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Monday
Sep262016

Why This Top Funder Has Put Mental Health on its Radar 

The Arnold Foundation is unusual in how way it's less interested in moving the needle on specific issues than on improving the quality of all social interventions. Now it's looking at mental health.

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Monday
Sep262016

Inequity Goes to Court: Meet the Funders Behind Recent School Finance Lawsuits

Over many years, funders have backed litigation to achieve greater equity in school finance. Is this strategy in Connecticut and elsewhere working? We take a look.

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Monday
Sep262016

How Did This Huge Gift Break Three of Art Philanthropy's Most Basic Rules?

Sure, rules are made to be broken, but this historic gift to a regional museum from a donor with a scant track record truly stands out as unusual—in a good way.

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Friday
Sep232016

The Troubling Oil Money Behind Dartmouth’s New Energy Institute

To create an institute focused on society’s energy problems, Dartmouth accepted $80 million from a powerful oil family surrounded by controversy. Such a gift seriously undermines the project's credibility.

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Friday
Sep232016

Deep Pockets, New High Schools: What's Laurene Powell Jobs Up To?

Critics have long complained about cookie cutter high schools that fail to engage restless young people on the cusp of adulthood. A billionaire is giving big to solve this problem.

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Friday
Sep232016

What's Been the Impact of a Funder-Backed Effort to Boost This Rust Belt Economy?

It's hard to think of a tougher assignment for philanthropy than turning around economies battered by de-industrialization. But more funders have gotten into this game and, in Detroit, they're getting results.

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Thursday
Sep222016

Playing the Long Game: Six Takeaways From Chan and Zuck's Big New Thing

We live in interesting times, as far as philanthropy goes. The latest exhibit A is how a millennial couple thinks they actually have a shot at vanquishing humanity’s greatest foe in a cool 84 years.

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Thursday
Sep222016

Dept. of Good News: Unrestricted Donations Are Rising in the Arts Space. But Why?

New research suggest that growth in unrestricted contributed revenue slightly outpaced growth in expenses across the arts philanthropy sector. What explains donors' increased willingness to relinquish control?

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Thursday
Sep222016

One Other Little Item on Bloomberg's Agenda: Empowering African Women

With a $50 billion fortune to get rid of, it's not surprising that Mike Bloomberg keeps upping his giving in various areas. A case in point is what his foundation is doing in Africa with women.

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Thursday
Sep222016

Philanthropy’s Part in a Flurry of Global Ocean Protection Commitments

We write often on all the action around saving the oceans, including by many billionaire philanthropists. One place where this action comes together is an annual conference, held last week.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

Donor Non Grata: When a Philanthropist and His Money Turn Radioactive

Ever since allegations of widespread sexual harassment came to light, everyone from large public universities to small town senior centers want nothing to do with Roger Ailes and his charitable giving.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

With a Monster Pledge, a Glimpse of a New Direction for Soros 

George Soros is well known as a philanthropist. Less known is that he's been moving into impact investing, which is at the center of his $500 million push to help refugees.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

Who's Making Grants to Cultivate the Next Generation of Farmers, and Why

Few people young people nowadays set out to be farmers, leaving skilled ag jobs unfilled and the food supply at risk. Here's how one grantmaker is tackling the problem.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

Whatever About the Rule of Law: Naming Rights and Sleeping Watchdogs

Squabbles over revoking naming rights from long ago gifts may not seem like a big deal. But these controversies offer a window into the weak and ad hoc enforcement of nonprofit laws.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

This Winner of a Big Foundation Prize Aims to Boost Other "Impact Inventors"

The Lemelson-MIT Prize is as much about making an impact as it is about invention. The latest winner not only made some mind-boggling imaging devices, he’s also helping other inventors make a difference.

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Wednesday
Sep212016

Meet the Foundation Addressing the Theater World's Gender Imbalance

Recent data tells us that in a country that is 51 percent female, only 22 percent of regional, non-Broadway theater productions are written by women. The Lilly Awards Foundation wants to change that.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Dept. of That's No Typo: The Unlikely Donor Behind a Historic Campus Gift

It's not often that we see eight-figure gifts going for social work. In fact, it almost never happens. What's the deal with the pioneering social worker behind a $60 million give to USC?

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Among Ford's Foot Soldiers For Combating Inequality: Public Interest Technologists

Ford's push against inequality extends to the techno-journalism space, where its Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows are engaged in various efforts to empower disenfranchised communities.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

A Luxury Jeweler’s Unlikely but Impressive Support for Ocean Conservation

Tiffany & Co. and its head of philanthropy, Anisa Kamadoli Costa, are two names that show up all over marine conservation efforts. We unpack the luxury retailer’s support for oceans and coral reefs.

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Tuesday
Sep202016

At the Witness Table in Congress: University Endowments

Earlier in the year, Congress asked for endowment information from America's 56 wealthiest schools. Now it's holding hearings as part of an ongoing investigation. Where's all this leading?

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