July 28, 2011

Rural Solutions Starting With Conversations in Kansas City

RE: Philanthropy

By Diane Miller

We’re connected 24/7 to the entire world. With a few keystrokes I can find an answer to just about any question I have without ever leaving the comfort of my home. I can’t travel without my smart phone and now I’ve become dependent on an iPad. That may sound like I’m truly connected, but am I really? How does one put that information into context? Conversations are taking place in sessions and more casually here in Kansas City, Mo., at the Council on Foundations’ Rural Philanthropy Conference. Having that face-to-face interaction with our colleagues gives us a framework by which statistics and how to’s can be put into an action plan.
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Kellogg Foundation Invests $10 Million in UNM Medical Center

Philanthropy News Digest


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $10 million investment to help finance construction of the University of New Mexico’s Sandoval Regional Medical Center.
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Wal-Mart Founders Charity Gives $50 Million to Teach for America

Bloomberg News

By Oliver Stanley

The Walton Family Foundation, created by the founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), will donate $50 million to Teach For America to almost double the size of the organization’s teaching corps. Half of the funds, which will be given over three years, will increase the number of teachers to 15,000 by 2015, according to a statement on the website of the Bentonville, Arkansas, foundation. The rest of the grant will support the training of existing Teach For America instructors in seven communities.

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Federal Rural Aid Effort Seeks Input, Ideas

Associated Press

By Maria Sudekum Fisher

A new federal effort aimed at helping rural areas needs input from private and nonprofit organizations, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. “I believe that it’s essential and necessary that this country focus more time and more attention on rural America and economic opportunity in rural America,” Vilsack told about 180 people attending the Council on Foundations’ Rural Philanthropy Conference in Kansas City.
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Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites, Minorities, Report Says

Washington Post

By Peter Whoriskey

The wealth gap between whites and minorities has risen to a historic high, according to new census data analyzed by the Pew Research Center, as the collapse of housing prices more severely affected the net worth of African American and Hispanic households.
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