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Clinton Global Initiative, Stanford partner to provide at-home literacy tools for low-income children

“A pilot of the text message program, called READY4K!, was conducted among mostly low-income families at 31 San Francisco schools during the 2013 – 2014 school year. It was such a success that researchers now plan to roll it out to 50,000 families in 16 states next year. The Clinton Global Initiative will help the researchers maintain dialogue with some school systems once the program is implemented.”

Gates Foundation seeks to ease federal financial aid process

“The Gates Foundation has taken aim at the FAFSA as part of its strategy to make college more accessible to low-income students, said Dan Greenstein, director of the Postsecondary Success team at the foundation.”

Annie E. Casey Foundation releases 2015 Kids Count Data

“The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book focuses on America’s children in the midst of the country's economic recovery. While data show improvements in child health and education, more families are struggling to make ends meet, and a growing number of kids live in high-poverty neighborhoods. In addition to ranking states in several areas of child well-being, the report also examines the influence of parents’ education, health and other life circumstances on their children.”

JPMorgan endows $1M scholarship towards tuition of low-income students

“JPMorgan Chase is endowing a scholarship in the memory of the late Jimmy Lee, the bank's beloved vice chairman and one of Wall Street's top rainmakers. The $1 million scholarship, called the ‘Jimmy Lee Fund,’ will help pay for the tuition of low-income students attending inner-city Catholic high schools, the release said.”

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation awards $10.7 million in health care grants

“The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation announced more than $10 million in grant awards to 14 health care organizations across the state that primarily serve poor communities. […]Since 2003, the foundation has awarded more than $70 million health care-related grants in South Carolina.”

Gates Foundation invests in Pittsburgh startup

“[...] the Gates Foundation has made an equity investment in the company, as Acrobatiq completed a $9.75 million Series A funding round. Draper Triangle Ventures led the round, and Hearst Ventures also invested in the developer of personalized online learning solutions that improve outcomes for students. It's unclear how much the Gates Foundation funded Acrobatiq. […]“Low-income and underserved postsecondary students are balancing jobs, families and other priorities, and personalized learning is a tool that empowers these students to complete their degree or credential,” Jason Palmer, deputy director of Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, said in a statement.”

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Donates $4.7 Million To Benefit Young Men Of Color

“Seeking programs already in place, the foundation sought to donate funds to “organizations that were doing things like working with young people around getting their G.E.D. completed [and] working with young people around job skills so they have hands on experience working with people,” William Buster, director of the foundation’s Mississippi and New Orleans programs, told The Huffington Post.”

Project ECHO receives significant financial boost from GE Foundation

“The foundation, on Monday, announced a three-year, $14 million grant aimed at growing the number of federally qualified health centers within the project. Project ECHO's initial intent was to enable primary care providers in rural areas to achieve outcomes for treating hepatitis C that were comparable to those of specialists at the medical center in Albuquerque.”

Marin activists seek support in campaign against child poverty

“The Freedom School, a summer enrichment program at the Hannah Project, was created by the Washington D.C.-based Children’s Defense Fund to encourage reading and to build leadership skills. Bettie Hodges, the Hannah Project’s executive director, said about 45 children, nearly all from low-income families, are participating in this summer’s Freedom School. The Hannah Project is an education and cultural organization based in Marin City.”

New ‘PropelNext’ Partnership Supports Groups Serving California Youth

“PropelNext helps organizations strengthen their programming and enhance their ability to collect, use, and apply data for ongoing improvement and learning–with the ultimate goal of making a greater impact on the lives of California youth. […] We are honored to partner with these nonprofits, which work with a range of youth–from homeless or foster youth to youth out of school or out of work. They provide these youth with critical services such as housing, after school programs, and important leadership development opportunities.”

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."