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Wednesday
May272015

Yep, Another $100 Million Gift from Kravis: Behind That Windfall for Rockefeller University

We keep a close eye on the billionaire Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee for some good reasons. For starters, when they give, they often give big. Now they've done it again. We look at the backstory.

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Wednesday
May272015

Heading on a New Mission, the Mother Ship of Health Philanthropy Wants More Answers

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is famously filled with policy wonks and data fiends. So it's no surprise to hear it's shelling out $25 million to identify the best ways to advance a "culture of health."

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Wednesday
May272015

A Big New Attack on America's Wasteful and Unjust Jail System Gains Steam

MacArthur may be trimming its sails in some areas, but that hasn't stopped it from launching a new effort to fix America's badly screwed-up jail system. Here's where the money is going so far.

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Wednesday
May272015

A Big Bet by George Lucas to Improve How Schools Teach and Kids Learn

Star Wars creator George Lucas is a key funder to watch in the K-12 space. One big reason: His foundation is putting millions behind the idea that project-based learning is the best way to educate kids.

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Tuesday
May262015

Bloomberg Philanthropies Doubles Down On Its Arts Innovation and Management Program

The pilot program paid significant dividends to recipient organizations across six U.S. cities from 2011 to 2013. So like any smart investor, Bloomberg is dropping another $30 million.

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Tuesday
May262015

Scale and Sustainability: An Inside Look at the Peery Foundation's Global Giving

The Peery Foundation's venture approach to fighting global poverty is emblematic of a new generation of funders that wants to do things differently, borrowing strategies from business. Here's how it thinks.

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Tuesday
May262015

Child Sexual Abuse: How Foundations and the Paternos are Funding Prevention

Funding for child sexual abuse prevention is finally reaching critical mass, and a key organization is working to take its abuse prevention training to more communities both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tuesday
May262015

Endowment Donors Are Hungry For More Info. Here's What to Give Them

Nothing is more satisfying to a donor than to see, exactly, how their money is making a difference year after year. Institutions that track and share these details will reap big rewards.

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Friday
May222015

War and Peace Hall of Fame: The Funders Pushing Back Against a World of Violence

War remains one of humanity's great scourges, but you wouldn't know that from the priorities of funders in the past two decades. That may be changing with the world on fire. Here's who's in the action.

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Thursday
May212015

Millions to Tackle the Alarming Youth Unemployment Problem in Africa

In Africa, young people account for approximately 60 percent of the continent’s unemployed population. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is among the funders focused on helping these young people find jobs.

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Thursday
May212015

An Entire School District Focused on STEM? Yup, That's What This Funder Is Backing

We've written a lot about STEM funding at the K-12 level, often from corporate funders worried about the future supply of skilled workers. But we've never seen this before. Is it good or bad?

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Thursday
May212015

Why This Venture Capitalist and His Wife Made a $50 Million Bet on Their Alma Mater

John Doerr has made a fortune with sharp bets in the tech world. Now he and wife are betting big on a new leadership center at Rice University, where they both got degrees. What are the key takeaways from this gift?

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Thursday
May212015

Where Koch Cash is Doing Some Good

Although best known as a funder of conservative causes, for the past 25 years, David Koch has also been a huge donor to cancer research. Now he's just made his biggest give yet, for $150 million. We tell the backstory.

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Wednesday
May202015

The Logic Behind a Push to Support Underfunded Young Cancer Researchers

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is an example of growing risk taking in philanthropy in search of medical breakthroughs. We connected with its director to hear how this outfit operates.

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Wednesday
May202015

Into Africa: A Funder Embraces a New Way to Educate Some of the Poorest Kids on Earth

Irene Pritzker and her IDP Foundation started a program in Ghana to offer loans to low-cost private schools in marginalized communities. She found success, but controversy, too.

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Tuesday
May192015

Nonprofit CEO: Want to Raise the Big Bucks? Bring Out Your Experts

Sarah Brown has led the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy since helping establish it in 1996. A key thing she's learned about fundraising is that you want your top wonks in the room.

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Tuesday
May192015

What's Behind a Mystery Donor's $10 Million Gift to Princeton University?

Princeton has been working to set itself apart from other Ivys by investing heavily in the arts. A grateful alumnus just chipped in for this effort in the latest of a string of campus arts gifts we've reported on.

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Tuesday
May192015

Here's How This Media Mogul Gives Away His Money

We dig into the giving of MTV founder Robert Pittman and his wife Veronique. The couple's interests include the environment, the arts, fighting poverty, and more. Take a look.

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Tuesday
May192015

As Blended Learning Gains Steams, This K-12 Funder Aims to Get Key Pieces In Place

If you're tantalized by the promise of combining online and classroom instruction, Hewlett is a funder to know. Among other things, it wants to see better open educational resources to support blended learning.

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Monday
May182015

To Create an Inclusive Economy, Rockefeller Coaxes Business To Change How It Thinks

John Irons, the foundation's top economic thinker, is making grants to encourage employers to look beyond a narrow bottom line and create more "shared value" for society at large. Here's his game plan.

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