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Friday
Jul292016

The Other Clinton Foundation: A Look at Bill and Hillary's Personal Philanthropy

Beyond their well-known involvement in the Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary have their own personal foundation that pumps out scores of grants every year. What can we learn from this giving?

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Friday
Jul292016

Is a New Golden Age of Philanthropy Scholarship Dawning? Don’t Count on it

Despite an encouraging spurt lately of new academic writing on philanthropy, most scholars are unlikely to ever gravitate to this critical area. That's a problem.

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Friday
Jul292016

This Corporate Funder is Prioritizing STEM Shortfalls in Rural Areas

Philanthropy serving rural areas is lacking, and one thing that could really use some help is STEM education. One corporate foundation in Illinois just launched a pilot program to address the problem.

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Friday
Jul292016

It's At the Vanguard of Art Conservation. What's This Foundation Up To?

As contemporary art grows exponentially, Getty remains committed to the critical and occasionally unglamorous field of conservation and preservation. We look at two of their recent initiatives.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Among Foundations, Who's the Biggest Impact Investor? 

Impact investing is spreading in foundation land, but actual dollar amounts are still hard to come by. That said, there's little doubt about which foundation has laid out—by far—the most capital.

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Thursday
Jul282016

A Quick Dive Into the State of Arts-Related Venture Philanthropy

Arts donors increasingly demand "results" and meaningful "change." But what kind of results? And what does "change" look like? For answers, we dig into an illuminating discussion brokered by Art Basel.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Move Over, Bernie. This Foundation Wants Millennials to Love the Free Market

The John Templeton Foundation is well-known for funding philosophical moonshots. Now it wants to make free market ideas more palatable to the younger generation.

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Thursday
Jul282016

Which Walmart Heir is Behind a Walton Family Foundation Grant for Postpartum Depression? 

Walton family giving is not quite as monolithic as you might think, with just a few highly focused priorities like K-12. More heirs are starting to shoot off in different directions, which could be huge over time.

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Thursday
Jul282016

The Two-Pronged Focus of Danielle Steel's Philanthropy 

After decades of publishing best sellers, author Danielle Steel is just as rich as you'd imagine. Meanwhile, her two philanthropic focus areas are driven by her personal story. We take a peak.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Rightward, Ho! Ten Top Funders Behind the Surging Libertarian Movement

Why have the apostles of individual liberty and the free market been coming on so strong lately? One major reason is the concerted and strategic grantmaking of fewer than a dozen funders.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

A Philanthropy-Backed Hunt for the Genetics of Eating Disorders

A fascinating aspect of today's new philanthropy is the way that big donors are zeroing in on overlooked areas of medical research. For the billionaire Seth Klarman and his wife Beth, it's eating disorders.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Stay Away From the Water: In Florida, a $10 Million Give to Fight Toxic Algae 

It's a nasty marine threat that has an entire state in a panic. And there aren't easy solutions. Which is where—yes, you guessed it—a new prize competition comes in.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

A Historic Down Payment: Unpacking a Record Alumni Arts Give

A number of big arts gifts have been flowing to campuses lately, as donors come to the rescue of programs that tend to be first on the chopping block when cuts hit. We look the latest, at UCLA.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Meet Yet Another Grantmaker Embracing the Promise of Multi-Media Storytelling

Storytelling is super hot in the philanthrosphere right now. A premise of Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund is that while everyone has a story to tell, the most powerful forms often require expert help and support.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Silent No Longer: Behind an Unexpected Civil Rights Gift by an NBA Legend

Michael Jordan has often taken flak over the years for not speaking out on social issues. Which is why his $2 million move to help build trust between law enforcement and communities is so notable.

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Wednesday
Jul272016

Three Small But Powerful Funders Fighting for the Rights of Indigenous People

Modest grants can go a long way in remote parts of the world, where indigenous peoples are under pressure. We look at what several small funders are doing in this critical space.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Would More Philanthropic Giving Actually Make the World a Better Place?

This is a deceptively complicated question, raising bigger issues of "what works." And it’s a lot more controversial than you might think, threatening how many foundations operate.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

For Museums, the Road to Insolvency Can Be Paved With Huge Checks

More research suggests that mega-donations to mega-museums create mega-problems, not just for the recipients on the hook for downstream costs, but smaller organizations vying for ever-shrinking public dollars.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

Revolving Funds Are Hot, Helping Power the Drive to Energy Efficiency 

Energy efficiency saves money, but capital improvements to get there are expensive at first. That's where smart philanthropic capital comes in. Take a look at what the Kendeda Fund is up to.

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Tuesday
Jul262016

On Second Thought: Why Did This Donor Withdraw a Naming Rights Gift?

It seemed simple enough. A couple wrote a check to fund the construction of an on-campus multicultural center. In exchange, their name would grace the building. What could possibly go wrong?

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