Herb Sandler is emblematic of a cadre of living donors that has been reshaping philanthropy—and, along the way, running circles around overstaffed foundations that are overthinking how to achieve change.
Rutgers University, which has historically struggled to raise money, just announced that it surpassed the $1 billion goal of its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever. We examine the lessons.
A growing number of funders are focusing their workforce efforts at ensuring that young low-income people develop the skills needed by the healthcare sector. Now a big effort of this kind is coming to Oakland.
The nation's top community foundation gets that usurious wealth stripping practices can keep low-income households from ever building assets and getting ahead. Which is why it's taking up this fight locally.
Since our launch, we've been digging into the top funders in New York City (and five other cities). Now, we've pulled together this research to create a handy guide to the powers that be on Gotham's philanthropy scene.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations aims to support the growth of blended learning in high schools by funding the development of a nationwide certification program in educational technology for teachers.
The best-selling author, who earned over $90 million in 2014 alone, has quietly become a generous funder of literacy and educational causes. Who knew? We look at where his money is going.
One of the world's richest men has been keeping us guessing about his next philanthropic move. Now we learn that he's opening his checkbook in a big way to help protect some of California's smallest creatures.
While the Gateses urge other rich people to give away more money, and say we're entering a climactic global battle to save saves, most of their own vast private fortune is sitting on the sidelines. What's up with that?
The $840,000 grant aims to solve a seemingly simple, but nonetheless vexing question facing university publishers: How can you get more people to read your books?
As one of the biggest U.S. foundations without a website, or any way for nonprofits to scope out grant opportunities, the Anschutz Foundation is a tough nut to crack. But there's a lot of ed money going out the door.
The Colorado Healthcare Foundation is a great example of a state-level funder working on healthcare in the right way. It's not afraid of a political fight and also has joined a cutting-edge collaborative to boost health.
Lyda Hill is a fiery Dallas oil heiress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose giving will definitely increase in coming years. One big interest of hers is marine protection, where she's making waves.
Most of America's three million gifted kids will never make it to special programs that tap their full potential, in part because their parents don't have the resources. A media mogul and his wife are on the case.
Mention "Slow Food" and it's hard not to think of an affluent crowd of foodies and hipsters. But this movement also works to help poor farmers and fishermen in developing countries, and can count Ford as a friend.
After two decades, KIPP now runs a charter school empire that educates as many kids as some large urban school districts. We look at the mega funders behind KIPP's rapid growth.
The son of Rupert Murdoch might not be who you’d expect to emerge as big environmental philanthropist, but the new foundation set up by he and his wife is taking on this area, starting with fisheries.
Even as many U.S. philanthropists see a grim future and give money to support the Israel Defense Forces, a few foundations in the U.S., and in Israel, cling to hopes for peace and a democratic Palestinian state.
Philanthropists have played a key role in backing civil rights groups over the past sixty years, and this history shows how the upper class has long been more ideologically diverse than most people realize.
Here's a question worth asking on MLK's birthday: What is philanthropy doing to challenge the entrenched segregation of America's schools and neighborhoods? The answer is not a whole lot.