Grants and Gifts

Government statistics show that one of every 10 African-American women over the age of 20 and one of every four African-American women over the age of 55 have diabetes. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has made five grants totaling $1.5 million to help these women better manage their disease. Two of the five grants went to universities.

The University of Virginia received a grant to evaluate the effectiveness of a program that uses text messaging and a “buddy” system to support African-American women with diabetes.

East Carolina University received a grant to support a care navigation system for African-American women in four rural communities in eastern North Carolina.

The Marin County Foundation in California announced more than $6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and local school districts to help low-income and minority students attend college. The grants include funds for college scholarships and for college readiness programs.

President William Harvey and his wife Norma have donated $166,000 to Hampton University to support a wage increase to $8 an hour for 118 staff members who earned below that level.

This past spring, the Harveys donated $1 million to the university to raise salaries for about 300 instructional staff members at Hampton.

The University of California at Los Angeles, historically black Charles R. University of Medicine and Science and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are sharing a five-year $81.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve health care in Los Angeles County.