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Thursday
Jun302016

What's the Founder of Craigslist Up to With His Philanthropy?  

Craig Newmark never really joined the mad scramble for big tech riches, but he's done plenty well. A key theme of his giving is public service and the common good. We look at his latest gift.

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Thursday
Jun302016

A Foundation's Prescription for Better Health: Focus on Those Who Provide It

While issues of coverage and cost get all the attention, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation believes that professional education for doctors, nurses and other caregivers also needs fixing.

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Thursday
Jun302016

Diversity Déjà vu: Another Gift to Boost Inclusion On Campus

Campus administrators looking for a roadmap for funding a more inclusive environment now have another case study to review, thanks to a recent gift to a Rhode Island college.

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Thursday
Jun302016

Finally: New Data Shows That Private Funders Have Stepped Up Giving for the Syrian Crisis

It took a while, but more funders are coming forward to address the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. We dig into recently released numbers, and the donors behind them.

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Thursday
Jun302016

These Science Prizes Aren't Flashy, But the Winners Are Impressive. So Is the Money 

The Gruber Prizes aren’t the highest-profile philanthropic awards for research, but are quite prestigious nonetheless, and $500,000 a pop is serious cash.

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Thursday
Jun302016

A Star of This Long-Running Crime Drama Gives to a Range of Causes

Actor Sam Waterston, aka prosecutor Jack McCoy of long-running drama Law & Order, focuses his philanthropy on the arts and environment, among other causes. Here's a quick peak.

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Wednesday
Jun292016

Why Is Oakland the Latest Hotspot for Activist Ed Philanthropy?

Big things are happening with education in Oakland right now, and lots of funders are involved, including the Walton Family Foundation, which just launched a new national charter school push.

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Wednesday
Jun292016

Dozens of Campuses Will be Showered With Big, Multi-Year Grants for STEM

Funders worried about the future of science, along with tomorrow's workforce, keep stepping up grants to draw more diverse students to STEM subjects. HHMI is pumping another $60 million into this push.

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Wednesday
Jun292016

Youth Philanthropy Is Growing, Along With the Online Spaces to Support It 

The growing involvement of young people in philanthropy is among the most inspiring trends in the sector today. Now, thanks to the Foundation Center, we know a whole lot more about this field.

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Wednesday
Jun292016

What Should 21st Century Libraries Look Like? Here are Fourteen Answers.

Knight's News Challenge on Libraries cuts checks to libraries that effectively answer this critical question: "How might libraries serve twenty-first century information needs?"

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Wednesday
Jun292016

The Crucial Water Scarcity Work that Drove a Record University Gift

As we've been reporting, water is emerging as one of more urgent new frontiers of philanthropy. Here we dig into a recent $400 million donation in Israel that's all about water scarcity.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

What's the Secret to This Community College's Fundraising Success?

Community colleges are the poor cousins of higher education, often lacking well-off alumni donors. We look inside the funding operation of one such school that is beating the odds, in part with a great database.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

Contemporary Art Is Growing Exponentially. Can Donors Help Organizations Catch Up?

Everyone from large museums to university galleries are scrambling to beef up their contemporary art collections and hire curators. We look at an alumni gift that puts one New England school ahead of the curve.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

Generation Debt: A Millennial Policy Group Pulls in Heavyweight Funders

Young Invincibles has been around for less than a decade, but it has demonstrated quite a knack for keying in on issues that deep-pocketed donors also care deeply about.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

The Latest Community Funder to Tackle LGBT Issues, This Time in New Orleans 

While some national funders are pulling out of LGBT work, more local funders are stepping into a funding area that's no longer as controversial as it once was. The latest news comes from the Big Easy.

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Monday
Jun272016

A Telecom Giant's K-12 Philanthropy Flies Under the Radar. Here's a Look 

We haven't heard much about AT&T's education funding, but it's making some big grants in several ed areas. Here's a peak at the millions its giving to raise high school graduation rates.

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Monday
Jun272016

Planning Ahead: Why Did This Historic Opera House Net a Historic Gift?

News out of Michigan reminds us that not all ambitious capital improvement projects need to plunge organizations into a state of perpetual fundraising and cost overruns.

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Monday
Jun272016

Dept. of Fine Print: What Does "All Proceeds Go to Charity" Actually Mean?

Questions over Donald Trump’s charitable claims have spotlighted an issue of surprising murkiness, one with both practical and legal implications for fundraising efforts.

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Friday
Jun242016

Coop Dreams: How Bill Gates Plans to Change the World with Chickens

Chickens can be a powerful tool for fighting poverty and malnutrition, providing both protein and cash to poor families. Which is why Gates has helped hatch a plan to give away flocks and flocks of them.

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Friday
Jun242016

Inside the U.S. Bank's Grantmaking, and Its Growing Push on Gender Equity

It's the fifth largest bank in the U.S., and up to some interesting things. We talk to Reba Dominski, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and President of the U.S. Bank Foundation.

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