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Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Launch of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, an innovation competition that will identify and accelerate the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition will select 50 finalists that represent the world’s leading urban innovations to emerge from the pandemic. Fifteen grand prize winners will receive $1 million each and robust multi-year support to implement and spread their breakthrough ideas.

Bloomberg American Health Summit Tackles Pressing Public Health Challenges Facing Country Amidst Preparation for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

As the public awaits distribution of much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccines amid a record-breaking surge of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, more than 30 of the nation’s leaders and innovators in infectious disease, public health, government, and nonprofit advocacy gathered for the virtual Bloomberg American Health Summit to share their perspectives on what it will take for the United States to fully recover from the pandemic and build a healthier future.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce New Partnership to Help Mayors Prepare for the Largest Vaccine Roll-Out in American History

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced a new partnership to support mayors across the country as they take on the immense challenge of increasing understanding of and access to the COVID-19 vaccines for their residents. The latest offering from the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative was announced at the third annual Bloomberg American Health Summit and is a part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ nearly yearlong effort to support local officials in their efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

City-Led Clean Infrastructure Projects Can Help Build Back a Stronger America For All

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Bloomberg Philanthropies released an analysis for how cities can play a key role in helping America recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while building American infrastructure for the future. The new report outlines how city-led clean infrastructure efforts can collectively advance climate, clean energy, equity and resilience goals.

Accelerated Electrification Coupled with Renewables Can Put China on Path Toward Carbon Neutrality

BloombergNEF (BNEF) and Bloomberg Philanthropies released “China’s Accelerated Decarbonization” – a new white paper detailing how China could take major steps toward its recently announced carbon neutrality pledge. These will involve the electrification of final energy use in sectors such as industry and road vehicles, coupled with accelerated deployment of renewables.

New Study: Data Shows How a Hands-On Approach to Digital Classrooms Expands Student Learning and Fosters Success

New research released by Global Cities, Inc., a Program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, shows that students can build critical global engagement and competency skills and increase their self-confidence through participating in well-conceived digital classrooms—of particular relevance as the COVID-19 pandemic leads to more learning online. The study is of survey responses from more than 8,500 students, ages 10 to 13 in 47 cities around the world, enrolled in the 2018-2019 Global Scholars program—an interactive, yearlong digital learning program with strong support for teacher development. The analysis shows that students gained key attitudes and behaviors, building blocks needed to become globally competent adults.

Presidential Historian and Author Jon Meacham and Mike Bloomberg Speak with More Than 270 City Leaders at Sixth Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and author, along with Mike Bloomberg, addressed 277 city leaders, including 127 mayors, from 188 cities at the sixth 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.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Releases New Guide for City Leaders to Help Strengthen Cross-Sector Partnerships

Bloomberg Philanthropies released Collaborative Cities: A Guide for Designing, Implementing, and Sustaining Strategic Partnerships through its philanthropic consulting arm, Bloomberg Associates, as part of its efforts to support global municipal leaders and provide resources to help them respond to complex needs. Many city leaders have prioritized cross-sector alliances to tackle challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. This new guide, led by Bloomberg Associates’ Strategic Partnerships team, shares strategies for building and administering effective collaboration across government, philanthropy, nonprofit, and business and highlights unique experiences in cities.

18 Global Cities Selected to Participate in the World Cities Culture Forum’s Leadership Exchange Program Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies & Google Arts and Culture

Cultural leaders from 18 cities will take part in the latest round of World Cities Culture Forum’s Leadership Exchange Program. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, it will facilitate collaboration between cities facing common challenges and bring together urban leaders in creative fields to support culture and the global creative economy. Leaders from Amsterdam, Austin, Barcelona, Chengdu, Lagos, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Montreal, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich have been selected to participate in seven collaborative exchanges.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Flamboyan Arts Fund Partner on Arts Innovation and Management Training Program in Puerto Rico

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Flamboyan Arts Fund announced their collaboration on the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) Puerto Rico program. The Flamboyan Arts Fund is a partnership between Flamboyan Foundation, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, his family, and the Broadway musical Hamilton, which raised $15 million from the show’s run in Puerto Rico in January 2019 to preserve, sustain, and amplify the arts on the island. AIM Puerto Rico will bring together national and local experts to provide 10 Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organizations with bilingual arts management training and tailored consulting services for fundraising, strategic planning, and digital marketing. The program will also include resilience training for responding to natural disasters.

Brussels Joins Forces with Bloomberg Philanthropies to Provide Cleaner Air to Residents

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Brussels-Capital Region Government and Brussels Environment announced the launch of the Brussels Clean Air Partnership, a new initiative to tackle air pollution in Brussels, seat of the European Commission. Coinciding with the kick-off of the EU Green Week 2020, this new partnership, alongside Bloomberg Philanthropies’ ongoing work across Europe, supports the European Union’s ambitious goals set out in the European Green Deal to cut pollution levels in cities.

