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January 06, 2016

Grants Roundup: Joyce Foundation Awards $14.4 Million to Wide-Ranging Causes

ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career

ConnectEd: the California Center for College and Career received $3 million over two years to lead the Joyce Foundation’s College and Career Pathways Initiative in four Great Lakes communities.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Joyce Foundation

A total of $14.4 million to more than 70 organizations working to address pressing economic and social challenges that influence quality of life. These grants cover wide-ranging issues, including gun-violence prevention, the environment, and arts and culture. Grantees include ConnectEd: the California Center for College and Career, which received $3 million over two years to lead the Joyce Foundation’s College and Career Pathways Initiative in four Great Lakes communities.

John A. Hartford Foundation

A total of $6.7 million to five organizations working to improve the care of older adults. Grantees include Columbia University, which received $220,425 to develop a new index that describes the capacity of countries to adapt to the world’s aging population. The American Geriatrics Society received $1,488,512 to create a national Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative to improve the quality of care that older adults receive in emergency-room settings.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

$4.2 million to Humanities Without Walls, a research consortium based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. The 15-member consortium of universities aims to foster collaborative research and explore the contributions of humanities in the workplace.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

A total of $3.9 million over three years to eight health-care organizations to support promising models for the integration of behavioral-health and primary care for low-income and vulnerable populations.

Bisk Family Foundation

$2.5 million to Jacksonville University, in Florida, to establish the Nathan M. Bisk Center for Online Learning. The new center will help expand online, flexible learning platforms and provide resources for planned collaborations between the school’s health-care sciences and business colleges.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

$2.1 million over three years to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to support research about men’s and women’s giving. Researchers will examine factors that influence men and women to give more, to give more intentionally, and to give more effectively. A second area of research will be on charitable giving to aid women and girls, including who gives, where they give, what factors influence their giving, how to increase giving, and how to engage more men and younger women in supporting these causes.

TD Charitable Foundation

A total of more than $1.7 million to 205 nonprofits in the mid-Atlantic region that provide affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and environmental programs. Grantees include New Hope Housing, in Alexandria, Va., which provides housing for 44 chronically homeless adults annually and gives them support and the necessary services to rehabilitate. Another is Seton Hall University’s Mobile Literacy Program, which brings books to students from underserved populations accompanied by Seton Hall service-learning volunteers to act as reading mentors.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation

A total of more than $1.5 million to support 14 nonprofits working in collaboration with more than 200 organizations to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that focus on the most vulnerable and include older adults in the process.

Kresge Foundation

A total of $1.1 million to three organizations working to promote postsecondary educational access and success for low-income, first-generation, and minority students. Grantees include Macomb Community College, in Warren, Mich., which received $300,000 to work with the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College on a research study to understand different types of transfer students, their success rates at various destinations within an urban area, and the factors that influence their success and failure. Higher education is a new area of funding for Kresge.

Moses Taylor Foundation

A total of more than $1.1 million to 13 nonprofits that promote health and wellness throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Grantees include the Commission on Economic Opportunity, which received $350,000 to build capacity for its Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, and the Children’s Service Center, which received $200,000 to construct an 18,000-square-foot comprehensive outpatient clinic in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

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