At the Open Society Foundations’ headquarters in Manhattan, philanthropic leaders and media makers gathered for Maladies and Miracles: Funding Media to Illuminate Health and Science, a day-long series of panels on health-related media coverage and storytelling projects. Read more
The field of philanthropy has lost two great leaders to cancer in recent weeks – Leonard Aube, executive director of The Annenberg Foundation and Charles Benton, chairman of the Benton Foundation and longtime board member of Media Impact Funders. It is a painful reminder that cancer is a prevalent and continuing threat to humanity, despite the many advances that have been made in recent years.
Last month at our Media Impact Focus program on health and science, filmmaker Ken Burns pointed out that one out of two men will get cancer in their lifetime, and one of three women will. Read more
As a country, we are at a profound crossroads in how we understand and think about health and science. On one hand we’re in the midst of a loud — and mostly uninformed — debate about the safety of vaccines. On the other hand we are on the cusp of extraordinary breakthroughs in understanding and treating diseases like cancer. Read more
In October 2014, Malaria No More announced a new partnership with mobile gaming developers Seriously, and their new hit game Best Fiends. A natural fit for each other thanks to the game’s handsome malaria-fighting mosquito Edward, the game created outstanding levels of awareness and education – including record setting web traffic to MalariaNoMore.org and Edward’s online home. Read more
In between trips to Liberia, Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners In Health visited Open Society Foundation’s offices to discuss his work on Ebola. OSF produced a series of videos featuring experts on the ground who share their wisdom about the current health crisis, and what can and must be done to stop it. Read more
Greater Than AIDS has launched the #SpeakOutHIV campaign to give a voice to HIV patients on social media, at a time when infection rates are on the rise in the United States, especially among young gay men. Read more
Media Impact Funders and Northern California Grantmakers held a special funder briefing at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco on games addressing science and health, related impact research, and what the future of this burgeoning field looks like for philanthropists interested in adding games to their programmatic investments. Read more