October 29, 2010

Volunteers spruce up area schools for New York Cares Day

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:06 pm by philanthropynews

BY NATASHA M. VELEZ

Every October the New York Cares organization sends thousands of volunteers to do community service by sprucing up public schools.

This year 110 public schools from all five boroughs participated in the cleanup performed by over 7,000 volunteers on Saturday, October 23.

Meghan Moloney, coordinator from New York Cares said, “It’s part of a large day of service. It’s a big day of commitment to public schools to make sure that they’re bright, clean and great for the kids.

“Karen Caroccio is our parent coordinator at P.S. 2 this year. She did all the legwork, she’s great,” said Moloney.

(Read more via Queens Courier.)

October 28, 2010

Facebook Philanthropy Project Gets $9 Million in Funding

Posted in Philanthropy at 3:28 pm by philanthropynews

A former Facebook  president’s pet project for philanthropy, Causes, is coming into its own.

The for-profit Causes, which bills itself as “tactical philanthropy,” announced on Monday that it had closed a $9 million round of mezzanine funding.

Causes aims to leverage Facebook and other social networking sites as a way to raise money for fighting everything from cancer to genocide.

The notion of online activism has recently faced criticism from the New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, prompting a passionate response from a Causes employee, Susan Gordon, the company’s nonprofit coordinator.

(Read more via New York Times.)

October 25, 2010

Amid China’s Economic Boom, Philanthropy Lags

Posted in Philanthropy at 1:42 pm by philanthropynews

Shortly before an exclusive event promoting charity was to take place in late September, tension was running high in the local Chinese media. Rumors had been floating around for weeks that half of the 50 or so billionaires invited to the dinner, known as the “Ba-Bi” banquet, might not show up. The Chinese term “Ba-Bi” refers to Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, the two hosts of the much-hyped dinner event.

In the end, the press’s hand-wringing was for naught: More than two out of three invitees attended, the two Americans proudly announced at a subsequent press conference in Beijing that they found philanthropy among the country’s ultra-rich to be alive and well. According to Rupert Hoogewerf, publisher of an influential Chinese rich list, China currently has 189 dollar billionaires, second in number only to the U.S. “All those people have made enough money for generations to come,” says Hoogewerf. “Now is a good time to start thinking about giving.”

(Read more via TIME)

October 22, 2010

Media Matters Receives $1 Million From George Soros

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:46 pm by philanthropynews

Media Matters for America, a progressive research and information center based in Washington, D.C., has announced a $1 million gift from George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations.

In a statement, Soros said he was making the gift — his first to the group, despite assertions to the contrary from Fox News commentators — because of the organization’s efforts to hold Fox accountable for what he called “false and misleading information” and to “more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.”

According to the New York Times, while the gift is not large enough to offset the contributions given to outside groups supporting Republican candidates in the midterm elections, it could signal a return to greater involvement by Soros in the 2012 presidential campaign. And it suggests that liberals intend to continue pressing their case against the flow of undisclosed money into political campaigns.

(Read more via Philanthropy News Digest.)

October 20, 2010

NPR Receives $1.8 Million Grant for ‘Impact of Government’ Initiative

Posted in Philanthropy at 7:12 pm by philanthropynews

National Public Radio has announced the launch of an initiative designed to create a network of journalists dedicated to covering the impact of state government actions on local citizens and communities.

Established with a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations, the Impact of Government initiative will work with public radio stations to develop “hubs” for multiplatform reporting on issues critical to a region or state. NPR will function as a central editorial and technical resource for the effort, facilitating collaborations related to story development, content sharing, and analyses of national trends.

The initial grant will support the planning and launch of the project’s year-long pilot phase — starting in March 2011 — with station partners in eight states to be selected by year-end. The initiative ultimately aims to add at least a hundred reporters, editors, and analysts to NPR member stations in all fifty states, in an effort to provide comprehensive, in-depth reporting on the role of state government from a local, regional, and national perspective.

Read more via PND News.

