Ted Stanley's $650 million gift to the Broad Institute is a case study in today's Big Philanthropy, but is also unique. Here's what you need to know.
With a net worth of $2.4 billion, 91-year-old David H. Murdock has made some huge contributions aimed at promoting health and better nutrition. How is this passion likely to play out in future giving?
Can even the biggest foundation reboot the economy of a small city? That question is being tested in Akron, Ohio, where Knight is pouring another $4 million into an effort to make the city a hub for medical innovation.
Last week, the Michael J. Fox Foundation announced a $2 million pledge to test Alzheimer’s drug SYN120 on Parkinson’s patients. Look at who's funding its aggressive push for new Parkinson's therapies.
If you want to reach a young person, texting is the best way. That's why the Lumina Foundation is backing an effort by UVA to use texting to help students navigate entry into college.
Funders find it maddening when nonprofits reinvent the wheel instead of grabbing something off the shelf that already works. The Rockefeller Foundation doesn't want this to happen in the new "resilience" field.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust wants to activate more voices on behalf of the Common Core, starting with educators on the front lines. Their recent big grant to America Achieves is part of that strategy.
Last week, IP published a critique of the Hewlett Foundation's new $50-million initiative tackling polarization. Here, the director of the effort offers a detailed response to the article.
We've theorized that "creative placemaking" could represent the future of arts funding. Leading the way is ArtPlace America, so take a look at its recent round of funding spread across 31 states.
The EPA’s move to slash emissions from coal plants has climate activists feeling optimistic. But the new rules won't go over easy, and as top environmental groups gird for battle, Hewlett has their back.
Now that the United States has joined the rest of the civilized world in enacting universal coverage, improving the actual health of Americans is moving front and center. And grantmaking is getting more interesting.
What is it that draws finance guys to charter schools? Is there a secret memo floating around on how giving to charters will boost their investment returns? Who knows, but Schwab is another one in deep.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey believes that a big foundation needs a values-based vision to achieve change, along with big goals. And what she's doing to chart RWJF's next phase stands as a model of philanthropic leadership.
There's no clear-cut consensus on how technology will shape the field of liberal arts in years to come. And that's precisely why a recent Mellon gift to Barnard College is so exciting.
Jeff Bezos has a well-known appetite for sci-fi stuff, and apparently so do his parents, since their education foundation has helped bankroll the first-ever brain-imaging device optimized for infants and young children.
A striking number of leaders from the financial sector have become big players in environmental philanthropy, and we write about these funders all the time. Here's are rundown of who's doing what.
David W. Douglas knows how many lives U.S. foreign aid has saved over the years, so when he saw crucial programs facing the budget knife, he tapped his family fortune and wide network to do something.
Kavitark “Ram” Shriram was a founding board member and early investor in Google, and an exec in the fledgling days of both Netscape and Amazon. Now this tech legend is moving into big time philanthropy.
The Bezos Family Foundation has invested in many of the usual suspects pushing school reform, like KIPP and Teach for America. But what distinguishes this funder is its zeal for student-driven learning.
The Hewlett Foundation says it's non-ideological, but it promotes liberal values through its grantmaking. The dangers of this fuzziness are on display in its new $50 million democracy initiative.