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In an effort to encourage collaboration between charter schools and traditional neighborhood schools, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $25 million in grants to seven cities. The Gates Foundation, which is one of the largest philanthropic players in public education, was scheduled to announce the grants on Wednesday to Boston, Denver, Hartford, New Orleans, New […]

The University of Toronto has announced a $2.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of ongoing efforts to design a waterless hygienic toilet that is safe and affordable for people in the developing world. Engineering professor Yu-Ling Cheng, director of the Centre for Global Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, and her team, which […]

Google is announcing $23 million in grants to spur innovation among charities and increase education for girls and minority students in science and technology. Seven nonprofits will win the first Google Global Impact Awards on Tuesday. Charity: Water receives $5 million to use water-monitoring technology at 4,000 wells across Africa. receives $5 million to […]

After five years of supporting artistic ventures dreamed up by everyone from indie filmmakers to museum directors and musicians, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is ready for more. The Miami-based foundation is devoting a total of $23 million in new gifts for the arts in South Florida, including $14 million for seven […]

Cassava, a rough and ready root crop that has long been the foundation of food security in Africa is finally getting the respect it deserves. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) are investing $25.2M to improve the staple crop’s productivity and build human and technical capacity for plant […]

The Lemelson Foundation announced it is awarding more than $24 million to two organizations in order to inspire and educate the next generation of inventors with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform their ideas into inventions and those inventions into enterprises that improve lives and stimulate the economy. The Lemelson-MIT Program, at the Massachusetts Institute […]

President Obama won’ t support an annual limit on deductions, including those for charitable giving, as the White House issued an estimate that such a break would cost charities at least $10-billion a year. That will come as a relief to nonprofit leaders who say such limits are essentially the same as ending charitable deductions. Advocates of a cap […]

Since 2009, Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has committed nearly $100 million in support of social ventures in India and has emerged as a key player in the country’s affordable healthcare industry, the New York Times reports. Based in Redwood City, California, the seventeen-year-old Omidyar Network, which has been working in […]

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a new $25 million investment designed to help create and expand high-performing charter schools in New Orleans, resulting in more high-quality opportunities over the next five years for nearly 15,000 students currently attending low-performing schools. LJAF’s funding, following the significant progress to date in the city’s education system, is […]

Venture Philanthropy Partners has announced a $2.8 million grant over four years to help expand the work of D.C.-based Urban Alliance, which places high school students in internships with local employers and federal government agencies. With support from VPP, Urban Alliance will expand its efforts into northern Virginia, where it will serve an additional two hundred students […]