James Piereson's piece in the Wall Street Journal, blaming liberal funders for the crisis of U.S. democracy, reminded me of how well my six-year-old plays darts: Sometimes he hits close to the bullseye; usually he misses the board.
The PepsiCo Foundation does some good things. But when it gives money to fight childhood obesity, like two recent grants to leading school-based health and wellness programs, it makes us queasy.
A generation of peace and security advocates is getting close to retirement, and that's a problem with the world as dangerous as ever. Which is why Carnegie supports the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.
A lesser-known and conservative-leaning player in the ed philanthropy space,the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, has invested heavily in blended learning initiatives for the past few years. Here's why.
Tobacco use kills about 6 million people worldwide every year, and that toll is rising. Still, smaller killers like HIV and malaria command bigger resources from funders. What's that about?
Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee give big to health and education, but their passion for the arts is special. We take a look at what they're into and where things are going.
Ted Stanley's $650 million gift to the Broad Institute is a case study in today's Big Philanthropy, but unique in its own way. Here's what you need to know.
With a net worth of $2.4 billion, 91-year-old David H. Murdock has made some huge contributions aimed at promoting health and better nutrition. How is this passion likely to play out in future giving?
Can even the biggest foundation reboot the economy of a small city? That question is being tested in Akron, Ohio, where Knight is pouring another $4 million into an effort to make the city a hub for medical innovation.
Last week, the Michael J. Fox Foundation announced a $2 million pledge to test Alzheimer’s drug SYN120 on Parkinson’s patients. Look at who's funding its aggressive push for new Parkinson's therapies.
If you want to reach a young person, texting is the best way. That's why the Lumina Foundation is backing an effort by UVA to use texting to help students navigate entry into college.
Funders find it maddening when nonprofits reinvent the wheel instead of grabbing something off the shelf that already works. The Rockefeller Foundation doesn't want this to happen in the new "resilience" field.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust wants to activate more voices on behalf of the Common Core, starting with educators on the front lines. Their recent big grant to America Achieves is part of that strategy.
Last week, IP published a critique of the Hewlett Foundation's new $50-million initiative tackling polarization. Here, the director of the effort offers a detailed response to the article.
We've theorized that "creative placemaking" could represent the future of arts funding. Leading the way is ArtPlace America, so take a look at its recent round of funding spread across 31 states.
The EPA’s move to slash emissions from coal plants has climate activists feeling optimistic. But the new rules won't go over easy, and as top environmental groups gird for battle, Hewlett has their back.
Now that the United States has joined the rest of the civilized world in enacting universal coverage, improving the actual health of Americans is moving front and center. And grantmaking is getting more interesting.
What is it that draws finance guys to charter schools? Is there a secret memo floating around on how giving to charters will boost their investment returns? Who knows, but Schwab is another one in deep.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey believes that a big foundation needs a values-based vision to achieve change, along with big goals. And what she's doing to chart RWJF's next phase stands as a model of philanthropic leadership.
There's no clear-cut consensus on how technology will shape the field of liberal arts in years to come. And that's precisely why a recent Mellon gift to Barnard College is so exciting.