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A Better Gala—Here’s How This Foundation Marked a Key Milestone

When David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy’s founder, was unable to attend the Pershing Square Foundation’s recent 10th-anniversary gala, he conscripted me to go in his stead. He told me the foundation, started by the hedge funder Bill Ackman and his wife Karen, is one of the more interesting new funders to emerge from the finance world … Continued

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Ackman, Counting Philanthropic Wins…

… Commitments have risen and fallen with his funds’ performance, but the foundation has pledged a total of about $400 million since inception and generated plenty of success stories that were shared at the group’s 10th anniversary celebration. Frederick Wiseman thanked Ackman for supporting his documentaries like the one on the New York Public Library … Continued

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Behavioral ‘nudges’ offer a cost-effective policy tool

Governments around the world have increasingly turned to behavioral science to help address various policy problems – new research shows that some of the best-known strategies derived from behavioral science, commonly referred to as ‘nudges,’ may be extremely cost effective. The new study, which examined the cost-effectiveness of nudges and typical intervention strategies like financial … Continued

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ACKMAN COMMITS NEW FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH ON VACCINES, DRUGS

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget isn’t kind to science funding, but Bill Ackman is. One day after Congress received the administration’s request to cut almost $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health, the hedge fund manager and his philanthropic team awarded six scientists $200,000 a year each, for up to three years. The fourth … Continued

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PRESS RELEASE: New York City Based Scientists Awarded Funding For Their Innovative Work In Cancer Research By The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Alliance

The Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners are making bold advances in research for leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic, prostate, skin, lung, and breast cancer NEW YORK, May 7, 2015 – Six winners of the second annual Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research were announced today by The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research … Continued

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Meet the 50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy

By David Callahan and Kiersten Marek (Inside Philanthropy) – Two years ago, we published a list of the 15 most powerful women in U.S. philanthropy. The idea for that article emerged because we were struck by how many women are involved in philanthropy at a high level

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How a New Generation of Business Leaders Views Philanthropy

By Paula Goldman (Harvard Business Review) – Andrew Carnegie’s advice in the 1889 essay “Wealth” was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, to spend the second part making all the money you could, and to spend the last part giving it all away for worthwhile causes.

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Little diet pain, big health gain

Cell Press – Those who struggle with obesity, take heart. Losing as little as 5% of your body weight is enough to reap significant health benefits, according to a study published February 22 in Cell Metabolism.

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PRESS RELEASE: Pershing Square Foundation Expands Scholarship Program to Support Students Seeking 1+1 MBA at Oxford

£3.7 Million Endowment will Fully Fund Two-Year Program at Saïd Business School

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New York State of Mind?

By Drew Lindsay (The Chronicle of Philanthropy) – These philanthropists don’t always go about their giving in traditional Big Apple fashion.

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