Donors generally don't give big to community colleges, so the Herb Alpert Foundation's gift to provide Los Angeles City College music majors with free tuition is a welcome exception. Will other donors follow its cue?
Foundations are better at, say, backing programs to help teenagers graduate high school than making sure that those same kids don't get murdered this weekend. In Chicago, funders want to change that.
Len Blavatnik has been donating big lately, especially for university-based scientific research. We dig into his giving, along with the larger context of growing private support for science on campus.
Never mind that nonsense that a firewall exists between philanthropy and partisan politics. With November fast approaching, we offer a handy guide for swaying elections—and getting a tax break!
Remember Frank Quattrone? He was a star banker in the dotcom era who narrowly dodged prison. Now, he and his wife Denise are among the growing ranks of givers who want to improve the justice system
While a fairly large number of funders now work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, few are giving heavily to end child marriage. The Kendeda Fund is among those on the case.
Now that it's easier to form nonprofits, will we see more fraudulent charities? And maybe even worse, more duplicative groups in a crowded sector already infamous for its wasteful redundancies?
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing mid-size symphonies is sufficiently paying musicians while keeping the lights on. News out of Missouri suggests that once this code is cracked, donor dollars may follow.
Another week, another misleading story about donor access and the Clinton Foundation. Why can't reporters understand this place, or grasp how politics and philanthropy are ever more entwined?
Water quality and supply in the U.S. is a huge and growing issue among funders, including those worried about health and equity. How's this playing out so far with grantmaking?
One way to bring diversity in math and science is to support STEM at historically black colleges and universities. We take a look at a recent multimillion dollar gift along these lines by Jim and Marilyn Simons.
News out of Southern California suggests that sometimes a little bit of friendly (and competitive) philanthropic peer pressure can be good for a region's arts ecology.
With a combined net worth of $29 billion and nearly a dozen billionaires among them, the Pritzkers are a philanthropic force to be reckoned with. Ever wondered what they're all up to? Take a look.
Charles Koch has said that he wants to cut back on political giving and focus on his true passions, which are ideas and shaping the minds of the next generation. That may mean larger university gifts.
RCSA pulls together groups of early career scientists to put their heads together around important topics, then cuts checks for the multidisciplinary, potentially groundbreaking projects that emerge.
An effort to connect the entire East Coast with protected bike paths has been pedaling along since 1991. The nonprofit behind the effort has been on fire lately. Here's what is driving its mix of public and private support.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria claim tens of thousands of lives globally, and this problem could become a catastrophic public health crisis as new "superbugs" emerge. Which funders are paying attention?
Conflicts of interest. A mismatch with an organization's mission. Dodging unsustainable capital projects. When should arts organizations channel their inner Nancy Reagan?
How does a rural area adapt after its primary source of economic activity—in this case, the tobacco industry—fades into oblivion? For an answer, we turn to a big and intriguing university grant in North Carolina.
Mark Ruffalo’s The Solutions Project has quickly grown into a legit clean energy campaign, and in the past year, a grantmaker. Here's a look at its plan to deploy nimble community-based grants.