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Sense of purpose


What happens when the founders of the nation’s ninth-largest private philanthropy want to clarify their sense of purpose? Northern California Grantmakers members Gordon and Betty Moore set out to let their organization know what’s important to them. Read the recently released Founders' Intent statement and the full post from NCG...

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

By Bette Weinstein Kaplan OncologyNurseAdvisor August 31, 2015

In her story, medical writer Bette Weinstein Kaplan covers pioneering work at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston: moving from preventing physical medical harms to patients to include preventing emotional harm. A recent paper published in BMJ (read more here), calls "emotional harm the neglected harm." Lead author Lauge ...

Gordon and Betty Moore say science and measurable results should guide grants

By Alex Daniels Chronicle of Philanthropy August 28, 2015

Our president, Harvey V. Fineberg, speaks with Alex Daniels at the Chronicle of Philanthropy and shares for the first time our Founders' Intent. The document gives important guidance on how to approach philanthropic giving at the foundation, explains the ares of its funding and notes that scientific methodology should be ...

Improving patient care by strengthening the nursing workforce

August 26, 2015

For the past decade, our Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative has focused on engaging nurses to improve patient care. Part of this focus included strengthening the nursing workforce. From the start, we saw and began addressing a nursing shortfall in California and the need to better prepare nurses for an ...

Helping seniors stay healthy at home


Our grantee, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, shares details on its program Peninsula Circle of Care that supports older adults as they transition from the hospital to their home or another care setting. As the U.S. population grows older, focusing on how to keep older adults healthy at home and out of ...

Short-circuiting the biological pump

By Evan Lubofsky Oceanus Magazine August 24, 2015

In the latest issue of Oceanus magazine, Moore Foundation grantees Benjamin Van Mooy, Kay Bidle and colleagues discuss their study of tiny plankton that help sequester carbon dioxide in the ocean.

This process, called the “biological pump,” could convert nearly every atom of carbon drawn into the ocean ​into organic carbon. However, "like hail ...

Placing bets on technology with society's venture capital

International Innovation August 20, 2015

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation president, Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., muses on how philanthropy serves as society’s venture capital in an interview with International Innovation.

In a world facing increasingly complex challenges, Dr. Fineberg explains that “philanthropy plays a unique role because it has the ability to leverage ...

Ashéninka community of Saweto obtains title to their ancestral lands in Peru

Rainforest Foundation US August 20, 2015

Through a strategic contribution, the foundation's Andes Amazon Initiative helped support recent conservation efforts by the Ashéninka people of Peru in the Alto Tamaya-Saweto community. 

"Almost one year after the murder of Saweto’s leaders, the community’s rights to their ancestral lands have finally been recognized by the Peruvian State, which has ...

Examining the fate of Fukushima contaminants

By Media Relations Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute August 18, 2015

Moore Foundation grantees at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) are studying sediment samples from the seafloor off coastal Japan to understand the fate of contaminants from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist and marine chemist at WHOI, and colleagues found a small fraction--about one percent--of contaminated ...

UCI, NASA researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes

August 18, 2015

With support ​from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Science and Environmental Conservation programs, UC Irvine's Department of Earth System Science has worked to develop a system for forecasting fire season severity and droughts in several tropical forest and savanna regions, based on satellite measurements and computer modeling.

Now, that research ...

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