America’s biggest donors gave more than $11.9 billion in 2023. This year’s report features our analysis of the list, giving trends among megadonors, and a look at their giving to and from their foundations and donor-advised funds in 2023. The report highlights some of the country’s most interesting philanthropists, including a look at how those who will dominate big […]

Penn researchers believe it is possible to protect people with a BRCA gene mutation from cancer with the prick of a needle, instead of aggressive surgeries and stressful screening regimens that aren’t guaranteed to prevent disease. – The Philadelphia Inquirer

During a period of painful budget cuts, New York City lawmakers secured private funding to pay for free swim lessons for 2,000 second graders starting in June.


PBS announced KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a new three-hour documentary executive produced by Ken Burns, will premiere over three nights in Spring 2020 on PBS.  Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., and acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns will collaborate on the new documentary inspired by Mukherjee’s best-selling 2016 book, The Gene: An Intimate History.

Jon Gray, president and chief operating officer of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, and his wife, Mindy, recently awarded $1.5 million to fund an important collaboration between Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School aimed at developing non-surgical alternatives for reducing breast cancer risk in women who carry BRCA1 mutations.   [pdf-embedder url=””]

Twice each year, the Gray Foundation partners with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to produce Teens Take The Met! – an innovative, teen-centric evening dedicated to art and culture. More than 40 New York City youth and cultural organizations come together to provide interactive programming including workshops, performances, art making, demonstrations, photography, and more for […]

On two big issues, Jon Gray, president and chief operating officer of Blackstone Group LP, has identified unmet needs and set out to fill them, not by funding existing organizations but by starting programs with carefully chosen leaders and partners.

The program has major sponsors and partners, including Viacom, MasterCard, the James and Judith Diamond Foundation, and the Gray Foundation. Blackstone’s former head of global real estate, who was recently named president and chief operating officer, Jonathan Gray, was on the panel questioning the kids.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is pleased to announce the recipients of the BRCA Research Collaborative Grants, through its partnership with the BRCA Foundation and the Gray Foundation.

It’s where the University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Center for BRCA-related cancers is located. His daughter, Faith, died of BRCA-related ovarian cancer at 44. The center was founded thanks to a $55 million gift from another of Basser’s daughters, Mindy, and her husband Jon Gray.

Jon Gray stood by his wife Mindy Tuesday night as they welcomed about a thousand guests to Cipriani Wall Street. The occasion was a fundraiser for the Basser Center for BRCA, which they founded after Mindy’s sister Faith, who carried a BRCA gene mutation, died of ovarian cancer.