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Friday
Jul222016

The Millionaire Philanthropist Next Door: What the Donor-Advised Fund Revolution Tells Us 

Exploding wealth at the top of the income ladder helps explain why you can't afford an apartment in New York City or San Francisco. It also explains the stunning rise of DAFs, a juggernaut that keeps gaining speed.

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Friday
Jul222016

Who Knew? A Prize Takes Aim at an Obscure But Critical Environmental Challenge

The latest prize to solve a specific environmental problem aims to rein in the destruction of peatlands. How bad a climate problem is this? Oh man, so bad—we're talking a "virtual carbon bomb."

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Friday
Jul222016

The Canine-Loving Foundation Backing Shelters, Police Dogs, Even Dog Parks

You might know the Stanton Foundation for giving Wikimedia one of its biggest donations, but it’s also a major supporter of canines, including a program to fund a precious commodity for pet owners—the dog park.

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Friday
Jul222016

Millions to Keep Africa’s Scientific Renaissance Moving

Africa’s scientific renaissance has been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and it shows no signs of slowing. Especially with these two powerhouse funders in its corner.

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Friday
Jul222016

Can Pop Culture Drive Social Change? These Foundations Think So.

The way some major foundations see things, the most powerful tool to help spark social change remains underutilzed, yet is all around us, all the time. We explain.

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Thursday
Jul212016

Staff at George Soros's Foundation Just Voted to Join a Union. Is That a Good Thing?

Yesterday, staff at the Open Society Foundations voted to join the Communications Workers of America. This is a historic first. What might collective bargaining mean for foundations?

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Wednesday
Jul202016

A Funder Looks to an After-School Program to Nurture a New Generation of Inventors

Inventions may be a critical driver of prosperity and progress, but surprisingly few funders work this beat. We look at the latest move by one that does, the Lemelson Foundation.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

One Key to This Community College's Fundraising is Civic Pride

While community colleges tend to lack rich alumni, an advantage some have—like Pasadena Community College—is that they are seen as pillars of a community and can draw in backing from local donors.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Dept. of Niche Threats: The Surprising Logic of Giving Big for Volcano Research

Some 600 million people are at direct risk from volcanoes, especially in developing nations where farmers are often drawn to soils near volcanic activity. At least some donors are paying attention.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

The Powerful Role of Art in City Environment Funding

The projects backed by Bloomberg’s Public Art Challenge, including a 16-site meditation on LA’s water, are just the latest demonstration of the compelling combo of art and environmental work.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Betting Bigger on Africa: As a Continent Rises, Foundations Are Upping the Ante

With Gates pledging $5 billion for Africa, we step back to look more broadly at what a range of funders are doing on the continent. There's never been more going on.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Behind That Major Give for Youth Employment by Bank of America

Along with financial inclusion, youth workforce development is all the rage these days among top banks. We look at the complex and varied motives for such giving—and (of course!) who's getting grants.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Between Lab and Lifesaver: Cash to Cross the Valley of Death on Alzheimer's

It's a big problem in neuroscience: Breakthroughs that take forever to turn into actual cures or treatments. Which is where the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation comes in.

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Tuesday
Jul192016

Get to Them Early: A Nice Pot of Grants for Teaching STEM in Elementary Schools

You can't start too soon if you want to nurture more kids who love science and math. That's the idea behind a grants competition focusing on STEM education for pre-K through third grade students.

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Monday
Jul182016

Clean Up Crew? How the Fall of Government May Shape Philanthropy's Future 

Systemic change is the Holy Grail of philanthropy, but in a future of weak government, recurrent crises, and growing suffering, how will funders be able to resist doing more to meet short-term needs?

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Monday
Jul182016

This Funder Sees Child Care as a Key to Bolstering Economic Justice for Women

Child care is a big issue in the lives of working families, but not many funders work this beat. The Ms. Foundation is among those who do, looking to score multiple gains—for parents, kids, and the economy.

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Monday
Jul182016

Spotlight on Izumi: A Grantmaker With An Eye on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Combating neglected tropical diseases has been gaining momentum in the global health arena, but it still remains an uncrowded field. Izumi is among the low profile funders in this space.

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Monday
Jul182016

Another Sign That Crowdsourcing Input on Grantmaking Is Catching On Among Funders

Wawa is an East Coast chain of convenience store/gas stations and a newcomer to philanthropy. It's taking an interesting approach that sounds more familiar than it once might have.

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Friday
Jul152016

Warren's Big Give. And Why Buffett Family Philanthropy Is Booming

If you think that Buffet is giving "all his money" to the Gates Foundation, you're missing one of the biggest stories in U.S. philanthropy right now—namely, what his children are doing.

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Friday
Jul152016

India’s Clean Energy Challenges Are Massive, and Hewlett is Boosting Support

Hewlett’s climate program has recently given more to energy work in India than it has in previous years. We take a look at what’s driving the move and where the money is going.

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