Social Service/Public Welfare/Human Services

Charity to Provide Military Survivor Benefits During Shutdown
January 22, 2018 at 12:52 pm

A Maryland-based charity has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown. The Fisher House Foundation will ensure benefits including a $100,000 payment will be paid within days of a death, Fisher House spokesperson Kerri Childress told CNN. "Under a government shutdown, the Department of Defense…

Why I Give Away Cash Out of My Car Window
January 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Around the first of each month, I go through my bank’s drive-through and get some cash in $5 and $10 bills. I keep the money in the console of my car to give away to people on street corners asking for assistance when I’m driving around...

LinkedIn Commits to Affordable Housing With $10M Investment in TECH Fund
December 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network based in Silicon Valley, has invested $10 million in TECH Fund, an initiative of Housing Trust Silicon Valley to get more high-tech organizations, large employers and philanthropists involved with creating affordable housing in the Bay Area. With this Mountain View-based investment LinkedIn is the first company to use their…

Chicago Foundation Awards $100M to Syrian Children's Program
December 21, 2017 at 11:12 am

A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and local versions of the educational program "Sesame Street." The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee as joint winners of a…

National Preservation, Philanthropic Groups Partner for $25M Funding Initiative to Transform Cultural Landscape
November 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, announced the launch of the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The multi-year national initiative is aimed at uplifting the largely overlooked contributions of African Americans by establishing a grant fund for the protection and restoration…

Bill Gates' Charity Is Offering $10M to 'Innovators' Who Can Solve the World's Challenges
November 14, 2017 at 11:37 am

Bill Gates' charitable foundation is putting up $10 million to fund ideas aimed at improving education, eradicating poverty, stopping climate change, among other causes. On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a partnership with the MiSK Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The MiSK Grand Challenges…

Nonprofit Will Use $16M Bail Fund to Free People From US Jails
November 13, 2017 at 11:44 am

Beginning in January, activists will station themselves at jails in St. Louis and elsewhere around the country and begin using a $16 million bail fund in a bid to combat the so-called criminalization of race and poverty. The program’s proponents say it will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars now spent to house detainees…

CBT Nuggets Commits $2M (in Bitcoin) to Nonprofit Youth Housing Project
November 10, 2017 at 11:02 am

An avant-garde initiative to provide housing for homeless teenagers in Lane County received a cutting-edge gift from a Eugene tech firm this week: a pledge of $2 million worth of bitcoin, the novel non­governmental digital currency. A coalition of local non­profit agencies, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, has been working…

Eagles Defensive End Chris Long Is Donating His Salary
October 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Va. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow" campaign. ”My wife and I have…

Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20M to Teach Kids Empathy
October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of snack bar giant Kind, is a Mexican immigrant. His father was a Holocaust survivor. So when he started his business in 2004 with the name Kind, he envisioned it as a way to—besides sell food—encourage people around the world to be kinder to each other. As the company slogan puts…