Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Invites Applications for Social, Environmental Justice Projects

The Ben and Jerry’s Foundation is inviting applications for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program.

Through the program, grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. The foundation gives preference to activities and strategies used for creating social change rather than on the specific issues an organization may be addressing. Priority strategies identified by the foundation include community and ally outreach; leadership development; constituent empowerment and decision-making; popular education; root cause analysis; power analysis; campaign development; mobilizing constituents and allies; coalition building; and direct action.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with such status, and must have a budget under $500,000.

Pre-applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 1, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 16, 2021.

See the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.Link to complete RFP

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Rockefeller Foundation commits $20 million for vaccine equity

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the launch of a $20 million initiative aimed at improving COVID vaccination rates in communities of color.

According to the foundation, people of color are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 and three times as likely to be hospitalized by the virus as white Americans, yet they account for less than a third of the sixty-three million people in the U.S. who are fully vaccinated. With the aim of closing the gap, the Equity-First Vaccination Initiative will partner with anchor organizations in five cities — Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Newark, and Oakland — to deploy equity-focused, hyper-local vaccine interventions, mount public education campaigns, and improve vaccine distribution. The five anchor organizations are the Open Society Institute-Baltimore,  Chicago Community TrustHouston in ActionUnited Way of Greater Newark, and Roots Community Health Center in Oakland.

In phase two of the initiative, the foundation will collaborate with several national organizations to apply lessons learned from the five cities to other communities, with the goal of ensuring that at least seventy million people of color are vaccinated by the end of July.

According to a foundation-funded poll of people of color in the five cities, 72 percent of poll respondents want to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, but 63 percent don’t know how to go about it, while 20 percent said they had trouble getting care when needed, felt disrespected when getting care, or saw a doctor less than once a year.

“Because of existing structural inequalities — including healthcare access, wealth gaps, and systematic racism — people of color have been much more likely to both contract COVID-19 and die from this virus,” said Otis Rolley, senior vice president for the U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative at the  foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is launching this initiative because a vaccination strategy that does not seek to directly combat inequities stands to further entrench them.”

(Photo credit: Getty Images)”The Rockefeller Foundation launches $20 million initiative to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among communities of color.” Rockefeller Foundation press release 04/13/2021.Subjects: COVID19HealthPhilanthropy / VoluntarismRacial EquityPeople: Otis Rolley III

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$500 million to boost enrollment of undocumented students

Biotech entrepreneur and investor Jack Schuler plans to invest $500 million over the next ten years in an initiative aimed at increasing enrollment for undocumented and low-income students at the country’s top liberal arts colleges, Forbes reports.

The son of a Swiss immigrant and a newcomer to Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list, thanks in large part to his investments in Quidel Corp., one of the earliest companies to receive FDA approval for a COVID-19 test, Schuler plans to commit nearly half his fortune to the Schuler Access Initiative, which will award funds to institutions of higher education that pledge to increase their enrollment of undocumented immigrants and students with financial need to 6 percent over ten years. Partnering with up to twenty liberal arts schools, including Carleton College, Schuler hopes to raise another $500 million in matching funds for the initiative. Given the low number of undocumented students at many universities, the program, if successful, could more than double their ranks, he told Forbes.

Following careers at Texas Instruments and Abbott Laboratories, Schuler invested in Stericycle and Ventana Medical Systems, the latter of which was acquired by Roche, and then served on the board of biotech company Icos, where he met Bill Gates in 2004. With Gates’s encouragement, Schuler revamped his Chicago-based Schuler Education Foundation’Schuler Scholar Program — which he had founded in 2001 as a small-scale effort to provide financial aid for local college students — to include counseling, assistance with college applications, and international trip opportunities. To date, he has invested more than $100 million in the program and helped more than fifteen hundred students earn a four-year college degree.

“Their parents were unwilling to accept the status quo back home,” Schuler said of undocumented students. “This next generation is going to be extremely successful, particularly if we let them eventually become citizens, because they’re much more motivated.”

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National Geographic Invites Applications for COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists.

