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November 30, 2016

Grants Roundup: $100 Million From Penn Fund Backs Philadelphia Public-Spaces Project

William Penn Foundation

Philadelphia playgrounds, parks, and other public spaces will get a major upgrade thanks in part to a $100 million William Penn Foundation grant to a City Hall revitalization effort.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

William Penn Foundation

Up to $100 million to the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative to improve parks, libraries, playgrounds, and recreation centers.

Hewlett Foundation

$50 million to the Resources Legacy Fund to create the Open Rivers Fund, which will support

the restoration of waterways and the removal of obsolete dams across the western United States.

Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

$30 million to the University of Georgia to kick off its $1.2-billion capital campaign.

Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

$25 million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies for research about chronic inflammation and its role in cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses.

Meyer Memorial Trust

$17.3 million through 151 grants, the first the foundation has made since redesigning its grant making to focus on improving equity in Oregon. Recipients include the Muslim Educational Trust, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and the Rural Organizing Project.

Hitachi Foundation

$11 million to three organizations in support of the grant maker’s Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy to address changes in the work-force environment. Awards include $4 million each to the Aspen Institute and the MIT Sloan School of Management and $3 million to Investors’ Circle. The foundation will cease operations in December.

Open Society Foundations

A $5-million commitment to make grants of up to $150,000 each to community-based and civil-society organizations and nonprofits that monitor hate crimes.

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates

$2.6 million to 14 colleges for programs designed to help at-risk students complete their degrees.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

$1.5 million to the Urban Land Institute for efforts to convert strip malls into mixed-use spaces.

New York Life

A $500,000 challenge grant to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund for its effort to commemorate women’s-rights pioneers in New York’s Central Park. The statues will be the park’s first dedicated to female historical figures.

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