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Wednesday
Oct222014

At Least One Big Bank is Offering Environmental Grants

A lot of major financial institutions talk a big game about their environmentally friendly business practices, and investing in clean energy. Few do grantmaking in this area. Wells Fargo is an exception.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Just SNAP for Fresh Produce: Kresge Keeps Up Its Fight Against Food Deserts

Funders like Kresge are keeping up the push to bring better food choices to underserved communities, and the strategies are getting more sophisticated, including leveraging food stamp money.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

A Real Estate Mogul's Deep Ties to a State and a University Drive a Major Gift 

Jay Shidler's first foray into real estate emerged from his senior thesis at the University of Hawaii. Later, when he gave back to the university, he felt his money was put to good use. So he gave more. A lot more.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Unusual Funding Outfit Hot on the Trail of an Alzheimer's Cure

The Cure Alzheimer’s Fund was founded by four venture capitalists who put their heads and wallets together to back a take-no-prisoners Alzheimer’s research organization. Now, it's scored its biggest success yet.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

How the ExxonMobil Foundation Approaches Higher Ed Funding

However polarizing ExxonMobil may be on climate change, there is no mistaking its foundation's commitment to STEM-related higher education, especially among African Americans, Hispanics, and women.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

The Funders in the Fight to Save the Louisiana Coast

The state’s shrinking coast is a major disaster. And while the price tag to mitigate the damage is larger than philanthropy can afford, some funders are finding a role.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Smart Move: Caterpillar Foundation Reaches for Advocacy Lever with Ebola Gift 

Since containing Ebola is way too big of a job for nonprofits offering direct aid, wouldn't it make more sense for funders to focus on prodding governments to do more? At least one foundation thinks so.

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Monday
Oct202014

Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving? 

The ongoing emergence of Facebook's CEO as an activist mega donor is a story that's keeping us rapt. With big resources in play, and a widening playing field (now including Ebola), we take a closer look.

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Monday
Oct202014

Wow, the UPS Foundation Really Likes Trees. Here's Why

Through its grantmaking and employee volunteering, UPS has planted some 3 million trees worldwide. Trees are the centerpiece of the company's green giving for some very good reasons.

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Monday
Oct202014

A Big Alumni Gift With a Big Goal: To Help Revive an Entire City

A Wayne State University grad has given the school $25 million with an eye on helping to reboot Detroit. We unpack the lessons of this gift, and the loyalty to both a school and a place that lies behind it.

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Monday
Oct202014

The New Recruits in Moore’s Huge Data Program

Since last year, the Moore Foundation has been at the forefront of large funders supporting advances in data science. Its latest burst of funding goes to 14 researchers, with an emphasis on open source approaches.

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Friday
Oct172014

The Latest in Gimmick Philanthropy: Grantmaking Before a Live Audience

The staid social sector is becoming filled with more stunts to grab attention. Today's example: A public pitching contest organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and backed by Chevron and Kresge.

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Friday
Oct172014

This Foundation CEO Isn't Alone in Grappling with Race

We were recently struck by a blog post by Doug Stamm, CEO of the Meyer Memorial Trust, about racial equity. It's yet another indicator that race is a major zone of ferment right now within the philanthrosphere.

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Friday
Oct172014

Why Is a Health Funder Backing Work on "Sustainable Neighborhoods" in the Bay Area?

Turns out that being forced to move because your rent just tripled can be very stressful in unhealthy ways. Residents left behind, meanwhile, can experience "social loss," with negative health outcomes.

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Friday
Oct172014

"Small But Meaningful." The Rumphius Foundation's Approachable Grantmaking

Move over Bill Gates! We interrupt our regular coverage of big foundations and mega donors to bring you breaking news of a tiny family foundation that is just getting started and is infused with a refreshing idealism.

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Friday
Oct172014

Back Home From the Cold: How Deep Roots Shaped a $25 Million Gift to USF

Successful people often spin out of the orbit of their alma maters and end up donating to other universities nearer to home. Luckily for USF, one of its most successful alums decided he didn't like the cold.

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Thursday
Oct162014

How a Corporate Giant is Teaming Up With a Top Conservation Group on Local Projects

The Alcoa Foundation gave about $8 million last year to environmental programs. Now it's partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to give a major boost to community conservation projects.

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Thursday
Oct162014

One Hint and Many Questions About How GoPro's Founders Will Give Away $500 Million

Nick and Jill Woodman, billionaires for less than 6 months, have hit the ground running with their giving. We look at where the money may go, and how a new breed of tech donors approaches philanthropy.

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Thursday
Oct162014

Teach a Woman to Fish: The Walmart Foundation and Women's Empowerment

Like so many funders these days, the foundation sees lifting women up as a key to broader economic and social progress. It's spent millions to this end, with a big focus on career readiness.

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Wednesday
Oct152014

What Did This Scholar Learn From His Deep Dive Into the World of Billionaires?

We write about billionaires and their philanthropy almost every day, and so we've been intrigued by Darrell West's new book on the super rich. We recently spoke to him about his findings.

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