March 1, 2011

GM Foundation Pledges $200K to New Zealand Relief

The Detroit News

By Christina Rogers
2/28/11

The General Motors Foundation, together with GM subsidiary Holden New Zealand, announced it will give $200,000 to aid disaster relief in areas hit by last week’s earthquake in New Zealand. The grant will go to the New Zealand American Association for supplies and other relief services in the Christchurch region, the foundation said.
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Alcoa Foundation Announces $7 Million for Sustainability Projects

Philanthropy News Digest

3/1/11

To help celebrate International Corporate Philanthropy Day (February 28), the Alcoa Foundation has announced $7 million in commitments to bolster global reforestation efforts, promote sustainable hydropower development in China, and address regional environmental challenges in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Russia, and the United States.
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Endowment Campaign Raises More Than $10 Million for Local Nonprofits

The Herald-Mail

By Don Aines
2/28/11

After five years, the Waltersdorf-Henson Endowment Challenge Campaign has achieved its goal of raising $5 million through the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc. and 15 other local nonprofits. The money raised will be matched by the endowment.
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Bill Gates Talks About Teacher Pay, Class Size

The Washington Post

By Daniel de Vise
2/28/11

I am turning College Inc. over to K-12 education to report on a morning interview with Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft and, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, probably the most important philanthropist in education. We spoke in his foundation’s Washington office shortly before a speech to the National Governors Association.
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Can Corporate Funding Boost STEM Education?

KQED MindShift

By Sara Bernard
2/28/11

Last fall, the Obama Administration launched Change the Equation, a nonprofit that matches funds from corporations to programs that promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In a Q&A session, CEO Linda Rosen, a former high school math teacher and former executive director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, addressed the reasoning behind this kind of model for corporate involvement in public education — and the importance of STEM education right now.
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Foundations Will Remain a Linchpin to Support Innovations

Community College Times

By Matthew Dembicki
2/28/11

With foundations becoming a critical cornerstone to funding community college initiatives, participants at the first of four regional summits on community colleges sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education were all ears when foundation officials outlined how colleges can leverage more support from them.
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Carlos Slim Unveils $34 Million Museum With Mexico Masters, Free Admission

Bloomberg

By Patrick Cole
3/1/11

Billionaire Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, gives a sneak peek tonight at his new Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, representing one of his biggest gifts to the art and museum worlds.
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Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway

The Wall Street Journal

By Damian Paletta
3/1/11

The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development. These are a few of the findings in a massive study of overlapping and duplicative programs that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to the Government Accountability Office.
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