Category: People & Projects

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Mellon Foundation gave $840K to Yale press for new online portal to make archival art and documents more readily accessible for everyone. “From an academic standpoint, researchers may attempt to access important archival material, but they must pay an exorbitant amount to do so.… MORE >>

Cleanliness preserves dignity

CA nonprofit Project WeHOPE proposes “Dignity on Wheels” service to bring shower and laundry facilities to Palo Alto homeless. “People who are homeless in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto could soon have free showers and laundry services through a new initiative that would bring the facilities to them.… MORE >>

From 3.5 million cases to 126

After 30 years of sustained effort, President Jimmy Carter’s humanitarian work finds world on cusp of eradicating Guinea worm disease. “For the past 30 years, Jimmy Carter has waged war on the Guinea worm, a parasite that infects people who drink water contaminated with its larvae.… MORE >>

Time to reveal

Law professor has given $1m to Ottawa’s community foundation in past 15 years; he’s now shedding anonymity in the hopes of inspiring others. “Over the past 15 years, David Sweanor has quietly donated more than $1 million to the Community Foundation of Ottawa.… MORE >>

Quietly philanthropic

Profile of novelist James Patterson waits until end to tell you about his philanthropy, which includes $1m to independent bookstores and $26m to alma maters. “Patterson intends to arrange his estate so that about half of his wealth goes to charity, and he hopes that his son, Jack, might someday like to take charge of the giving.… MORE >>

“Flood the world with service”

Former NFL running back T. J. Duckett fell into depression when football career ended, but philanthropy and volunteerism gave him a lifeline. “After living the dream for a decade, T.J.… MORE >>

Wanted: “Wacky and intractable” problems

Washington Post profiles Facebook cofounder and his wife, whose philanthropy focuses on “anything that could seriously derail humanity’s progress”. “Tuna and Moskovitz were in their mid-20s in 2010 when they became the youngest couple ever to sign on to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren E.… MORE >>

Deer meat donations at 17-yr low

Deer shortage has impacted VA nonprofit Hunters for the Hungry and needy they serve, with 11-ton shortfall in donated meat compared to 2013. “If you don’t believe that deer are harder to find this hunting season, just ponder this: Hunters for the Hungry, the Virginia nonprofit that accepts deer and processes the meat for those in need, reports that donations are down more than 11 tons so far this winter.” — Donnie Johnson, the Fredericksburg (VA) Free Lance-StarMORE >>

Colts owner Irsay “ponies up”

Jim Irsay is both owner of Indianapolis Colts and fan of Jack Kerouac; his recent $10,000 gift to nonprofit in Kerouac’s hometown is their largest ever.… MORE >>

Holiday surprise

Anonymous family gave $10,000 to Salvation Army of Northeast Florida’s Red Kettle Campaign; hopes it will inspire others to give to those in need. “The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida received a surprise this week when an anonymous donor contributed $10,000 to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.… MORE >>

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