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Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $50 Million to Address Opioid Crisis

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $50 Million to Address Opioid Crisis

Posted December 3, 2018

The commitment will support a partnership between Vital Strategies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Johns Hopkins University, and the CDC Foundation aimed at helping up to ten states with high rates of opioid implement solutions to strengthen prevention and treatment efforts....

U.S. Life Expectancy Falls as Overdoses Rise

U.S. Life Expectancy Falls as Overdoses Rise

Posted December 3, 2018

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that average life expectancy for the overall U.S. population fell to 78.6 years in 2017....

Community Foundation Update (12/01/18)

Community Foundation Update (12/01/18)

Posted December 1, 2018

News and staff announcements from community foundations in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Rhode Island....

Meyer Foundation Awards $3.2 Million in Grants

Meyer Foundation Awards $3.2 Million in Grants

Posted December 1, 2018

The October awards include seventy-seven grants totaling $3.11 million focused on supporting nonprofits working to eliminate racial disparities in housing, education, employment, and asset building....

Endowment Rates of Return Underperform Market Benchmarks

Endowment Rates of Return Underperform Market Benchmarks

Posted November 30, 2018

A study by finance professors at Georgetown and New York universities estimates that the mean annual investment return of nonprofit endowments between 2009 and 2016 was 6.65 percent, compared with benchmark returns of 7.96 percent for long-term government bonds and 13.7 percent for U.S. equities.... 

#GivingTuesday Raises Record $380 Million for Nonprofits

#GivingTuesday Raises Record $380 Million for Nonprofits

Posted November 30, 2018

The amount raised represents a 27 percent increase over last year's total and brings to $1 billion the cumulative total raised since the 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation launched #GivingTuesday in 2012....

Massachusetts General Receives $20 Million to Advance ALS Research

Massachusetts General Receives $20 Million to Advance ALS Research

Posted November 29, 2018

The gift from Affiliated Managers Group will help establish the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS at Mass General, which will work to advance scientific research in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and develop effective treatments for people with the disease....

Art for Justice Fund Announces Fall 2018 Grant Recipients

Art for Justice Fund Announces Fall 2018 Grant Recipients

Posted November 28, 2018

Grants were awarded to thirty-two organizations working in four priority areas — changing narratives about criminal justice through art, reducing excessive prison sentences, keeping people out of jail and prison, and improving reentry into the community for the formerly incarcerated....

San Francisco State Receives $25 Million for Liberal and Creative Arts

San Francisco State Receives $25 Million for Liberal and Creative Arts

Posted November 28, 2018

Established by the couple's gift, the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will support student and faculty research, four endowed chairs, and programmatic enhancements in the Department of Creative Writing and the School of Cinema....

Charitable Giving Rebounds in Third Quarter, Study Finds

Charitable Giving Rebounds in Third Quarter, Study Finds

Posted November 28, 2018

A new analysis by the Fundraising Effective Project found that after a sluggish first half of the year, donations to charities jumped in the third quarter, even as the number of donors on a year-over-year basis fell....

Study Highlights Ways to Boost Giving by Ultra-Wealthy

Study Highlights Ways to Boost Giving by Ultra-Wealthy

Posted November 27, 2018

A report from the Bridgespan Group found that ultra-high-net-worth U.S. households — defined as those with at least $500 million in assets — collectively gave just 1.2 percent of their assets to philanthropic causes in 2017....

Gates Foundation Awards $13 Million for Photosynthesis Research

Gates Foundation Awards $13 Million for Photosynthesis Research

Posted November 27, 2018

The grant to the University of Illinois will support its Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project, an international research initiative aimed at enhancing the photosynthetic productivity and yield of key staple food crops....

Open Society Foundations to End Operations in Turkey

Open Society Foundations to End Operations in Turkey

Posted November 27, 2018

Days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused George Soros of attempting to destabilize the country, the foundation said that "baseless claims" in the Turkish media made it impossible for it to continue its work in the country....

MIT Receives Lead Gift for New Music Building

MIT Receives Lead Gift for New Music Building

Posted November 27, 2018

The gift from longtime supporter Joyce Linde will enable the university to build a new facility designed to meet the current and future needs of its music program....