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The Minneapolis-based Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has announced sixty-five grants totaling $21.3 million to nonprofits working in its focus areas of education, human services, and health and medicine. In the area of education, thirty-three grants totaling $17.8 million were awarded in support of high-performing institutions; scholarships, tuition assistance, and capacity building; afterschool programs and [...]

USAID and the Skoll Foundation have announced a joint investment of $2 million in Evidence Action to scale the Dispensers for Safe Water program in rural Uganda. The investment by the USAID-Skoll Innovation Investment Alliance will fund the installation of more than ten thousand low-cost chlorine dispensers, providing clean water to an additional 3.2 million [...]

A new Stanford study offers ideas on how to encourage men to donate money and time to charitable causes. The research, led by Robb Willer, an associate professor of sociology at Stanford, shows that men will contribute to a fundraising campaign if they are convinced that their self-interest is aligned with the particular cause. While empathy-based [...]

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) will receive an historic grant of $75 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mr. Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan’s donor advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (The General), The City’s largest safety net provider and only trauma [...]

The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill today that would change some aspects of how class action lawsuits are handled in Oregon, against the wishes of most Republican members. On its face, the bill would require at least half the unclaimed money in a class action lawsuit to be given to the Oregon State [...]

Monarch butterflies have experienced a breathtaking decline in the past 20 years, going from a billion strong in 1996 to roughly 30 million today because of habitat destruction. On Monday, the U.S. government announced the first federal pot of money for rescuing monarchs, with the Fish and Wildlife Service earmarking $3.2 million for the effort. [...]

America’s 50 most generous donors increased their giving by 27.5 percent last year—powered in large part by a $1.5-billion gift from Bill and Melinda Gates and a stunning rise in the number of tech entrepreneurs under 40, three of whom gave more than $500-million each. The increase is striking compared with 2012, when giving by [...]

The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Miami Children’s Health System today announce a $60 million pledge to support the sustained growth and advancement of the health system’s acclaimed Miami-based children’s hospital. In recognition, Miami Children’s Hospital—the flagship of Miami Children’s Health System—and its network of outpatient centers will bear the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital name, [...]

A boom in privately funded conservancies is contributing to a “golden age” in city parks but also raising questions about philanthropy’s influence in the public arena, according to a report released today. Roughly half of major cities have one or more nonprofits that raise money for public parks and often help manage operations, according to the [...]

Recognizing that obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced it will commit $500 million over the next ten years to expand efforts to ensure that all children in the United States—no matter who they are or where they live―can grow up [...]