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April 06, 2016

Grants Roundup: GE Foundation Awards $50 Million to Boston Organizations

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Half of GE Foundation's $50 million grant will support the Boston public-school system for students to help students explore more opportunities for college and future careers.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

GE Foundation

$50 million over five years to organizations in Boston and other Massachusetts communities. General Electric, the foundation’s corporate parent, is preparing to move its headquarters to the Boston area from Connecticut.

Half of the GE pledge will go to the Boston public-school system, primarily to help students explore college and career possibilities. Of the remainder, $15 million will go to the city’s Community Health Centers for training in the use of technology, leadership skills, and increased access to specialty care, and $10 million will support "diverse students," in part by providing access to on-the-job training opportunities outside of the Boston metro area.

MasterCard Foundation

$21.9 million to Arizona State University to support 150 students from Ghana as they complete their undergraduate degrees and earn accelerated master’s degrees. Students spend two years studying abroad at ASU, obtaining skills and knowledge that directly address current needs in the West African nation, particularly in corporate management and engineering. The initial partnership is with Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

$3.7 million to social-service organizations working to aid children and strengthen families in need. Grantees include the Jewish Agency for Israel, which received more than $2 million over five years for its new Baby Futures pilot program, a community-based education and outreach effort supporting parents and young children in underserved areas.

Aetna Foundation

$1.5 million in competitive grants to small and mid-sized cities and counties that demonstrate improvements in health indicators.

The foundation’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge, administered by the National Association of Counties and the American Public Health Association, will offer $10,000 planning grants to 35 to 50 localities to measure factors such as community safety, access to healthy food and exercise facilities, and quality drinking water. Aetna will award $250,000 to the winner of the challenge; four other jurisdictions will receive $25,000 gifts.

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

A total of $770,000 to 29 Baltimore nonprofits to fund high-quality summer programs that serve low-income youths. Grantees include the Y in Central Maryland, the Hampden Family Center, and the Head Start Summer Collaborative. The grants are part of the $3-million Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative, which involves 10 of the city’s largest grant makers.

Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation

$400,000 for Wayne State University’s Detroit Revitalization Fellows program. The grant supports a collaborative environmental project involving three local organizations — the Belle Isle Conservancy, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, and EcoWorks — that will work to identify priority environmental and public-health concerns of Detroit residents and find sustainable solutions.

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