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Thursday
Aug212014

Want to Shake Up a Stodgy Field? Hand the Checkbook Over to a Total Outsider 

Can an expert on social innovation bring new thinking to the challenge of curbing nuclear threats? A funders' collaborative is betting the answer is yes, and giving her $2 million to do things differently.

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Thursday
Aug212014

Why Did This Corporate Funder Just Give Charity:Water Five Million Bucks?

Educating young girls in Africa is a key to that continent's development. But school is only a dream for many girls who walk hours every day to collect water. That's one reason for Caterpillar's big give to charity:water.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

A Closer Look at Atlantic's End Game—And Where It's Putting the Biggest Money

Atlantic Philanthropies is starting to make a series of "culminating grants" that will shower a handful of organizations with some serious money. We talked with CEO Chris Oechsli about the foundation's finale.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Silo Busters: The Compton Foundation Is All About Movement Building

The left is notorious for being a collection of single-issue groups as opposed to a real movement. Funders, with their narrow programs, share much of the blame. Here's one foundation that does things differently.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

You Rock, Vassar: Grant-Funded PR Campaign Touts Liberal Arts Colleges

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations gives big to liberal arts colleges. Now they're bankrolling an effort to show that these schools aren't snooty bastions of elitism with grads who can quote Nietzche but can't get jobs.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Why the Caterpillar Foundation Is Worried About Dirty Cookstoves

Nearly two million people die a year as a result of prolonged exposure to cooking smoke, and women pay the highest price. Part of the Caterpillar Foundation's recent big give to Africa is targeting this problem.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

A Foundation's Big Hunt for Weird New Materials That Could Change the World

At its best, science philanthropy funds risky research and goes where no market actor dares to go. A case in point: How the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is backing researchers trying to create new materials.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Why Tech Philanthropists Have Gotten Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Philanthropy is hot among tech leaders these days and this crew is especially jazzed about disrupting nonprofit funding models. Which is why guys like Sergey Brin have been pouring ice water over their heads.

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Monday
Aug182014

How Funders Build "College Knowledge" for First-Generation College Students

Navigating college without the right informational and emotional support can be a daunting experience. That's why more funders are backing efforts to help first-generation students succeed.

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Monday
Aug182014

The Kendall Foundation's Farm-Fresh Approach to Conquering Carbon 

Coal plants may be public enemy number one for climate activism these days, but there is growing concern over the nasty carbon footprint behind the way we get our food. Kendall is among the funders working this beat.

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Monday
Aug182014

Inside the Madison Initiative: Here's How Hewlett Is Taking on Polarization

A few weeks ago, we ran a critique of Hewlett's new $50 million bid to rescue American democracy from the "mischief of faction." Now let's focus on what really matters: Who's getting the money, and why?

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Monday
Aug182014

Wanted by RWJF: An Army of Leaders to Fight a Culture War for Health

It's not every day that a foundation sets out to train an army to carry out its vision. But that's what Robert Wood Johnson is doing as it reinvents its human capital programs to advance a "culture of health."

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Friday
Aug152014

Where Is Human Rights Funding Headed?

When it comes to human right funding, gaining a bird's eye view of grantmaking just got a whole lot easier thanks to a new website and research report. So what's new in this surprisingly big funding area?

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Thursday
Aug142014

Yes, That Big Media Grant to the Center for Public Integrity is Sticky. Get Used To It 

A big grant by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for investigative reporting has raised concerns. But let's face it: conflicts of interest are baked into most grants, since nearly all funders have an agenda.

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Thursday
Aug142014

Just Give Them Money: Facebook Cofounder Digs a "Radical" Way to Help the Poor

Good Ventures, the foundation started by Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna, has put serious money behind GiveDirectly, which transfers cash to some of the world’s poorest people. Crazy, right?

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Thursday
Aug142014

Graduating Is Not Enough: How This Funder Is Backing Student Career Readiness

Among the many reasons affluent kids get ahead is because they can afford to take internships for little or no money. One of the funders working to level this playing field just put five million bucks on the table.

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Thursday
Aug142014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Ziff Family Philanthropy

The three Ziff brothers have a combined net worth of over $15 billion and, together, the family has multiple foundations. We've taken a deep dive into how Ziff money gets spread around and pull it all together here.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

This Funder Just Gave $9 Million to Design the Textbooks of Tomorrow 

What if high school science textbooks employed the same sort of personalization for students that Amazon uses for shoppers? The Laura and John Arnold Foundations thinks that would be a good thing.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

The 18 Most Generous Philanthropists in Finance

Top leaders in finance aren't just making tons of money; they're also giving away vast sums. But who's giving how much isn't always so easy to figure out. We sifted a mountain of data to identify the most generous philanthropists from finance.

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Technology Learning is Red Hot, and a Tricky Space for Funders

Improving education with gadgets is both an exciting and scary frontier. Funders want to charge ahead and be on the cutting edge, but it takes time to understand what really works.

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