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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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Tuesday
Aug122014

Shark Week, Philanthropy Edition: Who's Protecting the World's Most Feared Fish?

Whether Shark Week infuriates or inspires you, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some foundations and their grantees out there working to protect the threatened, awe-inspiring creatures, year-round. 

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Tuesday
Aug122014

Can This Crew of Aspen Institute Big Shots Show the Way on Philanthropy?

The Aspen Philanthropy Group bills itself as a gathering of leaders on the "cutting edge." But it mainly consists of heads of older foundations that are being left in the dust as philanthropy changes at warp speed.

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Monday
Aug112014

Why the Kellogg Foundation Obsesses Over Third Grade Reading Scores

Kids who haven't developed strong reading skills by the end of third grade face huge problems moving forward. Kellogg is among the funders investing in research-backed early literacy programs that train teachers to ensure that this happens.

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Monday
Aug112014

Baby Light My Fire: Doris Duke's Big Give to Pump up Independent Clinical Research

The clinical research pipeline -- the process by which clinical research becomes lab trials that lead to cures -- is notoriously time-consuming and money-hungry. This foundation hopes to light a fire under its ass.

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