Gates backs new schools

Here are this week’s nonprofit headlines:

* To begin to serve millions of youngsters who are “failed and forgotten” by public schools in the U.S., the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $31 million ton nonprofits to start small, alternative high schools for 36,000 students, The New York Times reported Feb. 26.

* Manhattan’s weak office-leasing market is letting nonprofits make big upgrades in their office space and negotiate rents almost unheard of a year ago, The New York Times reported Feb. 26.

* The Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., will give up to $10 million over the next 10 years to help 13 neighborhoods in North Minneapolis carry out plans to boost health, wealth, housing, education and community-building, the Star-Tribune reported Feb. 24.

* Al Joud Charity Incubator in Jordan has created a monthly award for the best work providing academic support for nonprofits in the Arab world, The Jordan Times reported Feb. 24.

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