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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.
Cities of Service Awards Nearly $1 Million to Help 18 Cities Implement High-Impact Volunteer Strategies
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.
Innovative Maternal Health Program in Tanzania Expected to Impact At Least 50,000 Mothers and Children by 2016
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.
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.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces New Collaboration on Groundbreaking Global Family Planning Initiative
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.
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.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Mayors Challenge: Competition for American Cities to Solve Problems, Share Solutions
Michael R. Bloomberg today announced Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. The Mayors Challenge will award one $5 million grand prize and four $1 million prizes to the cities that come up with the boldest and most replicable ideas.
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, together with international partners, are launching a pilot version of the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (also called the “community protocol”). This landmark effort represents a significant step forward in harmonizing emissions measurement and reporting processes for cities of all sizes and geographies: the community protocol will be piloted in selected cities to establish a single minimum global standard for community-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measurement. A transparent, consistent and common approach provides cities with a much-needed tool for effective climate action planning and financing.
A gathering of high-profile dignitaries will be among more than 1,000 people on hand to take part in the dedication of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new $1.1 billion, state-of-the-art facility. The ceremony marks completion of one of the nation’s largest hospital construction projects, which features the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.
Michael R. Bloomberg today announced four additional members to the Bloomberg Family Foundation Board of Directors. These new members add to the already prominent group of academics, business leaders, philanthropists, artists, and individuals who have distinguished themselves in elected or appointed public office.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the winners of the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control. The awards ceremony took place today in Singapore at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, led by Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and Mayor of New York City.
Mike Bloomberg announced today that he will commit an additional $220 million to fight tobacco use around the world and stem this growing global public health crisis, bringing his total commitment to more than $600 million. The announcement was made at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore.
SeatGeek, a New York based tech start-up and leading ticket search engine, is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies to make the unique New York cultural arts experience discoverable in a new, dynamic way.
Marking five-years of significant progress on global anti-tobacco efforts, Bloomberg Philanthropies today – for the first time – has released a progress report related to the global Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (the Initiative).
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) launched a major international initiative aimed at attracting the highest level scientists to conduct pioneering research to discover the fundamental root causes of lupus, explore the potential for a cure, and transform the field of lupus research. LRI president Margaret Dowd announced the new Distinguished Innovators program amid the nation’s foremost scientists gathered at the 11th annual Lupus Research Institute Scientific Conference, “Forum for Discovery.”
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of the Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $50 Million to Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign to Move America Toward Cleaner Energy
Today the Sierra Club announced a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies that will effectively retire one-third of the nation’s aging coal fleet by 2020, replacing it with clean energy. The partnership includes a $50 million commitment over four years to the Beyond Coal Campaign that will fuel the Sierra Club’s effort to clean the air, end the coal era, and accelerate the transition to cleaner, cost-effective energy sources.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a $24 million initiative to fund Innovation Delivery Teams that help mayors effectively design and implement solutions to pressing city challenges. The three-year initiative will fund teams, comprised of high-performing staff, in five cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. To meet each city’s impact goals in priority areas, these teams will generate innovative solutions, develop implementation plans, and manage progress towards defined targets.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the focused multi-national effort to implement effective tobacco control policies has made dramatic headway since 2008, with 1.1 billion people newly protected by at least one effective tobacco control policy since that time. According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today, 55 percent of the world’s population is now covered by at least one of the WHO’s MPOWER suite of six effective anti-tobacco policies. Bloomberg Philanthropies has helped fuel this progress through its six-year $375-million initiative to promote these interventions in 15 low- and middle-income nations that are home to two-thirds of the world’s smokers.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, announced today at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo that the two organizations will establish a global standard for accounting and reporting community-scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that can be used across multiple platforms. This common approach will help local governments to accelerate their emission reduction activities whilst meeting the needs of climate financing, national monitoring and reporting requirements. The standard will be released in time for UNFCCC COP 17 in November (Durban, South Africa).
