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Thursday
Jul312014

One Funder’s Mission to Take Down Animal Abusers

The Greenbaum Foundation funds work to prevent animal suffering in a variety of ways which includes some pretty ass-kicking stuff, like investigations exposing circuses, puppy mills, and factory farms.

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Thursday
Jul312014

The Conservationist Underwriting a Brainier Environmentalism

Doug Tompkins is best known for his big land purchases in Chile. But the former clothing line millionaire’s work in the U.S. has a more philosophical bent, building up the intellectual strength of the environmental movement.

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Wednesday
Jul302014

Four Things to Know about William Penn's New Leader, Laura Sparks. And One Question

Penn's rocky ride continues with the departure of yet another leader. Here are four things to know about Laura Sparks, the internal pick that's now taking the helm of the 900-pound gorilla on Philly's philanthropy scene.

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Wednesday
Jul302014

Rockefeller's Ambitious Plan to Make Cities Stronger

We don't see this every day: Mayors who want to hire a "Chief Resilience Officer" should talk to Rockefeller, which is giving directly to urban governments worldwide to help them adapt to climate change and other threats.

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Wednesday
Jul302014

Will Atlantic's Big Bet on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Pay Off?

No think tank commands more respect among liberal policy wonks and Capitol Hill Democrats than CBPP. Now, with new funds from Atlantic Philanthropies, it's expanding to focus on long-term policy challenges. Is Atlantic putting its money in the right place?

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Here's Another Billionaire Art Collector Into Arts Philanthropy

Leon Black is a passionate art collector with a $5.4 billion fortune. Like other billionaire collectors, he's given big for the arts. But he's still barely scratched the surface of his fortune and larger giving clearly lies ahead.

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Tuesday
Jul292014

The Big Funders Behind a Powerful Coalition of Environmental Groups

The Partnership Project works to coordinate the 20 largest environmental groups in the country. This green cabal has some friends with deep pockets.

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Monday
Jul282014

Can Collective Impact Move the Needle On Urban Education? This Funder Wants to Find Out

Say Yes to Education has been a leader at pulling together lots of stakeholders to improve student achievement. One of its biggest funders is backing a study to take a closer look at such collaborations.

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Saturday
Jul262014

Most Activist Groups Actually Suck at Online Fundraising. Here's How To Change That

Innovation is not a strength of the social justice crowd, and capacity building is definitely not a strength of funders. A new study shows both sides how to embrace the future of fundraising.

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Friday
Jul252014

Mark Zuckerberg's $2.5 Billion Foundation

We know, there's no Zuckerberg foundation. But there is a pile of money designated for philanthropy and a small staff that helps make grants. What's more, that pile is much bigger than most people realize.

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Friday
Jul252014

Can "Moral Injuries" Be Healed? The Lilly Endowment Thinks So

Bad things happen in combat zones, and soldiers can come home with a deep sense that they've been party to evil. The Lilly Endowment just gave a big grant to a divinity school to work on this problem and help "repair souls."

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Friday
Jul252014

Why This Tech Winner Takes a Different Approach to Autism

In tackling global poverty, Ed Scott has looked for leverage strategies in the face of problems that are overwhelming. Scott has taken that same approach to his other area of philanthropic passion: autism.

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Friday
Jul252014

Check Out What Lemelson Is Doing to Support Inventors in East Africa

The Lemelson Foundation has always intrigued us with its unusual mission of improving lives through invention. We look at how they're helping create a collaborative workspace for techies and other inventors in Kenya.

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Thursday
Jul242014

About That Flimsy WSJ Op-ed Attacking the Big Foundations

James Piereson's piece in the Wall Street Journal, blaming liberal funders for the crisis of U.S. democracy, reminded me of how well my six-year-old plays darts: Sometimes he hits close to the bullseye; usually he misses the board.

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Thursday
Jul242014

Most Cynical Give of the Week: PepsiCo's $1.2M to Keep Kids Slim

The PepsiCo Foundation does some good things. But when it gives money to fight childhood obesity, like two recent grants to leading school-based health and wellness programs, it makes us queasy.

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Thursday
Jul242014

How Carnegie Is Helping Nurture a New Generation of Peace Advocates

A generation of peace and security advocates is getting close to retirement, and that's a problem with the world as dangerous as ever. Which is why Carnegie supports the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

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Thursday
Jul242014

What Do Free Market Ideas Have to Do With Blended Learning? Ask the Hume Foundation

A lesser-known and conservative-leaning player in the ed philanthropy space,the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, has invested heavily in blended learning initiatives for the past few years. Here's why.

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Thursday
Jul242014

Funders Haven't Forgotten About Smoking. But Why Aren't They Spending Bigger?

Tobacco use kills about 6 million people worldwide every year, and that toll is rising. Still, smaller killers like HIV and malaria command bigger resources from funders. What's that about?

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Henry Kravis Has $5 Billion and a Passion for the Arts. Where's His Philanthropy Headed?

Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee give big to health and education, but their passion for the arts is special. We take a look at what they're into and where things are going.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Four Things to Know About That Mammoth Mental Health Gift

Ted Stanley's $650 million gift to the Broad Institute is a case study in today's Big Philanthropy, but unique in its own way. Here's what you need to know.

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