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Posts Tagged ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’

Win $100K at the Cannes Lions

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have put together a challenge to communicators worldwide to take two pieces of paper and “help change the world.”

Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World asks any individual, team, agency, or company to submit a communications idea simply expressed on just two pages of A4 paper. The brief calls for “new and innovative ways of telling the real story behind global aid.”

Up for grabs is $100,000 for the development of your idea, and the chance to be mentored by the Grand Prix Winners from Cannes Lions 2011 — top advertising and communications professionals from around the world — a group dubbed the ‘Cannes Chimera‘.

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Billionaires Support Education

On the heels of Mark Zuckerberg‘s $100 million donation to Newark’s public schools, other donors with deep pockets have come out in support of educational causes.

Billionaire private equity firm co-founder Henry Kravis has also pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School (doesn’t quite have the same philanthropic ring to it, but it’s his alma mater). The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a $20 million grant program to benefit entrepreneurs of all kinds who create technology to be used in the pursuit of college degrees. And Zuckerberg continued his efforts, inviting 400 wealthy “potential donors” to a Silicon Valley screening of the documentary about education, Waiting for Superman.

“As the very rich get incomprehensibly richer, there’s been a race to the top for reputation-polishing noblesse oblige,” writes New York magazine, which offers a list of big givers from the past couple of years.