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Pope donates watch to annual fundraiser for scholarships

Nov. 27, 2021 01:06 AM EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Even after 15-year-old Brian LaViolette lost his life in a swimming accident in the summer of 1992, the watches he collected over the years kept track of the time. Twenty-nine years later, a Swatch wristwatch would arrive to Green Bay from...

Women step up, fill the gaps in Burkina Faso's virus fight

Nov. 25, 2021 03:06 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mariama Sawadogo sits in a small studio, translating notes from French to the local language of Moore and scribbling talking points in the margins. Transmission, prevention, vaccination — Sawadogo hits these topics in her bimonthly radio show on Zama FM,...

Tennessee corrections leader to join criminal justice group

Nov. 24, 2021 04:07 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker plans to join a nonprofit based on criminal justice reform next year after he leaves his state post. According to a 4th Purpose Foundation news release, Parker will join the...

Bezos makes gifts to Obama foundation and NYU medical center

Nov. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EST

Former President Barack Obama’s foundation said Monday it has received a $100 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos that it says is the largest individual contribution it has received to date. Separately on Monday, NYU Langone Health, a medical center...

Superior Search and Rescue trains with new equipment

Nov. 22, 2021 01:05 AM EST

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — On a damp November evening, Superior Search and Rescue volunteers gathered in the Michigan Tech trails parking lot for a Project Lifesaver training exercise. Project Lifesaver is a program designed to reduce the time needed to locate a missing...

Town sets goal to raise $200,000 to gain more funds

Nov. 21, 2021 10:59 AM EST

NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — In the 1970s, a group of people in Neligh began a foundation to help raise funds to support the town. It was called the Neligh Area Community Foundation. Over time, that morphed into the Neligh Area Community Fund, which is run by a committee of...

Jason Mott, Tiya Miles win National Book Awards

Nov. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Mott's "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist Mott did not imagine for himself. “Hell of a Book” is a...

Arkansas receives $20M to finish bike, pedestrian trail

Nov. 18, 2021 09:28 AM EST

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $20 million grant to finish the final section of a bike and pedestrian trail in eastern Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism was awarded the money to...

Some grantmaking changes made during pandemic going away

Nov. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EST

The pandemic spurred foundations to change their grant-making practices in ways long sought by nonprofits, although many philanthropies have already started to reverse some of those changes, according to a new study of nearly 300 grantmakers. The changes sought by...

Elvis enthusiast to head Presley foundation in Tupelo

Nov. 15, 2021 19:57 PM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — An Elvis Presley enthusiast who has helped promote the late singer's ties to his Mississippi hometown will take over as head of a memorial foundation in Tupelo. Roy Turner was named executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, which...