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November 18, 2015

Grants Roundup: Family Fund Awards $11 Million for Veterinary Medicine

Here are notable new grants and deadlines compiled by The Chronicle:

Ms. Foundation and Partners for Prosperity

The collaboration of women’s foundations has pledged $100 million over five years to develop programs to lift women and girls of color out of poverty. The money may support women entrepreneurs and local organizations that provide job training or pay for child care so that women can go to work. The commitment was announced at a White House summit on Friday.

Maddie’s Fund

$11 million to the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine for its shelter medicine education program. The family foundation, founded by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, is named for the couple’s late Miniature Schnauzer.

Parker Foundation

$10 million to create the new Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory at the University of California at San Francisco. The laboratory will be devoted to understanding autoimmunity in hopes of laying the groundwork for new treatments for diseases, including Type 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis. Sean Parker helped start Napster and is a founding president of Facebook.

Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

$6 million for the U.S. Air Force Academy Endowment. The grant will establish the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Chair for the Study of the Profession of Arms to create military scholars.

Clowes Fund

A total of $2.3 million to 83 nonprofits in seven states to support causes including work-force development, and supportive services for immigrant, refugee, and asylum populations as well as arts education.

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

A total of $2.25 million to support organizations working to strengthen families in need. Grantees include the Jewish Federations of North America, which received $475,000 over two years to continue a program that allows next-generation leaders to explore philanthropy through a Jewish lens in Israel and the United States, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which received $800,000 over four years to engage the next generation of health leaders in HIV/AIDS and infectious-disease medicine.

Northwest Area Foundation Partners

$1.2 million to launch a program to bring together a cohort of six African-American-led groups. The effort is aimed at boosting the financial capability of communities in cities with the highest African-American populations within the foundation’s region: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Tacoma, Wash., and Des Moines.

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

More than $1 million to Chicago organizations working to support arts learning, employment, and health programs. Grantees include Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, which received $25,000 for multi-disciplinary African and African-American arts residency programs for youth, and the Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, which received $30,000 for their job training program.


$1 million to help build a coastal ocean sanctuary in the United States for captive orcas on the condition that SeaWorld agrees to free its most famous orca, Tilikum, as the sanctuary’s first occupant. The baby-toy company will also donate 100 percent of proceeds from online sales from November 9 to 16 to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

A total of more than $750,000 to organizations that promote economic security, leadership advancement, health and well-being, and social entrepreneurship to women and girls in the Jewish community and beyond. One of the grantees is the Central Queens Y, which will receive support for its computer-science training, mentoring, and internship experiences for 60 young women in high school. The nonprofit uses the curriculum of its program partner, Girls Who Code. Another grantee is the Women’s Media Center Israel, which supports efforts to make the Israeli media industry more equitable, diverse, and inclusive toward women.

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