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Duquesne receives $7.5 million in pledges for new medical college

Duquesne receives $7.5 million in pledges for new medical college

September 9, 2020

John G. Rangos, Sr., John R. McGinley, Jr., and Rhodora Donahue, widow of the late John F. Donahue, each made a seven-figure pledge toward a proposed $50 million  College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is now scheduled to open in fall 2024....

Bank of America allocates $300 million of $1 billion equity pledge

Bank of America allocates $300 million of $1 billion equity pledge

September 9, 2020

The commitments include $25 million for jobs initiatives in Black and Latinx communities, $25 million for community outreach initiatives, $50 million in direct equity investments to minority depository institutions, and $200 million in proprietary equity investments in minority entrepreneurs, businesses, and funds....

2021 Vilcek Foundation Prize winners announced

2021 Vilcek Foundation Prize winners announced

September 9, 2020

In recognition of the contributions of immigrants in the and arts sciences, the foundation announced the winners of Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science, Filmmaking, and Creative Promise, as well as a Prize for Excellence honoring an individual who has made a significant impact on both American society and world culture and/or is a dedicated champion of immigrant causes....

Study proposes solutions to global water and security crises

Study proposes solutions to global water and security crises

September 8, 2020

The report from the World Resources Institute, the Pacific Institute, and the Water, Peace and Security partnership suggests that intensifying levels of water insecurity globally can and should be addressed with solutions that take into account the multiple interconnected drivers of water-related conflict....

UT Austin launches $8 million First Amendment center, law clinic

UT Austin launches $8 million First Amendment center, law clinic

September 8, 2020

The Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center will focus on the discussion of and scholarship around the First Amendment and will feature a Law and Religion Clinic dedicated to representing clients in cases involving challenges to their religious liberty....

Jefferson, Temple receive $5 million for stroke prevention, education

Jefferson, Temple receive $5 million for stroke prevention, education

September 7, 2020

The gift from Kenneth and Andréa Frazier will support a partnership between the two universities and their health systems aimed at addressing social determinants of health and racial/ethnic disparities that lead to increased risk of stroke among residents of North Philadelphia....

University of Miami cancer center receives $126 million gift

University of Miami cancer center receives $126 million gift

September 7, 2020

The unrestricted gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will support efforts at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to accelerate advances in cures for cancer and expand innovative treatment options for cancer patients....

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute establishes breast cancer program

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute establishes breast cancer program

September 6, 2020

The gift from the Benderson family will accelerate research in triple-negative breast cancer and strengthen the organization's capabilities to treat the disease, which accounts for approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of all breast cancers....

IKEA awards $2 million to help Virginians facing eviction

IKEA awards $2 million to help Virginians facing eviction

September 6, 2020

The donation from the IKEA U.S. Community Foundation will be matched with $2 million from Virginia's COVID-19 Relief Fund and will support twenty Legal Aid attorneys working to help Virginians stay in their homes....

Community Foundation Update (09/05/20)

Community Foundation Update (09/05/20)

September 5, 2020

News and staff announcements from community foundations in Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ohio....

University of Arizona receives $4.6 million for scholarships

University of Arizona receives $4.6 million for scholarships

September 5, 2020

The estate gift from Sandra Aley, who died in January, will cover tuition, room and board, and fees for up to six years for students who graduate from Flowing Wells High School in northeast Tucson, where 75 percent of students live in poverty....

Ellison to close foundation, focus on COVID-19 response

Ellison to close foundation, focus on COVID-19 response

September 4, 2020

The billionaire co-founder of global computer software company Oracle has decided to close the London office out of which his relaunched private foundation had operated and will refocus his philanthropic efforts on combating COVID-19 through a yet-to-be-identified medical philanthropy....

Koret Foundation commits $9.5 million for scholarship program

Koret Foundation commits $9.5 million for scholarship program

September 4, 2020

Launched in 2016, the Koret Scholars program helps first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority college students across the Bay Area overcome barriers to college persistence and completion — barriers that have been exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19....

Bloomberg commits $100 million to historically Black medical schools

Bloomberg commits $100 million to historically Black medical schools

September 4, 2020

With the goal of reducing the debt burden of about eight hundred African-American medical students, many of whom face increased financial pressure due to COVID-19, the foundation awarded four-year grants to Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science....

Majority of Americans skeptical of news media, study finds

Majority of Americans skeptical of news media, study finds

September 3, 2020

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 54 percent of respondents viewed the public’s confidence in news organizations as "not too much" (43 percent) or "none at all" (11 percent), while 52 percent said they had little (33 percent) or no (19 percent) confidence that journalists act in the public interest....

Langeloth Foundation invests additional $10 million to secure vote

Langeloth Foundation invests additional $10 million to secure vote

September 3, 2020

The investment — which boosts the foundation's total giving in 2020 to more than 30 percent of the value of its endowment at the beginning of the year — will be disbursed to six organizations and funder collaboratives working to ensure that underrepresented communities have the information and access they need to vote in a safe, healthy manner....