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CUNY Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund To Aid Students Impacted By Covid-19 Pandemic Grows By 70 Percent Since April Launch

Generosity of Foundations, Corporations and Individual Donors Enables University to Help 6,000 Students, More than Half of Them Undocumented Students Who Were Excluded from Federal CARES Act Relief Fund Now Surpasses $5.5 Million, to Help More Than 5,000 Additional Students The City University of New York’s Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund, established in the spring to … Continued

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The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Awards $4.2M to Seven Rising Leaders in Cancer Research

The Pershing Square Sohn Prize Has Supported 46 Cancer Scientists in the New York Life Science Ecosystem by Funding High-Risk, High-Reward Research NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance today announced the seven winners of the 2020 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to cancer research scientists and … Continued

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PRESS RELEASE: The Pershing Square Foundation Awards $3 Million to Innovative SARS-CoV-2 Research Projects

Foundation Supports Leaders in Life Science who have Refocused Work to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Pershing Square Foundation (the “Foundation”) today announced that it has awarded $3 million to nineteen recipients at ten academic research institutions conducting research related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As scientists across various disciplines around the world have risen … Continued

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Donors still wary of no-strings cash gifts to tackle poverty

Every few minutes on the GiveDirectly news feed an image pops up along with the story of someone who has received one of the US charity’s money transfers. For example, 23-year-old Millicent, who has a pastry business in Kenya, is using a recent transfer of $39 to fix her oven, and Anna, a 51-year-old Ugandan … Continued

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Why would a finance firm invest in low-income communities?

The idea of merging social work with the private sector first came to Liz Luckett when, as a high school student, she was spending summers working at Manhattan Borough Hall fielding citizen inquiries about, as she puts it, “anything.” “People would just walk into the municipal building, and say, ‘Hey, I’m not getting my husband’s … Continued

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Measures for Justice brings about reform by traveling the country to record criminal justice data

From left to right: Amy Bach, Gipsy Escobar, Mikaela Rabinowitz, Samantha Silver. Photo illustration by Brenan Sharp/ABA Journal; photos courtesy of Measures for Justice; Shutterstock After finishing law school at Stanford University and clerking at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Amy Bach spent her time sitting in the back of county courtrooms, … Continued

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How the Giving Pledge Pushes Smarter Philanthropy

Originally, Bill and Melinda Gates had hoped to do more than encourage giving by the wealthy. They envisioned the Giving Pledge as a way to promote effective philanthropy that would help solve the world’s big problems — a mission not unlike that of the foundation that bears their names and reflects their values. The Gateses and Warren … Continued

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Signature Theatre Hosts Celebration of One Millionth Subsidized Ticket

Signature Theatre will commemorate the millionth subsidized ticket offered under the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access with a special celebration on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30pm in The Pershing Square Signature Center Lobby. The event celebrating this milestone will include remarks from Signature’s leaders and artists, a drawing to win a Lifetime Subscription to Signature … Continued

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Gairdner Awards for HMS Researchers

Two Harvard Medical School researchers have been named recipients of the prestigious Canada Gairdner Awards for transformational work in the fields of biomedicine and global health. Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS and professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, will receive the … Continued

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PRESS RELEASE: City and Robin Hood Announce New “Know Your Rights” Forums for Immigrant Communities & Workers

Combined, investing $350,000 to inform immigrant New Yorkers about latest federal immigration policy shifts and how City’s here to help City expects to reach over 5,000 New Yorkers at forums across the five boroughs by Summer 2019, particularly immigrant and domestic workers MANHATTAN—Today, Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi joined City agency and community partners—including Lutheran … Continued

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