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Sixteen Major Donors and Foundations Commit Unprecedented $156 Million to Support Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous Arts Organizations

September 24, 2020

Sixteen major donors and foundations announced an unprecedented commitment to a two-pronged national and regional initiative to recognize “America’s Cultural Treasures.” Together, the funders will grant more than $156 million to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated America’s arts and culture landscape. The funding includes $85 million from the proceeds of the Ford Foundation’s historic social bond offering announced earlier this year.

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Jakarta Launches Ambitious Clean Air Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies

September 23, 2020

The Jakarta Capital City Government (DKI Jakarta), Bloomberg Philanthropies, and implementing partner Vital Strategies, announced the Jakarta Clean Air Partnership, an initiative focused on enhancing the availability and use of air quality data, analyzing policy solutions and their effectiveness, and promoting public awareness on the health impacts of air pollution.

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Mike Bloomberg and Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick Speak to 324 City Leaders at Fourth Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

September 18, 2020

Mike Bloomberg and Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President of Howard University, addressed 324 city leaders, including 138 mayors, from 222 cities at the fourth session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series on September 17, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.

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Environment

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Reaches Landmark Closure of 318th U.S. Coal Plant, on Track to Retire All Coal Plants by 2030

September 15, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign Reaches Landmark Closure of 318th U.S. Coal Plant, on Track to Retire All Coal Plants by 2030 Critical milestone marks closure of 60% of the U.S. coal fleet since Beyond Coal’s launch in 2010 to speed up the end of coal and build healthier, more equitable communities …

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EnvironmentAmerica’s Pledge

America’s Pledge Reveals U.S. States, Cities, and Businesses Accelerated Their Climate Progress Despite Trump, Global Pandemic, and Economic Downturn

September 14, 2020

America’s Pledge co-chairs, former California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and three-term Mayor of New York City, unveiled America’s Pledge’s fourth analysis, which finds that despite the past four years of environmental rollbacks from President Trump’s administration, non-federal actors have successfully counterbalanced the climate denial and obstruction from the White House. This has made it possible for the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050 with aggressive federal climate re-engagement in 2021.

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $100 Million to Help Increase Number of Black Doctors in U.S.

September 3, 2020

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $100 Million to Help Increase Number of Black Doctors in U.S. Largest-ever individual philanthropic gift to historically Black medical schools will ease debt burden of their students  Grant is first investment of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative, an effort to accelerate the pace of Black wealth accumulation and address systemic …

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COVID-19 ResponseGovernment Innovation

Mike Bloomberg and Ambassador Susan E. Rice Address 323 City Leaders at Third Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economy Recovery

August 20, 2020

Mike Bloomberg and Susan E. Rice, Former U.S. National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, addressed more than 320 city leaders, including 128 mayors, from 208 cities around the world at the third session of the Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series, the latest offering for cities as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.

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New State-of-the-Art Medford Public Library to be Named the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

August 18, 2020

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Medford Public Library Foundation announced that the new public library being constructed in the City of Medford will be named the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library in honor of Michael Bloomberg and Marjorie Bloomberg Tiven’s parents, who lived in Medford for 65 years. Michael Bloomberg has made a $3 million gift toward the construction of the new public library in his hometown, recognizing the essential role it plays in the community. The Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library is slated to open in the fall of 2021.

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COVID-19 ResponsePublic HealthPartnership for Healthy Cities

Global Mayors Showcase Innovation in the Face of COVID-19 in Bloomberg Philanthropies Virtual Leadership Convening

July 31, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched many public health systems to the breaking point. With the global toll approaching 1 million deaths, urban populations are bearing the brunt of the impact. Supporting cities—home to more than 50% of the global population—in responding to COVID-19 is critical to blunting the impact of the virus. In a third virtual session, more than 30 mayors and city leaders representing 49 cities joined a panel of their peers in Leading Through Crisis: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and Africa. The virtual learning series is hosted by Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and the Partnership for Healthy Cities, with support from Vital Strategies and its Resolve to Save Lives initiative.

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ArtsCOVID-19 ResponsePublic Health

NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Has Issued Over $110 Million in Emergency Funds to New York City-Based Nonprofits

July 29, 2020

The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund announced that more than $110 million in emergency support has been distributed to 768 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis. More than $73 million in grant funding was managed by the New York Community Trust and over $37 million was managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund for no-interest loans. Small to mid-sized nonprofits across New York’s five boroughs applied for grants or interest-free loans to ensure the continuity of their daily operations and to help counteract lost revenue that challenged their ability to pay rent, make payroll or fulfill their public service missions.

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