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Inequality, the Ford Foundation, and Humility

“[…] Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, announced that the foundation would shift its programming to focus exclusively on grantmaking that addresses inequality. In many ways, the move was very much in character for the evident culture and values set of the current leadership.”

Cooking up forgotten traditions to curb obesity, poverty

“[Boston nonprofit] Oldways has engaged volunteers around the country to run more than 100 such classes over a two-year pilot phase that began in 2012, with striking results. Based on interviews, weigh-ins, and blood-pressure readings taken before and after the six-week sessions at 50 of the classes, more than half the participants lost weight (an average of four pounds) and inches from their waist, and saw decreased blood pressure. […] ‘We have a lot of people that are new to poverty and don't know what to do, and also people moving in from impoverished places elsewhere," she said. "One of our challenges in our community is no one cooks anymore, and we rely way too much on processed foods. So I'm very excited to bring this to our community.’”

Knight Foundation grants $1.5 million to revitalize Charlotte’s northwest corridor

“If city officials have their way, Charlotte's northwest corridor could become like South End - a bustling residential and commercial hub that connects directly to uptown Charlotte. […] To assist in that, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $1.5 million over three years to help revitalize the area, one of Charlotte's oldest African-American neighborhoods that has experienced a slowdown of business growth and lower income levels over the years.”

Chicago Scholars CEO empowers underserved teens with path to college

“Dominique Jordan Turner was born to a teenage mother from a Chicago housing project, and she had peers who struggled to avoid the crime that plagued their neighborhood. But Turner ("Mika" to her family) had an advantage — a mother with foresight […] since 2013, she has been the CEO of Chicago Scholars Foundation, which helps talented but underserved Chicago high-schoolers get into and stay in college.”

City of Richmond Announces $300,000 Grant from Kellogg Foundation

“The City of Richmond announced today that it has been awarded a grant of $300,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. The grant was awarded to support the city’s continued work toward a stronger system of early childhood development and education in the City of Richmond. This award is a direct result of the work of the Early Childhood Task Force, whose key goal is to define a shared roadmap for the provision of comprehensive support services for families of young children, particularly low-income families, from birth to age five.”

Georgia org. outlet for community voices to be heard

“Funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Listening Post is a community-wide project that encourages people to phone in and type or record their answer to what they wish Macon would do. Answers are then posted on an online feed that looks like a Twitter feed minus any frills. […] ‘It allows us to get into the corners of Macon -- people below the poverty line, the elderly, those usually not involved in public discourse,’ Brown said.”

Organizers hope to raise $1.5 million for area charitable groups.

“The Francis Fund is a short-term initiative of the Hunger and Homelessness Committee of the World Meeting of Families that organizers hope will raise $1.5 million for charitable groups such as Dawn's Place. […] The fund is part of a three-pronged mission of the Hunger and Homelessness Committee, which includes a devotional art project called the Mary, Undoer of Knots Grotto; and a campaign to lobby U.S. Congress to address issues including poverty and criminal justice reform.”

$1 million donated to fund Rowan scholarships

“A $1 million donation to Rowan University will help 50 low-income New Jersey students pay for their college educations, while a high school support program will help them get there. […] The donation comes from Robert O. Carr, who cofounded a Princeton-based credit-card processing company and started a scholarship program, Give Something Back Foundation, in 2001 in his native Illinois.”

Marin Community Foundation providing $1.3 million for child care

“Thanks to the Marin Community Foundation, however, a voucher for Velasco’s daughter and about 95 other Marin infants will soon become available. The foundation has announced it will provide a $1.3 million grant to be used this year to help subsidize child care for infants of low-income families.”

Google offering $5 million to Bay Area nonprofits with big ideas

“A little over a year ago, Hack the Hood was a pilot program with a $75,000 annual budget and no full-time employees, scrambling to teach tech skills to 18 low-income young people. But winning a $500,000 Google Impact grant last year transformed the Oakland nonprofit, helping it land several other six-figure donations that swelled its budget to $1.3 million. On Tuesday,, the Mountain View tech titan's philanthropic arm, will begin accepting applications to find the next Hack the Hood in this year's competition. will award $5 million to 25 Bay Area nonprofits.”

Aloha United Way releases $3.6M to Hawaii nonprofits

"The investment is $1.1 million more than last year's donation of $2.5 million, when 30 agencies received similar impact funding, according to Marc Gannon, AUW's vice president for community impact. Nonprofits working in the areas of education, poverty prevention, and safety net services were selected for grants made possible by undesignated donations to AUW during its annual fundraising campaign."

Taylor family donates $22 million toward education and charitable organizations

"Recipients include the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, which will receive $5 million to support early childhood education, and Ranken Technical College, which will get $5 million to help low-income students pay for school. In 2011, Taylor gave Washington University $25 million on behalf of Enterprise Holdings for a scholarship fund for needy students."

