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AVDF Summer 2019 Newsletter
Learn more about the transformative work of our grantees in Palliative Care, Environment, Public Media, Private Higher Education, and Interfaith Leadership & Religious Literacy.

Dr. John Churchill Joins the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations as Director of Programs
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, July 26, 2019 – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John Churchill as Director of Programs. In this role, Dr. Churchill will lead the Foundations’ grantmaking activity spanning the five Program Areas of Private Higher Education, Public Media, Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy, Palliative Care, and Environmenta...

AVDF Environmental Grantee Featured in a CBS This Morning Segment
In early 2019, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' Board of Trustees approved a grant to Ocean Conservancy to support its Trash Free Seas® initiative. Over the past 30 years, Trash Free Seas® programming has mobilized more than 12 million volunteers to collect nearly 250 million pounds of plastic and trash from the world's oceans and beaches. AVDF's support of this initiative, funds both practic...

Next Steps for The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: A Letter From Dr. Michael J. Murray
April 1, 2019 Dear Grantees, Partners, and Colleagues, In 1888, four years after graduating from college, Arthur Vining Davis became the first employee of the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, a company that would later become the largest aluminum producer in the world. A mere fifteen years later, aluminum from the Pittsburgh Reduction Company was used to create the lightweight engine that would powe...

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Announce the Appointment of Their 6th President
The Board of Trustees of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) announced today that Dr. Michael J. Murray will become the next President of the Foundations effective April 1, 2019. Dr. Murray will succeed Dr. Nancy Cable who has led the Foundations since 2012. During her tenure the Foundations refined its strategic focus within five key areas:

Announcing the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Aspen Fellows for 2018
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are proud to announce the 2018 class of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Aspen Fellows at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival June 24-27. The Fellows were selected by Aspen Institute leaders from a competitive field of national nominees who are leaders with diverse backgrounds and who represent the entrepreneurial spirit, intellectual curiosity and leadership qua...

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Announce The Launch of Two New Philanthropic Funding Priorities
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are pleased to announce the launch of two new philanthropic funding priorities, Environmental Engagement, Stewardship, & Solutions, and Palliative Care. From 2018 - 2020, the Foundations will accept grant proposals from Designated Partner organizations for funding consideration.

Tamara Davis Interviewed in SECF Article on the Engagement of Southern Millennial Philanthropists
AVDF Board of Trustees member, Tamara Davis, was recently quoted in the Southeastern Council of Foundations’ Fall 2016 issue of their Interchange Magazine. The article, “How Southern Millennial Philanthropists Are Increasing Engagement,” describes new ways through which millennial generation trustees and family members are becoming more active in family foundations. Ms. Davis notes how serving on...

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