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February 10, 2016

Grants Roundup: Kern Family Foundation Awards $6 Million to Olin College of Engineering

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The Kern Family Foundation's $6 million grant will support five faculty members as well as staff and program development at the Olin College of Engineering.

Here are notable new grants compiled by The Chronicle:

Kern Family Foundation

$6 million to the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. The grant will expand the institution’s capacity to educate engineers and develop innovative curricula with a focus on design thinking and entrepreneurship. The money will go toward five faculty members in addition to support staff and program development.

Kresge Foundation

$1.5 million for EmcArts, a service organization that incorporates artistic experiences into its programming. The grant supports the nonprofit’s Community Innovation Labs program, which aims to build local capacity to take on complex social challenges by integrating the arts into its programs. The grant will aid the completion of two pilot programs in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Providence, R.I., and the launch of two more program sites in communities across the United States.


A total of $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter groups and several other local and national social-justice organizations. The grants from rapper Jay Z’s music and entertainment platform will be administered through the New World Foundation. Grantees include the Opportunity Agenda and the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation

A total of more than $1.48 million to 39 groups in the Pottstown, Penn., area. Grantees include the Triskeles Foundation, which received support for its program that engages teens in hands-on experiences involving organic farming, nutrition, cooking skills, job readiness, and business skills.

Dallas Foundation

A total of more than $1.2 million to 30 local organizations that address needs in a variety of areas, including education and human services. Grantees include First3Years, which provides parenting instruction for teen fathers who have been in trouble with the law, and Rainbow Days, which provides educational, social, emotional, and behavioral health services for homeless children.


$1 million to DC Central Kitchen, the Washington, D.C.-based work-force development nonprofit, to support the group’s local foods programs, which include reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

A total of more than $928,000 to 20 local groups working on a wide variety of issues. Grantees include Zaman International, which received $60,000 to support its vocational sewing and literacy program for poor women, and Michigan Suburbs Alliance Metro Matters, which received $30,000 for its programs for young leaders to practice solutions journalism.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

$271,000 to Oxfam to support emergency relief efforts to meet the critical needs of the inhabitants of Ethiopia’s most drought-stricken areas. The drought, exacerbated by El Niño, has impacted the lives of more than 10 million Ethiopians. The grant will help Oxfam provide emergency food and water and more.

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