Latest Philanthropy News

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study pollution from tiny plastics and its impact on aquatic life. The university said Monday that scientists will develop tools and methods for evaluating micro- and nanoplastics in...

Breaking the Bronze Ceiling: First statue honoring women

Nov. 16, 2019 12:52 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An internationally-known sculpture artist whose work has exhibited at The Smithsonian Institute and The Bronx Museum in New York City has been picked to design Lexington's first-ever statue honoring women. The design of Barbara Grygutis of Tucson, Arizona, was picked from four...

Truck donated to Food Bank of Delaware

Nov. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Even if she noticed the swirling wintry mix, Carol Bell wasn't too bothered. Her mind was primarily focused on securing food for her grandchildren, a far more pressing daily concern than the outside elements. There was no ignoring the Food Bank of Delaware's new "Drive Out Hunger" truck...

School: Food donation just the ticket to paying parking fine

Nov. 16, 2019 8:19 AM EST

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — Some people issued parking tickets from Northern Michigan University can pay at least part of their debt by donating items to the Upper Peninsula school's food pantry. Donations of various items can reduce or eliminate a fine of up to $25. The value of items is determined at...

Soros boosts private university’s funding for global move

Nov. 15, 2019 5:29 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Philanthropist George Soros says the private university he founded will receive a major funding boost and link up with other progressive institutions around the world. Speaking Friday in Vienna, the Hungarian-American billionaire said his charitable foundation would commit 750 million euros...

High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art

Nov. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing. Forecasters warned that the danger for more...

Couple give $10 million to University of Northern Iowa

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 AM EST

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A former student and his wife are donating $10 million to the University of Northern Iowa. University President Mark Nook said Thursday the gift from David and Karen Takes will support a variety of programs and projects. For example, some money will go to an endowment that supports...

Volkswagen donation to expand US forest by 1,500 acres

Nov. 15, 2019 4:25 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen plans to donate $1.25 million to help expand Cherokee National Forest near the company’s Chattanooga plant and offer community grants. On Thursday, The Conservation Fund announced a collaboration with Volkswagen to open three tracts near the plant for outdoor...

Maine supermarket chain launches school food pantry drive

Nov. 15, 2019 1:40 AM EST

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based supermarket chain says it’s launching a new initiative to tackle hunger and food insecurity in children, starting with a $1 million donation. Hannaford Supermarkets says it’s calling the project “Fuel Kids at School.” The company says it...

Atlanta Falcons owner to donate $6.8M for international aid

Nov. 14, 2019 12:18 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is making his first major drive into international philanthropy. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is expected to announce Thursday that it’s donating $6.8 million to the aid group CARE. The money will fund efforts to avert humanitarian...