October 19, 2010

Karen Winnick Receives Arents Award from Syracuse University

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:01 pm by philanthropynews

Karen Winnick, chairman of the Winnick Family Foundation, was honored by her alma mater, Syracuse University, at a campus ceremony on October 15 for her work as a children’s book author, illustrator, philanthropist and literacy advocate. Winnick, who graduated from Syracuse University in 1968, received the George Arents Award during the University’s Orange Central homecoming celebration on Friday, October 15 on the Syracuse campus.

Three other distinguished graduates of Syracuse University were also honored on October 15: film and music producer Suzanne de Passe, social activist and advocate for the disabled Brian McLane, and video artist Bill Viola.

Winnick received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She has also studied in Florence, Italy, and at New York University, the School of Visual Arts and the University of California, Los Angeles.

(Read more via Winnick Family Foundation).

October 14, 2010

Cornell University Center for a Sustainable Future Receives $5 Million Gift

Posted in Philanthropy at 8:47 pm by philanthropynews

Cornell University has announced a five-year, $5 million gift to its Center for a Sustainable Future from entrepreneur Yossie Hollander and his family to support a research project designed to address energy needs in the developing world.

The project aims to help people in developing countries at risk of losing access to liquid fuels and other energy resources due to an increase in global demand for oil. Conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists, the project will focus on using slow pyrolysis — the thermal decomposition of organic material without the use of oxygen — to generate biofuels and biochar, a charcoal-like material. As part of the project, associate professor of soil science Johannes Lehmann, a leading authority on biochar, will travel to Kenya to establish and equip a village-scale pyrolysis facility.

(Read more via Philanthropy News Digest.)

October 11, 2010

Winnick Family Scholarship Awarded to Theodora Wingert at UCLA School of Medicine

Posted in Philanthropy at 6:36 pm by philanthropynews

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB)- The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has awarded the Winnick Family Scholarship for 2010-2011 to student Theodora Wingert, Class of 2012.

Said Dr. Gerald Levey, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine: “Theodora Wingert is a highly intelligent, motivated and empathetic young woman who has a clear focus on the career path she wishes to follow. We are certain she will be leader in the medical field and we are happy to make this grant to her.”

Said Winnick Family Foundation Founder, Gary Winnick: “Throughout her young life, Theodora Wingert has always excelled, finding time for community service – working as a volunteer in inner-city schools and hospitals in California, returning each summer to support genetics research at the University of Washington’s and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Theodora is currently her class representative for the UCLA Well-Being Initiative working on research in autism genetics as well as performing at the top of her class in the core science curriculum. We are proud to present this extraordinary young woman with this scholarship.”

(Read more via PR Web.)

October 8, 2010

Turning down Gates & Buffett: Philanthropy in China requires For-Profit Social Enterprises

Posted in Philanthropy at 6:08 pm by philanthropynews

Posted by Kevin Lee

A few days ago we witnessed two momentous occasions: 1) Bill Gates and Warren Buffett took their much anticipated trip to China to encourage philanthropy among China’s super rich, and 2) Many of these Chinese super rich turned down their invitations to meet with Gates & Buffett, because of their unwillingness to give away part of their wealth and participate in philanthropy.

Media have been hotly debating what happened, and many are asking: Where is China’s philanthropist? Why are China’s super-rich so reluctant to help others? Why don’t they follow the examples led by Bill and Warren?

(Read more via Forbes Blog)

October 1, 2010

Curtis Granderson’s Homerun Spree is a ‘Big Hit’ for Miraval Living Charity

Posted in Philanthropy at 5:55 pm by philanthropynews

NEW YORK, NY – New York Yankee Curtis Granderson’s charity, the Grand Kids Foundation, continues to benefit from the New York Yankee’s homerun spree.

Thanks to his five recent homeruns, 515 East 72nd Street/Miraval Living, a luxury condominium located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has increased its overall contribution to his charity to $14,000 and counting.

Beginning August 1, 2010 Miraval Living pledged to donate $1,000 for every homerun Granderson hits, with proceeds going to his charity, which targets educational initiatives.

Read more via (PR Log.)