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Friday
Aug292014

As Inequality Rises In Silicon Valley, Can This Foundation Get Out of the Band-Aid Business?

Sobrato Philanthropies is trying to think more structurally about poverty. But is it ready to confront a low-wage economy that keep a third of Silicon Valley households under water and showing up at food pantries?

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Thursday
Aug282014

Here's Why the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony Netted a $1 Million Grant

The mighty wealth spawned by Johnson & Johnson mainly finds its way to healthcare. But the descendants of Robert Wood Johnson include the artist Seward Johnson and his son, John, a filmmaker, who have their own pots of money.

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Thursday
Aug282014

Fighting Without Funders: How LGBT Money Skips the South

Nearly a third of LGBT Americans live in the South, and the region is one of the toughest battlegrounds for equality. Yet LGBT funders have largely bypassed these states. What's up with that?

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Thursday
Aug282014

Why Is the King of Subprime Credit Cards Pouring Money into Ghana?

Denny Sanford made his fortune in a rather questionable way, but he's among the more fun philanthropists to watch as he urgently spends down. Ghanaians seeking healthcare are among the beneficiaries.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Here's What Philanthropy Looks Like When Millennials From Tech and Finance Get Together

Two former hedge fund guys and the foundation of a Facebook billionaire have created something called the Open Philanthropy Project. It offers some clues to how Millennial values may reshape philanthropy.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

High Emotions, Low Returns: The Paradox of Healthcare Giving

The cold, hard truth of healthcare philanthropy is that some causes are just plain better than others in terms of stretching dollars to save lives. Yet few areas of giving are more dominated by gut-level emotion.

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Tuesday
Aug262014

At Tech Companies Like Facebook, the Founders Aren't the Only Ones Giving Big

The Facebook IPO is said to have made 1,000 millionaires, and many of them besides Mark Zuckerberg have been generous with their money. So who are the Facebook philanthropists that you may not have heard of?

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Monday
Aug252014

Meet the 9 Most Powerful Couples in U.S. Philanthropy

No matter who makes the money, most wealthy couples share power when it comes to giving it away. We look at the nine most powerful couples in U.S. philanthropy, and the partnerships they've formed to give away large fortunes.

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Monday
Aug252014

Bigger Things Ahead: Ray Dalio's Conservation Philanthropy

Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio isn't yet a known name in environmental philanthropy, but he's has a passion for things wild and a lot of money to give. We take a look at what he's funding, and where things might go.

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Monday
Aug252014

Howard G. Buffett Wants an Overhaul of U.S. Food Aid. Here's Why

Food security is Howard G. Buffett's big issue, so it's no surprise that he's taken a keen interest in U.S. food aid. Buffett doesn't like what he sees, and his foundation is working to change how things are done.

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Monday
Aug252014

Why Knight Is Betting That "Community Platform Collaboration" Is the Future of Journalism 

In this age of smart phones, blogs, and social media, everyone has the potential to be a crusading citizen-journalist. But that doesn't mean they can do it well, which is where the Knight Foundation comes in.

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Monday
Aug252014

Our New Forum on Philanthropy and Impact

Just a heads up that we've created a new blog at IP, Impact Zone, to kick around ideas about philanthropy, strategy, and impact.

While our bread and butter at IP is covering funders in a way that's helpful for anyone looking for money, we're also keenly interested in giving strategies -- who's moving the needle, and why. 

Impact Zone is meant to be an informal place to discuss trends and ideas in short posts, and we want to open this conversation to others. So if you're interested in guest blogging, get in touch with me

Friday
Aug222014

Meet 7 U.S. Philanthropists Who've Given Big for the Israel Defense Forces

The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in foreign military aid annually, and so you might not think that private Americans would see much need to chip in funds on top of that to help Israel's armed forces. You'd be wrong.

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Friday
Aug222014

How This Science Funder Is Making Its Mark on Mathematics

Funding math research is a murky business. It can take decades for such work to change life on the ground. One near-term metric is who's winning the Fields Prize. The Simons Foundation has already backed two winners.

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Friday
Aug222014

The Republican Metals Magnate Fighting Climate Change Through the Courts

Go ahead and read that a second time if you want. Andrew Sabin is a Republican donor, owner of a precious metals refiner, and he just gave $3.5 million to support legal strategies to fight climate change

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Thursday
Aug212014

Want to Shake Up a Stodgy Field? Hand the Checkbook Over to a Total Outsider 

Can an expert on social innovation bring new thinking to the challenge of curbing nuclear threats? A funders' collaborative is betting the answer is yes, and giving her $2 million to do things differently.

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Thursday
Aug212014

Why Did This Corporate Funder Just Give Charity:Water Five Million Bucks?

Educating young girls in Africa is a key to that continent's development. But school is only a dream for many girls who walk hours every day to collect water. That's one reason for Caterpillar's big give to charity:water.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

A Closer Look at Atlantic's End Gameā€”And Where It's Putting the Biggest Money

Atlantic Philanthropies is starting to make a series of "culminating grants" that will shower a handful of organizations with some serious money. We talked with CEO Chris Oechsli about the foundation's finale.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Silo Busters: The Compton Foundation Is All About Movement Building

The left is notorious for being a collection of single-issue groups as opposed to a real movement. Funders, with their narrow programs, share much of the blame. Here's one foundation that does things differently.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

You Rock, Vassar: Grant-Funded PR Campaign Touts Liberal Arts Colleges

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations gives big to liberal arts colleges. Now they're bankrolling an effort to show that these schools aren't snooty bastions of elitism with grads who can quote Nietzche but can't get jobs.

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