Up-to-the-Minute News from Foundations Around the Nation

Skoll Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Family Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
A study of 65 of the country's largest philanthropic foundations has found that just 5% invest their assets in something called impact investing, the Wall Street Journal reports. That's worth an estimated $1.1 trillion, according to a press release. "There is massive potential here just
Turner Foundation
It's not every day that a 9-year-old wins first place in his or her school's annual writing competition, but that's exactly what happened to a boy in Dayton, Ohio, this week. Logan Wilhelm won first place in the middle school division of Power of the Pen's Western Region with a story about his
New York Community Trust
Parents in the San Francisco Bay Area who can't afford to send their children to Jewish preschool may be in for a rude surprise. A new study finds that between two-thirds and three-quarters of Bay Area Jewish early childhood education programs are understaffed, hard to find, difficult to get
Citi Foundation
The UN's World Food Program USA has received a $500,000 grant from the Citi Foundation to help more than 17,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia weather droughts and other climate changes, the Washington Post reports. According to a press release, WFP will use the money to train farmers on
Kellogg Foundation
A Chicago-based investment firm that aims to make a positive social and environmental impact has raised $85 million for a second fund, the Chicago Tribune reports. The Impact Engine Fund II closed on its second fund last month, bringing the firm's total assets to $240 million. According to
Open Society Foundations, Sea Change Foundation
One of the world's biggest philanthropists is putting his money where his mouth is. George Soros has committed $25 million to Allied Climate Partners, a public-private partnership that aims to increase the number of bankable climate projects in emerging markets and developing economies, the New
Arizona Community Foundation
The Arizona Board of Regents is hosting its fifth annual Regents' Cup speech and debate competition in 2024, and this year's theme is "Democracy, Justice, and the Rule of Law." Students from Arizona's three public universitiesArizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the
Dallas Foundation
"Make sure they study those tumors in my brain because if those tumors can help some kid someday not die from cancer like I am," says Carson Leslie, a Texas teen who died of cancer at the age of 19 in 2010and who's helped more than 325,000 people through mental health and suicide prevention
Wyss Foundation
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says it has received a $5 million gift that will help fund "revolutionary research" in the treatment of children with a rare genetic disorder. The condition is called thoracic insufficiency syndrome, and it's a serious one: About one in every 1,000 children
Nebraska Community Foundation, McCook Community Foundation
"If someone had told freshman-me what was in store over the next few years, I would not have believed it because it isn't every day that kids get the chances I have had." Those are the words of Nebraska teenecca Koenig, who's written a column for the McCook Daily Gazette about her experience as
Community Foundation of New Jersey
"The challenge of rebuilding America's local news landscape is vast, and will depend on multi-layered solutions at the national and local levels, including through these local chapters," DaleAnglin, director of the Press Forward initiative, says in a press release announcing New Jersey's
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation
A Massachusetts nonprofit that delivers healthy food to low-income residents has received more than $230,000 in grants to bolster its operations. The Point32Health Foundation, a joint venture of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation, has awarded Grow Food a
Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
"We would not have been able to accept all of these organizations into the program without the generosity of donor-advised fundholders who have stepped in to co-fund the capacity-building grants," Tina Peterson, CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, says in a press
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is ranked the No. 1 nursing school in the world by US News and World Report, and it's about to add another feather to its cap. The school has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to work with
Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund
There are more diverse corporate boards than ever before, with the percentage of women and people of color on corporate boards increasing by 50% between 2019 and 2021, but how do boards in the social sector handle the challenge of inclusive governance once they become more community-anchored? A
Gates Foundation
Women around the world spend more of their lives in poor health than men, and a new report from the World Economic Forum and McKinsey & Co. says that could have a huge economic impact. The report, Closing the Women's Health Gap: A $1 trillion Opportunity to Improve Lives and Economies, notes
