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Monday
Apr272015

May the Best Study Win: Will More Funding for Evidence-Based Policy Make a Difference?

The Arnold Foundation is leading the charge to push policy to reflect the best evidence on how to solve problems, and it's opening a new office in Washington. Can such work possibly trump the forces of unreason?

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Monday
Apr272015

Giving It Now: The Philanthropic Plan of Roger and Susan Hertog

Roger Hertog and his wife Susan plan are among the growing ranks of philanthropists embracing a spend-down model, giving big for Jewish causes, conservative policy work, and education. We take a peek.

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Thursday
Apr232015

A 900-Pound Gorilla Gets Even Bigger: Walton Ramps Up Its Education Funding

Walton Family Foundation's already substantial K-12 funding grew more than 20 percent over last year, topping $200 million. We check in on an ever more muscular crusade to remake education in the U.S.

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Thursday
Apr232015

A New Direction for Good Ventures: Supporting Think Tanks Overseas

The foundation of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna remains a work in progress, suggesting opportunities for new grantees. We look at the latest group to get its foot in this door.

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Thursday
Apr232015

Money to Answer a Controversial Question: What's the Actual Impact of Obamacare? 

With the Affordable Care Act largely in place and operational, more funders have been investing in assessing the effects of the law. Two key players here are Robert Wood Johnson and the Urban Institute.

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Thursday
Apr232015

Why Donor-Advised Funds Can Increase Charitable Giving

In the latest round of our DAF debate, a scholar argues that these funds are bringing more money to charity and with far lower overhead costs than the traditional foundation model.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Where the Hell Is All the Climate Funding?

By now, you'd think that this growing existential threat would be a top priority of philanthropy. You'd be wrong. Less than 2 percent of all giving goes to the cause. On Earth Day, we ask why.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

The High Hopes Behind Bloomberg’s Bet on City Data

Bloomberg’s interests tend to be all over the map—as long as they are driven and supported by data. Now a $42 million program is asking America’s cities to come up with some new ideas that fit the bill.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Smart Power: Rockefeller Steps Up Its Fight Against "Energy Poverty" in India

Bringing clean energy to the world's poor is an obvious and urgent priority for a whole bunch of reasons. But few funders focus here. Rockefeller is a notable exception, and it's doubling down in this area.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

What Cheryl Saban Is Doing to Empower Women and Girls

A growing and diverse array of funders are now pushing for gender equity. Here, we dig into the philanthropy of Cheryl Saban, the wife of billionaire Haim Saban, who's been tackling women's issues for a while.

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Tuesday
Apr212015

Can Tech Giants be Truly Green? Tim Cook’s Apple Is Out to Offer an Answer

Apple’s purchase of 36,000 acres of forest is just the latest in the company’s growing sustainability work that includes philanthropy, clean energy, toxics reduction, and now conservation.

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Tuesday
Apr212015

Blah, Blah, Blah. You're in Trouble If You Can't Master the Elevator Pitch

If the leaders can't boil down an organization's reason for existing, good luck reeling in donors and partners. But why is it so hard to craft a concise story and get everyone to tell it?

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Tuesday
Apr212015

A Foundation Of, By, and For Arab Americans

Over the past half century, foundations have helped empower different ethnic groups. Lately, Arab Americans have received funder attention. One strategy has been to scale up philanthropy in this community.

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Tuesday
Apr212015

How the Hoover Institution Vacuums Up Big Conservative Bucks

For a conservative think tank 3,000 miles from Washington, Hoover does remarkably well on the funding front. In fact, it's one of the best-funded think tanks on the right. We look at who's backing this place.

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Monday
Apr202015

Why is the New York Life Foundation Investing in Young Entrepreneurs?

Financial services companies are keenly interested in ensuring that young people are ready for work and savvy about money. These concerns are reflected in a recent $1 million give for entrepreneurship.

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Monday
Apr202015

Wallace Is Funding a Big Push on Audience Engagement. Where's the Money Going?

At long last, the foundation's massive $52 million "Building Audiences for Sustainability" initiative is starting to cut checks. Who's getting funding, and for what?

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Monday
Apr202015

These Funders See Principals as the Key to Better Schools

Nobody doubts the importance of effective teachers, but a crucial ingredient for improved K-12 student achievement, outstanding principals, often gets short shrift. Some funders, though, are on the case.

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Friday
Apr172015

Behind a Big Campus Humanities Gift: A Belief in the Power of Interdisciplinary Work

With all of the money lavished by funders on STEM projects, it is noteworthy when someone gives big to the humanities. So we were cheered when a University of Chicago alumnus did just that.

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Friday
Apr172015

Another Way a Huge Hedge Fund Fortune Is Being Tapped to Crack Scientific Puzzles  

James Simons is worth $14 billion and is famously giving big for scientific research. But the foundation co-led by his daughter is also keen on science, grappling with the mysteries of "dark matter."

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Thursday
Apr162015

Culture is Changing: Fundraising Needs to Change With It

What does it take to move from “fundraising” to developing a “culture of philanthropy" where everyone’s a fundraiser: board, staff and executive director? Lots of people are asking these days.

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