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Friday
Jul312015

Always Playing Catch Up? Philanthropy and Social Movements

If social movements are unpredictable, and are catalyzed by citizen activists who come from outside the usual nonprofit world, what can philanthropy really do to foster them? Here are a few thoughts.

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Friday
Jul312015

$10 Million Isn't Much to Fight Humanity's "Biggest Existential Threat," But It's a Start

As part of Sci-Fi week at Inside Philanthropy, here's a closer look at that Elon Musk gift to help get a handle on the threat posed by artificial intelligence—which is more imminent than you might think.

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Friday
Jul312015

Fracking, Farting, and Foundations: The Money Behind the Battle Over Methane Gas 

Funders worried about climate change have a lot on their plates right now. Well, here's another high-stakes corner of the climate fight that's attracting grant money: curbing methane gas emissions.

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Thursday
Jul302015

A Big Gift to Fuel the Final Offensive Against Guinea Worm

The Guinea worm is nearing its end of days and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation is giving the Carter Center a $20 million push to ensure that this particularly nasty critter is eradicated.

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Thursday
Jul302015

Not Just Cancer Research: A Look at Sidney Kimmel's Big-Time Philanthropy 

This billionaire media mogul, who's given away more than $550 million, is best known for backing cancer research. But that's not all he's into. We dig into his other interests and giving.

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Thursday
Jul302015

Another Push to Help Workers, With an Online Twist

New efforts keep springing up to address the challenges facing America's workers, backed by a range of funders. In this initiative supported by the Markle Foundation, online technology is front and center.

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Thursday
Jul302015

New Billionaire Watch: Three Things To Know About Bob Duggan's Philanthropy

This recently minted billionaire is best known as the biggest donor to the Church of Scientology. But he and his wife Patricia are into much more than that. Here's a quick look.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

With Another Gift, More Evidence That Campus Donors Are Jazzed About Entrepreneurship

Gifts to nurture student entrepreneurs keep coming, and often don't just help a school. They can also spur local economic growth, which can be especially appealing to alumni donors committed to the region.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Why Yuri Milner’s $100M Hunt for Aliens Isn’t Just About Aliens

We don't see this very often: A huge give for a goal that that may never be realized. In fact, though, there's more to the Russian billionaire's hunt for intelligent extraterrestrial life than meets the eye.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

A Deepening Partnership to Bolster the Workforce in a Battered New Jersey City

JPMorgan Chase is a leader among corporate funders who are serious about creating more middle-skill jobs that pay a living wage. Here's what it's doing to build the workforce in Newark.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

As Business Accelerators Spread Globally, These Funders Want More Data

Jump starting businesses sounds like a great way to propel growth. But just how effective are such efforts? The Omidyar Network, along with a handful of partners, is putting up $2.3 million for some answers.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Next Move? Parsing What Bill and Melinda Said About Education Funding

With many billions left to give, the Gateses could have an even larger impact on education in coming decades than they've had to date. What might that look like? The couple recently offered some clues.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Sci-Fi-lanthropy: When Giving Boldly Goes Where No One Has Gone Before

Searching for aliens. Resisting robot overlords. Turning back the hands of time. Some philanthropic endeavors are so starry-eyed (or apocalyptic) that they seem lifted from science fiction. Here's a look.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

A Twitter Billionaire and His Wife Turn to Philanthropy. What Are They Into?  

Evan Williams and his wife Sara have a family foundation, strong social concerns, a growing philanthropic track record, and over $2 billion. So, yeah, we're definitely paying attention.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

What Kind of Watchdog? The Role of the State Attorney General in Nonprofit Oversight

The failure of top state law enforcement officials to properly oversee public charities is finally receiving get more attention. Where's this conversation going? And who's on the right side?

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Monday
Jul272015

Is Bitcoin a Powerful New Friend to the World's Poor? Some Funders Hope So

Last month, in an important milestone, a Bitcoin project won a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Gates Foundation. Other funders, too, are thinking about how Bitcoin could help the world's poor.

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Monday
Jul272015

Prize Watch: Here's a New Award To Advance Sustainable Design

We've seen prizes for lunar missions and even a better condom. The latest, bankrolled by a young foundation that champions "sustainable society," will reward biomimicry, which is design inspired by nature.

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Monday
Jul272015

How This Foundation is Looking to Make Surgery Safer in Developing Countries

Between power outages, compressed gas shortages, and the lack of trained specialists, surgery in developing countries is a crapshoot. The Nick Simons Foundation is trying to change that.

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Monday
Jul272015

Expanding Horizons and Hope: The Logic of a Bank's Funding on Youth Employment 

More jobs and better skills aren't the only answers to youth unemployment. Getting young Americans to believe in their future is also key. The Citi Foundation is zeroing in on that challenge.

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Friday
Jul242015

The Money Behind a Push to Bolster Black Male Leaders Across the U.S.

Foundations have spent millions since 2008 to elevate issues of racial equity—with a big focus on young men of color. Here we look at BMe, an effort that the Knight Foundation has helped drive forward.

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