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Some 125 leading U.S. foundations that represent a total of more than $3.37 billion in annual giving pledged to prioritize the needs and promote the democratic participation of underserved communities such as the poor, the elderly and LGBTQ citizens through Philanthropy’s Promise, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy announced today. The NoVo Foundation, Cleveland Foundation [...]

The UPS Foundation has announced grants totaling $6.9 million to more than forty nonprofit organizations working to provide services to underrepresented and underserved communities around the world. The funding will support, among other things, the development of women and young girls in emerging nations, disabled veterans, the hearing and visually impaired, and other diverse populations [...]

MacArthur will continue its support for more than 200 Chicago-area arts and culture groups for five more years through renewed partnerships with the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. MacArthur provides more than $8 million annually in general operating support to theaters, dance groups, music organizations, visual arts programs, film and media [...]

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is stepping up its investment in innovative delivery models in higher education, announcing $9-million in grants today to support a range of new approaches. Among the awards is the foundation’s first contribution to so-called MOOC’s, or Massive Open Online Courses, where professors let anyone online take their courses, sometimes [...]

Hilton Worldwide has announced a three-year, $3 million grant to the International Youth Foundation to strengthen IYF’s efforts to improve outcomes for children around the world. Together, Hilton Worldwide and IYF will seek to provide employment opportunities and life-skills training to youth in developing countries. Full article text is available via Philanthropy News Digest, 6/19/12.

For the second year in a row, charitable giving barely grew, rising just 0.9 percent after inflation in 2011, according to Tuesday’s release of “Giving USA,” the annual yearbook of American philanthropy, which found that donations to educational institutions also edged up by 0.9 percent. The report estimated that the total donated was $298.4-billion. The [...]

The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced plans to make social and economic investments in the rapidly changing country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company’s charitable giving arm, is making a grant of US $3 million to support women’s economic empowerment job creation initiatives throughout the country. The Company is also developing [...]

The Seattle-based GAVI Alliance has announced an additional commitment of up to $162 million to address the resurgence of measles in developing nations. Over the next five years, the alliance will make up to $107 million available for measles control and prevention efforts in six high-risk countries: Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, [...]

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Charitable Foundation has made a $2 million donation to The Scripps Research Institute to fund biomedical research and education on the Florida campus. In recognition of the gift, the Founders Room and the adjoining board room at Scripps Florida have been named the Esther B. O’Keeffe Founders Suite. “I know I [...]

The nonprofit Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund will unveil a plan to raise $100-million dollars to construct state-of-the-art treatment centers around the country that cater to service members suffering from brain injuries and psychological disorders today, states The New York Times. “The signature wounds of these wars are traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress,” said Arnold [...]