CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Resigns

CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Resigns

Dec 06

Photo: Sue Desmond-Hellmann gives a speech at the 2012 Most Powerful Women Summit. Source: Krista Kennell / Shutterstock Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is stepping down after serving more than five years in the leadership role. According to a press release published on the foundation’s website, Desmond-Hellmann made the decision after concluding that...

New Initiative Will Tackle Disparities in Rural Communities

New Initiative Will Tackle Disparities in Rural Communities

Nov 22

Four organizations— the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Save the Children, StriveTogether, and Partners for Education at Berea College—have launched a new initiative aimed at bettering the lives of children in rural America. Called the Rural Accelerator Initiative, the program is designed to provide educational resources to children in pastoral communities that might not otherwise have access to...

Report: Fewer Americans Are Donating to Charity

Report: Fewer Americans Are Donating to Charity

Oct 28

A new report released by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Vanguard Charitable shows that the number of Americans who donate to charity has dramatically decreased in recent years. The report, titled “Changes to the Giving Landscape,” reveals that 53% of Americans gave to charity in 2016, down from 66% in 2000. Put another way, approximately 20 million fewer...

Mirza Dinnayi Receives Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Mirza Dinnayi Receives Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity

Oct 23

The 2019 Aurora Prize has been awarded to Yazidi activist Mirza Dinnayi, director and co-founder of Luftbrücke Irak (Air Bridge Iraq). The fourth annual accolade recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding dedication to humanitarian causes. The prize came with a $1,000,000 grant, which Dinnayi has elected to donate. The funds will be distributed to three organizations that have inspired...

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...