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Report highlights impact of effective principals on student outcomes

Report highlights impact of effective principals on student outcomes

February 20, 2021

An update to a 2004 report, the research review commissioned by the Wallace Foundation draws on more than two hundred studies over twenty years and argues that school leaders are even more important to student success than previously believed and that investments in successful strategies to better prepare and support them often lead to large payoffs....

Community Foundation Update (02/20/2021)

Community Foundation Update (02/20/2021)

February 20, 2021

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C....

Sloan Foundation announces 2021 Research Fellowships

Sloan Foundation announces 2021 Research Fellowships

February 19, 2021

A hundred and twenty-eight early-career scientists and scholars in eight disciplines — chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, earth systems science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics — will each receive a grant of $75,000 over two years....

Foundations back $300 million venture fund for global health

Foundations back $300 million venture fund for global health

February 19, 2021

With investments from the Doris Duke Charitable, Ford, Gates, MacArthur, Children's Investment Fund, and Sorenson Impact foundations, the fund will support promising new technologies aimed at treating or preventing conditions that for the most part have been ignored by venture capital....

Returns on educational endowments fell sharply in FY20, study finds

Returns on educational endowments fell sharply in FY20, study finds

February 19, 2021

According to the 2020 NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments, the endowments of more than seven hundred U.S. colleges and universities returned an average of 1.8 percent, net of fees, in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020, down from 5.2 percent in FY19....

UMD receives $9 million from Brin family for performing arts institute

UMD receives $9 million from Brin family for performing arts institute

February 18, 2021

The gift from Google co-founder Sergey Brin's parents and Brin's family foundation will establish the Maya Brin Institute for New Performance, support research initiatives, and fund new teaching positions, undergraduate scholarships, classroom and studio renovations, and instructional technology....

Arthur M. Blank, Bernie Marcus commit $40 million for veterans' health

Arthur M. Blank, Bernie Marcus commit $40 million for veterans' health

February 18, 2021

Commitments of $20 million each from Home Depot co-founders Arthur M. Blank and Bernie Marcus will support the launch of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network, an integrative treatment and training network focused on providing care for veterans and first-responders impacted by post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse....

Online giving up more than 20 percent in 2020, report finds

Online giving up more than 20 percent in 2020, report finds

February 18, 2021

According to the latest edition of Blackbaud's Charitable Giving Report, online giving grew 20.7 percent in 2020, with the share of total giving coming via online donations rising to 13 percent, the largest share as a percentage of total giving in the history of the report....

UCLA Health receives $29 million in support of genetic research

UCLA Health receives $29 million in support of genetic research

February 17, 2021

The Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Center for Precision Genomic Medicine will leverage large data sets and genomic technologies such as CRISPR to better understand genetic factors in disease and improve the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders....

Report calls for investment in capacity to respond to virus variants

Report calls for investment in capacity to respond to virus variants

February 17, 2021

A report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security discusses variants first identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil; the current status of SARS-CoV-2 surveillance, sequencing, and variant characterization; and the need for additional investment to ensure the nation's capacity to detect and respond to new variants of the virus....

Justice, accountability are key to peace in Yemen, report finds

Justice, accountability are key to peace in Yemen, report finds

February 16, 2021

Based on dozens of interviews, the report from the Open Society Foundations found that civil society leaders in Yemen agree that the transitional justice process must be focused on the concerns and needs of victims and include mechanisms for truth telling, redress, and mental health support....

Georgetown Law receives two gifts totaling $34 million

Georgetown Law receives two gifts totaling $34 million

February 16, 2021

A gift of nearly $24 million from the estate of Agnes N. Williams (L'54) will endow the Agnes Williams Sesquicentennial Professorships of Law, while a gift of $10 million from Timothy (L'77) and Linda O'Neill (N'77) will establish the Center for Transformational Health Law....

Nearly one in five donors plan to give more in 2021, survey finds

Nearly one in five donors plan to give more in 2021, survey finds

February 16, 2021

Based on an online survey of more than a thousand adults in the United States who gave to charity in the past three years, fundraising platform FrontStream’s State of Charitable Giving and Donor Engagement survey found that 87 percent of respondents intend to give to charity in 2021 and 19 percent plan to give more than they did in 2020....

Mellon Foundation awards $9.4 million to reimagine monuments

Mellon Foundation awards $9.4 million to reimagine monuments

February 15, 2021

Part of a five-year, $250 million Monuments Project launched by the foundation in October, the grants will support five projects designed to educate the public about the nation's shared collective past and help inform  a more just future....

Digital fundraising, strategic financial planning key to resilience

Digital fundraising, strategic financial planning key to resilience

February 15, 2021

A survey of global charities by the Charities Aid Foundation of America found that three-quarters (75.6 percent) of respondents believe that finding new ways to fundraise with digital technology is key to building resilience in a post-pandemic recovery....

University of Maryland School of Nursing receives $13.8 million gift

University of Maryland School of Nursing receives $13.8 million gift

February 15, 2021

Awarded through Bill and Joanne Conway's Bedford Falls Foundation, the gift will create an additional three hundred and forty-five Conway Scholarships across all degree programs and help fund renovations to the nursing building at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville....