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Tuesday
Jun302015

Inside NEO Philanthropy: An Unusual Funding Group Works to Unify the Social Justice World

Moving $30 million last year, this intermediary aims to foster collaboration across issues and constituencies, and get funders and grantees on the same page. Here's an in-depth look at how NEO works.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Sloan's Deep (and Kind of Gross) Probe Into the Microbes Crawling All Around You

Your home and office are teeming with trillions microorganisms, and researchers are studying how design and architecture can shape these ecosystems of bugs for the better. Sloan owns this funding space.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Behind a New Worker Overtime Rule: Hard-Hitting Policy Wonks and Generous Funders

Once again, philanthropy's fingerprints are all over an executive action by President Obama—this time to raise overtime pay for millions of workers. The two key players here are the Ford Foundation and NELP.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

In the Growing Push for Financial Inclusion, Funders See Cities As Key Players

Funders are looking to cities to help solve a growing array of problems. A case in point is new work to help urban residents learn more about money, build savings, and join the mainstream financial system.

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Monday
Jun292015

From Tech's Sean Parker, a Strong Manifesto for Philanthropy—With Some Familiar Ideas

Tech philanthropy needs an articulate evangelist, and now it has one in Parker, who isn't saying anything new, exactly, but is doing a service by rallying rich techies around smarter ways to give.

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Monday
Jun292015

Here's One Funder Taking a Bow on Marriage Equality, While Seeing More Fights Ahead

Whoever said that philanthropy is filled with short-term thinking or that funders are afraid of a political fight? Just look at the Haas Fund's long and risky battle to secure marriage equality.

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Monday
Jun292015

As Obama's EPA Fights to Regulate Coal Plants, It has Some Deep-Pocketed Friends

Philanthropy has played a major role in the "war on coal," and with that battle entering a new phase as rules on coal plants face fierce political pushback, funders like Hewlett are writing some big checks.

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Monday
Jun292015

Robert Rosenkranz Philanthropy: Where's His Money Been Going? 

Rosenkranz is a long-time giver best known for the Intelligence Squared debate series. But he and his wife Alexandra Munroe, along with their kids, are into much more. Here's a quick look.

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Friday
Jun262015

For Surdna, Infrastructure is Where Sustainability and Justice Cross Paths

The Surdna Foundation’s Helen Chin explains to IP why its environment program centers on city infrastructure, and the role green philanthropy can play in urban inequality.

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Friday
Jun262015

A Closer Look at the Mother of All Matching Gifts

Questions have swirled around Phil Knight's mammoth matching pledge to the Oregon Health Science University, the largest such pledge ever. Could it be met? Was it a good idea? Now we have some answers.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Tricky Questions on Corporate Philanthropy at Walmart and Beyond

Corporate philanthropy is a realm where the motivations of generosity, greed, and guilt can converge in different ways at different times. Just look at the complex picture of Walmart's giving.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

The Foundation of a Private Equity Firm Looks to Grow Women-Led Businesses in India

While the Blackstone Foundation tends to fund in the U.S., it isn’t completely unheard of for it to fund projects abroad. Here's a look at what this funder is into—and what it's now doing in India.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Why Miley Cyrus Is Advocating for LGBT and Homeless Youth

Homelessness and prejudice against LGBT youth very much interconnect, and that nexus is a key focus of the pop star's new philanthropic effort, the Happy Hippie Foundation. We take a quick peek.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Lucky and Focused: A Lottery Winner Uses His Millions to Boost Hispanic Students

Lottery winner Gilbert Cisneros is still a relative newcomer to philanthropy, but he and his wife Jacki have zeroed in on one of the more pressing issues facing the nation: equity in higher education.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Give More Now: A Foundation’s Campaign on Donor-Advised Funds

Over the past few months, we've run a number of guest posts about donor-advised funds, with contributors on all sides of this issue. Here, the head of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation weighs in.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Seeing a New Opening, Annie E. Casey Is Pushing Hard on Poverty and Opportunity

The foundation's policy director, Michael Laracy, sees the next two years as a pivotal chance to move forward bipartisan solutions to help low-income children and families. He fills us in on AECF's strategy.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Is There Finally Some Movement on the Pressing Challenge of Microinsurance?

Philanthropy’s role in microinsurance in poor countries has dwindled over the years. The good news is that major players in the insurance market are stepping up their efforts.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Philanthropy on King Street: These Two Hedge Funders Might Be Just Getting Started

Heard of the cofounders of King Street Capital Management, Brian Higgins and O. Francis Biondi? We hadn't either, but the youngish billionaires have already been involved in quite a bit of philanthropy.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

A Better Way? Funders Get Behind a New Academy to Train K-12 Educators

Critics have blasted both Teach For America and mainstream teacher training programs. Now a new player arrives on the scene, backed by big funders: The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning.

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Monday
Jun222015

Sloan and Google Join a Daunting Effort to Catalog Every Plant Species

A botanical garden-led drive to digitally catalog all 350,000+ known plant species has been chugging along for a few years. Now two funders fixated on sharing knowledge are bought in for almost $2 million.

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