The Arnold Foundation is leading the charge to push policy to reflect the best evidence on how to solve problems, and it's opening a new office in Washington. Can such work possibly trump the forces of unreason?
Roger Hertog and his wife Susan plan are among the growing ranks of philanthropists embracing a spend-down model, giving big for Jewish causes, conservative policy work, and education. We take a peek.
Walton Family Foundation's already substantial K-12 funding grew more than 20 percent over last year, topping $200 million. We check in on an ever more muscular crusade to remake education in the U.S.
The foundation of Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna remains a work in progress, suggesting opportunities for new grantees. We look at the latest group to get its foot in this door.
With the Affordable Care Act largely in place and operational, more funders have been investing in assessing the effects of the law. Two key players here are Robert Wood Johnson and the Urban Institute.
In the latest round of our DAF debate, a scholar argues that these funds are bringing more money to charity and with far lower overhead costs than the traditional foundation model.
By now, you'd think that this growing existential threat would be a top priority of philanthropy. You'd be wrong. Less than 2 percent of all giving goes to the cause. On Earth Day, we ask why.
Bloomberg’s interests tend to be all over the map—as long as they are driven and supported by data. Now a $42 million program is asking America’s cities to come up with some new ideas that fit the bill.
Bringing clean energy to the world's poor is an obvious and urgent priority for a whole bunch of reasons. But few funders focus here. Rockefeller is a notable exception, and it's doubling down in this area.
A growing and diverse array of funders are now pushing for gender equity. Here, we dig into the philanthropy of Cheryl Saban, the wife of billionaire Haim Saban, who's been tackling women's issues for a while.
Apple’s purchase of 36,000 acres of forest is just the latest in the company’s growing sustainability work that includes philanthropy, clean energy, toxics reduction, and now conservation.
If the leaders can't boil down an organization's reason for existing, good luck reeling in donors and partners. But why is it so hard to craft a concise story and get everyone to tell it?
Over the past half century, foundations have helped empower different ethnic groups. Lately, Arab Americans have received funder attention. One strategy has been to scale up philanthropy in this community.
For a conservative think tank 3,000 miles from Washington, Hoover does remarkably well on the funding front. In fact, it's one of the best-funded think tanks on the right. We look at who's backing this place.
Financial services companies are keenly interested in ensuring that young people are ready for work and savvy about money. These concerns are reflected in a recent $1 million give for entrepreneurship.
At long last, the foundation's massive $52 million "Building Audiences for Sustainability" initiative is starting to cut checks. Who's getting funding, and for what?
Nobody doubts the importance of effective teachers, but a crucial ingredient for improved K-12 student achievement, outstanding principals, often gets short shrift. Some funders, though, are on the case.
With all of the money lavished by funders on STEM projects, it is noteworthy when someone gives big to the humanities. So we were cheered when a University of Chicago alumnus did just that.
James Simons is worth $14 billion and is famously giving big for scientific research. But the foundation co-led by his daughter is also keen on science, grappling with the mysteries of "dark matter."
What does it take to move from “fundraising” to developing a “culture of philanthropy" where everyone’s a fundraiser: board, staff and executive director? Lots of people are asking these days.