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May 06, 2015

Grants Roundup: Funds Pour Into My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

President Barack Obama at a podium in front of a My Brother's Keep Alliance backdrop.
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President Obama speaks at an event at Lehman College launching the My Brothers Keeper Alliance, a new nonprofit group, in New York.

Corporate donors and foundations have already committed over $85 million to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, the new nonprofit spinoff of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper effort to support young minority males. President Obama formally announced the new effort May 4.

Companies including American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications, and News Corp. have pledged support. The first round of grants will include $7 million for intervention programs supporting troubled youths and a grants competition offering up to $25 million in awards to as many as nine communities for infrastructure development.

Other groups are also mobilizing around the president’s call to action.

Jobs for the Future, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund, and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions will together award $6 million to organizations working to improve education and employment for young people ages 16 to 24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market.

Other notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle include:

Sam’s Club and the Sam’s Club Giving Program

The retailer and its charitable arm awarded a total of $13.6 million to eight national nonprofit organizations that support small-business growth among underserved communities including women, minorities, and veterans.

The grants kick off Sam’s Club’s Small Business Economic Mobility program, a five-year investment that seeks to promote small businesses by providing education about lending process and increasing access to capital.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

The nonprofit college-readiness and -affordability group awarded $4.2 million in total grants to nine Midwestern programs that will provide two years of extra instruction in math and English to prepare more than 800 high-school juniors for college courses.

Recipients include Prepare2Nspire, a Saturday math program at The University of Minnesota that seeks to boost ACT scores, and the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, a tutoring program at the University of Wisconsin.

Northrop Grumman Foundation

The foundation is accepting submissions for its Fab School Labs contest, which will award grants of up to $100,000 to five public middle schools to help build state-of-the-art STEM science labs. The goal is to drive students’ interest in science through access to the latest learning technologies.

Teachers, principals, and school administrators can apply online for their schools through June 12.

Texas Instruments Foundation

The foundation awarded a $2.2 million grant to Educate Texas, a public-private effort of Communities Foundation of Texas, to support the development of Lancaster Independent School District as a STEM district.

This is the second grant from the foundation for the district’s STEM efforts. In 2012, the foundation awarded $4.8 million to increase students’ awareness and exposure to STEM college and career paths.

Citi Foundation

The foundation announced a $2.6 million commitment to promote economic advancement for young people in New York City. The grants, which are part of the foundation’s $50 million Pathways to Progress career-readiness program, will focus on creating summer jobs and promoting entrepreneurship, mentorship, and service by supporting local partners, including the AmeriCorps Vista program.

The effort includes $500,000 to create the New York City Center for Youth Employment as part of a collaboration with Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray. The center aims to connect 100,000 young New Yorkers to summer jobs, mentorships, and internships each year by 2020.

John Templeton Foundation

The foundation awarded two grants totaling $4.5 million to the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago to support training for hospital chaplains. The money is going to the center’s Training Research-Literate Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality and Health project, which includes a paid fellowship for 16 chaplains to complete a two-year master of science or master of public health degree.

The foundation also awarded $3.5 million to Fenggang Yang, a sociology professor at Purdue University, who will study religion in China.

Hildebrand Foundation

The grant maker pledged $10 million to the Houston Parks Board for its $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project, a public-private partnership that will add 1,500 acres of park space in the city and 80 miles of hiking and biking trails.

The project is being funded by $100 million in city bonds and $120 million in private funds.

Read more about the trend of giving to parks and public spaces.

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