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Monday
Aug312015

Yup, Another Gift to Nurture Entrepreneurship on Campus

Boosters of entrepreneurship increasingly see universities as great allies. It's a trend we're watching closely, and here we look at a new campus gift along these lines by a wealthy businessman in San Diego.

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Monday
Aug312015

The Funding Behind a Group That's Taking on Structural Racial Inequity 

We've written a lot lately about recent grantmaking to sow the seeds for a new, more robust debate over race in America. One place where money has flowed is the Center for Social Inclusion.

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Monday
Aug312015

A Closer Look at a Bank's Strategy to Boost Opportunities for Urban Youth

Citi Foundation recently announced a new batch of grantees for its Youth Opportunity Fund grants. We dig into how these initiatives are chosen, and what they are doing to build a working economy for youth.

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Monday
Aug312015

Backpack Brigade: With Corporate Support, Free School Supplies for Needy Kids

As a new school year starts, over 16 million U.S. kids can't afford basic school supplies. That's where the Kids In Need Foundation comes in, with the help of some deep-pocketed supporters like Target.

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Friday
Aug282015

Google Grants Teaching Machines to See, Hear, and Learn

Google is a global leader in improving how computers take in and sift through huge amounts of data. But through it grantmaking, it's also backing academic research on how machines perceive and learn.

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Friday
Aug282015

Ikea’s Better Shelters Getting Put to Work in Nepal

Good temporary shelters are a crucial need in disasters and refugee crises, and the Ikea Foundation has been on the case with an innovative effort. Here's how it's going in Nepal.

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Friday
Aug282015

A Few Things to Know About Ron Howard's Philanthropy

Oscar-winning Director Ron Howard has a foundation that gives modestly across a wide variety of areas including in arts and culture, global development, and the environment. We take a look.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Personalized Learning Is a Big, Exciting Idea. But Can Funders Like Gates Get It Right?

Innovating in education is hard, and reformers have taken some hits after backing ideas too early, before they're fully baked. Which explains the Gates Foundation's due diligence on personalized learning.

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Thursday
Aug272015

When Markets Drop: Jittery Rich People, Frustrated Fundraisers

How's your week been? Probably darn lousy if you raise money from wealthy individuals, who've been totally freaking out amid the plunges and gyrations of the stock market. What are some takeaways here?

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Thursday
Aug272015

Setting Wikipedia Straight: A New Role for Philanthropy?

Anyone can contribute or edit Wikipedia, which doesn't always work out so well, depending on the subject. The Simons Foundation recently tried its hand at nudging science content in the right direction.

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Thursday
Aug272015

Tech Funders Love This Outfit Educating the World's Poor. Now Here Comes the Pushback

Bridge International Academies has done a stellar job of selling its vision of scalable, low-cost private education, attracting funders like Zuckerberg, Gates and Omidyar. Now, it's coming under some heavy fire.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Why Did This Foundation Decide to Go "All-In" On the Arts?

Ten years ago, the Denver-based Bonfils-Stanton Foundation allocated a little over half its grants to arts organizations. Now it's shifting practically all its focus to the arts.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Born to Run, and To Give: How Bruce Springsteen Does His Philanthropy

It's been 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his classic album Born to Run. While everyone has been examining Springsteen the musician, now's a good time to also look at Springsteen the philanthropist.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

As a Billionaire Steps Things Up, He Gets Behind Skin Regeneration in a Big Way

Long a local giver, the founder of Best Buy is now scaling up a major foundation. One of his major recent bets: bankrolling new stem cell research for producing healthy skin tissue.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

"Everything is Not Fine." Inside a New Funding Push on Girls and Young Women of Color

The NoVo Foundation, fueled by Buffet wealth, is getting bigger. Now, in an ambitious collaborative effort, it's taking on the overlooked challenges facing girls and women of color.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

No One Left Behind: Tim Gill and the New Quest for Full LGBT Equality

After 20 years of giving for LGBT rights and a big victory on marriage equality, Gill isn't letting up. Here's the inside story of how he and his foundation are rallying a new charge against discrimination.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Trendwatch: Foundations Get Serious About Backing Entrepreneurs and Businesses

With issues of equity and economic mobility moving to the forefront of philanthropy, a new report shows that funders are doing more to foster new businesses. We take a closer look.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

How Are Legacy News Organizations Boosting Digital Innovation?

Much like the Knight Foundation, the National Press Foundation is looking for ways to creatively blend disruptive new digital technologies with traditional, high-quality journalism. It's an uneasy mix.

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Tuesday
Aug252015

Longtime Actor, Longtime Giver: A Look at Alan Alda's Philanthropy

Actor Alan Alda and his wife Arlene founded the Jenjo Foundation in 1990. How did they come up with the name Jenjo? Well, we'll tell you, and it also starts to explain the couple's focus on women, youth, and family.

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Monday
Aug242015

A Family Foundation's Crusade on Biodiversity—And Its Controversies

Whose side are green funders on? Humans or non-humans? It's a question we've been thinking about since coming across the Weeden Foundation, an outfit that's been controversial at times. We talk with its leader.

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