Foundation Source
Foundation Source, a provider of cloud-based solutions and management services for private foundations, has acquired PG Calc, a "gold-standard in cloud-based solutions for planned giving," CEO Joseph Mrak says in a press release. The Massachusetts-based company, which was founded in 1985,
Porter County Community Foundation
If you're an African-American woman in Gary, Ind., and you're looking for a job, you're out of luck. The Gary Community School Corp. has set a March 9 deadline for applicants looking to become the district's next superintendent, reports the Times of Northwest Indiana. A successful
Victoria Foundation
When Brenda Brophy brought her mother home from the hospital a few years ago, she had no idea she'd be spending the rest of her life with her. Dorothy Finnerty, now 101, had Alzheimer's, and Brophy was there to tell her story in a podcast called "Beautiful Morning." But "it also lays bare
Lilly Endowment
"These transformational grants from Lilly Endowment are historic in both magnitude and vision," says Clay Robbins, chairman and CEO of Lilly Endowment, in announcing $100 million in grants to two major initiatives at Purdue University. The grants, the largest in the university's history, will
Skillman Foundation
When wealthy Detroit widow Rose Skillman died in 1983, her $180 million estate fell into Leonard Smith's lap. Smith, who died last month at age 89, faced the daunting task of building a foundation with no staff while protecting and building the foundation's assets. When Smith retired from
Marin Community Foundation
"What would you do with $2.5 million dollars to advance racial equity?" That's the question community members in Marin County, Calif., were asked as part of a pilot project to invest in equity-centered projects, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. From Oct. 26 to Dec. 29, 3,700 ballots
An energy tech startup called Onward is changing its name to better reflect its mission: "to transform the energy industry and achieve a Net Zero future," CEO Jeff Allyn says in a press release. The company's new logoa cross between the Studio X logo from Nike and the Grim Reaper logo from Game
Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking for a summer intern in Washington, DC, and it's looking for someone with "an in-depth understanding of the intersection of technology and philanthropy," according to its description of the position on its website. The ideal candidate will have a
Highmark Foundation
The Highmark Foundation is putting its money where its mouth is. The Pittsburgh-based health care foundation is offering up to $500,000 in grants to public, private, parochial, charter, and vocational high schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia through its 2024-2025 School Grants Program,
Point Foundation
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is expanding its reach in four new counties thanks to a $725,000 grant from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation, the Houston Chronicle reports. The grantsof which $14.8 million was awarded in 2023went to projects in Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Outer Banks Community Foundation
When Dr. Fred Westervelt died in 2023 at the age of 88, his family wanted to do something to honor him and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. "We wanted to do something that would be worthwhile and would help the community," says Westervelt's wife, Ernie. That something was establishing a
Community Foundation of New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Dodge Foundation is moving its headquarters from New Jersey's Morristown to Newark in 2024, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports. "Amid our transition to Newark, the Dodge Foundation remains dedicated to investing resources in and empowering communities across New Jersey to thrive," Tanuja
Calaveras Community Foundation
If you're in Calaveras County, Calif., and find yourself in need of water rescue training, you're in luck. The San Joaquin Community Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Copperopolis Fire Protection District, as well as $4,000 for two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines,
San Francisco Foundation
"Here in Oakland, artists really try to reflect the pulse of the people," says Kev Choice. That's one reason the city of Oakland, Calif., is hiring six new cultural strategists to help solve some of the city's biggest problems, including school absenteeism, public safety, and cultural legacy in
Outer Banks Community Foundation
When Dr. Frederic Westervelt died in 2023, he left behind a legacy of sorts on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The doctor, who spent 30 years at the University of Virginia in the field of nephrology before moving to the island with his wife, Ernestine, in 2005, has left
Maine Community Foundation
The Maine Community Foundation's largest grant program is rolling out the red carpet for nonprofits in two of the state's most rural counties. The Portland Press Herald reports 10 nonprofit organizations in Franklin and Somerset counties will receive a total of $81,760 in 2023 grants through

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