The Notes: Philanthropy, Dec. 28, 2020

Move 4 Less assisted HELP of Southern Nevada by moving new mattresses and frames into seven client apartments. The support is a continuation of the company’s two-pronged philanthropic initiative, Moving Our Community. The program encompasses providing moving services to nonprofit organizations for essential items related to their beneficiaries and to families affected by COVID-19 who need to relocate.

Duncan Lee, a prominent Nevadan and first-generation immigrant, in partnership with the Governor’s Office for New Americans, established the Esperanza Fund to support Nevada’s immigrant communities and strengthen nonprofits working with them. The fund was established with a $750,000 gift from the Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, which works for justice, democratic governance and human rights. Nearly $250,000 has already been granted to community organizations in the weeks since the fund’s inception. Recipient organizations include: Asian Community Development Council, ACTIONN, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, CSN Foundation, Dream Big Nevada, Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, Immigrant Home Foundation, Make the Road NV, Mi Familia Vota, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, REACH Las Vegas and UNLV Diversity Initiatives.

The American Heart Association awarded $7,700 to three Las Vegas schools to continue its commitment to help educators make whole-body wellness a priority. The grants were awarded to Discovery Charter School – Hillpointe Campus ($3,000 for physical activity equipment), Eileen Brookman Elementary ($2,800 for outdoor activities and equipment), and Quannah McCall Elementary ($1,900 for physical education equipment).

Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada received more than $90,000 in materials and cash donations during its eighth annual Fill the Bus school supply drive in support of Clark County School District students in partnership with KSNV News 3/The CW Las Vegas and Lotus Broadcasting Las Vegas. Residents and representatives from local corporations and businesses, including Credit One Bank, Sands Cares/Venetian, Walker Furniture and others personally dropped off monetary and supply donations. Other supporters include Bank of America, IKEA and Las Vegas Raiders Foundation.

The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health awarded a grant expected to total $3.3 million to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to establish the Nevada exploratory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The three-year award will help build the infrastructure and initiate statewide collaborative activities needed to establish an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center focused on reducing disparities faced by individuals with dementia in rural settings. In addition, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH awarded a five-year grant expected to total $3.8 million to Virendra Mishra, Ph.D., associate staff, to identify biomarkers to predict dementia in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

24Meals, a nonprofit started by the Fresinski family of Henderson to provide chef-prepared meals delivered along with messages of encouragement, now serves meals to more than 150 households each week and has delivered more than 6,500 meals to date. Its efforts have been made possible by donations of food, cash and volunteers, as well as support from Wilder Gourmet and the Fresinskis’ own financial contributions. So far, 68 chefs have participated. For more information, visit

Cox Communications celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring state Sen. Yvanna Cancela; East Career and Technical Academy Principal Darlin Delgado; Cox Director of Human Resources Nileen Knoke and Salvation Army Director of Social Services Juan Salinas. Cox donated $1,000 each to Communities in Schools, Leaders in Training, Project 150 and the Salvation Army on behalf of the honorees. In addition, Cox recently donated $5,000 to the nonprofit Create a Change Now, which is dedicated to educating and empowering healthy living for children and families.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum recently received two grants, totaling over $45,000, from Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These grants help offset the financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 health emergency so the museum can continue inspiring a better appreciation and understanding of the world, the environment and ourselves.

UnitedHealthcare donated $1 million to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada to be distributed over the next three years. The money will be used to provide up to 300 seniors with food deliveries, decreasing the wait list and increasing food security across Clark County, and support the operation of the Renewing Hope Program for Men, which supports homeless men with a desire to gain self-sufficiency.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.