Through the fund, NGS will distribute grants ranging between $1,000 and $8,000 to support evidence-based local coverage of the preparation for, response to, and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The society will give preference to efforts that deliver news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health related to COVID-19, NGS especially encourages reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues. Narratives around the pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers but also must go deeper — telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light. Priority communities include those at high risk or hit especially hard by the virus; Indigenous communities; immigrant or refugee communities; underserved, urban, rural, or elderly populations; and children. 

The fund will support writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts. Applicants may use up to 100 percent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time.

Normally, NGS requires a project to start six months after application submission, but for this fund, immediate start dates are acceptable.

See the National Geographic Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.Link to complete RFP

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Osmo For Schools Invites Applications for STEAM Tech Mini-Grants

Osmo for Schools, in partnership with Osmo Cares, the charitable arm of award-winning STEAM brand Osmo, welcomes applications for one-time mini-grants comprising $2,000worth of Osmo for Schools’ educational technology.  Through this call, a total of twenty in-kind mini-grants will be awarded to schools in time for the fall 2021 semester.

The program is open to public schools in the United States interested in outfitting a classroom with Osmo’s award-winning STEAM technology. Mini-grant recipients will be able to choose from a selection of Osmo for Schools products; only one recipient will be selected per school. Schools must already have appropriate tablets on hand, or a plan to purchase them, as they are not included as part of the mini-grant.

Applications will be accepted between July 1 and 17, with recipients to be notified by August 9, 2021.

For additional details about the Osmo for Schools’ mini-grant program and application process, see the Osmo for Schools website.Link to complete RFP

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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports development projects and promising research with the potential to significantly enhance the physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, play, social integration, and/or quality of life of children, from birth through seven years of age.

To that end, the foundation currently is inviting Letters of Intent in the following categories:

Early Childhood Welfare — Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development — intellectual, emotional, and physical — are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential, as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. To that end, the foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child-rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.

Early Childhood Education and Play — Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured early in life if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development and everywhere a child learns — at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.

Parenting Education — To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, and prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than May 31. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

See the Caplan Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application procedures.Link to complete RFP

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Gerber Foundation Invites Applications for Pediatric Research

The Gerber Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children, with an emphasis on children under the age of three.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for research projects aimed at identifying solutions to common everyday issues and problems in the field of children’s health, nutrition, and/or development.

Research program focus areas identified by the foundation include:

Pediatric Health — Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition — Projects that assure adequate nutrition to infants and young children, including applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes.

Environmental Hazards (Nutrient Competitors) — Projects that document the impact or ameliorate the effects of environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children.

Major target areas for research include new diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; symptom relief; preventative measures; assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

The foundation is interested in supporting projects that will result in “new” information, treatments, or tools that result in a change in practice; it rarely funds projects that are focused on sharing current information with parents or caregivers.

Grants of up to $350,000 over up to three years will be awarded.

Eligible applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (Public governmental institutions such as universities are included in this definition.) With few exceptions, organizations must have their principal operations in the United States.

Concept papers are due May 15. Upon review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal by August 15, 2021.

See the Gerber Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and recently funded projects.Link to complete RFP

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Dr. Seuss Foundation Welcomes LOIs

The mission of the Dr. Seuss Foundation is to be a catalyst for improved literacy, broadly conceived, through strategic partnerships and investments.

To advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for projects that introduce new skills and knowledge in the multi-layered worlds of the arts and humanities, health and well-being, animal welfare, and the environment.

Grants of at least $10,000 will be awarded to eligible organizations and projects, with priority given to those serving California and Massachusetts.

To be eligible, applicants must be a tax-exempt charitable organization in good standing under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Letters of Intent are due May 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 15, 2021.

See the Dr. Seuss Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Subject: Animal Welfare; Arts and Culture; Environment; Health

Location: California; Massachusetts

Organization: Dr. Seuss FoundationLink to complete RFP

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McGovern, Cloudera foundations to merge, launch data program

The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation in Boston has announced a merger with the Silicon Valley-based Cloudera Foundation in support of a new initiative aimed at accelerating data and AI adoption for social change.

