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[Philanthropy News Digest: A Service of the Foundation Center] February 17, 2015• Volume 21, Issue 7
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[In the News]
Allen Foundation Shifts Ebola Response Focus (02/11/2015) CGI Announces Commitments to Poverty Alleviation, Food Security (02/12/2015) Bloomberg Names Ten Cities, Five Countries for Road Safety Initiative (02/13/2015) MacArthur Foundation Launches $75 Million Criminal Justice Initiative (02/11/2015) Girls of Color Also at Risk of School-to-Prison Pipeline, Study Finds (02/16/2015) Gap in Boys' High School Graduation Rates Still Widening, Study Finds (02/13/2015) 'Empathy Gap' Leads Men to Give Less to Poverty Relief, Study Finds (02/12/2015) Foundations Launch Program-Related Investments Resource (02/13/2015) Community Foundation Update (02/14/2015) People in the News: Appointments and Promotions (02/15/2015)
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[In Their Own Words]
"We can prevent millions of road traffic fatalities and injuries through stronger laws, more effective enforcement, and better infrastructure. The ten cities selected to participate in our next five-year road-safety program have demonstrated a commitment to this work, and we are excited to support them. Road traffic deaths will become increasingly common in the years ahead, unless we take decisive action now to prevent them...."
— Michael R. Bloomberg (Bloomberg Philanthropies Press Release 02/12/2015)
Allen Foundation Shifts Ebola Response Focus
ThePaul G. Allen Family Foundation, which pledged$100 millionlast October to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is shifting its focus to long-term recovery efforts in the region, theSeattle Timesreports.
One of the first private donors to step up as the outbreak flared last summer, Allen quickly raised his commitment from $26.5 million to at least $100 million, including funding for two medevac containment units and, at a time when medical professionals were reluctant to travel to West Africa, the transport of medical staff should they become infected. With approximately $39 million of its commitment left to disburse, the foundation is now focusing on ensuring that fragile gains in containing the virus aren't lost and on helping the region's battered healthcare systems recover and prepare for future outbreaks....
CGI Announces Commitments to Poverty Alleviation, Food Security
Two new commitments to action were announced at theClinton Global Initiative's winter meeting in New York City in support of efforts to alleviate poverty and improve food security in developing countries.
Unilever,Acumen, and theClinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of theBill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, announced an investment of at least $10 million over three years in the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative, which aims to improve the livelihoods of as many as three hundred thousand smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The effort will leverage Acumen's and CGEP's market-based approaches to poverty alleviation to create and scale privately held enterprises that support smallholder farmers and link them to Unilever's global supply chains and distribution networks.....
Bloomberg Names Ten Cities, Five Countries for Road Safety Initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropieshas announced the names of the cities and countries selected to participate in the second phase of itsGlobal Road Safety Initiative.
With a new commitment of $125 million over five years, the initiative will support efforts at the national and city levels to implement and strengthen road-safety legislation and proven interventions. Of the twenty cities invited to participate in the competition, ten — Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Bandung (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Bogota (Colombia), Fortaleza (Brazil), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Mumbai (India), São Paulo (Brazil), and Shanghai (China) — will receive funding to implement various interventions, while five countries — China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Tanzania — will receive technical assistance in support of their efforts to review and strengthen road-safety legislation....
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MacArthur Foundation Launches $75 Million Criminal Justice Initiative
The Chicago-basedJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundationhas announced the launch of a five-year, $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
The investment will establish theSafety and Justice Challenge, an initiative designed to assist cities and counties across the country in their efforts to create fairer local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and lead to better social outcomes. By engaging law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, defenders, policy makers, researchers, advocates, and funders, the initiative aims to address the disproportionate impact of incarceration on low-income individuals and communities of color....
Girls of Color Also at Risk of School-to-Prison Pipeline, Study Finds
While efforts to address the school-to-prison pipeline tend to focus on boys and young men of color, girls and young women of color also face many of the same challenges, a report from theAfrican American Policy Forumand theCenter for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studiesfinds.
The report,Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected(53 pages), argues that zero-tolerance policies result in disproportionately high rates of out-of-school suspensions for African-American girls and undermine their achievement in and attachment to school. According to federal data, African-American girls were six times as likely to be suspended as their white counterparts in the 2011-12 school year, while African-American boys were three times as likely to be suspended as white boys. The report found similar patterns in New York City and Boston public school districts, with far higher rates of disciplinary action, suspension, and expulsion among African-American females than among their white counterparts and wider racial disparities than between black males and white males....