Laws that keep affordable housing from being built in communities with good schools are an obstacle to a more mobile America where parents can create a better life for their kids. Funders need to take this on.
So far, billionaire Nicolas Berggruen's arts philanthropy hasn't been overwhelming. But we dig into the deep arts background of this Giving Pledge signatory, and the giving that's bound to happen down the line.
Annotation on the web has been drawing headlines as the next big thing in how we communicate online. But it's especially valuable for advancing collaborative research, a key goal of Helmsley and other funders.
Walmart's goal in funding a new $100 million initiative is to make training and advancement more accessible to low-wage, unskilled, and uneducated workers—and maybe even get them on a path to the middle class.
Google's Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy are a couple to watch closely as they expand their environmental philanthropy and make a mark in marine conservation. We look at their latest big give.
Colleges that have celebrity alums may have a hard time getting their attention and money during the prime of their careers. But later, as the spotlight fades, some very big gifts may be possible.
At a time when orchestras are struggling everywhere, the LA Phil is doing better than ever. We look at how its dynamic president cultivated new audiences and new donors to take things to a new level.
Does it really make sense for foundations to sit on piles of money, as opposed to deploying those funds now to solve big problems? Nope, says this guest blogger, in a challenge to the endowment model.
South Africa has been called the "world's newest authoritarian democracy." Now, a trio of top foundations—OSF, Ford, and Atlantic—have a plan to get things back on the right track.
"Social practice" art projects combines hands-on audience participation with an undercurrent of social activism. Some funders are already behind this trend. How many others will follow suit?
With ISIS chopping off heads in the name of Islam, it's hard to remember that religion can be an ally in ending conflicts. But just how much difference can such efforts make? The GHR Foundation seeks the answer.
When it's cold outside, and there's an uptick in shelter demand, victims of domestic violence have fewer places to go in an emergency. The Mary Kay Foundation is on the case.
Paul Orfalea and his wife Natalie aren't UCSB alums, so why have they given it such big money? The backstory here involves a local connection and a deep passion for higher education.
Sure, Dr. Wei-Hock Soon—the climate denier who's pulled in lots of corporate cash—sounds like a crackpot. But the conflicts inherent in his funding arrangements are hardly atypical.
In our latest guest post on donor-advised funds, the president of the Council of Foundations cautions against messing with DAFs, calling them "part of a uniquely American philanthropic ecosystem."
A network of 12 states have joined forces to test and scale K-12 innovations designed to better prepare students for college—and multiple funders have stepped forward to support the effort.
In our second article on Bob Friedman and the asset building movement, we look at how this work is really taking off after a long and hard slog—and the new money that's helping step things up.
With more money piling up in donor-advised funds, and Congress mulling changes to the law, we asked a critic of DAFs—who thinks they're great for Wall Street, but bad for charity—to make his best case for reform.
New technologies and distribution systems have lowered the barriers to documentary filmmaking, but it remains a mostly male and white field. A Harlem-based doc outfit recently got $500k to help change that.
Mental health is easily the most frustrating corner of a healthcare sector rife with shortcomings and unmet needs. The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care is aiming for big changes by galvanizing new donors.