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Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate $100 Million to Help Global Initiative to End Polio Forever

February 28, 2013

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a $100 million donation to support polio eradication efforts through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The donation will help fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) six year plan to eradicate polio.

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Government InnovationMayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Fan Favorite Selection for Mayors Challenge

February 20, 2013

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of the Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite selection. The selection, launched in partnership with The Huffington Post, allows citizens to learn more about the bold and innovative ideas of the 20 Mayors Challenge finalists and vote for their favorite. Each finalist city will showcase its idea through an original video and a blog post from its mayor.

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Public HealthImproving Road Safety

1.6 Billion People Now Covered Globally By New or Improved Road Safety Laws

January 18, 2013

A groundbreaking Global Road Safety Program in ten countries funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies produced results showing that 1.6 billion people are now covered by strengthened road safety laws, Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today. The initiatives include increased seat-belt and helmet usage, reduced speed limits, drinking and driving enforcement, and improvements in road infrastructure and sustainable transport.

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Government InnovationFinancial Empowerment Centers

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ CFE Fund Announce Five Cities Selected for $16.2 M In Financial Empowerment Center Grants

January 8, 2013

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund today announced Financial Empowerment Center grants to five cities to replicate New York City’s evidence-based Financial Empowerment Center model. The model provides free, one-on-one financial counseling by trained professionals to low-income residents both at new local Financial Empowerment Centers and by integrating counseling into the delivery of municipal services.

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Government InnovationMayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects 20 Finalist Cities for Mayors Challenge

November 5, 2012

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 20 cities selected as finalists for the Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and that ultimately can be shared with other cities across the nation.

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Government InnovationCities of Service

Cities of Service Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help 18 Cities Implement High-Impact Volunteer Strategies

October 17, 2012

Cities of Service today announced the first round of Impact Volunteering Fund grants to 18 U.S. cities, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Grants from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund will support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers to address priority problems in their communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will support efforts in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Duluth, MN; Fall River, MA; Flint, MI; Indianapolis, IN; Kalamazoo, MI; Little Rock, AR; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pierre, SD; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; and Richmond, CA.

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Public HealthMaternal Health in Tanzania

Innovative Maternal Health Program in Tanzania Expected to Impact At Least 50,000 Mothers and Children by 2016

October 2, 2012

An innovative maternal health program in Tanzania funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies is projected to impact at least 50,000 mothers and their children over the next three years, Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today.

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Environmental Defense Fund Announces Key Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies

August 24, 2012

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced today that it has been awarded a 3-year, $6-million grant for its work to minimize the environmental impacts of natural gas operations through hydraulic fracturing. The funding will support EDF’s strategy of securing strong rules and developing industry best practices in the 14 states with 85 percent of the country’s unconventional gas reserves. The grant was awarded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, a recognized leader in global environmental efforts.

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Public Health

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces New Collaboration on Groundbreaking Global Family Planning Initiative

July 11, 2012

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced its commitment to a new global family planning partnership, and will contribute $50 million to a groundbreaking global initiative to extend family planning services to 120 million women in the poorest countries by 2020.

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EnvironmentC40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change

June 19, 2012

Today, mayors, delegations from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and a U.S. President, assembled in Rio at Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change, an event to highlight the concrete climate actions being taken by C40 Cities.

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