Under the arrangement, the foundation established in 2017 by enterprise data cloud company Cloudera will fold its staff, $9 million endowment, and $3 million in grantmaking into the $1.5 billion McGovern Foundation — a move designed to accelerate the launch of a Data and Society program, a first-of-its-kind initiative aime at helping the nonprofit sector leverage the potential of data science and AI. To that end, the new program will offer a range of sector-building data and AI services, including accelerator partnerships focused on equipping organizations with tools and expertise needed to extract actionable insights from their datasets; multiyear partnerships with nonprofits aimed at advancing data maturity; and public workshops, convenings, and thought leadership.

According to the McGovern Foundation, most nonprofits face significant barriers to using advanced data analytics, machine learning, and AI tools to drive their strategy, growth, and impact. And all too often the gaps in knowledge, data culture, and technical expertise translate into opportunity costs in terms of efficiency, impact, and ability to scale solutions.

“With the Data and Society team, nonprofits will have access to technical experts committed to the use of technology for social good,” said Cloudera Foundation CEO Claudia Juech, who will serve as vice president of data and society at the McGovern Foundation. “We are prepared to meet nonprofits where they are in each of their data journeys and work alongside them to develop data maturity. We are eager to create and share a portfolio of use cases to provide practical examples of what’s possible in the field of data and AI for social change, guided by equity and the ethical use of data.””Patrick J. McGovern Foundation and Cloudera Foundation announce historic merger.” Patrick J. McGovern Foundation press release 03/30/2021.

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Report calls for more equitable data to improve economic mobility

If they are to succeed, efforts to increase economic mobility and narrow the racial wealth gap in the United States require better collection, disaggregation, and sharing of data, a report from the Markle Foundation finds.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and based on interviews and working group sessions with experts, the report, Unlocking Responsible Access to Data to Increase Equity and Economic Mobility (30 pages, PDF), found that much of the economic data generated by federal agencies is difficult to access, not timely or geographically focused, and insufficiently disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, and other key variables to make it useful for measuring and addressing income and wealth disparities. As a result, policy makers struggle to understand which populations in which locations are most in need of support; what kinds of support, programs, or policies will be most effective in increasing mobility; and whether policies that have been implemented policies are having the intended impact. The report also argues that lack of community engagement in government decisions about which data to collect and disseminate, how to advance data privacy and  access, and which research questions to prioritize has led to growing public distrust of such efforts, in turn limiting opportunities to leverage data to improve outcomes.

To address such issues, the report identifies five areas where reducing barriers and increasing capacity could advance privacy-protected data sharing, help address economic disparities and inequality, and enhance knowledge about economic mobility: improving the quality and accessibility of federal data; improving data equity and disaggregating data to better understand and address racial disparities and other inequities; improving the accessibility and use of state-level data to gain better insights into the benefits provided and enable state and local policy makers to better understand and meet needs across geographies and populations; increasing engagement with the public and community stakeholders with respect to data collection, use, and reuse; and creating new economic measures and datasets.

“Data collected across all levels of governments, nonprofit organizations, and private sector companies can help answer foundational policy and research questions on what drives economic mobility,” the report’s authors write. “There are promising efforts underway to improve government data infrastructure and processes at both the federal and state levels, but critical data often remains siloed, and legitimate concerns about privacy and civil liberties can make data difficult to share.””Unlocking Responsible Access to Data to Increase Equity and Economic Mobility.” Markle Foundation report 03/30/2021.

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Wellcome to invest $100 million to accelerate COVID-19 research

London-based Wellcome has announced new investments of up to $100 million in support of efforts to accelerate research and development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and scale up the global systems needed to identify and track mutations.

The total includes up to $70 million in support of Wellcome’s work to advance treatments and vaccines as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator global partnership, for which Wellcome serves as therapeutics co-lead. The ACT Accelerator currently faces a $22.1 billion global funding gap.

Building on existing Wellcome partnerships with researchers in Africa and Asia and supporting ongoing in-country and World Health Organization-coordinated global virus-sequencing efforts, the remaining $30 million will support SARS-CoV-2 tracking research in low- and middle-income countries.

