Exploding wealth at the top of the income ladder helps explain why you can't afford an apartment in New York City or San Francisco. It also explains the stunning rise of DAFs, a juggernaut that keeps gaining speed.
The latest prize to solve a specific environmental problem aims to rein in the destruction of peatlands. How bad a climate problem is this? Oh man, so bad—we're talking a "virtual carbon bomb."
You might know the Stanton Foundation for giving Wikimedia one of its biggest donations, but it’s also a major supporter of canines, including a program to fund a precious commodity for pet owners—the dog park.
Africa’s scientific renaissance has been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and it shows no signs of slowing. Especially with these two powerhouse funders in its corner.
The way some major foundations see things, the most powerful tool to help spark social change remains underutilzed, yet is all around us, all the time. We explain.
Yesterday, staff at the Open Society Foundations voted to join the Communications Workers of America. This is a historic first. What might collective bargaining mean for foundations?
Inventions may be a critical driver of prosperity and progress, but surprisingly few funders work this beat. We look at the latest move by one that does, the Lemelson Foundation.
While community colleges tend to lack rich alumni, an advantage some have—like Pasadena Community College—is that they are seen as pillars of a community and can draw in backing from local donors.
Some 600 million people are at direct risk from volcanoes, especially in developing nations where farmers are often drawn to soils near volcanic activity. At least some donors are paying attention.
The projects backed by Bloomberg’s Public Art Challenge, including a 16-site meditation on LA’s water, are just the latest demonstration of the compelling combo of art and environmental work.
With Gates pledging $5 billion for Africa, we step back to look more broadly at what a range of funders are doing on the continent. There's never been more going on.
Along with financial inclusion, youth workforce development is all the rage these days among top banks. We look at the complex and varied motives for such giving—and (of course!) who's getting grants.
It's a big problem in neuroscience: Breakthroughs that take forever to turn into actual cures or treatments. Which is where the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation comes in.
You can't start too soon if you want to nurture more kids who love science and math. That's the idea behind a grants competition focusing on STEM education for pre-K through third grade students.
Systemic change is the Holy Grail of philanthropy, but in a future of weak government, recurrent crises, and growing suffering, how will funders be able to resist doing more to meet short-term needs?
Child care is a big issue in the lives of working families, but not many funders work this beat. The Ms. Foundation is among those who do, looking to score multiple gains—for parents, kids, and the economy.
Combating neglected tropical diseases has been gaining momentum in the global health arena, but it still remains an uncrowded field. Izumi is among the low profile funders in this space.
Wawa is an East Coast chain of convenience store/gas stations and a newcomer to philanthropy. It's taking an interesting approach that sounds more familiar than it once might have.
If you think that Buffet is giving "all his money" to the Gates Foundation, you're missing one of the biggest stories in U.S. philanthropy right now—namely, what his children are doing.
Hewlett’s climate program has recently given more to energy work in India than it has in previous years. We take a look at what’s driving the move and where the money is going.