Boston homeless veterans center to get $31m upgrade

"Homeless veterans in Boston and surrounding communities will have better access to improved living accommodations, transitional services, and vocational programs, as a center dedicated to helping them begins work on a multimillion-dollar renovation downtown […] The project is being funded through public partnerships and the use of federal, state, and city dollars. A portion of the funding is also coming from private donors and foundations including the Life Initiative, a state-backed program that provides capital for projects that benefit low-income communities."

$500K grant helping to fight gun, gang crime

"The majority of the $500,000 grant will go to the Michigan State Police and Saginaw Police Department, Johnston said. The rest of the funds are split between several other agencies, including Saginaw Valley State University and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The grant will fund services for families to give them good alternatives to avoid poverty, homelessness and other things that could lead to a life of crime, McQuade said."

Salt Lake City leaders announce $500,000 in grants to curb homelessness

"Mayor Ralph Becker joined Wells Fargo regional president Dee O'Donnell to present $300,000 to The Road Home and $200,000 to the Community Foundation of Utah through Wells Fargo's NeighborhoodLIFT program. Becker said the grants will help the city make "great strides" in achieving its 5000 Doors initiative, which aims to add and preserve 5,000 units of affordable housing in the city over the next five years. The city launched the initiative after a 2013 housing study revealed an 8,200-unit gap in Salt Lake's available units."

Comcast's Roberts family donates $8 million to Boys and Girls Club initiative

"The Roberts family and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will donate $8 million to a Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia initiative, which will build a new state-of-the-art facility in Germantown. The new Germantown facility will be named the Ralph J. Roberts Boys & Girls Club in honor of Comcast's founder. More than 7,000 youths aged 5 to 18 live within a mile-and-a-half from the new facility, while 50 percent of children in that area also live below the poverty line."

Weinberg Foundation Awards $400K in Post-Riot Grants

"The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation awarded $400,000 in emergency grants to 10 Baltimore-area nonprofits following the riots that took place after the death of Freddie Gray last month. The foundation, which provides $100 million in annual grants to nonprofits that serve low-income and vulnerable people in the United States and Israel, awarded the money to organizations in Baltimore that it already funds. Those organizations deal with a range of programs that provide food, job training and help in school."

Community Care Network offers medicine to those without

"[…] the Tidelands Community Care Network has become a lifeline in our community, where more than 5,000 of our low-income neighbors are without health insurance. […] Where there is a resource gap, partners that include Tidelands Health Foundation, Tidelands Health, the Duke Endowment, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, volunteer dentists, primary care and specialty care providers have donated time and provided financial resources to create pathways to care."

Hawaii HIV and AIDS Housing programs receive nearly $3M in federal grants

"The Maui AIDS Foundation and Gregory House Programs have received $2.8 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support housing services for low-income HIV/AIDS patients. Tenants of 45 rental households will benefit from a $1.4 million grant given to the Maui AIDS Foundation. The foundation offers short-term rental assistance, supportive services, and housing information services for more than 800 households on Maui. It is the sole comprehensive HIV/AIDS nonprofit that serves the 400-plus diagnosed HIV positive Maui residents."

D.C. friends win Gates scholarships, will have college costs covered

“[...] The close friends who bond over academic stresses and giant slices of pizza in Adams Morgan, have both won the Gates Millennium Scholarship. […] The scholarship, started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 1999 to remove financial barriers to college for low-income minority students, quickly became a holy grail for students in many urban schools. It covers all college costs, including fees and living expenses, and extends through graduate school in certain fields. Nationwide, 57,000 seniors applied this year, and 1,000 earned free higher education.”

California Pacific Medical Center, foundations launch major eye surgery center

"The new institute will provide eye care and surgery for people who can't afford to pay, subsidized in part by leasing space to the ophthalmologists and by operating a for-profit surgery center. It could ultimately do tens of thousands of surgeries annually for low-income or indigent patients."

Health care grants worth $13 million announced for South Texas

"To kick-start its project, Methodist Healthcare Ministries received $10 million in funding last year from the Social Innovation Fund, a federal program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to promote innovative, community-based health solutions in low-income areas."

Rose Community Foundation Announces Grants from Fourth Quarter of 2014

“During the fourth quarter of 2014, Rose Community Foundation awarded 302 grants totaling more than $6.8 million. Of this amount, $3,471,364 was awarded for 57 grants from Rose Community Foundation’s program areas to nonprofit organizations, government agencies and projects that support the health and well-being of the Greater Denver community.”

CREC grant assists Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service program

“Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board to support the non-profit organization’s mission to serve those in crisis and prevent homelessness.

Pi Beta Phi awards $10,000 grant to early learning organization

“Mary Harken, executive director of Raising Readers, said the $10,000 will go toward Raising Readers’ Thrive to Five program, which focuses on the importance of reading and school readiness for children ranging from infants to age five. The grant would advance the Thrive to Five program with the hope of reaching even more families in poverty and bringing forth more tools to advance parent or caregiver and child-learning processes."