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What We’re Reading Elsewhere

Here are some of the articles that attracted our attention in the past week. We provide these summaries every day in our free Philanthropy Today newsletter. (Sign up now.)

With the unprecedented growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has also come open dissension within its ranks and debate over its purpose. (New York Times)

The furor over ProPublica’s exposé of billionaires’ tax filings once again trains a spotlight on the use of charitable donations to avoid putting money in the Treasury’s coffers. (ProPublica)

The largest gift to a public university, $550 million, has gone to Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo. (Washington Post)

The Department of Agriculture is giving food banks $1 billion to expand and revamp their operations. (Associated Press)

Allegations of misconduct against Bill Gates and Michael Larson, the Gateses’ investment manager, show why the billionaire philanthropists and their foundation merit closer scrutiny. (Nation)

New Grant Opportunities

Your Chronicle subscription includes free access to GrantStation’s database of grant opportunities. Among the latest listings:

Racial equity and STEM. The National Science Foundation supports projects that advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and work-force development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice. The program seeks proposals led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism. Deadlines are July 13 and October 12.

Technology-based solutions. Cisco Global Impact Cash Grants support nonprofit organizations in that use internet technology to benefit individuals and communities around the world. Among the causes: programs that support technology-based solutions that improve student performance in science, technology, engineering, and math; programs that encourage employment success, entrepreneurship, and long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to skills, knowledge, and financial products and services via technology-based solutions; programs that help overcome the cycle of poverty and dependence by addressing the basic needs of underserved communities. Organizations can begin the application process at any time.


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