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Monday
May232016

Beyond Belief: As Americans Warm to Atheism, Will Donors Follow?

The slice of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is rising fast. But funders who back anything linked to atheism remain rare. Which is why a big recent gift caught our eye.

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Monday
May232016

What's the Deal With That Shower of Big Grants From Citi to Urban Nonprofits? 

When a foundation hands out grants to 40 nonprofits of $500,000 each in general operating support, it's hard not to sit up and wonder who got a seat on THAT gravy train—and why.

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Monday
May232016

Here's the Not-So-Secret Ingredient Behind This School's Free Tuition Model

A $55 million gift will help keep tuition free for the 175 students attending an elite music school. The good news? Massively endowed universities can do things like this. The bad news? Re-read the good news.

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Friday
May202016

Taming the Pentagon and More: A Funder's Quest to Build a New Peace Movement

High U.S. military spending crowds out investments in any number of areas that foundations care about, yet few support challenges to such spending or invest in peace advocacy. Colombe is among the exceptions.

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Friday
May202016

New Fellowships Take on Lack of Diversity in Environmentalism and Philanthropy

The environmental movement has a race problem. But there are some emerging funding efforts to address it, including new fellowships hoping to introduce more diverse leadership into the field.

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Friday
May202016

Moby’s Philanthropic Restaurant is Latest in a Lifetime of Animal Welfare Work

Over the years, Moby has traded in the club life for chic restaurants, but giving for animal welfare has remained front and center for this 1990s super-DJ.

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Friday
May202016

How Is This Foundation Supporting Freedom of Speech in an Unsettled Digital Age?

When the Founders drafted the First Amendment, they couldn't have imagined a telephone, much less Twitter. A historic gift will help journalists navigate a confusing and litigious digital landscape.

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Thursday
May192016

Are Impact Investing and Women's Leadership Connected? We Ask Clara Miller

Heron's chief aims to shake up the way philanthropy does things, and by the look of it, she has done a bang-up job. What does this story tell us about how women's leadership is shaping impact investing?

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Thursday
May192016

A Look at Jon Stryker’s Massive, Long-Term Support for Chimpanzee Sanctuaries

Jon Stryker’s Arcus Foundation is best known as an LGBT funder. But it's also the largest private backer of great ape conservation. It all started with one chimpanzee sanctuary.

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Thursday
May192016

Dept. of Systemic Change: Who's Interested in Promoting Worker Ownership? 

Wasn't it Karl Marx who said that workers should control the means of production? Yup. But the Surdna Foundation is among those funders pushing a variation of the same idea.

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Thursday
May192016

Big Shoes to Fill: Meet the New Leader at Creative Capital

Creative Capital is one of the best friends that artists have in the philanthropy world. So it's good to keep an eye on this place, starting with who's running it.

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Wednesday
May182016

A Billionaire Donor Hits the Road to See "Forgotten" America. Here's What She Learned

We don't see this every day: The philanthropist spouse of a hedge funder traveling the country in an RV, just talking to people. What were Alex Cohen's takeaways from escaping the Acela Corridor?

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Wednesday
May182016

A Funder Arrives on the Early Childhood Education Scene in a Very Big Way

Early childhood has long been a niche funding area. But lately it's been attracting more funders, writing bigger checks. Now comes major news of a $35 million gift to advance ECE research and policy.

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Wednesday
May182016

Reinforcements Have Arrived: What to Make of MacArthur's Big Journalism Give 

MacArthur's $25 million give to support the "core values of accurate, in-depth journalism" provides some needed clarity and stability for a journalism field mired in an ongoing identity and financial crisis.

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Wednesday
May182016

Just How Much Are Private Funders Giving to Basic Science Research?

No one knows, exactly, how much giving goes to basic research. But a new study by the Science Philanthropy Alliance offers a ballpark estimate and its president sheds some light on the findings.

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Tuesday
May172016

Inside the Simons Foundation: Big Philanthropy on the Frontiers of Science

The Simons Foundation is one of the most important new private science funders to emerge in decades. And it's just getting going. We talk with Jim and Marilyn Simons about how things are unfolding.

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Tuesday
May172016

"Data Holds Power." A Big Plan from Melinda Gates to Help Close the Gender Gap

In another indicator that Gates is stepping up her leadership role on women's issues, she announced an $80 million push to use data to hold the world accountable on efforts to prioritize gender equity.

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Tuesday
May172016

Class Cash: Here's a Nice Pot of Grants for K-12 Teachers to Know About 

We're all for fancy efforts that aim to boost teaching and student achievement. But what a lot of teachers want is just some extra cash for their classrooms. This grants program gives them exactly that.

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Tuesday
May172016

Funding Paid Internships for Students is Catching On. But What Approaches Work? 

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has put millions into creating paid internships for college students. Now it sharing its lessons as this funding area to promote equity heats up.

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Monday
May162016

More Money for Scholarships Is Good, But What About the Elephant in the Room?

We look at yet another big scholarship gift where there's not even a nod to how soaring tuition costs limits college access. Do donors not get it? Or are they just content with Band-Aid solutions?

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