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Thursday
Sep182014

Look At How This Funder Has Hooked Up With Public Schools to Close the Achievement Gap 

While many ed funders these days dream of blowing up local school districts, the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund is directly partnering with San Francisco's public schools to tackle the achievement gap.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

How a Straight Hedge Fund Guy Got Into LGBT Philanthropy

We don't see a lot of hedge fund billionaires getting worked up about LGBT equality, so it's interesting that this is one of the issues Daniel Loeb cares about. We dig into the origins of it and where Loeb is putting money.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

It Sucks Being a "Nontraditional Student." Gates Wants To Make It a Little Easier

Nontraditional college students who often balance work, family, and school while trying to better themselves educationally and financially, could use a break. They just got one from the Gates Foundation.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

A Word About Those Genius Grants and "Lotto Philanthropy"

In an age of strategic philanthropy, it seems downright bizarre to drop a pile of money on people selected for "intangible" reasons and to be unable to point to measurable impacts after thirty years and millions spent.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Will Mobile Apps Really Improve Museums? Bloomberg Thinks So. 

Bloomberg Philanthropies has poured around $100 million into efforts to expand mobile app usage in top museums, and the money keeps flowing. Is this the right way to increase visitors and expand engagement?

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Here's How Billionaire Steven Cohen and His Wife Give Out Millions for Education

We continue our dive into the philanthropy of Steven and Alexandra Cohen, looking at their support for charter schools and other ed causes. The couple has been ramping up their giving, and bigger things lie ahead.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Fisher Philanthropy: The Three Gap Heirs Are Giving Away a Fortune

The Gap turned a jeans store into a cultural institution, but the couple behind the clothing empire also gave away millions. The heirs to the Fisher fortune have carried on the tradition, each with their own style of giving.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

A Response from the Peterson Institute for International Economics

Last week, Inside Philanthropy published an article on corporate support of Washington's top think tank on global economic policy. Here's what the institute's VP for communications had to say about our piece.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

MacArthur Funds Team Bracing for Climate Change on the East Coast

Extreme weather events like 2012’s Hurricane Sandy have focused East Coasters on climate change. One group of researchers and regional nonprofits is teaming up to help communities prepare, with support from MacArthur.

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Monday
Sep152014

Ten Billion Bucks and a Passion for Picasso, Etc: Steve Cohen's Arts Philanthropy

Billionaires with large art collections aren't always big into giving for the arts, but Steven A. Cohen certainly is. And as Cohen moves past years of legal troubles, all signs point to stepped up philanthropy.

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Monday
Sep152014

Don't Take That Advertising Job Quite Yet: The Jerome Foundation Aids Emerging Writers

Grants for writing can be few and far between, especially for emerging writers. That's why the Jerome Foundation is so indispensable. This place has been keeping literary types afloat for half a century.

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Monday
Sep152014

Meet the Gap Heir Who's Working for More Sustainable Water Systems

California's historic drought persists, choking crops and lawns alike. One Bay Area environmental funder thinks we can do better when it comes to how the state and the country manage our water resources.

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Monday
Sep152014

How Zuck Inspired a Big Tech Winner to Give Sooner, Not Later

Young techies are paying attention to how Mark Zuckerberg started giving away big money soon after getting rich. Case in point: Brendan Iribe, who just sold his company in July and last week made a $31 million gift.

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Monday
Sep152014

Philanthropy, TED-Style: How RWJF is Looking for More Intellectual Juice 

Kicking around big ideas is important for any organization looking to solve major problems, since you never know where breakthrough thinking will come from. America's top healthcare funder is one place opening its mind.

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Friday
Sep122014

How Much Control Should Higher Ed Donors Have Over How Schools Spend Their Money?

The kind of people who write big checks to universities are often used to getting their way. Where's the line in dealing with these donors when it comes the details of how their money is spent?

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Thursday
Sep112014

Here's Why This LGBT Policy Shop Has Been a Magnet for Funding

There's no single reason why the Williams Institute has done so well over the years. Rather, this is a case of a nonprofit working the right niche at the right time, but also being really good at what it does.

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Thursday
Sep112014

Who's Taking on Africa's Dirty Money Problem? 

The last thing strapped African countries need is to be hemorrhaging cash to Swiss bank accounts. And funding efforts to solve this problem is a great example of leveraging philanthropic dollars in a smart way.

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Thursday
Sep112014

Yikes, Look At All the Corporate Money Behind This Washington Think Tank

Just how much intellectual integrity can the Peterson Institute have when it's heavily supported by corporate donors with a strong financial stake in the issues that it works on?

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Thursday
Sep112014

Calling Young Dancers: Here's Your Chance to Work With Mikhail Baryshnikov (Seriously)

There are organizations that provide arts mentoring programs for young dancers, filmmakers, and singers, and then there is the National YoungArts Foundation, which takes "mentoring" to a whole new level.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

This Hedge Fund Star Is Way Into Fighting Cancer. Just Like His Old Boss

Hedge fund star and cancer funder Larry Robbins started out working for Leon Cooperman at Omega Advisors. Cooperman is deep into cancer research. Did he pass on more than sage financial advice to Robbins?

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