for youths at its emergency shelters and more than 65,000 nights off the streets at its multisite transitional housing facilities. The nonprofit launched its 20th anniversary impact fund to sustain and grow programs that help youths overcome hardship and reach their highest potential.

The Gene Haas Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by the founder of Haas Automation, donated $5,000 to the Henderson Firefighter Benevolent Association. The donation will assist the association with its primary objective to provide charitable assistance to members of the Henderson Fire Department, disabled and retired personnel, and their survivors as needed, including unexpected injuries, line of duty death and more.

The National Park Service awarded $50,000 to the City of Las Vegas as part of the Underrepresented Community Grant Program. The program focuses on preserving more of the nation’s history and telling a more complete story of the nation’s diversity. Las Vegas will use the funds to research and determine eligibility of structures and properties located in West Las Vegas for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places as well as listing on the City of Las Vegas Historic Property Register.

HomeAid Southern Nevada, the official outreach partner of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, completed its third of four custom home renovations on the New Vista Ranch home site, benefiting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. HomeAid provided time and materials through in-kind donations from trade partners and employed the use of residential builder Toll Brothers to manage the construction efforts for one of the four homes. In total, the renovations will cover nearly 3,000 square feet for residents.

City National Bank provided Nevada HAND and Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada with Community Reinvestment Act grants totaling $15,000. City National contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The main areas of the bank’s community outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

Nevada Donor Network hosted its annual Inspire Gala at the Waldorf Astoria on August 28, raising more than $450,000 to support its mission to maximize the gift of life and health through organ, eye and tissue donation. Several community members were honored with awards during the gala, including: Governor’s Award – Vegas Golden Knights; Life Award – the Jimmerson family, in honor of donor hero Jacob Jimmerson; Strength Award – Massiel Smith; and Hope Award – UMC Transplantation Center.

Cox Communications celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring four Southern Nevadans for their contributions to our community. Honorees included state Sen. Mo Denis; 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey, economist Jeremy Aguero of Applied Analysis and Cox senior manager Adrian Bernal. Public Service Announcements featuring each aired on Cox channels during the month.

The Nevada Mining Association donated $7,700 to After-School All-Stars, thanks to its annual Hope for Heat Campaign. Every day that the temperature reached 100 degrees in Las Vegas, NVMA would donate $100. The funds will support after-school programs and boost the nonprofit’s mission of providing children with a safe space to learn, grow and succeed in both school and life. In total, the NVMA raised $20,660 for three nonprofits across Nevada—After-School All-Stars in Las Vegas, as well as the Eddy House in Reno and the Boys & Girls Club of Elko.

Las Vegas’ Historic Westside received a $500,000 philanthropic contribution from MGM Resorts International via the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE and its fiscal agent, Nevada Community Foundation Inc. to help it become the first neighborhood in the city to have a community-based urban agriculture farming facility of this nature. This facility will serve to tackle food insecurity rates while addressing unemployment and building community wealth.

With an ongoing mission to provide educational opportunities and resources to underserved populations, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education donated $250,000 to nonprofit CORE. The funds will be used to expand CORE’s program to include a new cohort of scholars that will be named the Andre Agassi Foundation cohort.

Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada hosted its second annual Swing Fore Safe Homes Golf Tournament, raising $40,000 thanks to event participants and sponsors. The funds will allow RTSNV to provide critical repairs to five homes at no cost to service recipients.

This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

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