Amazon to Donate Unsold Items to Charity

Amazon to Donate Unsold Items to Charity

Aug 16

On Wednesday, Amazon introduced a new program in which unsold items will be donated to charity. “This program will reduce the number of products sent to landfills and instead help those in need,” Amazon wrote in an email to sellers announcing the launch of the new program. As the largest e-commerce company in the world, it only makes sense that Amazon would donate these items instead of dumping...

USAID and UC Davis Launch Rural Poverty Research Program

USAID and UC Davis Launch Rural Poverty Research Program

Aug 02

The University of California, Davis, has introduced a new research program aimed at eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. The program, called Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience (MRR), is being funded by a five-year grant of up to $30 million from USAID. “USAID’s investment in this new Feed the Future Innovation Lab will expand our ability to work...

Health Organizations Team Up To Fund Blood Cancer Research

Health Organizations Team Up To Fund Blood Cancer Research

Jul 16

Three leading health organizations—the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, and the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group—have joined forces to find a cure for blood cancer. Each organization contributed $1.5 million to the LLS Blood Cancer Discoveries Grants Program, a newly established fund dedicated to advancing the medical community’s understanding of these...

UK Charity Wants to Outlaw Tethering Birds of Prey

UK Charity Wants to Outlaw Tethering Birds of Prey

Jun 28

An animal rights organization based in the U.K. wants to ban tethering birds of prey, a common practice in zoos around the world. Anti-captivity charity Freedom for Animals made the public call after conducting an undercover investigation that found that large birds like eagles and owls were being tied down for most the day. According to the report, the birds were only allowed to fly for an...

Mellon Foundation Allocates $3.3M to Prison Education

Mellon Foundation Allocates $3.3M to Prison Education

Jun 19

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is investing $3.3 million in prison education programs that are designed to help inmates reintegrate into society. “We know that higher-education-in-prison programs reduce violence inside prisons, improve incarcerated students’ ties with family and community in advance of parole, reduce rates of recidivism, and interrupt the cycle of intergenerational...

Report: Millennial Entrepreneurs Give More Than Older Entrepreneurs

Report: Millennial Entrepreneurs Give More Than Older Entrepreneurs

May 31

A new report from Fidelity Charitable found that there is a huge generosity gap among different generations of entrepreneurs. The report, titled Entrepreneurs as Philanthropists, concluded that Millennial entrepreneurs volunteer and give significantly more than their older counterparts. These findings are based on a 2018 survey of 3,000 American adults, over 700 of which were current or former...

The Met Will No Longer Accept Donations From Sackler Family

The Met Will No Longer Accept Donations From Sackler Family

May 15

Amid mounting public pressure, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has decided to stop taking donations from the Sackler family. Critics hold the family responsible for the current opioid crisis, given that the company they own—Purdue Pharma—developed the highly addictive painkiller known as OxyContin. OxyContin, which is available via prescription, belongs to a class of drugs known as...

Charity Rejects Donation from Robert Kraft

Charity Rejects Donation from Robert Kraft

May 10

It takes a lot of guts to turn down a $100,000 donation, but that’s precisely what a Catholic charity did when billionaire Robert Kraft offered to make a hefty contribution. The Haitian Project, a Rhode Island-based nonprofit that operates a school for impoverished children in Haiti, had been trying to secure a donation from Kraft for quite some time. However, it was only when Kraft became...