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Friday
Aug262016

Behind a Rare (and Historic) Community College Give

Donors generally don't give big to community colleges, so the Herb Alpert Foundation's gift to provide Los Angeles City College music majors with free tuition is a welcome exception. Will other donors follow its cue?

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Friday
Aug262016

With Violent Crime Spiking in Some Cities, Can Philanthropy Make Any Difference?

Foundations are better at, say, backing programs to help teenagers graduate high school than making sure that those same kids don't get murdered this weekend. In Chicago, funders want to change that.

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Friday
Aug262016

Pay Attention to This International Billionaire's Growing Philanthropy, Especially for Science

Len Blavatnik has been donating big lately, especially for university-based scientific research. We dig into his giving, along with the larger context of growing private support for science on campus.

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Thursday
Aug252016

7 Tips for Using Tax-Exempt “Charitable” Gifts to Get Your Candidates Elected

Never mind that nonsense that a firewall exists between philanthropy and partisan politics. With November fast approaching, we offer a handy guide for swaying elections—and getting a tax break!

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Thursday
Aug252016

A Veteran Tech Banker Invests in Criminal Justice Reform

Remember Frank Quattrone? He was a star banker in the dotcom era who narrowly dodged prison. Now, he and his wife Denise are among the growing ranks of givers who want to improve the justice system

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Thursday
Aug252016

No, 1.2 Billion Child Brides Is Not Okay. A Funder's Push to End Early Marriage

While a fairly large number of funders now work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, few are giving heavily to end child marriage. The Kendeda Fund is among those on the case.

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Thursday
Aug252016

Come One, Come All. Is It Good the IRS Has Made It Easier to Form a Nonprofit?

Now that it's easier to form nonprofits, will we see more fraudulent charities? And maybe even worse, more duplicative groups in a crowded sector already infamous for its wasteful redundancies?

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Thursday
Aug252016

Get Along With the Musicians and the Money Will Follow. Behind a Symphony Gift

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing mid-size symphonies is sufficiently paying musicians while keeping the lights on. News out of Missouri suggests that once this code is cracked, donor dollars may follow.

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Once Again, the Media Gets It Wrong on the Clinton Foundation

Another week, another misleading story about donor access and the Clinton Foundation. Why can't reporters understand this place, or grasp how politics and philanthropy are ever more entwined?

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Latest Concern for a Major Health Funder: Drought and Extreme Temps

Water quality and supply in the U.S. is a huge and growing issue among funders, including those worried about health and equity. How's this playing out so far with grantmaking?

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Another Big STEM Diversity Give, This One Backed By Hedge Fund Wealth

One way to bring diversity in math and science is to support STEM at historically black colleges and universities. We take a look at a recent multimillion dollar gift along these lines by Jim and Marilyn Simons.

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Snowball Effect: How a Local Gift "Nudged" a Donor Towards Arts Philanthropy

News out of Southern California suggests that sometimes a little bit of friendly (and competitive) philanthropic peer pressure can be good for a region's arts ecology.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

So Many Pritzkers, So Much Philanthropy: Meet This Top Family of Givers

With a combined net worth of $29 billion and nearly a dozen billionaires among them, the Pritzkers are a philanthropic force to be reckoned with. Ever wondered what they're all up to? Take a look.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

What the Latest Big Koch Campus Gift Tells Us About the Interests of a Feared Mega-Giver

Charles Koch has said that he wants to cut back on political giving and focus on his true passions, which are ideas and shaping the minds of the next generation. That may mean larger university gifts.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Mashup: A Funder Puts Diverse Scientists Together To See What They Come Up With

RCSA pulls together groups of early career scientists to put their heads together around important topics, then cuts checks for the multidisciplinary, potentially groundbreaking projects that emerge.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

How a Nonprofit is Funding a 3,000-Mile Bike Path Connecting the Entire East Coast

An effort to connect the entire East Coast with protected bike paths has been pedaling along since 1991. The nonprofit behind the effort has been on fire lately. Here's what is driving its mix of public and private support.

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Monday
Aug222016

As Antibiotics Lose Their Punch, Alarm Bells Are Ringing at Some Foundations

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria claim tens of thousands of lives globally, and this problem could become a catastrophic public health crisis as new "superbugs" emerge. Which funders are paying attention?

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Monday
Aug222016

Just Say No: When Should Arts Organizations Refuse a Gift?

Conflicts of interest. A mismatch with an organization's mission. Dodging unsustainable capital projects. When should arts organizations channel their inner Nancy Reagan?

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Friday
Aug192016

Now What? A Campus Gift Plants the Seed for Rural Economic Development

How does a rural area adapt after its primary source of economic activity—in this case, the tobacco industry—fades into oblivion? For an answer, we turn to a big and intriguing university grant in North Carolina.

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Friday
Aug192016

An Activist Actor's Climate Group Is Moving Rapid Grassroots Grants

Mark Ruffalo’s The Solutions Project has quickly grown into a legit clean energy campaign, and in the past year, a grantmaker. Here's a look at its plan to deploy nimble community-based grants.

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