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Pohlad family commits $25 million for racial justice efforts

Pohlad family commits $25 million for racial justice efforts

June 16, 2020

The commitment from the Pohlad Family Foundation, Pohlad companies, and Pohlad family members will provide immediate relief to organizations in communities impacted by recent protests and civil unrest and support longer-term efforts focused on addressing systemic racism....

Report offers 'Plan to Reinvent American Democracy'

Report offers 'Plan to Reinvent American Democracy'

June 16, 2020

The report from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences' bipartisan Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship outlines six strategies and includes thirty-one recommendations for strengthening U.S. institutions and civic culture....

Funder collaborative awards $2.8 million to address economic mobility

Funder collaborative awards $2.8 million to address economic mobility

June 16, 2020

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others, the Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge funder collaborative awarded grants of $100,000 to twenty-eight projects focused on changing the dominant narratives around poverty and economic mobility in the United States....

Apple announces $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

Apple announces $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

June 15, 2020

Announced in a video tweet by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the initiative will challenge systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity that exist for communities of color and particularly for the Black community, with a focus on issues of education, economic equality, and criminal justice reform....

YouTube commits $100 million to amplify Black voices

YouTube commits $100 million to amplify Black voices

June 15, 2020

The online video-sharing platform is creating a multiyear, $100 million fund dedicated to centering and amplifying the voices, stories, and perspectives of African-American artists and creators....

PayPal commits $530 million to address economic inequality

PayPal commits $530 million to address economic inequality

June 15, 2020

The commitment includes a $500 million pledge to invest in African-American and underrepresented minority businesses and a $10 million fund that will provide direct grants to Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19 and/or civil unrest....

Southeast Louisiana nonprofits hit hard by COVID-19

Southeast Louisiana nonprofits hit hard by COVID-19

June 13, 2020

A study commissioned by the Greater New Orleans Foundation found that 67 percent of respondents said they anticipated having cash-flow problems over the coming months, while 57 percent said they had postponed a major fundraising event — resulting in, on average, a 34 percent hit to their annual revenues....

Bush Foundation announces 2020 fellows

Bush Foundation announces 2020 fellows

June 13, 2020

Bush Fellows receive $100,000 over twelve to twenty-four months to engage in experiences and skills-building activities designed to make them more effective and agile in their roles as community leaders....

Gruber Foundation announces neuroscience prize winners

Gruber Foundation announces neuroscience prize winners

June 13, 2020

Friedrich Bonhoeffer of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Corey Goodman of venBio, and Marc Tessier-Lavigne of Stanford University will share the $500,000 prize for their groundbreaking work in elucidating the molecular mechanisms that guide developing axons to their targets, a key step in the formation of neural circuits....

Community Foundation Update (06/13/20)

Community Foundation Update (06/13/20)

June 13, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin....

Reuben Foundation awards $101 million to Oxford University

Reuben Foundation awards $101 million to Oxford University

June 12, 2020

The gift includes an endowment for Oxford's newest college, which will focus on interdisciplinary research focused on global challenges, including vaccine development, environmental change, and artificial intelligence....

Direct service nonprofits, those serving disadvantaged hit hard

Direct service nonprofits, those serving disadvantaged hit hard

June 12, 2020

A survey by the Center for Effective Philanthropy found that direct service nonprofits were more likely than non-direct service organizations to report negative impacts from COVID-19 and that nonprofits primarily serving historically disadvantaged communities were more likely to report increased demand for their programs and services....

U.S. Bank commits millions in support of racial equity initiatives

U.S. Bank commits millions in support of racial equity initiatives

June 12, 2020

Investments include a commitment to provide $100 million annually in additional capital to African-American-owned and -led businesses and organizations, a $15 million fund in support of community organizations nationwide, and $1 million to assist Community Development Financial Institution programs....

Leading foundations to boost grantmaking by $1.725 billion

Leading foundations to boost grantmaking by $1.725 billion

June 11, 2020

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have announced a joint commitment to increase their grantmaking by $1.725 billion over two years....

Smithsonian launches Race, Community and Our Shared Future initiative

Smithsonian launches Race, Community and Our Shared Future initiative

June 11, 2020

Launched with a $25 million commitment from Bank of America, the Race, Community and Our Shared Future initiative will draw on the Smithsonian's museum collections, educational resources, and research to explore the historical context for the challenges facing the nation today....

A third of nonprofits expect to close within a year, survey finds

A third of nonprofits expect to close within a year, survey finds

June 11, 2020

The third in a series of monthly surveys conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation of America found that 32 percent of nonprofits said they "could persevere under the current conditions" for between one and twelve months before they would have to close their doors....

Insufficiencies in U.S. health system exposed by pandemic, study finds

Insufficiencies in U.S. health system exposed by pandemic, study finds

June 11, 2020

According to a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, nurses have played a critical role in the response to COVID-19, but evidence from the field suggests they lack adequate access to personal protective equipment as well as knowledge and training related to pandemic response and are disconnected from nurse executives and hospital administrators....

Universal Music Group commits $25 million for 'meaningful change'

Universal Music Group commits $25 million for 'meaningful change'

June 10, 2020

In a letter to employees obtained by Rolling Stone, the co-chairs of the newly created Task Force for Meaningful Change announced a $25 million Change Fund, a list of priorities, and steps being taken to support "the ongoing fight for equality, justice, and inclusion...."