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October 07, 2015

Grants Roundup: Lilly Endowment Awards $50 Million to United Negro College Fund

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The $50 million grant to the United Negro College Fund will go to 30 historically black colleges to combat unemployment and underemployment among recent graduates.

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

Lilly Endowment

$50 million to the United Negro College Fund to award competitive grants to nearly 30 historically black colleges and other institutions with predominantly black enrollment. The goal is to combat unemployment and underemployment among recent graduates. The program will encourage colleges to strengthen career guidance, expose college faculty to contemporary workplaces so they can better teach and mentor students, and help colleges build partnerships with employers.

John A. Hartford Foundation

A total of $3.28 million to three grantees working to improve health care for older adults. They are Community Catalyst, a national health-care consumer-advocacy organization working to ensure more coordinated care for the older adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid; the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which develops quality standards and performance measures for health-care entities; and Grantmakers in Aging on behalf of the Leaders of Aging Organizations to support their Reframing Aging program to counter negative beliefs about aging that are barriers to improving the care of older adults.

Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation

$3 million to the Baryshnikov Arts Center in Manhattan to create a permanent endowment and to name a studio for the late dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. This is the first endowment gift to the center, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.


A total of $1.2 million to seven nonprofits using a regional or collective approach to improve educational attainment for low-income students. Grantees include the Austin-based Workforce Solutions Capital Area/E3 Alliance, which will use data sharing, service mapping, and collaborative development of promising practices that lead to higher graduation rates. Another grantee, Graduate! Network in Philadelphia, will use the money to analyze enrollment, persistence, and completion data for a national network of nonprofits helping adults attain postsecondary credentials.

FedEx Corporation

$1 million in cash and transportation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to deliver emergency supplies and medical aid to thousands of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe and to provide ongoing assistance to people and communities affected by the migrant crisis.

Northwest Area Foundation

$1 million to Tiwahe Foundation, an emerging community foundation that serves American Indians in the Twin Cities area, for its Investing in Indian Philanthropy project. $300,000 is slated to provide operating support. The remaining $700,000 is a challenge grant to help raise additional money for Tiwahe’s endowment campaign.

Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation

$500,000 to UCLA School of Law to establish the Ann Carlson Discretionary Fund, which will support the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. The fund will be used for a wide variety of needs and opportunities, including graduate and undergraduate scholarships, fellowships, faculty projects, and research. The gift will be matched through a challenge gift from the Emmett Family Foundation given to the law school last year.

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