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Rockefeller launches funder collaborative to fill global data gaps

Rockefeller launches funder collaborative to fill global data gaps

July 14, 2020

Launched by the Rockefeller Foundation, Google.org, and Canada's International Development Research Centre, the Lacuna Fund will support efforts to create, expand, and/or maintain datasets with the goal of addressing gaps and reducing bias in "training" data used in machine learning....

Open Society commits $220 million to empower Black communities

Open Society commits $220 million to empower Black communities

July 14, 2020

The commitment includes five-year grants totaling $150 million to Black-led justice organizations and $70 million in support of efforts to advance racial justice by reimagining public safety, strengthening civic engagement, promoting racial healing, and improving labor conditions for workers of color....

Gates Foundation awards $5 million for COVID-19 therapeutics research

Gates Foundation awards $5 million for COVID-19 therapeutics research

July 13, 2020

The grant to Kleo Pharmaceuticals will support efforts to advance development of a COVID-19 hyperimmune globulin mimic therapeutic that could provide a synthetic, homogenous, readily available replacement for convalescent serum, which has shown promise as a treatment for COVID-19....

Youth interest in 2020 election higher than in previous years

Youth interest in 2020 election higher than in previous years

July 13, 2020

The survey found that 83 percent of respondents believe young people have the power to change the country, 79 percent say COVID-19 has made them realize that politics impacts their everyday lives, and 60 percent see themselves as part of a youth movement that will turn out vote to make its views known....

$25 million awarded for HIV projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

$25 million awarded for HIV projects in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

July 13, 2020

Launched in 2019 as a joint initiative of Gilead Sciences and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, RADIAN awarded grants to six organizations working to provide stigma-free prevention, testing, and healthcare services in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and surrounding areas....

Report highlights need for ethical AI development

Report highlights need for ethical AI development

July 11, 2020

The Rockefeller Foundation report includes essays by fourteen technologists, philosophers, economists, lawyers, artists, and philanthropists who participated in an October 2019 convening focused on how artificial intelligence can create a better future for humanity....

Community Foundation Update (07/11/20)

Community Foundation Update (07/11/20)

July 11, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas....

Oxfam report warns of rising COVID-related death toll

Oxfam report warns of rising COVID-related death toll

July 10, 2020

The report from Oxfam estimates that as many as twelve thousand people a day could die from hunger by the end of the year as a result of pandemic-related shutdowns, unemployment, and disruptions in local food systems....

Antimicrobial resistance fund launched with $1 billion in investments

Antimicrobial resistance fund launched with $1 billion in investments

July 10, 2020

The Geneva-based International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations has raised nearly $1 billion  from global drug manufacturers in support of the development of innovative antibiotics for use against resistant bacteria and life-threatening infections....

Dorsey donates $3 million for guaranteed income project

Dorsey donates $3 million for guaranteed income project

July 10, 2020

The gift will support Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a coalition of mayors launched in June by Michael Tubbs, the mayor of Stockton, California, which has been running a guaranteed income pilot program since 2019....

At least one in ten billionaires have donated for COVID-19 relief

At least one in ten billionaires have donated for COVID-19 relief

July 9, 2020

A report from Wealth-X found that global billionaires who made a philanthropic commitment in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts between January and May were more likely than other billionaire philanthropists to be in the tech industry....

Moore Foundation shares findings from grantee perception report

Moore Foundation shares findings from grantee perception report

July 9, 2020

The sixth grantee perception report commissioned by the foundation since 2004 found significant improvements in its impact on and advancement of knowledge in grantees' fields, overall strength of relationships with grantees, clarity of its communication around its goals and strategies, and overall transparency and openness....

Stephen Ross pledges $13 million to help end racism through sports

Stephen Ross pledges $13 million to help end racism through sports

July 8, 2020

RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) will use the gift from founder and board co-chair Stephen M. Ross to advance its mission to empower the sports community "to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice, and improve race relations"....