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Ralph Lauren Commits $25 Million to Cancer Centers; 4 Foundations Create a $50 Million Hub for Federal Infrastructure Grants

Here are notable new grant awards compiled by the Chronicle:

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, and Kresge Foundation

$50 million to the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and Results for America to establish the Local Infrastructure Hub: Support for US Cities and Towns to Put Federal Funding to Work for Residents.

This national program will help nonprofit groups, policy experts, and elected officials in cities and towns access federal grants for infrastructure and advance economic recovery and community improvements.

(The Ford Foundation is a financial supporter of the Chronicle.)


$30 million over five years to the Call of Duty Endowment to support the entertainment company’s goal to place 100,000 veterans in meaningful jobs after they exit the military.

Activision Blizzard makes the popular Call of Duty video-game series.

Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation

$25 million commitment to expand or establish five cancer centers that will address disparities in cancer care and access to treatment in underserved communities across the United States.

The recipients will be the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Ralph Lauren Center, as well as three additional locations that have yet to be announced.

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$20 million to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to establish the Mount Sinai-Royalty Pharma Alliance for Health Equity Research. The partnership will address racial disparities in health care, particularly in communities that are predominantly non-white, low-income, immigrant, uninsured, or LGBTQ+.


$15 million commitment to nonprofit groups, including $9 million to create safe, low-cost housing and $4 million for education in the skilled trades.

Among the groups that have received grants in this round are Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, Goodwill, SkillsUSA, the USO, AMVETS, Building Homes for Heroes, Purple Heart Homes, and Operation Finally Home.

Equal Justice Works

$11 million for its Equal Justice Works Fellows program to place 84 public-interest lawyers at 76 legal-services organizations and help people of color, immigrants, and others from underserved communities across the United States.

The fellowship program received $11 million in donations from law firms, corporations, private foundations, and individual donors.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

$9.2 million commitment to bolster literacy in the communities where the retailer does business.

Of the total, $8.2 million will enhance family, adult, and summer literacy programs across the United States. DonorsChoose has received the remaining $1 million to support a match program for book projects nominated by teachers.

$7 million to Goodwill to continue the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, which provides digital-skills training and job placement for people who are seeking work.

Google is also donating online search ads to help Goodwill reach more than 200,000 job seekers across the United States and Canada.

Home Depot Foundation

$4.2 million to seven nonprofit groups that support disaster preparedness and recovery, including protecting food security and clean water, in areas of the United States that are prone to natural disasters.

National Park Foundation

$4.1 million to the National Park Service for service-corps projects that mitigate the effects of climate change within the national park system and local communities.

Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

$2 million to Howard University to support the Graduation Retention Access to Continued Excellence program, which will provide tuition grants for undergraduate students from the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Cleveland Foundation

$1.6 million to 43 organizations in the second round of grant making from the Cleveland Black Futures Fund.

WK Kellogg Foundation

$1.2 million over two years to Hope for Haiti to strengthen its school network that serves nearly 7,000 Haitian students and 400 teachers in the southern part of the island nation.

Allsup Family Charitable Foundation

$1 million to the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine to endow its equine-skills lab and enhance veterinary care for horses in rural communities.

New Grant Opportunity

The William T. Grant Foundation, in partnership with the Spencer Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the American Institutes for Research, is accepting applications for the Institutional Challenge Grant competition. Grants of $650,000 over three years will support university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build research-practice collaborations with public agencies or nonprofit organizations to reduce inequality in outcomes for youths in the areas of education, justice, child welfare, mental health , immigration, and workforce development. Priority will go to projects led by African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American people. Applications are due September 14.

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