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Wednesday
May042016

If "Everything Happens at Parties," This Funder is on the Right Track

For the third year, the Chicago Community Trust is helping bring together thousands of Chicagoans in small groups on a single day to discuss the city's issues. We look at the logic of this effort.

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Wednesday
May042016

Meet the Winners of an Award That Protects the "Exact Moment" of Artistic Creation

For 22 years, the Herb Alpert Awards have reflected its namesake's instinctive approach towards the creative process. In our data-driven, "measure everything" age of philanthropy, that's a refreshing thing.

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Wednesday
May042016

Bon Appétit: The Foundation Nurturing Americans' Relationship With Food

Yeah, yeah, the foundations attacking terrible U.S. eating habits are doing great work. But if you're a food lover (and a writer), the James Beard Foundation is the funder to know.

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Wednesday
May042016

Who's Looking to Get More Teachers of Color Into Classrooms? 

Students of color often perform better when taught by teachers with whom they can identify. Which is why one top foundation just made a big grant to increase the number of African American male teachers in DC.

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Tuesday
May032016

Nice Work If You Can Get It: Why Foundation CEOs Are Overpaid

How about earning a high six-figure salary to run an outfit that has no real bottom line, plenty of money, and answers to no constituencies? Sounds like a pretty swell deal, right?

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Tuesday
May032016

Will Curbing Food Waste Catch on in U.S. Philanthropy? 

Food and agriculture sustainability is a hot topic in philanthropy. But food waste hasn't gotten much attention in the U.S. That's starting to change, thanks to Rockefeller and some smaller funders.

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Tuesday
May032016

Another Big Campus Gift for Business Education, This One by a Hands-On Donor

"Experiential learning" is often appealing to B-school donors, who love the idea of students jumping into real-world business challenges. In this case, the donor wants to directly help make it happen.

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Tuesday
May032016

Google’s High Tech Approach to Offering Help in Ethiopia's Crisis of Drought and Hunger

With their herds of animals, the pastoralists of Ethiopia play a critical role in that nation's food system. Now, in the face of catastrophe, they are getting help from a Google backed effort.

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Tuesday
May032016

Who Wants to Teach the World to Code—And Why?

Most corporate STEM philanthropy is focused in the U.S., with an eye on meeting future labor needs. Why is Microsoft's YouthSpark program taking a global approach, with grants to 55 countries?

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Tuesday
May032016

Report, Solve, Repeat: A Quick Look at a Major "Solutions Journalism" Gift

If is succeeds it leads. Solutions journalism is catching on among more funders as a tool to help tackle problems—and, more importantly, trumpet news of approaches that work so they can replicated.

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Monday
May022016

Meet Some of the Funders, Big and Small, Who Care About Mexico's Human Rights Crisis 

The horrific situation in Mexico hasn't drawn that much philanthropic attention. But some funders are on the case, operating at different levels. We take a look.

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Monday
May022016

What, Exactly, Are the Data Hounds in K-12 Philanthropy Hoping to Achieve?

A new report from the Data Quality Campaign, backed by leading K-12 funders, offers a good glimpse into how funders and nonprofits believe that data can be used to transform education.

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Monday
May022016

Three Key Things to Know About That Giant Neuroscience Gift

Why is neuroscience research suddenly drawing an avalanche of new funding? And what does a $185 million gift tell us about one of the most generous couples from Wall Street?

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Monday
May022016

Money on the Table: Why Funders Care So Much About This Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit is among the most of the most powerful anti-poverty programs. But it could do even more to lift up low-wage workers. That promise explains a big recent Kellogg grant.

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Monday
May022016

"Everyone Can Relate to Kids." Funding a Push Against Childhood Hunger

Share Our Strength works closely with corporate partners in its work on hunger. We talk with its Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer Peter Kaye about what this looks like.

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Monday
May022016

A Longtime STEM Funder That Offers a Super Sweet Deal to Ph.D. Students

In the national mission to boost STEM talent, the threshold between undergraduate and grad school is one of the most critical junctures. That's where the Hertz Foundation comes in.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Tom Steyer’s Climate Fight Marches On, But Will Young People Follow?

The hedge fund donor is in the climate fight for the long haul. His NextGen Climate is emphasizing people power in 2016, raising the question—will young people rally behind a billionaire?

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Thursday
Apr282016

How This Women's Foundation Plans to Amp Things Up

Women's foundations nation-wide are hatching ambitious plans to grow and push harder for gender equity. We talk to Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat about what lies ahead for the Washington Area Women's Foundation.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Does It Matter Where the Money Came From? Philanthropy and the Sources of Wealth

Many great philanthropic fortunes, past and present, have their origins in unsavory business practices and/or public policies that have been rigged to favor the rich. Should we care?

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Thursday
Apr282016

Engagement Not Optional: Another Grantmaker That's Jazzed About Public Art  

With all the hype surrounding "engagement," some foundations like Rainin are drawn to embedding art within a community, thereby rendering said engagement a given, rather than a box to be checked off.

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