The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education this month will grant $1 million each to five Black nonprofit leaders to help them be more effective and support capacity-building at their organizations. The recipients are focused on helping underrepresented people access higher education, which the organization says is a key component of driving upward mobility in Black communities.
The Grable Foundation is moving its headquarters to a historic building in downtown Pittsburgh where it will have the "opportunity to develop a modern working space in something that's classically Pittsburgh," said Executive Director Gregg Behr. "Being part of the core city is important," said Behr.
Daniel Troppy decided he needed to do more for the homeless people he met in Atlanta while engaging in his pastime of photography, so he started the nonprofit Yes in My Backyard. "Our mission is to encourage others to engage in homelessness when confronted with it and be proactive," says Troppy.
Growing Entrepreneurial Mindsets in School is bringing workshops designed to help Black students prepare for college and careers to a number of locations around the country, including Rochester, N.Y. The virtual sessions include guidance on topics such as college applications, resume building and financial literacy, founder Kevin Bradford said.
Nearly half of all Americans who make contributions through crowdfunding platforms have used such mechanisms to support nonprofits, according to the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Americans who had previously made donations through crowdfunding also increasingly turned to crowdfunding platforms to support personal causes and charities during the pandemic, the survey found.
The Rockefeller Foundation is working to increase access to coronavirus vaccines in underserved communities through the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative, a $20 million project in which the foundation will help five organizations take a community-led approach to vaccine outreach in five cities. The two-part initiative will help the organizations get established in each city, then help them distribute information and resources developed by national organizations.
Michael Sorrell is succeeding Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt as chair of The Dallas Foundation's Board of Governors. "Michael brings a distinguished track record of success on issues facing Dallas and we look forward to his thought partnership and board leadership as we build a community where everyone can thrive," said foundation President and CEO Matthew Randazzo.
Families can practice strong philanthropy and make a difference in the world by focusing on a few carefully chosen causes and by being willing to take risks, writes Bruce DeBoskey of The DeBoskey Group. DeBoskey shares six other best practices for family philanthropy, including the importance of creating a "table" where families can discuss their charitable priorities.
Dan and Jennifer Gilbert have donated $30 million to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to help more students from diverse backgrounds access the educational institution. "It's this whole idea of increasing the diversity of voices on campus, bringing in kids, really good students, really talented artists, who couldn't study at Cranbrook (in the past) because of our tuition model," said Cranbrook Educational Community President Dominic DiMarco.
The deliberate attack against one of Iran's nuclear power facilities on Sunday constitutes nuclear terrorism and a war crime, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The country plans to escalate uranium enrichment to 60% in the wake of the attack, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed.
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