Latest Philanthropy News

Resolutions for a generous and green new year in the garden

Jan. 19, 2022 17:08 PM EST

Something miraculous happens to gardeners at this time of year. I don’t know what triggers it. Perhaps it was the sight of Christmas trees and lights, or the presence of all those poinsettias. Whatever the cause, by January, gardeners have let go of last year’s gardens and start to dream about...

Donors to launch Houston newsroom with $20M in seed funding

Jan. 19, 2022 12:50 PM EST

Five philanthropies plan to spend more than $20 million to bolster news coverage in Houston and create what they say will be one of the largest local nonprofit news organizations in the country. The newsroom is anticipated to launch later this year or early 2023 on multiple...

UN agency: Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon need funds

Jan. 19, 2022 08:51 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. agency appealed Wednesday to the international community to donate tens of millions of dollars to help improve living conditions for Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon. The appeal by the agency for Palestinian refugees, or UNRWA, is asking for an additional...

Simmons College to use donation to expand

Jan. 19, 2022 04:04 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Simmons College will use a donation from the National Baptist Convention of America to expand its campus and purchase one of the first public schools for Black students in Kentucky, officials said. The National Baptist Convention gave the Historically Black...

In unusual move, Gov. DeSantis submits redistricting map

Jan. 18, 2022 17:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted a proposal to reshape the state's congressional map and carve up districts held by Black Democrats, as the Republican takes the unusual step of inserting himself into the redistricting process. The proposed...

Bloomberg funds city programs to build new urban solutions

Jan. 18, 2022 00:17 AM EST

Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting the innovative solutions of 15 cities to try to get others to use them as blueprints to battle the world’s urban problems. The winners of this year's Global Mayors Challenge, announced Tuesday, span 13 nations and will make their solutions...

#BettyWhiteChallenge raising money and awareness for animals

Jan. 17, 2022 10:53 AM EST

The late Betty White was a tireless lifetime advocate for animals, from caring for those without homes to launching her own weekly TV show, “The Pet Set,” dedicated to her celebrity friends and their pets. Her most far-reaching contribution, though, may be yet to come: On Monday,...

Over 50K Maine acres to be protected by conservation push

Jan. 17, 2022 08:17 AM EST

FAYETTE, Maine (AP) — More than 50,000 acres of land around Maine will be conserved as part of a land protection drive, according to a charitable foundation. The Maine Community Foundation said funding for the 15 conservation projects involved in the effort totals $619,000. The...

Liz Weston: How to get more joy while giving to good causes

Jan. 17, 2022 07:14 AM EST

We may think spending money on ourselves will make us happier than spending it on someone else. That belief can make it hard to carve money out of our budgets to give to good causes. But research shows that spending money on others is more likely to make us happy. This seems to be a...

Proposed Fargo-Moorhead science museum gets $1 million gift

Jan. 16, 2022 12:48 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proposed science museum in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area has received a $1 million donation from a local business leader. Officials with the Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum say the gift from John Ballantyne will help with facility planning and...