Bold Project Awards $900 Million to 9 Social Change Groups


Here are remarkable new scholarships compiled by the The Chronicle:

The bold project

Committing $900 million to nine groups through the TED Conference Funding collaboration between major donors and philanthropic organizations to support innovative projects for social change.

Among the grants were $64 million to Code for America to create the Safety Net Innovation Lab, which will work with government agencies and community organizations to improve government service delivery; $53 million over six years to the International Refugee Assistance Project to increase its services, reach and legal advocacy to address the global refugee crisis; and $42 million over five years to Glasswing International to expand access to mental health services through community resources including schools, police stations and health care facilities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras .

The Audacious project has also awarded $41 million to Permafrost Pathways, a partnership of the Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Alaska Institute for Justice. It will bring together leaders of the Arctic community with experts in climate science, policy and environmental justice to address the local and global results of melting permafrost in the Arctic region.

Wells Fargo Foundation

$60 million to the National Urban League and UnidosUS to address the causes of racial disparities in homeownership.

It will also provide grants over the next three years to 40,000 households of color in eight areas where white families significantly outnumber minority families in homeownership.

Patrick F. Cadigan Family Foundation

$49 million to Boston College High School to build a new wellness center on its campus.

Patrick Cadigan, who died in 2020, was a real estate investor who owned nearly $1 billion worth of apartments in California’s Orange County. He graduated from the Catholic School for Boys in 1952.

Partners of Le Méridien Bleu

$46.5 million to Zero to Three to double the reach of HealthySteps, its program to help families with young children access primary care and holistic services that aims to benefit more than 700,000 babies and toddlers in the need by 2027.

This grant follows a previous donation of $39 million from Blue Meridian Partners to Zero to Three for the program.

Pivotal Ventures, Citadel and Hopper-Dean Foundation

$26 million to Break Through Tech, which aims to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities graduating in computer science, to create artificial intelligence and machine learning programs at Cornell Tech, Schwarzman College of Computing in Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at the Samueli School of Engineering in Los Angeles.

The programs will be offered free of charge to undergraduate students in the New York, Boston, and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.

Raytheon Technologies

$25 million to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum for its upcoming “Living in the Space Age” exhibit on innovations in space technology. Its opening is scheduled for 2025.

Several major foundations

$20 million to the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing for its Youth Power Pledge campaign to raise $35 million that will support young activists advancing racial, gender and economic justice.

The Ford Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the California Endowment each donated $1.5 million to the campaign. Other funders who have contributed so far include the Andrus Family Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Hill-Snowdon Foundation , the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, the Perrin Family Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Resourcing Justice Fund, the Silver Giving Foundation, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, and the JPB Foundation.

California Wellness Foundation

$17.5 million across 88 grants to advance health equity in California, with a focus on improving the health of people of color, immigrants, youth, and people with low income revenue.

Seattle Foundation

$12.6 million through its Inclusive Recovery Fund to support 21 organizations whose leaders are Black, Indigenous and of color. Each group will receive grants of $600,000 over three years for operational support and capacity building as they recover from financial losses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

NBA Foundation

$11 million to 40 organizations advancing employment and career opportunities and creating economic empowerment for Black youth in the United States and Canada.

Selling power

$11 million to 12 organizations through its Ecosystem Restoration and Climate Justice Fund, which the tech company established last fall to award $100 million in grants over 10 years.

The first 12 recipients are American Forests, Arbor Day Foundation, Conservation International, Fundación Natura, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservancy, Ocean Foundation, One Tree Planted, Restor, Save the Bay, Wetlands International and the world. Resources Institute.

Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts

$10.9 million over three years to nine organizations that lead substance abuse prevention and protection programs for vulnerable children and families across the United States.

Global Methane Hub

$10 million to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition for its efforts to reduce global methane emissions.

Johnson & Johnson

$10 million to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing Ukraine.

The recipients are the International Rescue Committee, the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

Winston Family Foundation

$10 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the Winston National Center on Technology Use, Brain, and Psychological Development.

The center will develop research and tools for parents, caregivers and teens to inform choices about how they interact with technology and social media.

The Home Depot Foundation

$6.6 million to renovate or repair the homes of 400 American veterans in the United States.

Recipients include the Gary Sinise Foundation, Meals on Wheels America and Purple Heart Homes.

Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation

$5 million to the University of California, Los Angeles to provide funds to support interdisciplinary research and technology at the university’s California NanoSystems Institute and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

$4 million to Science Is US to continue its efforts to ensure scientific and technical experts are included in the development of public policy.

Koret Foundation

$3.3 million to iCivics, the Commonwealth Club of California and Common Sense Media to improve the quality of civic education and correct misinformation in California.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

$2.5 million distributed over 80 grants through its Telling the Full History Preservation Fund to preserve historic places significant to underrepresented communities in 39 states.

Delta Dental Foundation of Wisconsin

$2 million to Marquette University School of Dentistry to improve technology and establish the Delta Advanced Dental Clinic, which will provide dental care to people with special needs in the Milwaukee area.

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

$2 million to PEN America to provide emergency support for visual artists in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and to protect artists and cultural heritage at risk around the world.

The foundation also gave $500,000 to the World Monuments Fund to establish the Ukraine Heritage Response Fund to preserve cultural heritage in Ukraine.

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust

$1.6 million to Linfield University to complete construction of a science complex on its campus in McMinnville, Ore.

Lowe’s Companies

$1.5 million to North Carolina Central University to name the auditorium and establish a new academic program within its School of Business.

James B. McClatchy Foundation

$1.5 million to 25 journalism organizations to strengthen local reporting and civic engagement in California’s Central Valley.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

$1.2 million to nine universities and nonprofit groups for projects to strengthen efforts by news organizations and civil society to expose and mitigate the impact of misinformation on communities of color.

CHS Foundation

$1 million to the National 4-H Council for its 4-H True Leaders in Equity, which will train up to 100 youth and adults to deliver its programs to youth in marginalized communities.


$1 million to Unicef’s emergency response efforts for vulnerable children and families in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighboring countries.

New Grant Opportunity

Chick-fil-A is accepting nominations for its annual True Inspiration Awards, which recognize nonprofit groups that work in its four priority areas of caring for people, caring for food, caring for communities or take care of the planet. This year, the restaurant group will donate $5 million to 46 charities in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Grants range from $30,000 to $350,000 each. Applications are due May 20.

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Chronicle of Philanthropy subscribers also have full access to GrantStation’s searchable database of grant opportunities. For more information, visit our grants page.


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