The slice of Americans who claim no religious affiliation is rising fast. But funders who back anything linked to atheism remain rare. Which is why a big recent gift caught our eye.
When a foundation hands out grants to 40 nonprofits of $500,000 each in general operating support, it's hard not to sit up and wonder who got a seat on THAT gravy train—and why.
A $55 million gift will help keep tuition free for the 175 students attending an elite music school. The good news? Massively endowed universities can do things like this. The bad news? Re-read the good news.
High U.S. military spending crowds out investments in any number of areas that foundations care about, yet few support challenges to such spending or invest in peace advocacy. Colombe is among the exceptions.
The environmental movement has a race problem. But there are some emerging funding efforts to address it, including new fellowships hoping to introduce more diverse leadership into the field.
Over the years, Moby has traded in the club life for chic restaurants, but giving for animal welfare has remained front and center for this 1990s super-DJ.
When the Founders drafted the First Amendment, they couldn't have imagined a telephone, much less Twitter. A historic gift will help journalists navigate a confusing and litigious digital landscape.
Heron's chief aims to shake up the way philanthropy does things, and by the look of it, she has done a bang-up job. What does this story tell us about how women's leadership is shaping impact investing?
Jon Stryker’s Arcus Foundation is best known as an LGBT funder. But it's also the largest private backer of great ape conservation. It all started with one chimpanzee sanctuary.
Wasn't it Karl Marx who said that workers should control the means of production? Yup. But the Surdna Foundation is among those funders pushing a variation of the same idea.
Creative Capital is one of the best friends that artists have in the philanthropy world. So it's good to keep an eye on this place, starting with who's running it.
We don't see this every day: The philanthropist spouse of a hedge funder traveling the country in an RV, just talking to people. What were Alex Cohen's takeaways from escaping the Acela Corridor?
Early childhood has long been a niche funding area. But lately it's been attracting more funders, writing bigger checks. Now comes major news of a $35 million gift to advance ECE research and policy.
MacArthur's $25 million give to support the "core values of accurate, in-depth journalism" provides some needed clarity and stability for a journalism field mired in an ongoing identity and financial crisis.
No one knows, exactly, how much giving goes to basic research. But a new study by the Science Philanthropy Alliance offers a ballpark estimate and its president sheds some light on the findings.
The Simons Foundation is one of the most important new private science funders to emerge in decades. And it's just getting going. We talk with Jim and Marilyn Simons about how things are unfolding.
In another indicator that Gates is stepping up her leadership role on women's issues, she announced an $80 million push to use data to hold the world accountable on efforts to prioritize gender equity.
We're all for fancy efforts that aim to boost teaching and student achievement. But what a lot of teachers want is just some extra cash for their classrooms. This grants program gives them exactly that.
Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has put millions into creating paid internships for college students. Now it sharing its lessons as this funding area to promote equity heats up.
We look at yet another big scholarship gift where there's not even a nod to how soaring tuition costs limits college access. Do donors not get it? Or are they just content with Band-Aid solutions?