Latest Endowments News

Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda split

Jan. 26, 2022 12:41 PM EST

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four members to its board of trustees, a first for the Seattle-based philanthropic giant whose decision making has been guided by very few hands since its incorporation in 2000. The foundation, one of the world's...

Western Circuit Bar remembers State Court Judge in Athens

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When State Court Judge Kent Lawrence died in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation of traditional funeral services. On Monday, the Western Circuit Bar Association held a belated memorial service luncheon in Athens for the longtime Clarke...

Eiteljorg Museum will show Native American art in new way

Jan. 15, 2022 00:08 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Eiteljorg Museum ’s revamped Native American Galleries will show works spanning more than 170 years when they reopen in June. But visitors won’t start at the beginning, middle or even the end of that timeframe. Instead, they’ll be greeted by artwork with stories that...

$15B from Gates, French Gates tops 2021 biggest gift list

Jan. 04, 2022 10:30 AM EST

It was a healthy year for big gifts to charitable causes in 2021, a year that saw one of the largest multibillion-dollar contributions in more than a decade, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy tally. The power philanthropists Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates announced in May...

Conservation group lands $1M to protect biodiverse forest

Jan. 02, 2022 09:48 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group has landed a $1 million gift aimed at protecting and improving a central Indiana nature preserve that’s part of one of the state’s most biodiverse forested areas. The donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family to the...

$1M donation to help expand protected Indiana woodland

Dec. 25, 2021 09:24 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group plans to use a $1 million donation to help reforestation work and add property to a 700-acre (283-hectare) woodland it protects in central Indiana. The Central Indiana Land Trust said the donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Dec. 22, 2021 14:58 PM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. December 19, 2021. Editorial: A balanced approach to solving a mess Minnesota should tap surplus to help front-line workers and struggling businesses. One of the many lingering effects of the pandemic is the damage done to...

New Mexico asks federal permission for child spending

Dec. 15, 2021 19:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Most of New Mexico’s congressional delegation has asked Capitol Hill for permission to invest more money into early childhood programs from its resource wealth endowment. Any changes to the endowment require permission from Capitol Hill, and both of New...

Former SC gov candidate John Warren launches Bitcoin venture

Dec. 15, 2021 08:53 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — John Warren — the multimillionaire businessman who forced South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster into a GOP runoff — has been mining bitcoins while leaving the door open for a return to politics. Warren announced his investment in GEM Mining on Wednesday. He...

Florida aquarium creates legacy for famed Winter the Dolphin

Dec. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida aquarium has created a legacy for its famed Winter the Dolphin following her recent death, including virtual reality encounters with the prosthetic-tailed star of the Dolphin Tale movies. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium announced Friday that...