Category: People & Projects

Huntsman 2014 Simon prize winner

Jon M. Huntsman Sr. has been awarded Philanthropy Roundtable’s 2014 William E. Simon Prize; he’ll receive it in October during ceremony in Salt Lake City.
“The Philanthropy Roundtable has selected Jon M.… MORE >>

Bloomberg’s new project

Gun-control answer to the NRA: Michael Bloomberg is seeding awkwardly named $50 million “grass-roots advocacy network on gun violence,” Everytown on Gun Safety.
“Media mogul Michael Bloomberg will pump $50-million into building a grass-roots advocacy network on gun violence that he hopes will challenge the National Rifle Association’s political clout, The New York Times reports.… MORE >>

Major carbon offsets

If you’re worried about which environmental groups the Waltons support (which has developed overnight for some news outlets), a comprehensive list is here.
“But what is a bit surprising is how much of a player in conservation Walton has become, rising along the same trajectory as Walmart’s growing emphasis on sustainability.… MORE >>

Bezos boost

Billionaire Jeff Bezos just gave largest donation yet, $20m to Hutchison Center for further research into immunotherapy, boosting his previous gifts there.
“He’s ruthless. He’s secretive.… MORE >>

Suspicious of Walton motives

As part of conservation initiative, Walton Family Foundation spent $16.6m on restoring Colorado River, making monkey wrenchers suspicious.
“Since around 2005, the Walton Family Foundation has been pouring funds into environmental issues, with one of its main interests being the Colorado River.… MORE >>

Wishes he could help everyone

Calgary businessman Tom Crist won $40 million last year in Canada’s Lotto Max, and he’s valiantly trying to give much of it away to aid others.… MORE >>

Italy’s philanthropy pioneer

“It would be nice to replicate the Anglo-Saxon model in Italy”: Billionaire Diego Della Valle talks to Forbes… MORE >> about his mission to restore the Colosseum.
“Diego Della Valle took a small shoe factory his grandfather started and turned it into global shoe- and purse-maker Tod’s S.p.A., sharing the multi-billion dollar fortune with his brother.

Life after Lance

Livestrong almost sank after revelations about founder Lance Armstrong; here’s the tale of how it’s bouncing back to keep fighting cancer.
“Since late 2012, the once high-flying charity—which has raised some $500 million over the years to help 2.5 million patients, caretakers, and survivors get access to services such as fertility preservation, clinical-trial matching, and insurance assistance—has lost some of its biggest sponsors, including Nike and RadioShack.… MORE >>

Miracle Babies nonprofit

San Diego obstetrician Sean Daneshmand’s nonprofit, Miracle Babies, focuses on helping parents financially and emotionally with high-risk pregnancies.
“Sean Daneshmand, M.D., is an obstetrician at San Diego Perinatal Center, specializing in high-risk pregnancies.… MORE >>

Philanthropy steps in

A look at how vital charitable funding is to medical research and advances: Last year, TX Medical Center received half a billion from benefactors.
“Powering the medical juggernaut is philanthropy, much of it coming from generous Houston benefactors.… MORE >>

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