Warner Music’s Social Justice Fund Announces Third Round of Grant Recipients

The $100 million fund was established with the Blavatnik Family Foundation to assist causes related to criminal justice reform, education, arts and culture and other social justice issues. Under the current slate of grants, the fund will invest a total of $9.35 million in 15 organizations that reflect the fund’s three strategic pillars – criminal justice reform, education and arts and culture – while also addressing the intersection of race and gender inequity. This year, the fund also emphasized organizations assisting African Diaspora communities worldwide, including in Brazil, Nigeria and Colombia. […]

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Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund Announces Third Tranche of Grants

The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF) today announced its third set of grantee partners – further advancing its vision of addressing systemic racism and making real change in the lives of historically underserved and marginalized populations. With investments in 15 organizations totaling $9.35 million, this slate of grants focuses on the Fund’s three strategic pillars – criminal justice reform, education, and arts and culture – while also addressing the intersection of race and gender inequity and the rising prominence of youth organizing in racial justice movements across Warner Music Group’s global markets. […]

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PRESTIGIOUS BLAVATNIK AWARDS FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS IN THE UK AWARD £480,000 TO NINE UK-BASED SCIENTISTS

Today, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences have announced the recipients of the 2022 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom. Now in its fifth year, the Awards are the largest unrestricted prize available to UK scientists aged 42 or younger. “The remarkable scientific talent and research in the UK grows stronger every year,” commented Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. “The brilliant, innovative work for which this year’s Laureates and Finalists are recognised and honoured improves our world for the better and further extends the boundaries of scientific knowledge and understanding.” […]

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Group Raises $20 Million to Preserve ‘Lost’ Brontë Library

With the completion of the deal, the manuscript holdings will be distributed to eight institutions: the Bodleian; the British Library; the National Library of Scotland; the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds; and house museums dedicated to Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Robert Burns and the Brontës. The roughly 1,400 printed books in the collection will be dispersed among a wider group of institutions across Britain. The $20 million came from a number of individual and institutional donors. Half of it came from the philanthropist Leonard Blavatnik, in what the release called the largest ever gift to the United Kingdom by an individual for a literary treasure. […]

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Sir Leonard Blavatnik donates millions to save treasured library

When it emerged earlier this year the library would be put up for sale, a five-month fundraising appeal sought to raise enough funds to ensure it would not be split up or sold abroad. Vendors and Sotheby’s agreed to postpone its sale to give the Friends of National Libraries (FNL) charity an opportunity to purchase it in its entirety on behalf of UK libraries. Sir Leonard, 64, donated £7.5m in a donation described as the largest of its kind. Another £4m came from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.  […]

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Transforming Medical Care with Foundational Research

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Three leading BIDMC physician–scientists have recently been awarded prestigious Blavatnik Foundation grants, totaling more than $2.2 million. This critically important funding will help move their key laboratory discoveries into the clinic. “Our guiding principle is the belief that science and education hold the key to unlocking the vast potential for improving the human condition,” said Len Blavatnik, founder and chairman of Access Industries, and head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. […]

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For the soul: Len Blavatnik donates £7.5 million to save an old library in the UK

The businessman, who among other things, controls Channel 13 and Clal Industries, donated half the amount required to prevent the Honresfield Library from closing and its collection from being sold; this refers to approximately 1,400 books, which will now go to academic institutions. Prince Charles defined the rescue of the library as “tremendous news.” Len Blavatnik, Britain’s richest man, saved one of the country’s most important literary collections. According to an item in the Times, Blavatnik donated half of the £15 million required […]

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Britain’s richest man saves ‘literary crown jewels’

Britain’s wealthiest man has saved one of the country’s most significant troves of literary treasures. Sir Leonard Blavatnik has donated half of the £15 million required to prevent the Honresfield Library being dispersed and sold on the open market. The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL), which organised the fundraising campaign, said today that “the literary cornucopia will now belong permanently to the public domain in the UK”. The FNL paid tribute to Blavatnik’s “extraordinary donation” — the largest ever given by an individual in Britain for a literary treasure — and said that it had saved for the nation “the most significant collection of manuscripts and books at risk of dispersal for many decades”. […]

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Friends of the National Libraries Raised $20 Million to Save the Honresfield Library

FNL, and its consortium of libraries and writers’ houses, are profoundly grateful to their lead donor Sir Leonard Blavatnik who has match-funded the sum raised by FNL and the consortium institutions. He has donated half the purchase price. In recognition of his great generosity the collection will henceforth be known as the Blavatnik Honresfield Library. It is an extraordinary donation, the largest ever given to the UK by an individual for a literary treasure. […]

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Lost library of literary treasures saved for UK after charity raises £15m

It is an unprecedented treasure trove of the UK’s literary heritage, from a letter in which Jane Austen anticipates the end of a love affair, to a handwritten manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems that was once believed lost. Now the Honresfield library has been saved for the nation after a charity raised more than £15m in just five months to acquire it. Half the amount was donated by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, with a further £4m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).  […]

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