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Friday
Mar272015

Niche Control: How This Funder Dominates the Pension Reform Debate

Public pensions are the kind of unsexy issue that falls through the cracks of philanthropy, with few funders making grants in this area. Which is why the Arnold Foundation's pension funding looms so large.

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Thursday
Mar262015

Familiar Lesson of Science Give: Government Looks to Philanthropy to Get Stuff Done 

Not along ago, if a president wanted to solve a problem, he invited congressional leaders to the White House. Now he's just as likely to call in top private funders. Boosting science research is the latest example.

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Thursday
Mar262015

Water.org’s Funding Hot Streak Continues With a $1 Million Score. What's Its Secret Weapon? 

What do you get when you mix microfinance with women's empowerment with access to safe water? A lot of money, that's what. Just ask Water.org as it cashes in on its red hot signature program, WaterCredit.

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Thursday
Mar262015

"Every Breath You Take." Sting's Big Cause Is Protecting Rainforests 

Sting, the front man of The Police and now worth an estimated $300 million, is not leaving it to his children. Instead his money and energy have been focused on saving rain forests around the world.

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Thursday
Mar262015

City Fight! Will New York or LA Get More of David Geffen's Billions?

At age 72, the former mogul has $6.8 billion and no heirs. But with large philanthropic stakes in both cities, after his big Lincoln Center gift, we're wondering where the lion's share of his fortune will go.

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Ron Conway's Philanthropy: A Tech Angel Investor Spreads His Bets in a New Direction

Conway's big hospital gift reminds us that the behind-the-scene investors are also a rising force in tech philanthropy and underscores how stronger giving networks are emerging among Bay Area tech types.

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Hewlett Wants to Improve Media to Fight Polarization. Will It Get Anywhere?

As part of its "Madison Initiative," Hewlett is funding research on media, and bolstering more pragmatic voices in journalism. That's nice. But what about the nonstop propaganda on cable news and talk radio?

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Wednesday
Mar252015

A Foundation and Newspaper Team Up in a Global Push for Financial Inclusion

Last year, the MetLife Foundation decided to focuses solely on financial exclusion, launching a major global effort. Now it's pushing forward that work with a partnership with the Wall Street Journal.

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Dept. of Sticky Gifts: Changing the Purpose of a Restricted Endowment

When a donor provides an endowment fund whose income is restricted to a specific purpose, what happens if the charity can no longer spend the income as the donor intended? IP's Gift Adviser digs in.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Goldman Heirs Follow Family Legacy with Conservation in the Bay Area and Beyond

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund has grown substantially in recent years, and the environment is a keen interest of this progressive couple. We take a look at where the new money is flowing.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

With "Help Dwindling" for Syrian Refugees, Western Union and UPS Step Up

Although most top U.S. foundations and corporate philanthropies haven’t lifted a finger to help Syria’s suffering legions, Western Union and UPS are notable exceptions.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

School Masters: How Gates and Broad Came to Shape the Education Policy Debate

If you really want to understand education philanthropy in our time, digging into these two mega funders is a must. A pair of Michigan political scientists did just that. Here's what they found.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Music Education On the Upswing: Has the Tide Turned? (And If So, Why?)

New research attesting to the value of music education, coupled with the success of Little Kids Rock, underscores a subtle yet profound shift in where music education funding is headed.

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Monday
Mar232015

A Big Pritzker Give Aims to Spark Social Innovation

In another sign of how obsessed more funders are with finding breakthroughs, UChicago is pulling in big money for "lab" work to tackle some of the country's most daunting urban problems with new research and practice.

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Monday
Mar232015

Bloomberg and Gates Fund a New Kind of Fight Against Big Tobacco

Tobacco companies have mounted lawsuits using global trade agreements to stop countries from enforcing tough laws aimed at cutting smoking rates. Now two of the world biggest funders are joining this battle.

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Monday
Mar232015

Early Childhood Ed is Taking Off, But Often Flying Blind. Some Funders Want More Data

Amid all the calls for more EC and pre-K funding, a pair of Texas funders have put the spotlight on a missing piece of the puzzle: data that can help identify the best practices in early learning programs.

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Monday
Mar232015

Universities Big on Science Pull in the Big Bucks. Exhibit A: Caltech

Corporate foundations aren't the only funders pumping out gifts for STEM. Individual donors are, too, and top science schools like Caltech are big winners.

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Friday
Mar202015

Ikea Foundation Goes Where Other Funders Won't. This Time: Sudan 

Sudan has been one of the more violent places on Earth lately, and that's scared away a lot of funders. But not Ikea, which recently made a big gift to address the wrenching legacy of child soldiers.

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Friday
Mar202015

The Energy Foundation's Big Push to Make China's Cities Sustainable

More than 350 million people are projected to resettle in China’s cities in the next 15 years, more people than currently live in the U.S. One funder wants to make sure that trend doesn't melt our planet.

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Friday
Mar202015

A Community College Scores a Rare Gift from Goldman Sachs. What's the Moral of the Story?

Community colleges don't have rich alumni, and have not excited foundations and wealthy education donors the way that charter schools have. So a $2 million gift to such a school is a big deal.

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