Can an expert on social innovation bring new thinking to the challenge of curbing nuclear threats? A funders' collaborative is betting the answer is yes, and giving her $2 million to do things differently.
Educating young girls in Africa is a key to that continent's development. But school is only a dream for many girls who walk hours every day to collect water. That's one reason for Caterpillar's big give to charity:water.
Atlantic Philanthropies is starting to make a series of "culminating grants" that will shower a handful of organizations with some serious money. We talked with CEO Chris Oechsli about the foundation's finale.
The left is notorious for being a collection of single-issue groups as opposed to a real movement. Funders, with their narrow programs, share much of the blame. Here's one foundation that does things differently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.