The Surdna Foundation is taking its sustainability work beyond efficiency and toward energy democracy, with the aim of helping lower-income communities gain control over their power supplies.
With big philanthropy rising and the government facing growing fiscal constraints, expect more battles like this one over a proposed island park in New York financed by a billionaire media mogul.
We've written a lot about Google's unusual and ambitious grantmaking in science and beyond. Now, though, the company is stepping up philanthropy in its home region. Why is that? And who's getting funded?
An initiative to get nonprofits and foundations to publicize diversity stats is building momentum, but still faces resistance. Who’s leading the charge and who’s trailing behind?
More business donors who remember their startup days are excited about fostering young entrepreneurs, and are making some big campus gifts. We dig into this trend.
Moving $30 million last year, this intermediary aims to foster collaboration across issues and constituencies, and get funders and grantees on the same page. Here's an in-depth look at how NEO works.
Your home and office are teeming with trillions of microorganisms, and researchers are studying how design and architecture can shape these ecosystems of bugs for the better. Sloan owns this funding space.
Once again, philanthropy's fingerprints are all over an executive action by President Obama—this time to raise overtime pay for millions of workers. The two key players here are the Ford Foundation and NELP.
Funders are looking to cities to solve a growing array of problems. A case in point is new work to help urban residents learn more about money, build savings, and join the mainstream financial system.
Tech philanthropy needs an articulate evangelist, and now it has one in Parker, who isn't saying anything new, exactly, but is doing a service by rallying rich techies around smarter ways to give.
Whoever said that philanthropy is filled with short-term thinking or that funders are afraid of a political fight? Just look at the Haas Fund's long and risky battle to secure marriage equality.
Philanthropy has played a major role in the "war on coal," and with that battle entering a new phase as rules on coal plants face fierce political pushback, funders like Hewlett are writing some big checks.
Rosenkranz is a long-time giver best known for the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series. But he and his wife Alexandra Munroe, along with their kids, are into much more. Here's a quick look.
The Surdna Foundation’s Helen Chin explains to IP why its environment program centers on city infrastructure, and the role green philanthropy can play in urban inequality.
Questions have swirled around Phil Knight's mammoth matching pledge to the Oregon Health Science University, the largest such pledge ever. Could it be met? Was it a good idea? Now we have some answers.
Corporate philanthropy is a realm where the motivations of generosity, greed, and guilt can converge in different ways at different times. Just look at the complex picture of Walmart's giving.
While the Blackstone Foundation tends to fund in the U.S., it isn’t completely unheard of for it to fund projects abroad. Here's a look at what this funder is into—and what it's now doing in India.
Homelessness and prejudice against LGBT youth very much interconnect, and that nexus is a key focus of the pop star's new philanthropic effort, the Happy Hippie Foundation. We take a quick peek.
Lottery winner Gilbert Cisneros is still a relative newcomer to philanthropy, but he and his wife Jacki have zeroed in on one of the more pressing issues facing the nation: equity in higher education.
Over the past few months, we've run a number of guest posts about donor-advised funds, with contributors on all sides of this issue. Here, the head of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation weighs in.