Urban farming and healthy food markets are one more place where social enterprises are gaining traction. Among those backing this trend is the Nonprofit Finance Fund. We look at a recent loan in Oakland.
We've said it before, we'll say it again: Timing matters in higher ed giving. Consider a recent case at University of Miami, where a $100 million gift was linked to the inauguration of the school's first Hispanic president.
The Searle Freedom Trust is less well known than other top conservative foundations. But it's long been part of the cadre of funders who have patiently nurtured the right's policy wonks and scholars.
Thomas Healey made partner at Goldman Sachs in the 1980s and started his foundation that time, too. The family's philanthropy has especially focused on education and supporting Catholic institutions. We take a look.
Small donors are looming larger than ever in electoral politics this year, with record giving. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding picture is more mixed in the philanthrosphere. IP will be digging in with a new blog.
Most people think of the YMCA as just a health club, but its mission is to strengthen communities. We hear from a top exec there about the Y's new push for relevance, and how that's affecting its funding.
Financial inclusion is a hopping area of global grantmaking right now, and big financial firms are on the forefront of this work. Here we take a quick look at what the Citi Foundation is up to.
What is it about Wall Street winners and the environment? Every time we turn around we stumble on another financier trying to save the planet. Here we check in on what Duncan McFarland is up to.
Lots of funders have a huge stake in the outcome of the $4 trillion budget fight now starting in Washington, D.C. But few invest strategically in influencing that battle, particularly on the tax side.
JPMorgan Chase is backing a big effort by CFED to fund nonprofits to build leadership on the ground in communities of color, in order to address the racial wealth divide—including through policy advocacy.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses, are key locomotives of prosperity—yet often barely on the radar of foundations. One notable effort, though, is the New Economy Initiative in Detroit. We chat with its new head.
If you're a car company, you're keen to see more kids become engineers. And perhaps eyeing pollution, too. Which may explain why the Toyota USA foundation gives for STEM projects related to conservation.
The Women Donors Network is taking on diversity in U.S. political leadership, among other big challenges. We talk to Donna Hall, WDN's president, to hear what it's up to.
A funder is suing a university for not living up to its end of a major gift. This unhappy case is sure to hinge on whether there was a concise funding contract—which too many donors forget to insist on.
These are interesting times for classical music, and some funders are keenly attuned to helping this field evolve and broaden its mission. Fostering more diversity among musicians is one item on the to-do list.
While most U.S. funders have done little to help the world’s refugees, there are some notable exceptions. Most recently, Tent.org, which was recently established by Chobani yogurt tycoon, Hamdi Ulukaya.
A shockingly large amount of food produced never makes it to people's plates, with big implications for hunger rates, farmer incomes, and the climate. Rockefeller has a plan to change that.
Is Gates gearing up to jump into the mother of all domestic policy issues? It's too soon to say, but it is backing an ambitious effort to explore poverty by a group of top experts convened by the Urban Institute.
Robert Smith is the richest black American not named Oprah Winfrey, and his philanthropy is growing. Diversity in STEM is one of his interests. He has a new foundation, too. We'll tell you about all that.
A new era of entertainment industry philanthropy is now emerging. What’s less clear is how nonprofit fundraisers can get to this money and walk away with checks in hand. We offer some insights.