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September 21, 2016

Grants Roundup: Four Groups Commit $48 Million for Marine Protection

Waitt Foundation

A marine biologist attaches a noninvasive data logger to a mobula ray. After four hours, the device will detach itself and be recovered on the surface by a Waitt Foundation team. Waitt and three other grant makers committed $48 million for conservation projects at a recent conference on ocean health.

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by The Chronicle:

Our Ocean Conference

Several grant makers announced large commitments September 15 and 16 at the U.S. State Department’s Our Ocean 2016 Conference on preserving and protecting marine resources. Among them were the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Waitt Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund, and the Global Environment Facility, which announced a combined $48-million investment to expand the world’s marine protected areas.

Walmart Foundation

$33 million to 11 nonprofits over the past year to support meal programs and nutrition education for students and their families. Recipients include the National League of Cities, Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, and Share Our Strength.


$2 million to Genesys Works, which connects high-school seniors with internships and skills training to help them complete college and build careers. The nonprofit will use the money to expand its programs, now running in six U.S. metropolitan areas, to 15 more cities by 2022.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

$1.5 million to the Center for Global Policy Solutions to create a program to teach nonprofit leaders and policy makers about improving public health from a social-equity perspective.

California Endowment, California Wellness Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Weingart Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

$1.3 million to PICO California, a network of faith-based community organizations, for a program designed to build trust between communities of color and law-enforcement officers. The grant makers are all California-based.

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Turner Family Foundation

$1 million to Bradley University to help construct a new building for its business and engineering programs.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

$1 million over three years to Achieving the Dream to help the nonprofit restructure and assess the consulting services it provides to more than 200 community colleges.

Jim Joseph Foundation

$1 million over three years to the Shalom Hartman Institute to expand its programs providing education on and engagement with Israel at West Coast colleges.

Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.

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