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September 30, 2015

Grants Roundup: GE Foundation Gives $25 Million for Safe-Surgery Effort


The Safe Surgery 2020 Initiative seeks to improve access to safe, high-quality surgical care around the world.

Here are notable new grants The Chronicle has learned about in recent weeks:

GE Foundation

$25 million committed over three years to support the Safe Surgery 2020 Initiative. The program seeks to reduce maternal and trauma-related mortality and to create stronger health systems in low- and middle-income countries by transforming access, quality, and safety of surgical care.

Mary Kay Foundation

$3 million in unrestricted grants to 150 domestic-violence shelters across the United States. Each shelter will receive $20,000 for operating expenses, or to hire personnel, complete repairs and renovations, or add programs and resources.

Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

A total of $2.3 million awarded to 38 nonprofit mental-health organizations. Grantees include Covenant Community Care, which received $100,000 over two years to integrate substance-abuse treatment into behavioral health care at its clinics. The University of Michigan received $100,000 over two years to expand services for students in need of comprehensive mental-health care.

J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation

$1.5-million challenge grant to John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., to support the construction of a new health-education building and the renovation of the Walton Lifetime Health Complex and for a nursing endowment and the JBU Scholarship fund.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$828,000 for the Online New Association’s ONA Local program, which helps U.S. journalists, technologists, and educators build their own communities and provides training to innovate in newsrooms.

Seattle International Foundation

$695,000 for the Institute of International Education’s new leadership-development program in Central America called Centroamérica Adelante. It supports high-impact leaders driving change in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. One hundred fellows will be chosen to participate in this year’s program.

McKesson Foundation

More than $250,000 to organizations providing disaster-relief aid to refugees. Both Direct Relief and the International Rescue Committee received $100,000. In addition, McKesson Corporation’s Celesio subsidiary will match up to a total of $56,000 in donations made by its employees in Europe, and the McKesson Foundation will match donations made by employees in the U.S. and Canada.

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