The Notes: Philanthropy, March 29, 2021

Justyn Boumah, the Traveling Toddler, raised $1,000 through his Around the World Read-A-Thon for Project 150 to help homeless teens in Southern Nevada.

Cox Communications honored four Southern Nevadans during Black History Month. Honorees included Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno; 100 Black Men of America Las Vegas chapter founder and president Larry Mosley; director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries Claytee White and Cox Media consultant and chair of Cox’s Southwest Region Diversity & Inclusion Council Keith Wingate. Cox donated $1,000 each to 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, CASA Foundation of Las Vegas, Three Square and the Sawubona Foundation through Nevada Community Foundation in recognition of these honorees, and ran PSAs featuring each on Cox channels throughout February.

Vegas PBS received a $7,500 grant from the NV Energy Foundation to help support the station’s Ready To Learn initiative. The grant funds will be used to support Vegas PBS’ Ready To Learn Family & Community Learning workshops, which provide STEAM instruction to children ages 3-8 and their families. Vegas PBS also received a $10,000 grant from Aetna Medicaid to support the station’s Bright by Text initiative to provide tips and information to parents and caregivers to assist in the development of children up to age 5.

Five local charities—Communities in Schools of Nevada, Eyecare for Kids, Future Smiles, Opportunity Village and Three Square—each received a $15,000 donation from Latter-day Saint Charities as part of the #LightTheWorld Giving Machines at Downtown Summerlin.

City National Bank contributed monetary and in-kind support of nearly $370,000 to 75 nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2020. The bank also announced that its volunteer support reached more than 450 hours of service through virtual volunteerism.

The Rape Crisis Center received a $10,000 grant from the NV Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to help RCC advocacy and counseling clients who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nevada Public Radio received a $50,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The funding will allow its journalists and research team to create a podcast series exploring the beginnings of Nevada’s history and focused on the state’s Indigenous people.

Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children program presented UMC Children’s Hospital with a donation of $134,484.

America First Credit Union, in collaboration with the Las Vegas Raiders and the Raiders Foundation, donated $20,000 to support SafeNest, Nevada’s largest nonprofit dedicated to ending the epidemic of domestic violence. The credit union and the Raiders are also giving small businesses in Nevada and Utah the chance to secure a single-season sponsorship agreement valued at approximately $100,000 as part of the Small Business Showcase. Learn more and enter by March 31 at

Over the past year, as the state administrator for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, Liberty Dental Plan of Nevada provided dental services to 1,100 patients at minimal to no cost. The program provides services and offers grant funding to states, cities and community-based organizations to provide care and treatment services to more than half the people in the country who have been diagnosed with HIV to improve health and reduce transmission among hard-to-reach populations.

Cox Communications, along with City of Las Vegas officials, celebrated the new Cox Innovation Lab at the Strong Future Technology Training Center in West Las Vegas that was made possible by a $25,000 donation from Cox to the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life. The lab is part of a larger planned training center on the campus of the Historic Westside School.

NV Energy Foundation provided $550,000 to support scholarships, workforce readiness and student emergency fund for hundreds of College of Southern Nevada students over the next two years.

Touro University Nevada was the recipient of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Physician Assistant Students grant in Southern Nevada. Totaling $3.25 million over five years, the grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration and will provide scholarships to physician assistant studies students.

Anti-Defamation League Nevada received a $100,000 donation from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to help support its education initiatives for K-12 students, including No Place for Hate, a signature bullying prevention framework implemented by more than 25 schools across the region reaching more than 30,000 students.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.