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September 2015 |
Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman who has been a vocal advocate of nonprofit transparency, recently spoke with The Chronicle of Philanthropy about mandatory payments or deadlines for donor-advised funds — which he fears could have a chilling effect on charitable giving — and guidelines for nonprofit executive pay.
September 2015 |
The Microsoft Alumni Foundation has announced its new Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners International. Now in its seventh year, the Integral Fellows program recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who now use their talents, time and resources to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Shoemaker will receive a cash grant of $25,000 for the nonprofit of his choice, along with a year of community support and visibility. The award will be celebrated October 9 at a gathering of 500 current and past Microsoft leaders.
September 2015 |
Cambia Health Foundation, based in Oregon, has named the 10 recipients of a two-year, $180,000 grant through its annual Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The $1.8 million program promotes palliative care workforce development by funding research, clinical, educational or policy projects to improve care for patients of all ages facing serious illnesses. In the Pacific Northwest, recipients represent the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and the University of Washington.
September 2015 |
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, joined by Microsoft, have committed $21 million to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to support low- and middle-income students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care fields. The scholarship, which Boeing and Microsoft each helped found with $25 million each in 2011, matches public and private money to deserving scholars and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.
August 2015 |
Social Justice Fund Northwest's board of directors has announced that Zeke Spier, the foundation's executive director for the past five years, will leave the role at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Mijo Lee, associate director, in January. "Zeke will continue to advance the Giving Project model nationally by working with other organizations interested in launching projects of their own. He is currently working with three foundations and will explore new opportunities for Giving Projects as well as other ways to support social justice philanthropy around the country," writes Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, board chair.
August 2015 |
At its August program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 17 grants and two program-related investments (PRIs), totaling just over $3.2 million for organizations working across Oregon.
August 2015 |
Jarrad Aguirre, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | As a MD/MBA student, I am very familiar with Gates Foundation initiatives to eradicate polio and malaria, among other infectious diseases. It is not uncommon in the classroom or the hospital for medical students and physicians to comment on the latest developments of these important efforts. So, naturally, when I got an internship with the foundation, everyone asked me: Where in global health will you be working? To their surprise, I explained I would be working with the Washington State team. What excited me most about the foundation was not polio or malaria — but rather the burgeoning emphasis on social determinants and health in here in the Pacific Northwest. As my internship comes to a close, I am more excited than ever by this opportunity.