Latest Philanthropy News

Detroit home renovation program to get $5M injection

Apr. 15, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit and the Rocket Community Fund said Thursday that they are contributing $5 million to a program that renovates houses and provides better access to financing for existing and potential homeowners. The funding is expected to add at least 200 homes...

NFL reprises Draft-a-Thon to raise money for pandemic relief

Apr. 15, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is bringing back the Draft-a-Thon that raised money last year for charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The league announced Thursday that this year’s three-day fundraiser coinciding with the NFL draft April 29-May 1 and hosted by...

Serena Williams signs programming deal with Amazon Studios

Apr. 13, 2021 21:22 PM EDT

Serena Williams has signed a deal with Amazon Studios under which she will create scripted and non-scripted programming, including a docuseries that follows her exploits on and off the court, the tennis star said Tuesday. Williams made the announcement during a...

Survey: Nearly 1 in 3 contribute to a crowdfunding drive

Apr. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Nearly one in three Americans say they donate to a crowdfunding effort each year, according to a first-of its-kind study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. And all indications are that the pandemic has made people even more likely to give to informal campaigns...

Four Black medical schools get $6M to widen vaccine outreach

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Four historically Black medical schools are getting $6 million to expand coronavirus vaccination efforts in minority communities. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's philanthropy announced the gifts Tuesday, giving $2.1 million to Morehouse School...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

Life-sized elephant statue installed at U of Alabama stadium

Apr. 12, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A life-sized statue of an elephant was moved Monday to a street corner outside the University of Alabama’s football stadium after 20 years at a country club. The 7-ton (6.35-metric tonne) bronze now stands on a tall pedestal outside...

Former East Carolina music instructor leaves $5M gift

Apr. 12, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former East Carolina University music instructor who promised the school a $500,000 gift actually has left more than ten times that total, which boosts the number of scholarships the school of music can award, officials have announced. The...

Former offender donates estate to foster rehab from prison

Apr. 12, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Roger Bruesewitz, who died in 2019 at 82, spent much of his early life in and out of jail after robbing businesses, running “a dirty bookstore” and dealing with a heroin addiction. But he’s leaving behind a very different legacy. ...

Univ. of South Carolina leaders take blame for donor's ire

Apr. 11, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina leaders say it's their fault for not reaching out to Darla Moore after her 89-year-old mother died on April 1, leading the school's biggest donor to write off the university. “I deeply regret the way our response was...