Greater New Orleans Foundation Invites Applications for Maison Hospitaliere

Maison Hospitaliere was founded in 1879 when Coralie Correjolles organized thirty women into “La Socíeté Hospitaliere des Dames Louisianaises” to provide food and medicine to the needy of New Orleans, many of whom had lost everything during the Civil War. The group became especially concerned about the plight of elderly women, who, due to the loss of their husbands in the war, were destitute and living in squalid conditions. Through its collection of ten-cent monthly dues over fourteen years, the Socíeté raised the money for its first building, which provided a residence for twenty women. For more than a hundred years, Maison Hospitaliere evolved into a skilled nursing facility for men and women until Hurricane Katrina scattered residents and staff across the country. In November 2006, the board closed the facility, and when the Maison Hospitaliere sold its French Quarter complex for more than $4 million, the proceeds were incorporated into a supporting organization of the Greater New Orleans Foundation to continue making grants to organizations serving women and their families.

To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for organizations that provide living assistance and care to indigent women in the Greater New Orleans region. Grants of up to $20,000 in general operating or program support will be awarded to organizations providing direct services to women. 

To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

The application will open on August 16, with applications due September 10, 2021.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Greater New Orleans Foundation website.Link to complete RFP

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Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Invites Applications

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is  accepting grant applications in support of programs that assist refugees, veterans, and students through the Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of CFSA, and the Lyons Children’s Refugee Assistance Program, a field of interest fund of CFSA.

Through the Lyons Children’s Refugee Assistance Program, nonprofits in Tucson, Arizona, will be awarded grants of up to $5,000 in support of programs/projects that serve refugees children and families and help them address their most urgent needs, for example: behavioral and health support, K-12 refugee education, medical case management, employment opportunities, emergency housing/rental support, and aid in gaining citizenship.

In addition, the Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund will award grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofits in Tucson and Flagstaff, in support of programs/projects that help students and adults (especially from minority backgrounds, first-generation, traditionally underrepresented populations, economically disadvantaged, and single mothers) develop career advancement skills and employment opportunities and become self-sufficient, create economic opportunity and succeed in life; and programs/projects that help veterans and their families access services they need to thrive.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona website.Link to complete RFP

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Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Invites Applications for Eastland Giving Circle

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is inviting applications for its Eastland Giving Circle.

The Eastland Giving Circle is a group of philanthropic and civic-minded individuals dedicated to making a substantive impact on the well-being of the eastern Jackson County, Missouri, area through a yearly donation. To that end, the program will award a single grant of $30,000 in support of an organization that provides tutoring services for disadvantaged students in eastern Jackson County, Missouri.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and have a presence or mailing address in eastern Jackson County, Missouri. In addition, applicants must have a reviewed nonprofit profile with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation website.Link to complete RFP

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Skokie Community Foundation Invites Applications for Community Relief Related to COVID-19

The Skokie Community Foundation was established in 2010 by several Skokie residents driven by their desire to contribute to and improve the lives of residents in the Village of Skokie, Illinois.

To advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its 2021 grant cycle. This year, the foundation will fund proposals that address needs that have arisen in Skokie due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Preference will be given to proposals that directly address how the project will benefit Skokie residents in areas of clearly identified needs, which may include but are not limited to psychological and social-emotional ramifications of COVID; issues pertaining to the return to the workplace and school setting, as well as the challenges faced by students after prolonged remote learning. In addition, preference will be given to proposals that recognize the importance of the racial, social, and economic inequality that was exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded, and the foundation expects to award $25,000 during this grant cycle. 

Proposals must include at least two organizations collaborating for the benefit of Skokie residents. One of the co-applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a school, or a government entity.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Skokie Community Foundation website.Link to complete RFP

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Bohemian Foundation Introduces New Fund to Support Community in Music

Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation that supports local, national, and global efforts to build strong communities.

To that end, the foundation has established the Bohemian Fund, a grantmaking program that combines and expands upon two previously established funds: the Pharos Fund, which focused on supporting nonprofits to build a stronger local community, and Muse, which focused on building community through music.

The new fund will support three areas: helping to ensure that all youth thrive, promoting economic stability and mobility, and cultivating a vibrant, engaged, connected, and resilient community. Applicants may request grants for program, project, or general support, and grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to address the three shared goals and foster a strong commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Grants awarded through Bohemian Fund will celebrate rich differences, as well as acknowledge longstanding disparities, and the fund supports organizations that value diversity and inclusion, foster belonging, and strive to advance equity.

Eligible organizations include tax-exempt organizations as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and government units working within the Poudre School District boundary.

