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Tuesday
Mar032015

Memo to Funders: Fight Exclusionary Zoning to Make Headway Against Inequality

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.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Why Big Arts Giving Lies Ahead For This Cosmopolitan Billionaire 

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.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

What's Online Annotation? And Why Did Helmsley Just Make a Big Grant to Support it? 

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.

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Tuesday
Mar032015

Guess Who's Becoming a Major Grantmaker for Workforce Development? Walmart

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.

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Monday
Mar022015

Ramping Up: The Bigger Picture Behind the Schmidts' Gift for Sustainable Fisheries

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.

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Monday
Mar022015

Got Celeb Alums? Here's the Takeaway from the Barbara Walters Gift to Sarah Lawrence

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.

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Monday
Mar022015

What Lessons Can be Learned From the L.A. Philharmonic’s Financial Success?

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.

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Monday
Mar022015

The False Allure of Charitable Endowments

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.

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Friday
Feb272015

Foundations Put Up Millions to Bolster South Africa's Endangered Democracy

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.

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Friday
Feb272015

Will the Emerging Field of "Social Practice" Shake Up the Arts Funding Landscape?

"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?

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Friday
Feb272015

How Useful Is Religion in Defusing Conflicts? A Funder Gives Big to Find Out

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.

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Friday
Feb272015

The Foundation Working to Ensure Victims of Domestic Violence Have a Place to Sleep

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.

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Friday
Feb272015

Why This Couple Loves the University of California Santa Barbara

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.

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Thursday
Feb262015

It's Scary When Climate Deniers Get Boosted by Big Oil. But Similar Conflicts Are Routine

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.

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Thursday
Feb262015

A Vital Pipeline: How Donor-Advised Funds Engage New Donors and Boost Communities

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."

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Thursday
Feb262015

Meet the Funders Behind the Innovation Lab Network

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.

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Thursday
Feb262015

New Ideas, New Funders: Has the Asset Building Movement Finally Arrived?

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.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Wall Street's Charitable Gold Rush

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.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Why MacArthur's Big Boost to Diversity in Documentary Filmmaking Matters

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.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

Hope on Mental Health, With an Unusual Funding Model

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.

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