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May 17, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launches College-Access Effort

Chan Zuckerberg Aims to Bring Personalized Learning to College Prep: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's giving organization announced a partnership with the College Board, the nonprofit that administers the SAT and other admissions tests, to help millions of students use "personalized learning pathways" to reach higher education, USA Today reports. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative did not disclose its planned spending on the effort.

Rick Graber Pilots Bradley Foundation to Leading Role on Right: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation president, who took the helm at the conservative Wisconsin grant maker in October, as he shepherds a new strategic plan for the group and navigates fallout from the revelation of hacked documents detailing its blueprint for national activism.

Relief Groups Quietly Chip Away at Venezuela’s Aid Blockade: Nonprofits like health charity Acción Solidaria are working under the radar to slip medical and other supplies into the South American country, which has banned humanitarian aid from abroad amid political and economic turmoil, reports the Associated Press.

Alumni Couple Gives $50 Million to Bates College: The donation from Alison Grott Bonney and Michael Bonney will go toward constructing and renovating facilities at the Maine liberal-arts institution, from which both graduated in 1980, reports the Portland Press Herald. Mr. Bonney, a retired pharmaceutical executive, chairs the college's Board of Trustees.

Obituary: Marion Anderson, Billionaire UCLA Benefactor: Ms. Anderson, the chairwoman of holding company Topa Equities, was considered the "matriarch" of the university's Anderson School of Management, to which she gave $100 million in May 2015, the Los Angeles Business Journal writes. The school is named for Ms. Anderson's late husband, Topa founder John Anderson, in recognition of a previous donation.

Arts Patrons Turn to Subsidizing Individuals: Some wealthy donors are adopting the Renaissance practice of subsidizing the work and living expenses of a single artist, writes The New York Times. Arts advocates say the practice reflects concern over cuts in government arts funding and a mindset among younger benefactors who hope to "incubate" promising artists in the manner of business start-ups.