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.
India has been a focus point for American philanthropy for many decades, and a testing ground for any number of ideas. Now it's ground zero for the impact investing movement.
These are jittery times for fundraisers, with donor portfolios taking a beating and no one knowing what might come next. The way to get through this, and even prosper, is to focus on the long-term.
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has developed a new youth-focused funder collaborative called Blue Meridian Partners. A billion dollars is up for grabs, and we're super intrigued by the funders behind it.
Any number of funders are working some part of the Big Data beat, including Knight. The foundation just made a round of interesting grants for initiatives that harness data to advance the public interest.
The world-famous Art Institute of Chicago recently celebrated a big day when the museum received the largest cash bequest in its history. However, this benefactor and this gift were a bit unusual.
Wondering about that recent $20 million score by Wesleyan? We were too, and look into the big role of timing in this gift, made by the school's outgoing board of trustees chair.
We keep stumbling on more former Goldman Sachs people engaged in active, but often low-profile, philanthropy. Here's another: Stephen Friedman and his wife Barbara are into a whole bunch of issues.
Farhad Ebrahimi would like to see philanthropy as we know it, and the inequality that created it, cease to exist. His foundation's climate justice program and edgy approach to giving suggest he's serious.
Notice anything missing from national politics lately? Oh, right: Nobody is talking about K-12. Yet fear not: Here in the philanthrosphere, the quest to improve public schools is hotter than ever. Take a look.
Food issues are red hot right now, and FoodCorps is on the cutting edge of this movement. We talk to its CEO, and two of its funders, to learn about the growing push for better school food—and healthier kids.
New money is flowing for various causes as emerging funders with deep pockets step up giving. Just look at global health, where a Facebook co-founder has suddenly started making giant, eight-figure grants.
It's well known that giving money can empower donors. But that's also true of raising it. After two dynamic women watched their children nearly die from food allergies, they set out to fund a cure.
Here's a foundation that says it's ready to fight poverty with both hands, pulling both economic and political levers. But it also says it won't be confrontational. Good luck with that last part.
As law schools scramble for new ways to attract students amid declining enrollment, deep-pocketed donors can be handy allies—like a lawyer turned finance star who just gave big to Villanova.
Amazon has created lots of wealth for anyone lucky enough to get a bunch of shares early on. Which of these winners is now turning to philanthropy? One is Jeffrey A. Wilke, who joined Amazon in 1999.
Today's instability, with wars ongoing and entirely new kinds of threats emerging, is clearly rattling some in the far upper class. We look at the latest individual donors to step up for security.
Who’s in charge here? That’s a question an outsider might well ask in trying to figure out the curious world of philanthropy. We take a crack at offering an answer.
We've noticed more MBAs running around these days in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. But most B-school still steer far clear of the social sector. Here's a campus gift to help change that.