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President Drew Faust and Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, are celebrating a major gift from Maryellie Kulukundis Johnson ’57 and Rupert H. Johnson Jr. to enhance the creative arts at Harvard. The $12.5 million investment will shape the future of the arts at Harvard — theater, visual arts, performing arts, music, [...]

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the selection of 14 Moore Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery. These scientists will catalyze new data-driven scientific discoveries through grants to their academic institutions totaling $21 million over five years. These unrestricted awards will enable the recipients to make a profound impact on scientific research by unlocking new [...]

ExxonMobil today announced $18 million in grants to Houston health care facilities to support cancer prevention and cardiovascular research, expand pediatric care for children with autism and enhance pediatric liver disease research and clinical services. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive $10 million; $5 million will go to the Texas Heart [...]

We have some great news to share in the data science/ data discovery world this week. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will be awarding $21 million in grants to stimulate data-driven discovery and research. These awards will enable the recipients … Continue reading

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has received a four-year, $20 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate and test broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of HIV. “We have recently demonstrated the profound therapeutic efficacy of the potent broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody PGT121 in rhesus monkeys chronically infected with [...]

An anonymous donor has given the University of Michigan $25 million to bring reproductive health medicine to remote areas in Africa. With the funds, a new center at U-M’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will create a center for reproductive health training, which in turn will boost the number of health providers who will serve [...]

A ten-figure net worth confers the freedom to donate big bucks to your favorite causes, so it’s no surprise some of America’s richest people are also its leading philanthropists. In partnership with the Boca Raton, Fla.-based Philanthropic Research Institute, Forbes calculated which Americans gave the most to charity in 2013. We looked beyond money pledged [...]

A little while back, I blogged about the importance of meshing your social media content with pop culture and current events. As it turns out, that’s not just a communications strategy – it’s a technical approach to boosting your FNFO (Facebook Newsfeed optimization …patent pending on that acronym). Facebook now rewards posts with Newsfeed prominence … Continue reading

The Wallace Foundation announced today a six-year, $40-million arts initiative, Building Audiences for Sustainability, designed to help about 25 outstanding performing arts organizations across the United States create programs that attract new audiences while retaining existing ones. Building on the success of earlier Wallace arts efforts, the new initiative aims to provide meaningful support to [...]

Three years after Apple began matching employee donations, the program has yielded more than $50 million for charity. And on Thursday, Apple told employees it will begin expanding the program to all the countries in which it has a presence, up from just the U.S. and a handful of other nations, the company told this [...]