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...

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...