With mega-donors writing giant checks left and right, it can be easy to miss significant gifts—like how a New York billionaire just ponied up "the single largest gift ever made to Catholic elementary and secondary education."
Housing initiatives are a key area where big banks and big foundations can collaborate for more impact. We dig into a new funder partnership putting it all together, one that showcases a social sector in flux.
The resignation of a Brookings fellow is a further reminder that think tanks are just asking for trouble as they increasingly rely on funding from the corporate sector and donors who have specific agendas.
The top ranks of the foundation world are not exactly populated with intellectual heavyweights. But these jobs require leaders who are keen to grapple with big ideas and questions. Lately, Ford's Darren Walker has been doing just that.
This social justice funder just marked a milestone, $300 million in grants. Daniel Lee, the foundation’s executive director, spoke with us about LSF's approach and what it looks for in nonprofits. The bar is pretty high.
We've written a lot lately about wealthy writers engaged in philanthropy. Not surprisingly, some of that giving tilts to the left. The latest example: a $1 million gift to Planned Parenthood by a children's author.
The Cleveland Foundation is funding a plan designed by the city to transform blighted areas adjacent to rail lines into "one of the nation's largest outdoor art galleries."
While corporate philanthropy has improved in recent years, it still has its dark corners and gross hypocrisies. Our latest example: Monsanto's giving to save monarch butterflies threatened by a top company product.
It was only a matter of time before the geek squad figured out a way to disrupt how foundations move money out the door. We talk with Jason Ricci of Fluxx about the bold new future of, um, grants processing.
Education reform advocates and funders are paying close attention to the 2016 campaign, where issues around schooling have a higher profile than in the previous election cycle.
Setting up a policy or advocacy shop at a liberal arts school can appeal to professors and administrators alike. But can such places really compete for grant dollars? We look at a longstanding success at Hampshire College.
Should foundations always try to do the most good in the world? Or is the pursuit of mushier goals—like the celebration of talent—just fine? MacArthur's fellowships offer a test as to whether you're an "effective altruist."
We all know Trump as a real estate mogul and television personality, and even more recently, as the GOP frontrunner. But what about Donald Trump the philanthropist? We take a look.
What do you get when you add a bit of alumni loyalty, a long history of giving to a school, deep regional ties, and more? A big gift to University at Buffalo's medical school that's what. We take a look.
Corporations and nonprofits are increasingly finding common ground when it comes to the future of education in America. We take a look at how one marketplace of ideas is bringing these two worlds together.
Uber is in a race against Google to create market-ready, self-driving cars, cutting checks and creating a contentious academic partnership along the way. Will it mean a windfall or a buyout for research schools?
The Middle East isn't the only region where record numbers of people have been displaced. The wars of Africa have also sent millions fleeing. The Gates Foundation is surprisingly active in trying to help these refugees.
The funding juggernaut for big data gallops on, with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government landing a huge grant from the Arnold Foundation to use data science to improve the effectiveness of public sector programs.
Coming over from a key role at the Surdna Foundation, Sharon Alpert looks like the ideal person to sharpen NCF's grantmaking priorities as its new president—assuming the Cummings family really wants that.
The threat of climate change is mounting, and the top nonprofits working on the issue don't have the resources they need. It's time for leading funders to think boldly, bringing more of their assets to this fight.