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Bloomberg commits $150 million to Harvard for Center for Cities

Bloomberg commits $150 million to Harvard for Center for Cities

March 3, 2021

Building on the success of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, the foundation will endow a new center designed to strengthen the capabilities of mayors and their teams, advance effective organizational practices in city halls around the world, support a new generation of public servants, and produce new research and instructional materials....

Netflix commits $100 million for creative equity

Netflix commits $100 million for creative equity

March 3, 2021

With the goal of expanding opportunities for underrepresented creators, producers, writers, and directors to have their voices heard, the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity will invest in efforts to identify, train, and provide job placement for up-and-coming talent....

Amazon commits $15 million to Code.org for computer science education

Amazon commits $15 million to Code.org for computer science education

March 2, 2021

Awarded through Amazon Future Engineer, the online retailer's computer science education program, the funding will support initiatives designed to increase students' awareness of academic and career pathways in computer science and prepare them for success in college-level CS courses and beyond, with a focus on students from underrepresented groups....

Global Fund commits $64 million in Republic of the Congo

Global Fund commits $64 million in Republic of the Congo

March 2, 2021

The two grants will support efforts to expand HIV status awareness and access to lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, boost the national tuberculosis response, and expand access to quality malaria diagnostics and treatment tools and distribute 3.5 million mosquito nets by 2023....

Friday Foundation donates works to Seattle Art Museum

Friday Foundation donates works to Seattle Art Museum

March 1, 2021

The gift from the foundation, which owns the collection assembled by the late Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis, include nineteen Abstract Expressionist works and $10.5 million in dedicated funds....

$250 million gift launches cancer research foundation

$250 million gift launches cancer research foundation

March 1, 2021

Launched with the help of a $250 million pledge from William H. Goodwin, Jr. and the estate of William Hunter Goodwin III, Break Through Cancer will fund collaborative, multidisciplinary research by teams from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT....

Rockefeller Brothers Fund to focus on anti-racism, anti-sexism

Rockefeller Brothers Fund to focus on anti-racism, anti-sexism

March 1, 2021

RBF president and CEO Stephen Heinz and Mark Adiedo, vice president for people and culture/chief diversity officer at the foundation, write that "becoming an anti-racist, anti-sexist institution is not only a moral imperative but central to effectively realizing our mission of a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world...."

UC Davis receives $1.5 million for African American, African studies

UC Davis receives $1.5 million for African American, African studies

February 28, 2021

The gift from alumni Lois ('85) and Darryl Goss ('83) will establish the Austin and Arutha Goss Presidential Chair in African American and African Studies, which is named for Darryl Goss's parents, whom the couple credit with teaching them the value of education and lifelong learning....

Green Finance Institute, Laudes Foundation partner on decarbonization

Green Finance Institute, Laudes Foundation partner on decarbonization

February 28, 2021

The foundation will support the efforts of the institute's Coalition for the Energy Efficiency of Buildings, which works to bring the public and private sectors together to establish and scale new markets and financial mechanisms aimed at mobilizing capital for the decarbonization of buildings....

Bristol Myers Squibb awards $11 million for health equity

Bristol Myers Squibb awards $11 million for health equity

February 27, 2021

Part of a $150 million commitment to advance diversity, inclusion, and health equity announced by the company in August, the grants were awarded in support of efforts to boost diversity among clinical researchers, improve access to high-quality care, and increase disease awareness and education in racially diverse and medically underserved communities....

University at Buffalo receives $10 million for diversity initiatives

University at Buffalo receives $10 million for diversity initiatives

February 27, 2021

The gift from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a venture created by the late Carl V. Granger, an African-American physician, professor emeritus, and former chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, will support initiatives aimed at increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion at the university....

Community Foundation Update (02/27/2021)

Community Foundation Update (02/27/2021)

February 27, 2021

News and staff announcements from community foundations in California, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin....

JPMorgan commits $350 million to boost underserved small businesses

JPMorgan commits $350 million to boost underserved small businesses

February 26, 2021

Part of the bank's $350 billion commitment to provide economic opportunity to underserved communities and advance racial equity efforts, the pledge includes low-cost loans and equity investments, support for policy solutions aimed at improving Small Business Administration programs, and philanthropic investments....

Wofford College receives $150 million endowment gift

Wofford College receives $150 million endowment gift

February 26, 2021

The endowment gift from alumnus, businessman, and former Carolina Panthers owner Jerome J. Richardson will support four areas: need-based financial aid, student and faculty research and off-campus study and experiential learning opportunities, a $15 minimum wage for all college support staff, and a capital improvements fund....

College fundraisers optimistic about FY21, survey finds

College fundraisers optimistic about FY21, survey finds

February 26, 2021

A survey conducted in January by consulting firm Washburn & McGoldrick found that 65 percent of college fundraising professionals were "confident" they would meet their FY21 goals, up significantly from 40 percent in September and 17 percent in June....

Knight Foundation awards $15.3 million for data, computer sciences

Knight Foundation awards $15.3 million for data, computer sciences

February 25, 2021

The grants include $10 million to Florida International University and $4.3 million to the University of Miami in support of computing and data science education, and $1 million to Baptist Health South Florida in support of a  healthcare technology initiative....