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Project Syndicate Op-ed: Ending the Drowning Epidemic

August 12, 2021

Drowning kills more than 80,000 children globally each year and is one of the top ten causes of death for people under 25 in every region of the world. These deaths are especially unacceptable because they can be prevented with relatively simple measures.

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Arts

The New York Times: Taking Art to the Streets, Just Look Down

May 20, 2021

Reno is one of 16 small and midsize cities across the country where artists and local residents are taking to the streets — from crosswalks to underpasses — to add new color to old blacktop and pavement with eye-catching urban art as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative. Grants of up to $25,000 are helping cities create and implement relatively low-cost public art projects to revitalize their streets and public spaces by making them more beautiful, more inviting and safer.

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Education

The Washington Post: Bloomberg is giving Johns Hopkins $150 million to diversify science PhD programs

May 11, 2021

Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said the new gift will enable the university to tackle a “striking and persistent disparity” in graduate education. For generations, PhD programs, especially in science and engineering, have lagged in recruiting Black, Latino and Native American students. “Over the last 20-plus years, report after report, committee after committee, has lamented the lack of progress,” Daniels said.

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Public Health

Reuters: Funding boost for cities to reach COVID-19 vaccine skeptics and vulnerable

May 6, 2021

18 African, Asian and Latin American countries will each receive $50,000 from the charity Bloomberg Philanthropies to creatively tackle misinformation and logistical bottlenecks in a bid to get more people vaccinated and save lives.

“We simply will not end the pandemic anywhere until we end it everywhere,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) which has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support the cities.

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Education

The 74: A Student’s View: How to Find the College That’s the Right Fit for You, Even During a Pandemic

March 21, 2021

You should also be proactive in seeking out help, whether that’s from your high school counselor, a trusted teacher, or some other kind of academic mentor. My adviser was a game-changer. I connected to her through CollegePoint, a Bloomberg Philanthropies-backed program that offers free virtual advising for high-achieving, lower-income students. She listened to me, helped validate my thinking and steered me in the right direction anytime I got lost in the process.

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The Washington Post: U.S. officially rejoins Paris accord, vowing to make up for lost time

February 19, 2021

After Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement, many U.S. cities, corporations, universities, nonprofit groups and some states undertook their own efforts to reduce their carbon footprints and keep the country on track through a coalition called We Are Still In.

“Over the last four years, Americans across the country have continued pushing forward and cutting emissions,” billionaire and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg said on a call Thursday with reporters. “The reason is simple: They understand fighting climate change strengthens our economy and improves people’s health.”

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Forbes: How To Stop The Next Pandemic: WHO Director, Bloomberg Offer 7 Directions

February 15, 2021

The trouble is nowadays many people tend to have relatively short attention spans and memories. “This is a very important moment,” explained Kelly Henning, MD, who has led Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Health program since its inception in 2007. “It’s a moment when the public is paying attention to public health.”

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University Business: How virtual advising makes dreams come true during COVID

November 3, 2020

Espinosa’s advisor was supplied for free by CollegePoint, a coalition of agencies backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies that works to enroll high-achieving first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students in highly selective colleges and universities.

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The New York Times: Michael Bloomberg to Give $100 Million to Historically Black Medical Schools

September 3, 2020

Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York, announced on Thursday that his philanthropic organization would give $100 million to four historically Black medical schools.

The immediate goal is to reduce medical students’ financial burdens by giving about 800 of them up to $100,000 in grants. The bigger goal, architects of the gift say, is to improve the health and wealth of Black Americans.

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The Boston Globe: Michael Bloomberg donates $3 million toward building a new Medford library

August 18, 2020

Growing up in Medford, Michael Bloomberg recalls how important the public library was to his family and the city. Now he has found a way to help keep it vital for future generations.

The former New York City mayor has made a $3 million gift to support the ongoing construction of a new library building in Medford, according to an announcement by Bloomberg Philanthropies — his charitable organization ― and the Medford Public Library Foundation.

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