The fall 2021 application will open on August 4 and close on September 9, 2021.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Bohemian Foundation website.Link to complete RFP

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Materials to Enhance Training in Experimental Rigor (METER) (UE5 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
(RFA-NS-21-033)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Application Receipt Date(s): October 21, 2021 October 11, 2022 October 10, 2023

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Trust in nonprofits, philanthropy to ‘do what is right’ declining

While the public’s confidence in the ability of nonprofits to “strengthen society” rose slightly in 2021, trust that nonprofits and philanthropy will “do what is right” fell from 2020 levels, a report from Independent Sector finds.

Based on two online surveys conducted in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, one with five thousand American respondents about nonprofits and one with three thousand American respondents about philanthropy, the report, Trust in Civil Society: Understanding the factors driving trust in nonprofits and philanthropy (28 pages, PDF), found that while 84 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the ability of nonprofits to strengthen society, up from 81 percent in 2020, only 57 percent had “high trust” in nonprofits to “do what is right,” down from 59 percent, and 12 percent had “low trust” in nonprofits, unchanged from a year ago. As for philanthropy, 65 percent of respondents were confident it could strengthen society, down from 68 percent in 2020, while the share with high trust that it would do what is right fell to 30 percent from 36 percent, and the share with low trust rose to 26 percent from 21 percent. Trust was a factor for 63 percent of respondents when deciding whether to financially support or volunteer with a nonprofit, while 83 percent said a nonprofit must earn their trust to receive support.

According to the survey, respondents who donate to or volunteer with a nonprofit and those who are registered to vote were more likely to express high levels of trust in the sector; those with a college degree, those who live in urban and suburban areas, those who are familiar with nonprofits and philanthropy, Democrats, and the Greatest Generation were more likely than other demographics to express high trust in the nonprofit sector. The share of Gen Z respondents who expressed high levels of trust fell significantly in 2021, from 64 percent to 46 percent, and respondents with household incomes of less than $35,000 were less likely to trust nonprofits than those with higher incomes. The survey also found that 67 percent of respondents were more likely to trust nonprofits that have a presence in their local community and that 57 percent reported receiving at least one type of service from a nonprofit, including attending religious services (36 percent), participating in youth (27 percent) or arts (24 percent) programming, or receiving health care or advice (24 percent) or goods or monetary assistance (24 percent) before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Understanding these findings is critical because public trust continues to be the currency of the nonprofit sector to support healthier and more equitable communities. We know increased engagement leads to more trust,” said Independent Sector president and CEO Daniel J. Cardinali. “We need to use this data about trust and confidence so we can emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before and to address racial injustice, environmental sustainability, and economic challenges. All communities, including communities of color, need to thrive in the United States.””Trust in Civil Society: Understanding the factors driving trust in nonprofits and philanthropy.” Independent Sector report 07/21/2021.”Independent Sector releases second annual report on trust in civil society.” Independent Sector press release 07/20/2021.

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Schwab Charitable awarded $3.7 billion in donor-advised grants in 2021

Schwab Charitable, the San Francisco-based provider of donor-advised funds, has announced that it facilitated 855,000 grants totaling $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2021 — a 13 percent year-over-year increase in total funding awarded to charities.

In all, Schwab Charitable account holders supported more than 113,000 charities across all fifty states and boosted the number of grants by 24 percent compared to the previous all-time highs set in fiscal year 2020. The organization also noted a 48 percent increase in the number of grants that were not designated for a specific purpose, and an overall increase in awards driven by technology, as 79 percent of grants in FY21 were handled through an automated review and approval process. In addition, approximately 60 percent of contributions to Schwab Charitable in FY21 were in the form of non-cash assets, including publicly traded securities, restricted stock, and private business interests.

“Schwab Charitable donors demonstrated extraordinary generosity during a particularly difficult twelve months,” said Schwab Charitable president Sam Kang. “I am proud of our efforts to help increase their giving power at a time when charitable giving has never been more important. We are committed to providing donors and their financial advisors with the most efficient, tax-smart charitable giving solution while helping them explore new and impactful ways to achieve their philanthropic goals.”

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Grantmaking for human rights efforts totaled $3.7 billion in 2018

Foundation funding in support of global human rights initiatives totaled $3.7 billion in 2018, up 13 percent from $3.2 billion the previous year, a report from Candid and the Human Rights Funders Network finds.

