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Tuesday
Jan272015

The Sandler Way: Where Big Philanthropy Meets the Art of Common Sense

Herb Sandler is emblematic of a cadre of living donors that has been reshaping philanthropy—and, along the way, running circles around overstaffed foundations that are overthinking how to achieve change.

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Monday
Jan262015

An Underdog Hits the Mark: Lessons From Rutgers' Fundraising Campaign

Rutgers University, which has historically struggled to raise money, just announced that it surpassed the $1 billion goal of its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever. We examine the lessons.

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Monday
Jan262015

Another Push to Prepare Low-Income Kids for Healthcare Jobs, This Time In Oakland

A growing number of funders are focusing their workforce efforts at ensuring that young low-income people develop the skills needed by the healthcare sector. Now a big effort of this kind is coming to Oakland.

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Monday
Jan262015

How the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Fighting Predatory Lending

The nation's top community foundation gets that usurious wealth stripping practices can keep low-income households from ever building assets and getting ahead. Which is why it's taking up this fight locally.

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Friday
Jan232015

The 15 People Most Powerful People in New York Philanthropy

Since our launch, we've been digging into the top funders in New York City (and five other cities). Now, we've pulled together this research to create a handy guide to the powers that be on Gotham's philanthropy scene.

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Friday
Jan232015

Bringing Technology To Classrooms Is Filled With Pitfalls. This Funder Wants to Help

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations aims to support the growth of blended learning in high schools by funding the development of a nationwide certification program in educational technology for teachers.

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Friday
Jan232015

What Drives Mega-Novelist James Patterson's Philanthropy?

The best-selling author, who earned over $90 million in 2014 alone, has quietly become a generous funder of literacy and educational causes. Who knew? We look at where his money is going.

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Friday
Jan232015

It's Official: Larry Ellison Is a Wildlife Funder. For Now, Anyway

One of the world's richest men has been keeping us guessing about his next philanthropic move. Now we learn that he's opening his checkbook in a big way to help protect some of California's smallest creatures.

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Thursday
Jan222015

Bill and Melinda Gates Have a Big Vision. So Why Aren't They Writing Bigger Checks?

While the Gateses urge other rich people to give away more money, and say we're entering a climactic global battle to save saves, most of their own vast private fortune is sitting on the sidelines. What's up with that?

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Thursday
Jan222015

What's Behind Mellon's Big Give to Yale University Press?

The $840,000 grant aims to solve a seemingly simple, but nonetheless vexing question facing university publishers: How can you get more people to read your books?

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Thursday
Jan222015

Four Things to Know About the Anschutz Foundation's Education Giving

As one of the biggest U.S. foundations without a website, or any way for nonprofits to scope out grant opportunities, the Anschutz Foundation is a tough nut to crack. But there's a lot of ed money going out the door.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

A Recipe for Better Health: Advocacy and Collaboration

The Colorado Healthcare Foundation is a great example of a state-level funder working on healthcare in the right way. It's not afraid of a political fight and also has joined a cutting-edge collaborative to boost health.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

How Lyda Hill Thinks Big on Marine Protection

Lyda Hill is a fiery Dallas oil heiress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist whose giving will definitely increase in coming years. One big interest of hers is marine protection, where she's making waves.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Gifted Students Have Fewer Allies Than You'd Think, But Can Count on This Billionaire 

Most of America's three million gifted kids will never make it to special programs that tap their full potential, in part because their parents don't have the resources. A media mogul and his wife are on the case.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Can the Slow Food Movement Help the Global Poor? Ford is Betting On It

Mention "Slow Food" and it's hard not to think of an affluent crowd of foodies and hipsters. But this movement also works to help poor farmers and fishermen in developing countries, and can count Ford as a friend.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Deep Pockets for a Charter School Powerhouse: A Look at the Money Behind KIPP

After two decades, KIPP now runs a charter school empire that educates as many kids as some large urban school districts. We look at the mega funders behind KIPP's rapid growth.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

An Heir to a Media Empire. And Now An Environmental Funder, Too

The son of Rupert Murdoch might not be who you’d expect to emerge as big environmental philanthropist, but the new foundation set up by he and his wife is taking on this area, starting with fisheries.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

These Funders Haven't Given Up on the Palestinians, or Hopes of Peace

Even as many U.S. philanthropists see a grim future and give money to support the Israel Defense Forces, a few foundations in the U.S., and in Israel, cling to hopes for peace and a democratic Palestinian state.

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Monday
Jan192015

White Money vs. White Privilege: Philanthropy and Civil Rights From Selma to Ferguson

Philanthropists have played a key role in backing civil rights groups over the past sixty years, and this history shows how the upper class has long been more ideologically diverse than most people realize.

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Monday
Jan192015

Which Funders Are Battling Today's Forms of Segregation? 

Here's a question worth asking on MLK's birthday: What is philanthropy doing to challenge the entrenched segregation of America's schools and neighborhoods? The answer is not a whole lot.

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