Months after winning $700 million in the federal Race to the Top competition, New York state's education department says it needs another $18 million, and is turning to foundations, hedge fund managers and other private donors for the money.
The $18 million will pay for systems, technology and research that will help ensure that the state spends the $700 million effectively, education department officials said.
The Iowa Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS, the largest SIDS organization in the United States.
Funds will be used for the design and distribution of educational brochures highlighting the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations for safe sleep. Free brochures will be given to educators, health care providers and child care providers across Iowa.
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For Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, giving away money is personal.
Explore, his branch of the $1.6 billion Annenberg Foundation, gives away millions of dollars every year, but Weingarten doesn't accept grant proposals or give money from a distance. He spends time with people whose causes he believes in and films the visits to call attention to what they do.
"I can't understand giving if it's impersonal," Weingarten says. "I don't give grants by somebody sending a 20-page docket."