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.Read more
July 28, 2020
Although it’s been tricky navigating this new norm, parents have an option that will (safely) get their kiddos out and about this summer. Thanks to a generous $1.2 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation and The JBP Foundation, the Fresh Air Fund has been able to host a lineup of outdoor programming, including “Open Spaces in the City.” This supervised, safe and distanced program for kids offers a little bit of everything: arts and crafts, sports, STEAM activities, yoga and dance parties—just to name a few. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?Read more
March 27, 2020
Even Mr. Bloomberg, who wields enormous political clout as a former mayor and political donor, said he was focusing his philanthropic effort on working directly with mayors around the country to find the best ways to deploy the money.Read more
February 11, 2020
Four years after Chile embraced the world’s most sweeping measures to combat mounting obesity, a partial verdict on their effectiveness is in: Chileans are drinking a lot fewer sugar-laden beverages, according to study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.Read more
October 29, 2019
The joint study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Bloomberg Philanthropies also found that urban innovation, from easing housing ordinances to attacking homelessness, can’t thrive without strong civic leadership and quality data sets to guide goals and decision-making.Read more
October 28, 2019
Over the last decade, U.S. cities have carved out dozens of public plazas from existing streets using little more than paint. A new grant program and guide announced today by Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund the creation of 10 street murals in 10 U.S. cities, as well as track the safety, economic, and civic impact of these projects.Read more
October 1, 2019
The interviewer asked: When did Sandrine begin to feel weak? Did she have a fever? Did her skin take on a yellow hue? Each typed answer determined the next question to pose, like following a phone tree. This was a “verbal autopsy” — an interview in which a trained health worker asks a close relative or caretaker about a recently deceased person. Increasingly, health officials are using these tools and their computer algorithms to learn more about the global course of human disease.
About 50 countries have attempted verbal autopsy projects, and the list is growing. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies — a major funder of international health data initiatives — announced it will devote another $120 million over the next four years to continue projects in 20 previously funded countries, and add five more.Read more
September 24, 2019
Detroit is one of five cities chosen to launch a new program that equips children with special recording devices known as talk pedometers. They work like regular pedometers but instead of counting steps, they count how many words a child hears and speaks during the day.Read more
September 24, 2019
Marine conservation in particular can benefit from the support of local leaders and communities, both of which are crucial when it comes to protecting coral reefs. We believe change that begins at the local level has the power to catalyze lasting progress for the world.
The efforts of groups such as WCS, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative, put this belief into practice. From work with coastal residents, sustainable fisheries, and regional governments and organizations, we know that empowering local communities is a proven way to protect our oceans and maintain ocean livelihoods in both the short and long term.Read more
September 13, 2019
This crisis prompted two separate announcements on Wednesday, one from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the other from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both centered around flavored e-cigarettes.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, the philanthropic organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced the launch of “Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes.” This is a $160 million, three-year initiative that aims to ban all flavored e-cigarettes and the marketing of e-cigarette products to kids.Read more