Monthly Archives: September 2011
September 28, 2011, 11:22 am
Atlantic Philanthropies announced today that it has chosen Christopher Oechsli, who has been serving as interim leader since June, as the foundation’s new president.
Mr. Oechsli, 57, is a lawyer who has served recently as counsel to Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin, and as associate fellow and project director at the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington think tank.
He is also a former employee of Atlantic, the philanthropy started by Charles Feeney, the billionaire co-founder of the Duty Free Shops empire.
Mr. Oechsli oversaw grants on “population health” from 2000 to 2005. He also worked at the General Atlantic Group, an investment firm started by Mr. Feeney.
“Chris Oechsli’s unique expertise in business, law, philanthropy, and policy, coupled with his knowledge of Atlantic’s history and vision, make him the ideal person to lead the…
September 22, 2011, 5:02 pm
Merck, the pharmaceutical company, has provided some details about its commitment, announced earlier this week, of $500-million over the next decade to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth.
Some of that money will be in the form of cash grants to charities, Geralyn Ritter, president of the Merck Company Foundation, tells The Chronicle. The company will also pay to develop new technology—for example, a system to store a drug that helps prevent women from bleeding to death after childbirth.
Merck will also help spread existing technologies, train health-care workers, and support advocacy work, says Ms. Ritter.
The effort will be global, she says, but will focus on countries with the highest number of women dying in childbirth.
Nonprofits may be able to apply for money as early as next year, she says.
September 21, 2011, 12:40 pm
Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, announced this week a $500-million commitment over the next decade to help reduce the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth. Details of the plan are forthcoming, but the company says it will work with Save the Children, among other groups.
The announcement was one of several made during the United Nations meeting and President Clinton’s annual philanthropy event, which compete with teach other for the attention of world leaders, corporate chieftains, nonprofit officials, and foundation executives.
Mr. Clinton’s event opened on Tuesday morning with a group of heads of state, including leaders of Bangladesh,…
September 16, 2011, 11:50 am
Among the recently announced news from grant makers:
• Eli Lilly and Company, the pharmaceutical giant, announced on Tuesday a new commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases in the developing world. The business is one a growing number of donors supporting efforts to fight non-infectious diseases like diabetes and cancer in poor nations. Lilly says it will spend $30-million over five years on research and other efforts to fight the health problems.
• The investor George Soros’s philanthropy, the Open Society Foundations, announced a plan to spend $20-million on debate programs around the world. Colleges, universities, and other education groups will be eligible for the money.
• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has appointed Trevor Mundel, who leads Novartis Pharma’s global development team, to head the philanthropy’s global health program.
September 12, 2011, 10:30 am
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today a new grant-making effort that expands its environmental giving beyond efforts to preserve land, seascapes, and species to tackle major threats to ecosystems, such as climate change, overfishing, and harmful agricultural practices.
The Chicago fund, one of America’s biggest philanthropies, plans to spend roughly the same amount on conservation issues—$176-million over the next decade—as it has been devoting to the cause in the past.
MacArthur’s president, Robert Gallucci, has been conducting a review of the foundation’s work since joining the fund in 2009. This is the first major grant-making change he has unveiled.
With the plan, the MacArthur fund is narrowing the regions where it focuses its environmental giving from eight to three.
They are: the East Africa’s Great Lakes region, Asia’s Greater Mekong…
September 1, 2011, 4:36 pm
In June, Jenna Isaacson, a freelance photojournalist, climbed behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle to begin a summer trek across the United States.
Her mission: to document how Americans rely on second-hand goods and thrift stores. Goodwill Industries International helped sponsor her seven-week trip, which began June 18 in Phoenix, and recently ended in the same city after she crisscrossed the country through 30 states.
Along the way, she visited more than 60 thrift stores, traveling 10,200 miles.
A Chronicle reporter met her about halfway through her journey in Wisconsin and was curious about the rest of the trip.
One challenge was money. She acknowledged to readers of her blog called “All Thrifty States” that gas was eating up most of the $7,559 she collected through Kickstarter, a fund-raising Web site, to pay for the trip, and she needed to raise more. Readers…
September 1, 2011, 12:00 pm
The Nonprofit Finance Fund, which offers consulting services and loans to charities, has selected Antony Bugg-Levine as its new leader.
Mr. Bugg-Levine has served as a managing director at the Rockefeller Foundation since 2007. He developed and led the fund’s effort to promote “impact investing,” which is built on the idea that businesses can help solve social and environmental problems while still making a profit.
Mr. Bugg-Levine is also a co-author of the book Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, which is scheduled to be released next week.
Mr. Bugg-Levine also has nonprofit-management experience. Before he worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, he directed operations in Kenya and Uganda at TechnoServe, a charity that fights poverty…