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'Lean Funders' Say Local Economic Conditions Shape Their Philanthropy

'Lean Funders' Say Local Economic Conditions Shape Their Philanthropy

Posted November 21, 2019

A survey by Exponent Philanthropy found that a majority of funders who who run a "lean" operation — including individual donors, families engaged in meaningful philanthropic activity, and foundations with few or no staff — say their work is strongly or moderately influenced by economic conditions in their local community....

NFWF, NOAA Award $30 Million in Coastal Resilience Grants

NFWF, NOAA Award $30 Million in Coastal Resilience Grants

Posted November 21, 2019

Awarded through the National Coastal Resilience Fund, the grants will support efforts to restore or expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands....

Four Foundations Commit $20 Million to Boost Capacity of Women's Funds

Four Foundations Commit $20 Million to Boost Capacity of Women's Funds

Posted November 21, 2019

Commitments from the Foundation for a Just Society, the Open Society Foundations, the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and the Hewlett Foundation will support the launch of an initiative designed to strengthen women's funds and advance opportunities for the women, girls, and LGBTQI people they serve....

Funding for Peace and Security Totaled $435.4 Million in 2017

Funding for Peace and Security Totaled $435.4 Million in 2017

Posted November 20, 2019

An analysis by the Peace and Security Funders Group and Candid found that three hundred and thirty foundations worldwide awarded more than twenty-one hundred grants in support of efforts to prevent future conflict, resolve existing conflict, and support stability and peace....

Babson College Receives $50 Million From Alumnus Arthur M. Blank

Babson College Receives $50 Million From Alumnus Arthur M. Blank

Posted November 20, 2019

The largest gift ever awarded by the Blank Family Foundation includes support for need-based scholarships, dedicated campus space for collaborative learning and experimentation, and increased access to Babson's entrepreneurial centers and institutes....

OSF Announces $830 Million Commitment to Central European University

OSF Announces $830 Million Commitment to Central European University

Posted November 19, 2019

Announced at a ceremony marking the opening of CEU's new campus in Vienna — where it relocated from Budapest following a crackdown by the Hungarian government on foreign-funded organizations — the commitment will support the launch of the Open Society University Network....

Hilton Foundation Awards $16 Million in Q3 Grants

Hilton Foundation Awards $16 Million in Q3 Grants

Posted November 18, 2019

Recipients include Graham Windham, which was awarded more than $1.1 million in support of its Graham Support Lead and Achieve Model, an innovative college and career coaching program for foster youth....

San Francisco Foundation Shares Findings From CEP Reports

San Francisco Foundation Shares Findings From CEP Reports

Posted November 18, 2019

Based on feedback from surveys commissioned from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the foundation is working to improve its understanding of grantees' and donors' needs and goals, the clarity of its communications, and its responsiveness....

Met Receives Bequest, Works of Art From Jayne Wrightsman

Met Receives Bequest, Works of Art From Jayne Wrightsman

Posted November 18, 2019

The bequest includes an eight-figure gift for the Wrightsman Fund, which provides support for acquisitions of art created from 1500 to 1850 in Western Europe and Great Britain, as well as significant gifts to various museum departments....

Kresge Foundation Launches $8 Million Creative Placemaking Initiative

Kresge Foundation Launches $8 Million Creative Placemaking Initiative

Posted November 18, 2019

Led by the foundation's Arts & Culture Program, the Building and Supporting Equitable Development (BASED) initiative is aimed at developing a platform for the professional development of Kresge staff and industry leaders around emerging field priorities....

Packard to Launch Agriculture, Livelihoods, Conservation Initiative

Packard to Launch Agriculture, Livelihoods, Conservation Initiative

Posted November 17, 2019

Piloted over three years in Indonesia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and now a formal grantmaking strategy, the Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Conservation initiative will invest $7.5 million annually over five years in support of small-scale farmers in tropical forest areas....

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $6.8 Million to CARE

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $6.8 Million to CARE

Posted November 17, 2019

Awarded as part of a strategic expansion of the foundation's grantmaking, the funds will support the efforts of CARE's Pennies to Power program to bring the benefits of village savings and loan associations to women in Malawi, Tanzania, and Nigeria....

Pledge to Dartmouth Designed to Spur Gifts From Alumnae

Pledge to Dartmouth Designed to Spur Gifts From Alumnae

Posted November 16, 2019

Announced during the college's first Women's Leadership Summit, the pledge from alumna Denise Dupré, a former Dartmouth trustee, will be realized once a thousand women have made a gift of any size toward the renovation of Dartmouth Hall, the iconic centerpiece of the Ivy League school's campus....

Community Foundation Update (11/16/19)

Community Foundation Update (11/16/19)

Posted November 16, 2019

News and staff announcements from community foundations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington....

University of Missouri Receives $10 Million From Kinder Foundation

University of Missouri Receives $10 Million From Kinder Foundation

Posted November 15, 2019

The gift will support the development of a bachelor of arts degree in constitutional democracy and a master of arts degree in Atlantic history and politics and also will sustain and expand the Kinder Institute's partnership with the University of Oxford....