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Thursday
Aug272015

Personalized Learning Is a Big, Exciting Idea. But Can Funders Like Gates Get It Right?

Innovating in education is hard, and reformers have taken some hits from getting behind ideas too early, before they're fully baked. Which helps explain the Gates Foundation's due diligence on personalized learning.

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Thursday
Aug272015

When Markets Drop: Jittery Rich People, Frustrated Fundraisers

How's your week been? Probably darn lousy if you raise money from wealthy individuals, who've been totally freaking out amid the plunges and gyrations of the stock market. What are some takeaways here?

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Thursday
Aug272015

Setting Wikipedia Straight: A New Role for Philanthropy?

Anyone can contribute or edit Wikipedia, which doesn't always work out so great, depending on the subject. The Simons Foundation recently tried its hand at nudging science content in the right direction.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Tech Funders Love This Outfit Educating the World's Poor. Now Here Comes the Pushback

Bridge International Academies has done a stellar job of selling its vision of scalable low-cost private education, attracting funders like Zuckerberg, Gates and Omidyar. Now it's coming under some heavy fire.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Why Did This Foundation Decide to Go "All-In" On the Arts?

Ten years ago, the Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation allocated a little over half its grants to arts organizations. Now it's shifting practically all its focus to the arts.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Born to Run, and To Give: How Bruce Springsteen Does His Philanthropy

It's been 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his classic album Born to Run. While everyone has been examining Springsteen the musician, now's a good time to also look at Springsteen the philanthropist.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

As a Billionaire Steps Things Up, He Gets Behind Skin Regeneration in a Big Way

Long a local giver, the founder of Best Buy is now scaling up a major foundation. One of his major recent bets: bankrolling new stem cell research for producing healthy skin tissue.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

"Everything is Not Fine." Inside a New Funding Push on Girls and Young Women of Color

The NoVo Foundation, fueled by Buffet wealth, is getting bigger. Now, in an ambitious collaborative effort, it's taking on the overlooked challenges facing girls and women of color.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

No One Left Behind: Tim Gill and the New Quest for Full LGBT Equality

After 20 years of giving for LGBT rights and a big victory on marriage equality, Gill isn't letting up. Here's the inside story of how he and his foundation are rallying a new charge against discrimination.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Trendwatch: Foundations Get Serious About Backing Entrepreneurs and Businesses

With issues of equity and economic mobility moving to the forefront of philanthropy, a new report shows that funders are doing more to foster new businesses. We take a closer look.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

How Are Legacy News Organizations Boosting Digital Innovation?

Much like the Knight Foundation, the National Press Foundation is looking for ways to creatively blend disruptive new digital technologies with traditional, high-quality journalism. It's an uneasy mix.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Longtime Actor, Longtime Giver: A Look at Alan Alda's Philanthropy

Actor Alan Alda and his wife Arlene founded the Jenjo Foundation in 1990. How did they come up with the name Jenjo? Well, we'll tell you, and it also starts to explain the couple's focus on women, youth, and family.

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Monday
Aug242015

A Family Foundation's Crusade on Biodiversity—And Its Controversies

Whose side are green funders on? Humans or non-humans? It's a question we've been thinking about since coming across the Weeden Foundation, an outfit that's been controversial at times. We talk with its leader.

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Monday
Aug242015

"You Have to Ask." The Leader of a Niche Nonprofit Talks Fundraising 

No, good work isn't just magically rewarded. You've got to talk about money. And death, too, by the way. These are some of the thoughts that the outgoing head of Lambda Legal, Kevin Cathcart, shared with us.

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Friday
Aug212015

Who Said Big Foundations Can’t Change? Four Takeaways from MacArthur’s Makeover 

Without any real bottom line or outside accountability, it can be hard for legacy foundations to change. Yet these places face new pressures to up their game. And now MacArthur has shown how it's done.

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Friday
Aug212015

Can a $40 Million Investment Bring Diversity to a Field Dominated by White Men?

There’s really no arguing the point that the vast majority of tech entrepreneurs in the U.S. are white men. Now, Mitch Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein are putting up some big money to take on that imbalance.

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Friday
Aug212015

Out of the Blue: Here's How a Nice Gift Landed on a Catholic College's Doorstep

A former computer science professor recently pledged 100 percent of his retirement plan, $1.3 million, to Providence College. If you're guessing that he taught at or attended Providence, you'd be wrong.

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Friday
Aug212015

How This Foundation is Bringing Power to the People

Meet the GivePower Foundation. The nonprofit arm of Elon Musk's SolarCity is harnessing its solar energy expertise to power up schools and bring light to impoverished communities in the developing world.

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Thursday
Aug202015

Are Grants for Principal Training Making a Difference in Chicago Schools?

While improving teachers has long be an interest of foundations and major donors, more funders these days are also focused on improving top leadership in schools. We check in on one such effort in Chicago.

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Thursday
Aug202015

A Miracle Machine for Clean Water Is Up and Running. But Who Can Afford It?

Earlier this year, Bill Gates shared a video of himself drinking water derived from poop and people made jokes. But Gates’s “stunt” wasn’t really about water at all. It was about saving lives, albeit at a price.

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