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Bloomberg Philanthropies To Invest $32 Million In New York City Arts And Cultural Organizations

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.

Mike Bloomberg Elected as Chair of C40 Climate Leadership Group

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 Announces Bloomberg Family Foundation Board Of Directors

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.

Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates Join to Combat Global Tobacco Epidemic

Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates today announced joint efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic. A combined investment of $500 million will help governments in developing countries implement proven policies and increase funding for tobacco control. Unless urgent action is taken, as many as one billion people this century—more than two-thirds in the developing world—could die from tobacco-caused illnesses. Paula Johns, executive director of Brazil’s Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Use, and broadcast journalist Charlie Rose joined Bloomberg and Gates for the announcement.

Michael Bloomberg Announces Grantees of $125 Million Initiative to Promote Freedom from Smoking

Michael R. Bloomberg today named the five key partner organizations, which will implement his initiative, coordinating activities and providing grants to other organizations to promote freedom from smoking. The partners are the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the World Health Organization, and the World Lung Foundation. Bloomberg’s $125 million, two-year contribution is many times larger than any prior donation for global tobacco control and more than doubles the global total of private and public donor resources devoted to fighting tobacco use in developing countries, where more than two thirds of the world’s smokers live. All of the resources are dedicated outside the United States to specifically benefit low- and middle-income countries.