Nothing is more satisfying to a donor than to see, exactly, how their money is making a difference year after year. Institutions that track and share these details will reap big rewards.
War remains one of humanity's great scourges, but you wouldn't know that from the priorities of funders in the past two decades. That may be changing with the world on fire. Here's who's in the action.
In Africa, young people account for approximately 60 percent of the continent’s unemployed population. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is among the funders focused on helping these young people find jobs.
We've written a lot about STEM funding at the K-12 level, often from corporate funders worried about the future supply of skilled workers. But we've never seen this before. Is it good or bad?
John Doerr has made a fortune with sharp bets in the tech world. Now he and wife are betting big on a new leadership center at Rice University, where they both got degrees. What are the key takeaways from this gift?
Although best known as a funder of conservative causes, for the past 25 years, David Koch has also been a huge donor to cancer research. Now he's just made his biggest give yet, for $150 million. We tell the backstory.
The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is an example of growing risk taking in philanthropy in search of medical breakthroughs. We connected with its director to hear how this outfit operates.
Irene Pritzker and her IDP Foundation started a program in Ghana to offer loans to low-cost private schools in marginalized communities. She found success, but controversy, too.
Sarah Brown has led the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy since helping establish it in 1996. A key thing she's learned about fundraising is that you want your top wonks in the room.
Princeton has been working to set itself apart from other Ivys by investing heavily in the arts. A grateful alumnus just chipped in for this effort in the latest of a string of campus arts gifts we've reported on.
We dig into the giving of MTV founder Robert Pittman and his wife Veronique. The couple's interests include the environment, the arts, fighting poverty, and more. Take a look.
If you're tantalized by the promise of combining online and classroom instruction, Hewlett is a funder to know. Among other things, it wants to see better open educational resources to support blended learning.
John Irons, the foundation's top economic thinker, is making grants to encourage employers to look beyond a narrow bottom line and create more "shared value" for society at large. Here's his game plan.
If you work on global development and humanitarian issues, and don't know much about this funder, that needs to change. The foundation isn't huge, but it spreads money around widely, and goes where the action is.
With the foundation now giving out over $100 million annually for environmental work, and dozens of green groups getting funds, a report offers new insights into how this funder operates.
We look at the grantmakers behind an ambitious research effort that aims to identify the ECE programs that deliver the greatest bang for the buck over the long term. Stakes are high with this issue before Congress.
Sitting on a foundation board sounds like a swell gig, coming with perks and some power. Sure beats the drudgery of most nonprofit board service. So why do many of these board members get paid?
Now that the Ebola battle has been won, but at a huge cost, funders are looking at how to stop the next disease outbreak from becoming an epidemic. For Gates, this key is monitoring child health and mortality.
All sorts of funders are excited about using data to cure society's ills. Criminal justice is the latest area in which foundations think better number crunching can lead to better outcomes.
John Overdeck applied his math talents to finance, and now has plenty of cash to spare. Is it any surprise that he and his wife Laura have become energetic STEM funders and even helped underwrite a math museum?