The report, Advancing Human Rights: Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking – 2018 Key Findings (25 pages, PDF), found that 826 funders awarded 27,586 grants in support of human rights to 16,230 recipients. Roughly a quarter of those funders made just one or two grants in 2018, while the top twelve funders in the field accounted for $1.7 billion, or 45 percent of total grant dollars: the Ford Foundation ($287 million), Foundation to Promote Open Society (Open Society Foundations, $206 million), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($205 million), NoVo Foundation ($186 million), the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation ($146 million), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation ($144 million), Oak Foundation ($133 million), Wellspring Philanthropic Fund ($123 million), Silicon Valley Community Foundation ($113 million), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($67 million), John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($63 million), and California Endowment ($62 million). The top funders of human rights based in the Global South and East were the African Women’s Development Fund (Ghana, $6 million), Women’s Fund Asia (Sri Lanka, $3 million), Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (Nicaragua, $2 million), and Kosovar Civil Society Foundation ($2 million).

According to the study, funding by a matched set of grantmakers increased in nine of thirteen human rights issue areas, with the largest growth seen in education, religion, and culture (a 35 percent increase); freedom from violence (25 percent); and human rights in general (25 percent). Funding for economic and labor rights declined 19 percent, due in large part to a $30 million reduction in grant dollars from the Ford Foundation, which had been the largest funder in that area in 2016 and 2017. Funding increased in support of seven of ten strategies analyzed, including security and resilience, which tripled from $4 million to $12 million, though it represented only 0.3 percent of total grant dollars; grassroots organizing (a 33 percent increase); coalition building collaboration (20 percent); and advocacy, systems reform, and implementation (6 percent).

The study also found that while 27 percent of 2018 grant dollars were provided as flexible general operating support, grant recipients in North America were significantly more likely to receive flexible general support than those in other regions. Only 8 percent of grant dollars designated to benefit sub-Saharan Africa was awarded to in-region recipients as flexible general support, compared with 29 percent in North America.

“Our findings are encouraging yet sobering at the same time,” said Candid global partnerships research manager Inga Ingulfsen. “We are seeing some foundations increase their investment in human rights work. Unfortunately, we also continue to see a lack of willingness to provide funding to Global South and East organizations, even though those closest to the issues have the greatest potential for impact. We encourage foundations to provide direct and flexible funding to organizations, regardless of their region, to help uphold and protect human rights around the world.””Advancing Human Rights: Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking – 2018 Key Findings.” Candid and Human Rights Funders Network report 07/21/2021.”Funding for global human rights increased by 13 percent in 2018, but troubling funding disparities persist.” Candid and Human Rights Funders Network press release 07/21/2021.Subjects: Civil / Human RightsInternational Affairs / DevelopmentNonprofitsPhilanthropy / VoluntarismPeople: Inga Ingulfsen

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Bezos awards two $100 million prizes for courage and civility

Amazon.com and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has awarded two $100 million prizes as his inaugural courage and civility awards, the Independent reports.

Announced at a press conference following the first crewed space flight of Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket ship, which carried Bezos and three fellow passengers, the prizes  recognize “leaders who aim high, pursue solutions with courage, and always do so with civility.” The inaugural prizes — which Bezos described as a new philanthropic initiative — were awarded to activist Van Jones, who served as founding CEO of the REFORM Alliance and Dream Corps, and chef and humanitarian José Andrés, who established World Central Kitchen, which provides food in the immediate aftermath of disasters.

Jones told the Independent that the funds would be redirected to connect grassroots organizations with “the geniuses who have to disrupt” a variety of industries so they can look to disrupt poverty and other problems facing the world. Andrés said he was “honored” and “really grateful” for the funding, which will support World Central Kitchen.

“Sometimes dreams come true,” Jones said during the press conference. “And the headlines around the world should be ‘anything is possible if you believe’.”

“This award cannot feed the world on its own,” said Andrés. “But this award is the start of a new chapter for us. It will allow us to think beyond the next hurricane to the bigger challenges we face.…Now is the time to think really big.”

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Tsai Foundation awards $220 million to advance human well-being

The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation has announced a $220 million commitment to launch the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a public-private partnership designed to advance human well-being through the study of peak performance.

The six-institution alliance includes Stanford UniversityBoston Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego; the University of Kansas; the University of Oregon; and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Alliance members will conduct a series of investigations into the fundamental principles of human performance and pioneer new technologies in an effort to transform how people train, heal, and perform throughout their lives. Scientifically validated information will be shared through symposia, podcasts, and other multimedia platforms, as well as through publicly accessible events.

