Children/Youth

Girl Scouts: More Than the Sum of Its Cookies
April 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for 100 years, and in 2017 alone, 200 million boxes will be bought. Yet according to the organization's top leader, those delicious treats come with a very serious purpose—and themselves represent big money. "We have an $850 million dollar business," Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts of USA interim CEO, told…

Lerner Foundation Giving $4.8M to Boost Rural School Success
April 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

Eight community organizations, each partnered with a local school district, will each receive a 6-year $600,000 grant as part of a larger effort to spur the post-secondary educational aspirations of rural middle- and high-school students, the Lerner Foundation announced Monday. “Too many young people in rural Maine are missing out on opportunities to reach their…

Mattel Commits $50M to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

Mattel, Inc. announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health that will fund an expansion of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and help establish a world-class pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children’s health. A committed partner for more than 20 years, Mattel has provided more than $80 million to UCLA in…

DonorsChoose.org Helps Teachers Pay for Students’ Basic Needs
March 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to funding children’s educational needs, launched its Student Life Essentials Program earlier this year. Prior to the launch, DonorsChoose conducted a survey that included 2,000 teachers who were from high-poverty schools throughout the nation...

Chance the Rapper Announces $1M Donation to Chicago Public Schools
March 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. “Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding. The…

The IKEA Foundation Calls on Funders to Step up, Save Lives in Yemen
March 2, 2017 at 8:44 am

Yemen is on the verge of social, economic and institutional collapse as a merciless war continues to rage. People are struggling to survive. Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, over 2 million people have fled their homes, putting host communities under pressure and leading to insufficient food and inadequate access to basic medical…

Harvard University Names Rihanna Humanitarian of the Year
February 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

Rihanna is Harvard-bound—not to study, but to pick up the university's prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. The Barbados-born singer will receive her award next Tuesday at the university. "Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,"…

First Comprehensive Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Initiative Launched in Africa
February 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

The President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama of the Republic of Botswana, the Honorable Minister Dorcas Makgato of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital through public-private partnerships with the governments of Botswana, Uganda…

DonorSee: An App Connecting Philanthropists to Those in Need
February 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Philanthropy can be a funny business. Let’s say you’re a do-gooder in Malawi, and you hear about a little girl who has been attacked by a crocodile. She is badly hurt, but her family has no money for medical care at a private clinic. What do you do? The traditional philanthropic approach would be, approximately,…