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November 19, 2021

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A weekly update with the latest news from PND

RKMF commits $100 million to University of Pittsburgh BioForge
November 18, 2021
The Richard King Mellon Foundation has announced a $100 million commitment to the University of Pittsburgh to establish an anchor bioresearch and development facility on Hazelwood Green.

To be disbursed in $10 million increments over ten years, the largest gift for a single project in the foundation’s history will be used to create the University of Pittsburgh BioForge on the former industrial site near downtown Pittsburgh that RKMF—in partnership with the Heinz Endowments and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation—is redeveloping into a center for innovation and economic development.
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Funders maintaining most COVID- and racial justice-inspired changes
November 18, 2021
While nearly all foundation leaders reported making changes to their grantmaking efforts in 2020, not all are necessarily planning to sustain those changes, a report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy finds.

Based on a survey conducted in April and May of 284 foundation leaders and interviews with leaders of thirty-three foundations and thirty-two nonprofits, the report, Foundations Respond to Crisis: Lasting Change? (51 pages, PDF), found that nearly all foundation leaders said that their work with grantees in 2020 was very different (42 percent) or somewhat different (55 percent) from their work prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Education nonprofits receive the most DAF grant dollars, study finds
November 17, 2021
Education, religious, and public society benefit organizations attracted the most donor-advised fund grant dollars between 2014 and 2018, a report from the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

Based on grant data from eighty-seven DAF-sponsoring organizations—which allocated $74 billion in grants, or nearly three-quarters of all grant dollars awarded through DAFs during the five-year period—the report, Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights (47 pages, PDF), found that education nonprofits received 29 percent of DAF grant dollars.
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$10 million project to address public health mis- and disinformation
November 16, 2021
The Social Science Research Council in Brooklyn, New York, has announced the launch of the Mercury Project, a three-year, $10 million investment in efforts to address the growing threat of mis- and disinformation on public health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With $7.5 million in seed funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the project will fund efforts to quantify the scope of the problem and its impact on society, as well as identify tools, methods, and interventions that better support people’s health across nations.
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