Today the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), a group of 40 large cities tackling climate change, and the World Bank formed a groundbreaking partnership that will help cities accelerate current actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to climate change. C40 Chair New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick signed the agreement during the C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Kelly Henning today hailed the growing international focus on road safety as a major issue of public health concern. This week, the United Nations launches its Decade of Action for Road Safety, the most significant global pledge to improve road safety to-date. In addition, more than 100 countries around the world are expressing their commitment to the Decade of Action, launching new efforts to save more lives on the world’s roads.
Michael R. Bloomberg joined World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick in Washington, DC April 19th 2011 for the launch of the Multilateral Development Banks’ Road Safety Initiative. As part of the Initiative, the seven development banks (African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, World Bank) will leverage their investments to ensure safe transport and better health outcomes; outline a structure for client countries to seek support and guidance on best practices in road safety; develop a grant-making fund to build road safety management capacity in low- and middle-income countries; and call on public and private stakeholders to contribute resources to the goals of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety.
Today, President Bill Clinton and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the expanded alliance between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the Cities Program of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), a program of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Mayor Bloomberg serves as the Chair of the C40.
Cities of Service today announced that ten U.S. cities this month have launched efforts to strategically engage volunteers to address the most pressing needs in their communities. Seven of these cities – Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Houston, Little Rock, and Orlando – released their “high-impact service plans” this week. All ten cities are recipients of Cities of Service Leadership Grants, funded jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The two-year grants enable cities to hire Chief Service Officers to work closely with mayors to develop and implement these service strategies.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of the Arts Advancement Initiative, its new effort to support small- and mid-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York City. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the City’s arts groups and counter the negative impact of the economic downturn. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $32 million of unrestricted general operating support to about 250 small- and mid-sized organizations throughout the five boroughs. To strengthen the organizations’ long-term capacity, all groups will participate in technical assistance programming and will be required to focus on either attracting broader audiences or improving selected management practices. The arts are critically important to New York City’s cultural and economic wellbeing. Nearly half of the record 48.7 million tourists who visited New York City last year came to see arts and cultural attractions.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Toronto Mayor David Miller today announced that the C40 Steering Committee has elected Mayor Bloomberg to serve as chair of the C40 Climate Leadership Group, an association of major cities around the world committed to reducing carbon emissions and slowing climate change. Mayor Bloomberg will succeed Mayor Miller as C40 Chair in November. The C40, launched in 2005, provides leadership to communities worldwide to help them accelerate the reductions of carbon emissions. The Chair, along with the eight-member Steering Committee of other C40 mayors, guides the work of C40 by planning and measuring the results of local initiatives that reduce emissions from energy, waste, water supply and transport and increase cities’ resilience to climate change. The announcement took place at the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy, which helps clean technology and renewable energy companies in New York City grow.
Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the founding Board of Directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation. The Directors comprise a prominent group of academics, business leaders, philanthropists, artists, and individuals who have distinguished themselves in elected or appointed public office. The Directors will serve in an advisory and oversight capacity. Mayor Bloomberg has asked his longtime advisor and New York City’s First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris to serve as the foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board. The Board also includes the Mayor’s daughters, Emma and Georgina.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation and Women for Women International Pledge Multimillion-Dollar Commitment to Critical Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs
In a public ceremony today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Bill Clinton, philanthropists Peter and Jennifer Buffett and Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi launched a joint, $24 million commitment to support the economic empowerment of over 100,000 women and girls in the next three years.
17 Mayors From Across The Country Launch Cities Of Service To Mobilize Millions More Americans In A New Era Of Service
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today was joined by mayors from 16 cities across the country to launch Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of mayors representing more than 20 million Americans, who will work together to engage millions more volunteers in service. The founding mayors met for a half-day summit at Gracie Mansion where they signed a Declaration of Service, a commitment to finding new ways to tap the power of volunteers to address each city’s most pressing challenges. The coalition will share strategies on how best to engage citizens at the local level, and it will provide a platform for the mayors to make their voices heard – and their priorities known – in Washington. The coalition will utilize lead support from the Rockefeller Foundation to provide technical assistance and other support to member mayors, including funding full-time Chief Service Officers in select cities to develop and implement comprehensive service programs.