Moody Foundation Commits $1 Billion for Education in Texas
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Here are notable new grant awards compiled by the Chronicle:
$1 billion to back its M-Pact Fund, which will strengthen education and student success in Texas by 2035.
As part of the commitment, the foundation also plans to create endowments at public colleges and universities throughout the state.
$250 million to continue grant making through its Monuments Project to create new monuments and commemorative spaces that tell complex, nuanced stories about United States history.
The foundation will make a total of $500 million in grants through the project, which was established in 2020 with a $250 million commitment.
Blue Meridian Partners and Ballmer Group
$150 million to nonprofit organizations in Texas and South Carolina to back efforts that increase social and economic mobility for young people and families.
Grants of $50 million each went to the Commit Partnership and Child Poverty Action Lab’s Opportunity 2040 Plan, in Dallas County, Texas; the UP Partnership for its Future Ready Bexar County Plan, in San Antonio; and the Spartanburg Academic Movement, for its work in Spartanburg County, S.C.
$100 million to Duke University for a variety of programs, including enhancing financial and other aid for undergraduate students from North and South Carolina and graduate students who hail from historically Black colleges and universities or other minority-serving institutions; creating a support fund for the Duke Law Clinics; strengthening community partnerships; and making improvements to the sociology-psychology building that is named for Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, who was one of the first Black students to graduate from Duke in 1967.
Reuben-Cooke went on to become a lawyer and a professor of law at Syracuse University and the University of the District of Columbia, and later served as a trustee of both Duke University and the Duke Endowment.
Bezos Earth Fund
$30 million commitment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for conservation efforts to restore and maintain longleaf pine forests and Northern Great Plains grasslands.
California Wellness Foundation
$11.5 million to 43 organizations that are working to advance health equity in California, with a focus on preventing community and gun violence and improving access to prenatal care for low-income people of color.
$11 million to 19 human-services organizations in Indianapolis that serve immigrants from low-income households as they acclimate to living and working in central Indiana.
The grants range from $250,000 to $1 million each.
(The Lilly Endowment is a financial supporter of the Chronicle.)
Rio Tinto Kennecott
$10 million over 10 years to the Utah State Historical Society for its Museum of Utah, which is under construction on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol. It is expected to open in 2026.
$5.8 million to 23 grantees across the United States and Canada that are working to support empowerment opportunities within Black communities.
$3 million commitment to United Way Bay Area to support its SparkPoint Centers, which provide financial and career services and basic needs for low-income individuals and their families across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Baxter International Foundation
$2.5 million to Unicef for a three-year project to expand access to safe drinking water and expand sanitation and hygiene programs for families in five regions in Egypt.
$1.2 million to Grand Valley State University to endow a chair at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
Edward R. Bazinet Charitable Foundation
$1 million to the Washburn Center for Children to expand its mental-health services for children and families in Minnesota.
$1 million to the Greater Boston Food Bank to upgrade the refrigerators at its Yawkey Distribution Center.
New Award Opportunity
Grantmakers in Health is accepting nominations for the 2024 Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy and Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. Each award carries a $5,000 cash prize. The Hyman Award honors a nonprofit organization that has made significant contributions to the field of health advocacy. The Keenan Award recognizes leaders at health foundations who have had an impact on human health, such as services, delivery systems, public policy, public participation, prevention, wellness, education, or communications. Nominations are due December 15.
Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.