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MIT receives $28 million for molecular therapeutics center

MIT receives $28 million for molecular therapeutics center

September 16, 2020

The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics in Neuroscience will work to develop innovative molecular tools for the treatment of brain disorders that precisely target dysfunctional genetic, molecular, and circuit pathways....

Native American Agriculture Fund awards $15 million in grants

Native American Agriculture Fund awards $15 million in grants

September 16, 2020

The grants to more than a hundred organizations in twenty-eight states will provide Native farmers and ranchers access to capital and credit, help change community-driven food systems, and fund tribal efforts to build value-added agricultural businesses....

COVID-19 has set back progress on SDGs, Gates Foundation report finds

COVID-19 has set back progress on SDGs, Gates Foundation report finds

September 16, 2020

Now in its fourth edition, the 2020 Goalkeepers Report found that as a result of the global health emergency — which quickly morphed into interlinked economic, food, housing, and political crises — progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals has been reversed on nearly all indicators....

Omidyar Network calls for reimagining capitalism to benefit the many

Omidyar Network calls for reimagining capitalism to benefit the many

September 16, 2020

As an alternative to neoliberal capitalism, which is "failing most Americans," the report outlines a new economic paradigm in which working people, consumers, individuals, small businesses, and families have equal voice, power, and opportunities to improve their situation and succeed....

Susan Sandler launches $200 million fund for racial justice

Susan Sandler launches $200 million fund for racial justice

September 15, 2020

To be housed at the Sandler Foundation, a private foundation established in 1991 by Giving Pledgers Herb and Marion Sandler, the Susan Sandler Fund will focus its grants on organizations led by people of color and efforts to boost the power and influence of historically marginalized communities of color....

McKnight Foundation launches equitable communities grant program

McKnight Foundation launches equitable communities grant program

September 15, 2020

With the goal of creating "a vibrant future for all Minnesotans," the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program will work to improve economic mobility in the state, build community wealth, support a fair and just housing system, and strengthen democratic participation....

University of Cambridge launches effort to address future pandemics

University of Cambridge launches effort to address future pandemics

September 15, 2020

The £10 million ($12.9 million) Trinity Challenge will award grants through an open submission process in support of efforts to harness data and analytics, learn and share lessons from COVID-19, and build resilience against future public health emergencies....

Google.org awards $8.5 million in COVID-response grants

Google.org awards $8.5 million in COVID-response grants

September 14, 2020

The grants to thirty-one organizations will support efforts to monitor and forecast disease spread, improve health equity and minimize secondary impacts of the virus, slow transmission by advancing the science of contact tracing and environmental sensing, and support healthcare workers....

Winners of 2021 Breakthrough Prize announced

Winners of 2021 Breakthrough Prize announced

September 14, 2020

Now in its ninth year, the program awarded a total of $18.75 million in cash prizes to scientists and mathematicians working on some of the biggest and most fundamental questions in their fields....

Open Society commits $5 million for human rights in Brazil

Open Society commits $5 million for human rights in Brazil

September 14, 2020

The commitment of $1 million a year over the next five years and additional funds raised from other domestic and international funders will support the efforts of Conectas Direitos Humanos to lead and monitor legal cases focused on defenses of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law....

Landecker Foundation awards $13 million to Hebrew University

Landecker Foundation awards $13 million to Hebrew University

September 13, 2020

The grant from the Alfred Landecker Foundation in Berlin will support initiatives focused on the causes and consequences of the Holocaust and  the study of human rights, minority protection, the rule of law, and reparations for historical wrongs and injustices....

Casey Foundation, partners hope to redesign child welfare system

Casey Foundation, partners hope to redesign child welfare system

September 13, 2020

The Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being initiative will work across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to assist jurisdictions in developing more just and equitable systems that benefit all children and families and break harmful intergenerational cycles of trauma and poverty....

Large company profits soar while the poorest pay, report finds

Large company profits soar while the poorest pay, report finds

September 13, 2020

The report from Oxfam found that thirty-two of the most profitable global corporations have see their profits increase by a total of $109 billion in 2020, while their donations in support of COVID-19 relief efforts have averaged just 0.5 percent of their 2019 operating income....

Nonprofits seeing less long-term COVID-19 impact on fundraising

Nonprofits seeing less long-term COVID-19 impact on fundraising

September 12, 2020

Based on a survey of nearly eighteen hundred nonprofits conducted between August 24 and September 6, the report from Grenzebach Glier and Associates found that 42 percent of respondents anticipated a "high" negative impact on their fundraising over the next ninety days, the lowest level since June....

Community Foundation Update (09/12/20)

Community Foundation Update (09/12/20)

September 12, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Arizona, California, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont....

PepsiCo, USAID launch $20 million partnership to empower women farmers

PepsiCo, USAID launch $20 million partnership to empower women farmers

September 11, 2020

Launched with initial investments of $5 million each from the two organizations, the program will work to support women-owned small and midsize enterprises and women-led PepsiCo suppliers with the aim of improving the resiliency of rural farming communities in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America....

Social progress slow and uneven globally, worsening in U.S.

Social progress slow and uneven globally, worsening in U.S.

September 11, 2020

The 2020 Social Progress Index assigns a population-weighted social progress score of 64.24 (out of a possible 100) to the world overall, with broad dimension scores ranging from 74.65 for basic human needs, to 60.82 for foundations of well-being, to 57.25 for opportunity....

New funder collaborative commits $36 million to Black movement leaders

New funder collaborative commits $36 million to Black movement leaders

September 11, 2020

Led by the Libra Foundation, in partnership with the MacArthur, Hewlett, JPB, Schmidt Family, Hewlett, Someland, Wend, and Crankstart, Kelson & Loud Hound foundations; Sobrato Philanthropies; and Tao Rising LLC, the Democracy Frontlines Fund will direct $36 million over three years to frontline Black activists working to end systemic racism....

Celtics, foundation commit $25 million for racial justice initiatives

Celtics, foundation commit $25 million for racial justice initiatives

September 10, 2020

The commitment will support the Boston Celtics' and Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation's efforts in six areas: equity in education, economic opportunity and empowerment, equity in health care, criminal justice and law enforcement, breaking down barriers and building bridges between communities, and voting and civic engagement....

Majority in four U.S. cities face financial hardship

Majority in four U.S. cities face financial hardship

September 10, 2020

Based on a survey of nearly thirty-five hundred adults in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City, the report from National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that at least half of respondents in each city reported experiencing severe financial hardship since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, with Black and Latinx households disproportionately impacted....

Marcus Foundation awards $20 million to Jewish Education Project

Marcus Foundation awards $20 million to Jewish Education Project

September 10, 2020

The funds will enable the RootOne initiative to provide subsidies of $3,000 to participants in five youth travel programs, invest in enhanced trip curricula and experiences, and create deeper pre- and post-trip engagement opportunities to help strengthen participants’ Jewish identity and connections to Israel....

Ten on 2020 Forbes 400  receive top philanthropy score

Ten on 2020 Forbes 400 receive top philanthropy score

September 10, 2020

American billionaires who received a "philanthropy score" of 5 for lifetime giving include Warren Buffett, George Soros, John and Laura Arnold, Eli and Edythe Broad, Amos Hostetter, Jr., George B. Kaiser, Gordon and Betty Moore, Julia H. Robertson, Jr., Lynn Schusterman, and Ted Turner....