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Friday
Feb052016

An African-American Billionaire Ramps Up His Giving With a Big Campus STEM Gift and More

Robert Smith is the richest black American not named Oprah Winfrey, and his philanthropy is growing. Diversity in STEM is one of his interests. He has a new foundation, too. We'll tell you about all that.

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Thursday
Feb042016

Looking for Funding From the Entertainment Industry? Here Are Seven Things to Know

A new era of entertainment industry philanthropy is now emerging. What’s less clear is how nonprofit fundraisers can get to this money and walk away with checks in hand. We offer some insights.

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Thursday
Feb042016

India: A Top Testing Ground for Omidyarism and Impact Investing

India has been a focus point for American philanthropy for many decades, and a testing ground for any number of ideas. Now it's ground zero for the impact investing movement.

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Thursday
Feb042016

Raising Money When the Stock Market is Tanking: A Few Words of Wisdom

These are jittery times for fundraisers, with donor portfolios taking a beating and no one knowing what might come next. The way to get through this, and even prosper, is to focus on the long-term.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

What's Interesting About This Big New Collaborative for Children and Youth

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has developed a new youth-focused funder collaborative called Blue Meridian Partners. A billion dollars is up for grabs, and we're super intrigued by the funders behind it.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

How Can Organizations Tame Big Data Overload? Knight Is On the Case

Any number of funders are working some part of the Big Data beat, including Knight. The foundation just made a round of interesting grants for initiatives that harness data to advance the public interest.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Why a Boston Native Gave Millions to Chicago's Top Art Museum

The world-famous Art Institute of Chicago recently celebrated a big day when the museum received the largest cash bequest in its history. However, this benefactor and this gift were a bit unusual.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Now There's a Nice Goodbye: Behind a Major Gift by This Alumnus

Wondering about that recent $20 million score by Wesleyan? We were too, and look into the big role of timing in this gift, made by the school's outgoing board of trustees chair.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Donor of the Day: How This Former Goldman Sachs Chairman Does His Philanthropy

We keep stumbling on more former Goldman Sachs people engaged in active, but often low-profile, philanthropy. Here's another: Stephen Friedman and his wife Barbara are into a whole bunch of issues.

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Tuesday
Feb022016

The Chorus Foundation's Radical Philanthropy

Farhad Ebrahimi would like to see philanthropy as we know it, and the inequality that created it, cease to exist. His foundation's climate justice program and edgy approach to giving suggest he's serious.

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Tuesday
Feb022016

The Politicians May Be Quiet on K-12, But Foundations Are Busier Than Ever

Notice anything missing from national politics lately? Oh, right: Nobody is talking about K-12. Yet fear not: Here in the philanthrosphere, the quest to improve public schools is hotter than ever. Take a look.

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Tuesday
Feb022016

"Well Nourished and Ready to Learn." A Service Program in Schools Gains Steam

Food issues are red hot right now, and FoodCorps is on the cutting edge of this movement. We talk to its CEO, and two of its funders, to learn about the growing push for better school food—and healthier kids.

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Monday
Feb012016

Wow, This Young Foundation Is Giving Away Seriously Big Bucks for Global Health

New money is flowing for various causes as emerging funders with deep pockets step up giving. Just look at global health, where a Facebook co-founder has suddenly started making giant, eight-figure grants.

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Monday
Feb012016

From Scared Moms to Fundraisers: How This Medical Research Push Was Born

It's well known that giving money can empower donors. But that's also true of raising it. After two dynamic women watched their children nearly die from food allergies, they set out to fund a cure.

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Friday
Jan292016

The Irvine Foundation Has It Exactly Right: The Poor Need Power to Not Be Poor

Here's a foundation that says it's ready to fight poverty with both hands, pulling both economic and political levers. But it also says it won't be confrontational. Good luck with that last part.

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Friday
Jan292016

Law Plus Business Equals Big Money: Behind a $25 Million Campus Gift

As law schools scramble for new ways to attract students amid declining enrollment, deep-pocketed donors can be handy allies—like a lawyer turned finance star who just gave big to Villanova.

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Friday
Jan292016

Who Will Be the Philanthropists to Emerge From Amazon? Here's One

Amazon has created lots of wealth for anyone lucky enough to get a bunch of shares early on. Which of these winners is now turning to philanthropy? One is Jeffrey A. Wilke, who joined Amazon in 1999.

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Friday
Jan292016

Meet a Wealthy Family That Cares About Cybersecurity

Today's instability, with wars ongoing and entirely new kinds of threats emerging, is clearly rattling some in the far upper class. We look at the latest individual donors to step up for security.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Is There a Philanthropy Establishment? And, If So, Who’s In It?

Who’s in charge here? That’s a question an outsider might well ask in trying to figure out the curious world of philanthropy. We take a crack at offering an answer.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Can a $4 Million Gift Bring More MBAs to the Nonprofit and Public Sectors?

We've noticed more MBAs running around these days in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. But most B-school still steer far clear of the social sector. Here's a campus gift to help change that.

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