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May 13, 2015

Grants Roundup: Jacobs Foundation Commits $52 Million to Education and to Women in Ivory Coast

The Jacobs Foundation

Notable new grants and competitions compiled by The Chronicle:

The Jacobs Foundation

The foundation announced a $52 million commitment over seven years to support education, women’s empowerment, and community development in Ivory Coast cocoa-farming communities. Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities, a partnership with the private-sector effort CocoaAction, will work to accelerate sustainable growth and economic change for cocoa farmers. The program, announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa meeting last week, aims to reach more than 200,000 people by 2022.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The nonprofit awarded $14 million to the Penn State College of Medicine to study the effectiveness of integrating strength training, balance exercises, and walking for older adults who have had a fall-related fracture. .

The Hastings Foundation

The foundation pledged $7.5 million over five years to establish a pulmonary research center at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. The gift creates the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research, which will focus on lung injury, repair, and regeneration to search for new treatments and cures for pulmonary diseases including cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The Pershing Square Foundation

The foundation awarded $3.1 million to Measures for Justice to develop a way to use "big data" to compare the performance of county criminal-justice systems across the country. The nonprofit plans to publish its data, which it collects from counties and states, in a searchable and interactive online display, allowing viewers to see how well any local criminal-justice system in the country is operating.

The Kletjian Foundation

The foundation awarded $3 million to Babson College to establish the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation Distinguished Professor in Global Surgery. The position will focus on entrepreneurship and global health care.

The Ford Foundation

The foundation awarded $1.6 million over two years to Mile High Connects, a partnership of private, public, and nonprofit groups working to provide better access to affordable transit options in Denver. Formed in 2011, Mile High Connect aims to ensure that the region’s transit system benefits low-income people and communities of color by connecting them to affordable housing, healthy environments, quality education, and jobs that pay well.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

The foundation awarded $200,000 grants to eight New York City cultural institutions to support their existing arts and sciences education and enrichment programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Recipients include the American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the New York Botanical Garden.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The association pledged $2 million to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the college’s Cinema and Television Department. The department will be renamed the HFPA Center for Cinema and Television at Los Angeles City College. Funds will support scholarships and upgrades to the center’s studio, post-production, and theater facilities.

The Howard Gilman Foundation

The foundation awarded $1.5 million to the National Dance Institute to support its programming, which seeks to transform the lives of public-school children in New York City through dance. The grant renames the nonprofit’s Harlem performance space the Howard Gilman Performance Space.

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation

The foundation awarded $130,000 over five years to the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs to support the study of a nonsurgical contraceptive vaccine for feral cats. The grant will allow for the development of an affordable injection lasting an average of three years.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The foundation awarded $1 million over a three-year period to the Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice at Columbia University to support the Justice-in-Education Initiative.

The project, a collaboration with the Media and Idea Lab at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, aims to provide education to people who are or have been in prison and work to better integrate the study of justice into Columbia’s curriculum.

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