“Science has made staggering progress. The first vaccines, treatments, and clinical advances are saving lives and allowing some countries to, tentatively, start lifting lockdown restrictions,” said Wellcome director Jeremy Farrar. “But that progress is at considerable risk of reversing. More funding is vital to develop the range of treatments and vaccines the world needs, and to make sure these, and those we already have, are fairly and equally available in all countries.”

(Photo credit: Dieter Telemans/Panos Pictures)”Wellcome pledges further $100 million to accelerate COVID-19 research.” Wellcome press release 03/23/2021.Subjects: HealthMedical ResearchPhilanthropy / VoluntarismInternational Affairs / DevelopmentCOVID19

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Open Technology Fund Accepting Applications for Internet Freedom

An initiative of the Open Technology Fund, the Internet Freedom Fund supports technologists and activists working bring to life ideas that advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks, counteract censorship and surveillance, and mitigate digital security threats to Internet freedom specifically for at-risk users, journalists, human-rights defenders, civil society activists, and others living in repressive environments.

To that end, ITF welcomes applications in support of projects and people working on open and accessible technology-focused projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, and open societies. OTF prioritizes projects coming from individuals or organizations who are applying for the first time, identify as underrepresented within the field, and address areas that are underfunded. Projects must fall within one of the following areas:

Technology Development — The development of innovative Internet freedom technology, prototypes, and projects as well as core infrastructure projects that serve the Internet freedom and human rights communities will be supported. OTF seeks to support technology-focused interventions with clear human-centered benefits for Internet freedom.

Applied Research — Research may include identifying how, why, or where censorship is happening, studying specific Internet freedom tools and ways to improve them, advancing knowledge around what types of content censors target, or assessing threats to Internet freedom in a specific geographic context.

Digital Security — OTF aims to fill missing digital security capacity needs for on-the-ground organizations promoting human rights, focusing on those fighting to increase free expression and Internet freedom. OTF also seeks to support efforts that increase the developer communities’ understanding of the challenges that organizations and users are facing on the ground when maintaining digital security strategies or using their tools.

Community Convenings — Funding will be provided to empower Internet freedom communities to become stronger and vibrant by focusing on cultivating deeper trust relationships, improving knowledge share and collaboration, and supporting and diversifying the next generation of leaders. The efforts supported by the fund are intended to bring in new voices not well represented in current conversations and help create collaboration and intersectionality.

OTF does not have any requirements regarding an applicant’s status — whether for-profit, nonprofit, or a single individual, or located inside or outside the United States — so long as the proposed effort fits within OTF’s mission, goals, and focus areas. Concept notes are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Open Technology Fund website for complete program guidelines, eligibility criteria, information about previous recipients, and application instructions.Link to complete RFP

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W. M. Keck Foundation Accepting Applications for Pioneering Research

The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company, with the goal of generating far-reaching benefits for humanity.

To that end, the foundation invites applications to its Research Program. Through the program, grants will be awarded to research universities, medical colleges, and major private independent scientific and medical research institutions in support of projects that are focused on important and emerging areas of research; have the potential to develop breakthrough technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies; are innovative, distinctive and interdisciplinary; demonstrate a high level of risk due to unconventional approaches or by challenging a prevailing paradigm; and have the potential for transformative impact (e.g., the founding of a new field of research, the enabling of observations not previously possible, or the altered perception of a previously intractable problem). The program seeks to fund high-risk/high-impact work that lays the groundwork for new paradigms, technologies, and discoveries, save lives, and adds to our collective understanding of the world.

Grants ranging between $500,000 and $5 million (though typically $2 million or less) will be awarded for periods of from one to five years.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be designated as a public charity (and not a private foundation) as defined by Section 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) or 170(b)(1)(A)(I-VI); or be an exempt operating foundation as defined by Section 4940(d)(2). If the institution is located in California, the organization must also be exempt from California state franchise or income tax under Section 23701(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Both senior and early-career investigators are encouraged to apply.

Phase I applications are due May 1. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a Phase II proposal by August 15, 2021

See the W. M. Keck Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and abstracts of previously funded projects.Link to complete RFP

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