Initiatives include the Digital Athlete (Stanford), which will create predictive computer models to guide training and treatment for athletes; Regenerative Rehabilitation (University of Oregon), which will synergize regenerative therapies and rehabilitation protocols to restore function to damaged tissues and prevent injury; the Molecular Athlete (Salk Institute), which will map the molecules and gene expression of human performance to optimize training, healing, and recovery; the Multiscale Athlete (UC San Diego), which will synthesize experimental measurements across multiple biological scales using computer modeling to predict molecular and cellular states of tissues and their effects on whole-body performance; and the female Athlete Program (Boston Children’s Hospital), which will focus on female-specific translational research. In addition, innovation hubs at Boston Children’s Hospital, Kansas, Oregon, Stanford, and UC San Diego will work to translate discoveries into practice.

“When the most diverse interdisciplinary individuals team together to use science and engineering to tackle a new challenge with a shared passion, the positive impact they can have on society can exceed our wildest imagination,” said Andrew McCulloch, director of Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at UC San Diego.

“Scientific funding has traditionally been focused on the study of diseases,” said alliance founder Clara Wu Tsai. “We are taking the opposite approach and studying the human body at its healthiest and most vital, to enable the thriving of all people — from an Olympic Gold Medal-level athlete to a grandfather lacking the mobility to enjoy a full life.”

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Soros Fund, Gates Foundation launch global health social enterprise

A group of philanthropic funds and investors led by the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) — the impact investing arm of the Open Society Foundations — has announced the launch of a social enterprise that will work to expand access to affordable state-of-the-art medical technology.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the aim of expanding global access to health care through decentralized research, development, and manufacturing in and for the Global South, Global Access Health (GAH) has acquired London-based Mologic Ltd with investments totaling at least $41 million. An innovator in the development of lateral flow and rapid diagnostic technologies, Mologic provides diagnostic tests for COVID-19 as well as tropical diseases such as dengue, bilharzia, and river blindness. Its efforts to develop affordable testing for neglected tropical diseases previously has been supported by grants from the Gates Foundation and other donors. The transformation of the for-profit company into a social enterprise will enable it to reinvest its profits in addressing gaps in the provision of global diagnostics in low-income communities and regions.

As part of the transaction, GAH also will integrate Global Access Diagnostics (GAD), a nonprofit established in April 2020 by the founders of Mologic — with support from SEDF, the UK Department for International Development, and other funders — that is focused on low-cost manufacturing of diagnostic tests and licenses Mologic’s technology in Africa and South Asia.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has painfully demonstrated the fundamental inequities in global public health, and in particular the crucial importance of access in low- and middle-income countries to low-price, high-quality lifesaving diagnostic tools,” said SEDF chief executive Sean Hinton. “In this unique transaction, philanthropic funds and investors are working together with a skilled and visionary management team in a truly innovative way to address at least one part of that failure by enabling a cutting-edge commercial business to focus all its resources on solving one of the world’s most pressing public health issues.”

“Mologic’s transition into a social enterprise is a deliberate, logical, and natural step for a company focused on delivering affordable diagnostics and biotechnology to places that have been left underserved by the relentless pursuit of profiteering,” said Mologic CEO Mark Davis. “With the support of our shareholders, donors, and partners, we have come a long way; we believe we have the people and the skills required for the challenges and opportunities ahead. And we hope this unique transaction will be an example for others to follow.”

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Lenny Zakim Fund Invites Applications to Advance Social, Economic, and Racial Justice

The Lenny Zakim Fund works to learn directly from those most impacted by inequity and provide the funding, essential resources, and other support to create lasting change, develop deep relationships, and build bridges among people and communities to advance social, economic, and racial justice.

To that end, the fund is accepting applications for its 2022 grant cycle from grassroots organizations in eastern Massachusetts.

Unrestricted grants of general operating support will be awarded to organizations working in the areas of child and youth development and education; access to food, housing, and economic opportunity; health promotion and accessibility; organizing and support for immigrants and refugees; violence prevention, criminal justice reform and family outreach; LGBTQ community support and organizing; and civil and human rights advocacy and support. Grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000, with new grantees receiving $7,500 on average.

The fund strongly encourages potential applicants to attend an informational session or watch a recording before applying. Small, independent, grassroots organizations with limited ability to raise other funds will receive priority, and LZF aims to partner with organizations whose leadership mirrors the communities they serve while meeting critical needs.

In general, the fund does not fund organizations with budgets that exceed $350,000. For the 2021 annual grant cycle, the median budget size for new grantees is $173,079, while the average budget size is $152,204. The fund prioritizes organizations led by people of color or have people of color in at least 50 percent of leadership roles.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits based in Massachusetts that have an IRS 501(c)(3) status or a documented fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Lenny Zakim Fund website.Link to complete RFP

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