Oprah Winfrey Gives $13 Million to Morehouse College

Oprah Winfrey Gives $13 Million to Morehouse College

Oct 08

On Monday, Oct. 7, philanthropist Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her scholarship program. While there, the talk show host made a surprise announcement: she would donate an additional $13 million to the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program, bringing her total investment to $25 million. Winfrey said she first began donating to the liberal...

Meghan Markle Pays Visit to South African Charity

Meghan Markle Pays Visit to South African Charity

Sep 25

Meghan Markle is in the news again, but this time it’s not about her chic style or royal status—it’s about her kind heart. On Wednesday, the Duchess of Sussex paid a visit to mothers2mothers charity, a nonprofit organization based in South Africa that trains and employs HIV positive women as community health workers. During her visit, Markle donated two large bags of “loved but outgrown”...

J.K. Rowling’s Latest Gift: $18.8M to MS Research

J.K. Rowling’s Latest Gift: $18.8M to MS Research

Sep 13

In 1990, J.K. Rowling’s mother, Anne Rowling, passed away at the age of 45 after a decade-long struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS). In MS, the immune system attacks the myelin, the protective sheath on each neuron, causing them to break down and become unable to relay information. It has a wide array of symptoms, including neurological pain, paralysis, and loss of vision. In 1990, the...

Most Charitable Cities of 2018

Most Charitable Cities of 2018

Aug 22

Fidelity Charitable has just released its 2019 Geography of Giving, an annual report that ranks the most charitable cities in the U.S. The cities are evaluated based on how much they contributed to the following key issue areas: arts and culture, education, environment and animal welfare, health, human services, international affairs, religion, and public society benefit. “As the...

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...