Innovating in education is hard, and reformers have taken some hits from getting behind ideas too early, before they're fully baked. Which helps explain the Gates Foundation's due diligence on personalized learning.
How's your week been? Probably darn lousy if you raise money from wealthy individuals, who've been totally freaking out amid the plunges and gyrations of the stock market. What are some takeaways here?
Anyone can contribute or edit Wikipedia, which doesn't always work out so great, depending on the subject. The Simons Foundation recently tried its hand at nudging science content in the right direction.
Bridge International Academies has done a stellar job of selling its vision of scalable low-cost private education, attracting funders like Zuckerberg, Gates and Omidyar. Now it's coming under some heavy fire.
Ten years ago, the Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation allocated a little over half its grants to arts organizations. Now it's shifting practically all its focus to the arts.
It's been 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his classic album Born to Run. While everyone has been examining Springsteen the musician, now's a good time to also look at Springsteen the philanthropist.
Long a local giver, the founder of Best Buy is now scaling up a major foundation. One of his major recent bets: bankrolling new stem cell research for producing healthy skin tissue.
The NoVo Foundation, fueled by Buffet wealth, is getting bigger. Now, in an ambitious collaborative effort, it's taking on the overlooked challenges facing girls and women of color.
After 20 years of giving for LGBT rights and a big victory on marriage equality, Gill isn't letting up. Here's the inside story of how he and his foundation are rallying a new charge against discrimination.
With issues of equity and economic mobility moving to the forefront of philanthropy, a new report shows that funders are doing more to foster new businesses. We take a closer look.
Much like the Knight Foundation, the National Press Foundation is looking for ways to creatively blend disruptive new digital technologies with traditional, high-quality journalism. It's an uneasy mix.
Actor Alan Alda and his wife Arlene founded the Jenjo Foundation in 1990. How did they come up with the name Jenjo? Well, we'll tell you, and it also starts to explain the couple's focus on women, youth, and family.
Whose side are green funders on? Humans or non-humans? It's a question we've been thinking about since coming across the Weeden Foundation, an outfit that's been controversial at times. We talk with its leader.
No, good work isn't just magically rewarded. You've got to talk about money. And death, too, by the way. These are some of the thoughts that the outgoing head of Lambda Legal, Kevin Cathcart, shared with us.
Without any real bottom line or outside accountability, it can be hard for legacy foundations to change. Yet these places face new pressures to up their game. And now MacArthur has shown how it's done.
There’s really no arguing the point that the vast majority of tech entrepreneurs in the U.S. are white men. Now, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein are putting up some big money to take on that imbalance.
A former computer science professor recently pledged 100 percent of his retirement plan, $1.3 million, to Providence College. If you're guessing that he taught at or attended Providence, you'd be wrong.
Meet the GivePower Foundation. The nonprofit arm of Elon Musk's SolarCity is harnessing its solar energy expertise to power up schools and bring light to impoverished communities in the developing world.
While improving teachers has long be an interest of foundations and major donors, more funders these days are also focused on improving top leadership in schools. We check in on one such effort in Chicago.
Earlier this year, Bill Gates shared a video of himself drinking water derived from poop and people made jokes. But Gates’s “stunt” wasn’t really about water at all. It was about saving lives, albeit at a price.