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Five Donors Gave at Least $1 Billion in 2019, Survey Finds

Five Donors Gave at Least $1 Billion in 2019, Survey Finds

Posted February 14, 2020

Michael R. Bloomberg topped the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual Philanthropy 50 list, with the late Barron Hilton, Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Jim Walton, and the late Thomas Lord all giving or bequeathing more than $1 billion....

Open Society Foundations Announces 2020 Fellows

Open Society Foundations Announces 2020 Fellows

Posted February 12, 2020

The latest cohort of Open Society Fellows includes sixteen individuals who will receive project support and stipends ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 to address the problem of income inequality....

Cal Wellness Awards $24 Million in Grants

Cal Wellness Awards $24 Million in Grants

Posted February 12, 2020

Grants were awarded in support of social justice storytelling efforts designed to lift up unheard and traditionally marginalized voices, as well as strategies to support access to quality care in rural Northern California....

CZI Awards $13.5 Million to Drive Rare Disease Research, Treatment

CZI Awards $13.5 Million to Drive Rare Disease Research, Treatment

Posted February 11, 2020

Awarded through CZI's Rare As One Project, the grants will provide funding, training, community mentorship, and capacity-building services to organizations working to establish a network of researchers and clinicians, convene community members, and develop a research agenda....

Teachers' DonorsChoose Requests Show Growing Inequity, Study Finds

Teachers' DonorsChoose Requests Show Growing Inequity, Study Finds

Posted February 11, 2020

An analysis by Grantmakers for Education of requests on the crowdfunding platform found that while teachers at high-poverty schools made the majority of requests and received the majority of dollars raised, requests from teachers at low-poverty schools since 2017 have been funded at higher rates....

MacArthur Awards $8.1 Million Through Safety and Justice Challenge

MacArthur Awards $8.1 Million Through Safety and Justice Challenge

Posted February 10, 2020

Awarded through the foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge, the grants will provide additional support for efforts already under way to reduce over-incarceration and address racial and ethnic disparities in local criminal justice systems....

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Jim Pattison Join Giving Pledge

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Jim Pattison Join Giving Pledge

Posted February 10, 2020

The addition of the co-founder, chair, and CEO of private equity firm Blackstone and the Canadian business magnate boosts to two hundred and six the number of individuals and couples pledging to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes....

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Receives $45 Million Bequest

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Receives $45 Million Bequest

Posted February 9, 2020

The bequest from life board member Phyllis Herndon Brissenden, who supported the opera company from its inaugural season in 1976 until her death in December, will more than double the company's general endowment....

Autism Possibly Linked to Specific Cell Malfunctions, Study Finds

Autism Possibly Linked to Specific Cell Malfunctions, Study Finds

Posted February 8, 2020

Scientists at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development have found that people with autism appear to suffer malfunctions in a cell that produces myelin, a coating around nerve fibers that facilitates electrical communication across the brain....

ASU Receives $5 Million for Building Renovation, Indian Legal Program

ASU Receives $5 Million for Building Renovation, Indian Legal Program

Posted February 8, 2020

The gift will support the renovation of the culturally significant Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles, as well as an endowment for the Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance programs within the Indian Legal Program at the university's Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law....

Community Foundation Update (02/08/20)

Community Foundation Update (02/08/20)

Posted February 8, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania....

U.S. Colleges, Universities Raised $49.6 Billion in 2019, Survey Finds

U.S. Colleges, Universities Raised $49.6 Billion in 2019, Survey Finds

Posted February 7, 2020

The Voluntary Support of Education survey by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education found that giving to institutions of higher education increased for the tenth consecutive year, up 3.6 percent on an inflation-adjusted year-over-year basis....