Royal Academy of Arts champions art and artists
Run by artists and architects elected by their peers, the Royal Academy of Arts (United Kingdom) has championed art and artists for over 250 years. As an Academy, it has a broader role than a museum – to promote not just the appreciation and understanding of art, but also its practice. Support the next generation of great artists through a contribution to the Royal Academy America Fund.
South Africa’s COVID-19 response receives $500,000
California-based Makena Capital Management turned to KBFUS to facilitate two grants of $250k each to support South Africa’s efforts as it faces a COVID-19 outbreak. The Solidarity Fund will use its grant to procure medical equipment and support direct humanitarian efforts. The South African Future Trust will provide interest-free loans to SMEs to enable them to continue operations and retain employees.
AMEX commits $525k for frontline workers in Europe
Working through its donor-advised fund at KBFUS, the American Express Foundation provided support to six organizations working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – which were all hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Grantees include hospitals lacking emergency equipment and basic supplies, and nonprofits providing social services to the most vulnerable groups.
Promo Jeune Basket scores with Congolese youth
Promo Jeune Basket (PJB) is a basketball academy in DR Congo, focused on using sports to advance educational opportunities for the country’s youth. More than a thousand children have benefited from its programs so far. In 2018, two of its players earned scholarships to attend boarding schools in the U.S. More will follow thanks to your contribution to PJB’s American friends fund.
Arcangelo (UK) unleashes ‘Brockes Passion’
Arcangelo is one of the world’s leading period performance orchestras. With a vivid new studio recording featuring some of Europe’s best Baroque musicians, it is reviving a neglected masterpiece – the ‘Brockes Passion’, the most dramatic and least-known sacred work of famed 18th century composer George Frideric Handel. Support the arts and join other friends of Arcangelo through its American Friends of Arcangelo.
Nigeria’s Wecyclers turns trash into cash
Wecyclers is a waste management start-up based in Lagos, Nigeria, the largest and fastest growing city on the African continent. They offer convenient recycling services, enabling households in low-income communities to generate value from their waste. Wecyclers will use a $55,000 grant from the Oracle Foundation to train plastic-waste collectors and to purchase vehicles and tools for its Recycling Kiosks.