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Coastal Algae Blooms Causes and Solutions: What is Philanthropy's Role in Solving the Crisis

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02/2017

Blue-green algae blooms created catastrophes in coastal communities last year. Severity and duration of blue-green algae appears to be increasing. In other coastal areas previously unknown brown algae is blamed for fish kills. Outbreaks of red tide have long plagued Gulf waters and impacting marine life and exposing human to airborne toxics. Some affected people are upset with government for failing to stop pollution, but government officials say not enough is known about causes and resources are scarce. Advocates want stronger laws and more public funds to treat pollution sources. How can Florida’s philanthropic leaders step up to the challenge? Mote Marine Lab’s Dr. Vince Lovko, a harmful algae bloom expert will discuss algae trends and causes. What is known? Will more monitoring and improved technologies help us understand the challenges? Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper, a long-time water quality advocate will talk about efforts to control human-caused nutrient pollution thought to be the cause blue-green algae outbreaks in waters throughout Florida. Will investments in research, education and advocacy help advance solutions. How do we harness public concern in this time of crisis?

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JPMorgan Chase Announces $1 Million Investment to Support Women Entrepreneurs of Color in Tech

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03/21/2018

Investment funds 26-week incubator for women-owned startups, expands research on gaps in venture capital and helps launch new venture fund to invest in startups founded by minority women

 JPMorgan Chase today announced a $1 million investment to help Black and Hispanic women-led startups thrive. This innovative, data-driven investment to build and grow underserved entrepreneurs is part of the firm’s $150 million Small Business Forward initiative to provide flexible financing and other support to underserved women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses and applying what the firm has learned from small business investments in other communities.

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South Florida Science Center to begin work on new $2.4 million exhibit

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03/16/2018

The South Florida Science Center plans to begin work this summer on a $2.4 million exhibit designed to teach visitors about the human brain.

The center on Thursday received a $900,000 donation from the Quantum Foundation that will allow construction to begin on the exhibit, entitled A Journey Through the Human Brain.

The exhibit will “take a bottom-up approach to telling the story of the human brain, from the molecular and cellular level to the integrated circuitry that creates our hopes, fears and memories,” the science center said in a news release about the project.

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$2.4 million brain exhibit coming to South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

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03/15/2018

Partnering together to create the exhibit called 'A Journey Through The Human Brain' are FAU's Brain Institute, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience, Scripps Research Institute of Florida, Palm Healthcare Foundation and The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation (which donated $750,000 to the project).

Today, the Quantum Foundation, known for funding Palm Beach County School District medical academies, donated $900,000. The Science Center needs to raise $200,000 to complete the exhibit.

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Expanding the Classroom with EdExplore

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02/28/2018

At its inception, the Community Foundation and the Patterson Foundation teamed up to ensure students’ access to EdExplore’s programs. Committing to $500,000 each, distributing $100,000 annually over the course of its first five years. They recently announced that they will both be committing another $500,000 each over its next five years. 

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Investors get a chance to connect with startups at upcoming CED conference

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02/15/2018

During the conference, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Duke University will also host the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum, which showcases 19 life science companies from about a dozen universities. Duke companies Microelastic Ultrasound, which specializes in medical diagnostic devices, and ...

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Students Flock to Aerospace Center for Excellence in Lakeland to Receive a Hands-On Learning ...

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01/23/2018

Floyd said new programs are always being added. “We recently received a grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation and now have a portable planetarium that we can offer,” Floyd said. The planetarium is an inflatable dome with a projector inside. The planetarium is an educational tool and is able to portray things like constellations, the solar system, and ocean currents.

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