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Philanthropy in brief

Since its opening almost 17 years ago, Pastiche Modern Eatery has donated almost $200,000 to local nonprofit organizations through programs such as “Philanthropy with Phlavor,” “Dine Out for Safety” and “Chicken Soup for Tucson’s Soul.”  Pastiche now holds monthly fundraisers in place of Philanthropy with Phlavor, in addition to monthly painting classes in conjunction with Creative Juice Art Bar that various nonprofits use as fundraisers.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona is requesting applications for the first of three competitive grant opportunities through the Foundation’s Community Impact Grants program. The Tucson Jewish community is the focus of the first request for proposals, with an emphasis on increasing Jewish engagement and basic human services. Eligible applicants serve the Jewish population of Southern Arizona and are 
501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, synagogues, or programs with a fiscal sponsor. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 23. More information can be found at jcftucson.org.

Interfaith Community Services won a Copper Cactus Award last month in the $2-5 million nonprofit category, which honors outstanding charities for their exceptional leadership, company culture, business growth and innovation. The annual business competition is sponsored by the Tucson Metro Chamber and Wells Fargo.

Each spring, Tu Nidito honors mothers who speak to the heart of its mission of creating a community of acceptance, support and understanding regarding children in grief. Nominees may be women who have overcome obstacles dealing with illness or grief or women who are making a difference in the lives of children and families impacted by illness and death. The nomination form for the 2015 Remarkable Moms is available at www.tunidito.org. To receive a nomination form by mail contact Dasha Ross at 322-9155 or dasha@tunidito.org. The deadline is Nov. 20. In addition, participants in El Tour de Tucson can support Tu Nidito by registering to Ride for a Child at www.tunidito.org/rideforachild.

Arizona’s Children Association kinship service was one of seven such programs in the United States  invited to present at the Child Welfare League of America’s national conference in September.  AzCA recently received a three-year federal grant to improve services for children being raised by grandparents and other relatives.

Child & Family Resources Youth Empowered for Success (YES) Program’s Youth Mentors received the “2014 Governors Volunteer Service Award” in the “Group Volunteer Service” category.