Here's our list of the funders we found most interesting to watch and write about over the past year. It includes some of the biggest players in the foundation world, along with little outfits you've never heard of.
The biggest telescopes ever are now under construction. And while they are too big for any one private donor or foundation to fund, philanthropy is playing a key role in enabling humans to look deeper into space.
Starting in the early 1990s, Annie E. Casey zeroed in on the tragedy of kids getting sucked into a cycle of incarceration and invested in strategies to prevent this. Now, finally, the tide has been turning.
Murdoch's mother was a noted philanthropist, and his son James is now giving seriously. But the charity gene seemingly skipped a generation, and we're not yet seeing signs of major giving by Rupert, 83, on the horizon.
It turns out that staging sitdowns in front of Google shuttle buses doesn't go unnoticed. The company has been scrambling to show concern about inequity in the Bay Area. Who's getting the new grant money?
If your arts organization has an idea that could benefit your fellow nonprofit compatriots, don't keep it to yourself. And if you need help getting the word out—in the form of, say, money—Doris Duke may be happy to oblige.
Innovative actors have turned so many corners of American life upside down lately. Ford is betting a million bucks that this dynamic energy can also provide the poor with products to help them build wealth.
This story of a $25 million gift involves a family's deep ties to St. Louis and its premier university, as well as the death of a child from cancer over forty years ago. We dissect the lessons.
More unhappy donors are asking for a return of their donated funds as they discover that their money is not being used as they intended. Here are a few thoughts on how to avoid that kind of train wreck.
While actors often take center stage, it's the studio and television owners and executives that have the truly deep pockets. Which explains why we're starting to see a new generation of entertainment philanthropists.
James Comer's holistic approach to improving education is not exactly in vogue among many ed reformers these days. But he has powerful allies in the funding world, including the Kellogg Foundation.
Outsourcing may be a dirty word in rich countries, but the foundation sees "impact sourcing" as a a key way to bring jobs to young people in Africa. And it just gave $2 million give to a key NGO working in this niche.
Creative placemaking is red hot, and seeks to improve the economic fortunes of depressed areas. But where and why do foundations like Kresge open their checkbooks? Here are some patterns we're seeing.
President Obama's announcement of a new campaign to expand early childhood education puts the spotlight on the major funders in this area and how some big new money is coming onto the scene.
After the University of Illinois hired a former radical with a criminal past, a major donor decided he wouldn't make good on $6.5 million in pledged support. Things aren't so simple, though.
For every success like Teach for America that catches fire and raises the big bucks, there are myriad smaller outfits that struggle to get to scale. What does the future hold for Say Yes to Education?
Northrop Grumman is another big aerospace and defense company that's keen on developing STEM talent, and it focuses its efforts at the K-12 level. But there are a few key things to know about how its grants flow.
If you want a great case study of the creative energy and money behind urban parks, Cleveland is a good place to look. There, an outfit called LAND Studios is raking in cash and making big things happen.
Dance groups in Philadelphia have their work cut out for them, thanks to a devastating funding cut from the William Penn Foundation. Is this the end of dance in Philadelphia? No, but it's a rougher road ahead.
More funders are now jumping into early childhood education. But Hyatt heir J.B. Pritzker has been on this case for a while, establishing himself as one of the leading philanthropists in the country on these issues.