$21 Million in Breakthrough Prize giving announced

They sure turned heads when they announced the Breakthrough Prize back in February. Now, ten short months later, these six key players and their advisory panel (which includes their first eleven recipients of the prize), are ready to announce their 2014 winners. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
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Latin American Coffee Production Threatened: Tech & Wall St. Philanthropists Step In

The Skoll Foundation, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the InterAmerican Development Bank, and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters partner with Root Capital on a $7 million initiative to combat the leaf rust epidemic in Latin America. The initiative aims to stabilize supply chains and ensure long-term productivity for 40,000 farmers and their families.
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Guess Who Just Gave $1 Million to Planned Parenthood

Hint: it’s not who you think. Think back, far far back, to the 1992 Presidential Election. Were you even alive back then? Remember Texas independent Ross Perot? Conservative on gun control and in favor of small government, though staunchly pro-choice, his platform was very interesting, garnering 18.9% of the popular vote before fading into political obscurity by the time the 1996 election rolled around.
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What’s the Secret to Catching Henry Samueli’s Eye?

As soon as Broadcom went public in 1998, Henry Samueli was rolling up $30 million and off-loading it to his alma mater, UCLA, to found the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Shortly thereafter, he gave $20 million to UC Irvine to found an Engineering school there. And those first two gifts set a real precedent for the giving he’s undertaken since: He’s handed out over $285 million since 1999. And he’s signed the Giving Pledge in 2012.
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Why Silicon Valley Is Hot to Fund Stanford's New Hospital

For many large universities and hospitals, getting big-money investors is a struggle. Stanford University Hospital, however, seems to have hit upon the perfect combination of lures to get big donors interested, and we could all learn a little something from the way they've played up their strengths—and needs—to a definite advantage.
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Everybody Wins at the Google Impact Challenge India

Google’s Impact Challenge has now pledged to give away approximately $6.5 million since its launch earlier in 2013. Starting in the UK, the Challenge travels to different regions, inviting non-profits to submit innovative proposals that use technology to address critical social issues. The winners of the India challenge were announced last week, and this time no one walked away empty-handed.
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