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2020 U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars Announced

2020 U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars Announced

Posted February 20, 2020

Twenty-eight American scholars will pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England in fields such as clinical neuroscience, conservation, geography, medieval and Renaissance literature, and technology policy....

MacArthur Foundation Launches 'Bold Solutions Network'

MacArthur Foundation Launches 'Bold Solutions Network'

Posted February 20, 2020

The online platform showcases the hundred top-rated proposals in the second round of the 100&Change competition, through which a $100 million grant will be awarded to an organization or collaboration working to solve a critical global challenge....

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

Posted February 19, 2020

In filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the national organization plans to create a Victims Compensation Trust to compensate victims of child sexual abuse....

Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Climate Action

Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Climate Action

Posted February 18, 2020

The founder and CEO of Amazon has announced that he will commit $10 billion to the Bezos Earth Fund in support of "any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world...."

World Vision Receives $40 Million for Water Sanitation in Africa

World Vision Receives $40 Million for Water Sanitation in Africa

Posted February 18, 2020

With the latest eight-figure gift from David and Dana Dornsife, the organization will work to create a new water, sanitation, and hygiene business plan and advance its goal of ensuring clean water for everyone, everywhere it works by 2030....

Half of New Yorkers Faced Poverty, Material Hardship in 2015-2018

Half of New Yorkers Faced Poverty, Material Hardship in 2015-2018

Posted February 18, 2020

The second annual report from Robin Hood and Columbia University's Poverty Tracker found that 50 percent and 53 percent of survey respondents lived below the poverty line or experienced material hardship, respectively, at some point between 2015 and 2018....

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Receives $15 Million Gift

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Receives $15 Million Gift

Posted February 18, 2020

The gift from insurance broker Acrisure will be used to establish a virtual center in support of caregivers, physicians, and physician-scientists working to deliver leading-edge care and lifesaving therapies....

Jacobs Foundation, Partners Pledge $30.6 Million to Combat Child Labor

Jacobs Foundation, Partners Pledge $30.6 Million to Combat Child Labor

Posted February 17, 2020

To fight child labor in Côte d'Ivoire and provide children in that country with access to a quality education, the foundation and its partners will mobilize investments totaling 150 million Swiss francs ($153.2 million) from the cocoa and chocolate industry, the Ivorian government, and international donors....

Howard G. Buffett Commits $200 Million for Development in Colombia

Howard G. Buffett Commits $200 Million for Development in Colombia

Posted February 17, 2020

Buffett-funded efforts in Tibu, Colombia, will include support for security forces and local law enforcement, as well as subsidies, training, and technical assistance for local farmers willing to substitute legal crops such as cacao for coca....

UCLA Receives Violins, Bows Valued at $3.5 Million

UCLA Receives Violins, Bows Valued at $3.5 Million

Posted February 16, 2020

The instruments include violins made by eighteenth-century masters Antonio Stradivarius and Sanctus Seraphin, as well as bows made by Nikolai Kittel, Francois Tourte, and W.E. Hill & Sons....

UC Irvine Receives $5 Million for Diversity, Inclusion in STEM Fields

UC Irvine Receives $5 Million for Diversity, Inclusion in STEM Fields

Posted February 15, 2020

The gift from trustee Stacey Nicholas will endow the UCI Office of Access & Inclusion, which works with the schools of engineering and information and computer sciences to recruit, retain, and graduate students from underrepresented communities and groups....

Community Foundation Update (02/15/20)

Community Foundation Update (02/15/20)

Posted February 15, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island....

Sloan Foundation Announces 2020 Research Fellowships

Sloan Foundation Announces 2020 Research Fellowships

Posted February 14, 2020

Fellowships were awarded to a hundred and twenty-six early-career scientists and scholars in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics....