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Friday
Oct242014

Terminally Ill Simpsons Co-Creator is Saving Animals. By Buying Them

Faced with terminal cancer, TV legend Sam Simon has ramped up his animal giving in a big way. One way he's disposing of his fortune is by buying up captive animals from places like roadside zoos and circuses.

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Friday
Oct242014

From Appalachia, Another Example of Why This is a Golden Age of Energy Philanthropy  

If you're not tracking the explosion of giving by energy companies, you should be—especially if you raise money for STEM, higher ed, or workforce. Just look at this big give by Chevron in Appalachia.

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Friday
Oct242014

Meet the Couple That Wants to Put Their Alma Mater on the Map

We trust campus development offices have a way to identify couples with a high net worth who are both alums, because lots of money but twice the loyalty is a killer combo. Look at this give to the University of Redlands.

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Friday
Oct242014

Howard Buffett's Latest Move: Bolstering Women Journalists  

Gender disparities in media persist to an alarming extent. But why does Howard G. Buffett care enough about this problem to write a $4 million check to support women journalists worldwide? We dig in.

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Thursday
Oct232014

Health Philanthropy and a Media Mogul's Fortune

At 91, Sumner Redstone is worth $6 billion, and we pay close attention whenever a very old person is sitting on top of a very large fortune. Health is a main focus of Redstone's giving. How will things play out?

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Thursday
Oct232014

Malaria Is a Top Focus of the ExxonMobil Foundation. Here's Who It's Funding 

Malaria has some heavy-hitting opponents, and ExxonMobil is one of them, with grantees ranging from Harvard to grassroots groups in Africa. Now the bad news: Getting your foot in this door isn't easy.

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Thursday
Oct232014

A Bid to Tackle Youth Unemployment, With a Focus on Employers. But Will it Work? 

There's keen interest right now in connecting young people of color to the work world, and the Rockefeller Foundation is a big funder in this tough terrain. One of their strategies? Changing employer attitudes.

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Thursday
Oct232014

New York's Richest Resident Is Into Dance. Where Has His Money Been Going?

Admit it: Ballet is not what comes to mind when you hear about the Koch brothers. But dance is actually one of David Koch's main philanthropic interests. We dig into Koch's super-sized arts giving.

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Thursday
Oct232014

Dept. of Edgy Grantmaking: $60K to a Group Supporting Sex Workers

Support from the New York Women's Foundation will help retrain former sex workers for jobs outside of the industry. Which is edgy, yes, but not the same as, say, a grant to help these workers improve their existing job skills.

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Thursday
Oct232014

It's Dr. Nurse, to You: RWJF's Plan to Empower Brainiac Nurses to Fight for a Culture of Health

The foundation's push to help more nurses get doctorates is part of a broader strategy of advancing a culture of health by creating a new cadre of sophisticated leaders in the healthcare field.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

At Least One Big Bank is Offering Environmental Grants

A lot of major financial institutions talk a big game about their environmentally friendly business practices, and investing in clean energy. Few do grantmaking in this area. Wells Fargo is an exception.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Just SNAP for Fresh Produce: Kresge Keeps Up Its Fight Against Food Deserts

Funders like Kresge are keeping up the push to bring better food choices to underserved communities, and the strategies are getting more sophisticated, including leveraging food stamp money.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

A Real Estate Mogul's Deep Ties to a State and a University Drive a Major Gift 

Jay Shidler's first foray into real estate emerged from his senior thesis at the University of Hawaii. Later, when he gave back to the university, he felt his money was put to good use. So he gave more. A lot more.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Unusual Funding Outfit Hot on the Trail of an Alzheimer's Cure

The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund was founded by four venture capitalists who put their heads and wallets together to back a take-no-prisoners Alzheimer’s research organization. Now, it's scored its biggest success yet.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

How the ExxonMobil Foundation Approaches Higher Ed Funding

However polarizing ExxonMobil may be on climate change, there is no mistaking its foundation's commitment to STEM-related higher education, especially among African Americans, Hispanics, and women.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Funders in the Fight to Save the Louisiana Coast

The state’s shrinking coast is a major disaster. And while the price tag to mitigate the damage is larger than philanthropy can afford, some funders are finding a role.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Smart Move: Caterpillar Foundation Reaches for Advocacy Lever with Ebola Gift 

Since containing Ebola is way too big of a job for nonprofits offering direct aid, wouldn't it make more sense for funders to focus on prodding governments to do more? At least one foundation thinks so.

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Monday
Oct202014

Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving? 

The ongoing emergence of Facebook's CEO as an activist mega donor is a story that's keeping us rapt. With big resources in play, and a widening playing field (now including Ebola), we take a closer look.

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Monday
Oct202014

Wow, the UPS Foundation Really Likes Trees. Here's Why

Through its grantmaking and employee volunteering, UPS has planted some 3 million trees worldwide. Trees are the centerpiece of the company's green giving for some very good reasons.

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Monday
Oct202014

A Big Alumni Gift With a Big Goal: To Help Revive an Entire City

A Wayne State University grad has given the school $25 million with an eye on helping to reboot Detroit. We unpack the lessons of this gift, and the loyalty to both a school and a place that lies behind it.

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