American University President Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks to 296 City Leaders at Fifth Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of American University and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, yesterday addressed 296 city leaders, including 109 mayors, from 208 cities at the fifth 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.

The Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series virtually convenes global city leaders monthly through the end of the year. The sessions focus on equitable recovery, building and maintaining resident trust, crisis budgeting and fiscal recovery, and supporting city workforces during a period of profound change and uncertainty.

Thirty U.S. Cities to Tackle Budget Crises and Advance Equity with Support from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 30 U.S. cities that will participate in the What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program, a new effort that will help cities confront budget crises while strengthening their commitment to equity in the wake of COVID-19. The program will help cities develop and implement plans to drive financial recovery and ensure that their budget crises do not disproportionately harm low-income residents and communities of color. It will also provide the opportunity for leaders from the 30 cities to problem solve with a network of peers and produce a set of tactics for other local leaders to follow.

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

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.

Jakarta Launches Ambitious Clean Air Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies

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.

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

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.

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

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Sierra Club announced that the U.S. Beyond Coal campaign has successfully retired 60% of domestic coal-fired power plants – 318 out of 530 plants, to date. This milestone doubles the original goal, set in 2011, which pledged to retire 30 percent of the nation’s coal fleet by 2020 and accelerate the United States’ transition to a clean energy economy.

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

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.

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

Mike Bloomberg announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies will support the nation’s four historically Black medical schools with $100 million to help increase the number of Black doctors in the U.S. by significantly reducing the debt burden of approximately 800 medical students, many of whom face increased financial pressure due to COVID-19. This is the largest-ever individual philanthropic gift received by Meharry Medical College, Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and the JPB Foundation Announce $1.2 Million Grant to Support the Fresh Air Fund’s New NYC Summer Spaces and Youth Employment Programs

Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, and The JPB Foundation announced a $1.2 million grant to support The Fresh Air Fund’s new Summer Spaces and Youth Employment Programs in New York City. This partnership represents an investment in shaping the future of New York City by addressing the lack of appealing options this summer for children to play outdoors safely and for young New Yorkers to gain valuable work experience and earn income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Bloomberg and General Colin Powell Address 347 City Leaders at Second Virtual Convening to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

Mike Bloomberg and Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman  of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed more than 347 city leaders, including 132 mayors, from 213 cities at the second 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.

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Fourth Class of Mayors to Go Back to School

The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative announced its fourth class of mayors. Forty mayors from across the U.S. were selected to participate in the program, designed to equip mayors with the leadership and management tools to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their citizens. With mayors playing a central role in driving social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s program will focus on the skills required to respond to emerging challenges with an emphasis on equity.

New Report Reveals Economic Path to a Rapid Coal Phase-Out in Europe

Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF (BNEF) released “Investing in the Recovery and Transition of Europe’s Coal Regions,” a new in-depth analysis on the transition of the power sector in four key Central and Eastern European economies: Bulgaria, Czechia, Poland and Romania. Undertaken as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnership with the European Commission’s Coal Regions in Transition Platform, the report reveals that through clean energy investment, these countries can be important drivers of Europe’s green recovery and climate efforts.

New Report Presents India’s Clean Energy Progress as a Model for Cleaner Economic Growth and Recovery Following COVID-19

Bloomberg Philanthropies and BloombergNEF (BNEF) released “India’s Clean Power Revolution,” a new white paper detailing how India has become the world’s largest and most competitive clean energy auction market – and a model country for others looking to leverage low-carbon investments in their Covid-19 economic recovery strategy.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches New Virtual Leadership Series to Support Mayors’ COVID-19 Response in Latin America and Africa

Michael Bloomberg addressed nearly 30 mayors representing 18 countries in the first session of Leading Through Crisis: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and Africa—a six-part, bi-weekly virtual learning series supported by the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative. The new series, a collaboration between the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and Partnership for Healthy Cities, provides mayors in Latin America and Africa with science-based guidance, crisis leadership tools, and resources to combat the devastating health, social, and economic impacts of this public health crisis.

Mike Bloomberg and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Address 390 City Leaders as Part of New Series for Global Mayors to Aid COVID-19 Social and Economic Recovery

Mike Bloomberg and Ford Foundation President, Darren Walker, addressed more than 140 mayors from 222  cities at the first 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.

The Leading Social and Economic Recovery Series will virtually convene global city leaders monthly through the end of the year. The sessions will focus on equitable recovery, building and maintaining resident trust, crisis budgeting and fiscal recovery, and supporting the city workforce during a period of profound change and uncertainty.