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Friday
Feb122016

A Friend To Urban Farming With Some Deep Pockets

Urban farming and healthy food markets are one more place where social enterprises are gaining traction. Among those backing this trend is the Nonprofit Finance Fund. We look at a recent loan in Oakland.

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Friday
Feb122016

At a Historic Moment on Campus, a Reliable Donor Steps Forward With a Big Gift

We've said it before, we'll say it again: Timing matters in higher ed giving. Consider a recent case at University of Miami, where a $100 million gift was linked to the inauguration of the school's first Hispanic president.

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Friday
Feb122016

Conservative Intellectuals Love This Foundation. Here's Why

The Searle Freedom Trust is less well known than other top conservative foundations. But it's long been part of the cadre of funders who have patiently nurtured the right's policy wonks and scholars.

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Friday
Feb122016

Donor Dossier: A Former Goldman Partner Supports Catholic Outfits and Education

Thomas Healey made partner at Goldman Sachs in the 1980s and started his foundation that time, too. The family's philanthropy has especially focused on education and supporting Catholic institutions. We take a look.

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Thursday
Feb112016

Crowd Cash: Check Out Our New Blog on Crowdfunding

Small donors are looming larger than ever in electoral politics this year, with record giving. Meanwhile, the crowdfunding picture is more mixed in the philanthrosphere. IP will be digging in with a new blog.

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Thursday
Feb112016

Seizing the Moment: The YMCA Spotlights Its Equity Mission. Will More Money Follow?

Most people think of the YMCA as just a health club, but its mission is to strengthen communities. We hear from a top exec there about the Y's new push for relevance, and how that's affecting its funding.

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Thursday
Feb112016

What a Bank's Foundation Is Doing to Push Financial Inclusion in India and Beyond

Financial inclusion is a hopping area of global grantmaking right now, and big financial firms are on the forefront of this work. Here we take a quick look at what the Citi Foundation is up to.

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Thursday
Feb112016

Yup, Another Finance Guy Giving for the Environment. But Other Stuff, Too

What is it about Wall Street winners and the environment? Every time we turn around we stumble on another financier trying to save the planet. Here we check in on what Duncan McFarland is up to.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

The Federal Budget Affects Everything. So Why Do Most Funders Ignore Fiscal Policy?

Lots of funders have a huge stake in the outcome of the $4 trillion budget fight now starting in Washington, D.C. But few invest strategically in influencing that battle, particularly on the tax side.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

The Color of Money: A Top Bank and Nonprofit Take Aim at the Racial Wealth Divide

JPMorgan Chase is backing a big effort by CFED to fund nonprofits to build leadership on the ground in communities of color, in order to address the racial wealth divide—including through policy advocacy.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

What Can Philanthropy Do To Revitalize a Bruised Economy in a Rust Belt City?

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, are key locomotives of prosperity—yet often barely on the radar of foundations. One notable effort, though, is the New Economy Initiative in Detroit. We chat with its new head.

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Wednesday
Feb102016

For This Foundation, STEM Education and Environmentalism Go Hand in Hand  

If you're a car company, you're keen to see more kids become engineers. And perhaps eyeing pollution, too. Which may explain why the Toyota USA foundation gives for STEM projects related to conservation.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Who's in Charge Here? This Donors Network Wants Answers—and Change

The Women Donors Network is taking on diversity in U.S. political leadership, among other big challenges. We talk to Donna Hall, WDN's president, to hear what it's up to.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Don't Forget the Fine Print: Another Case of a Restricted Gift Gone Wrong

A funder is suing a university for not living up to its end of a major gift. This unhappy case is sure to hinge on whether there was a concise funding contract—which too many donors forget to insist on.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Getting With It: Money Flows to Help Classical Music Stay Relevant 

These are interesting times for classical music, and some funders are keenly attuned to helping this field evolve and broaden its mission. Fostering more diversity among musicians is one item on the to-do list.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

A Yogurt Mogul and Group of Corporate Funders Band Together for Refugees

While most U.S. funders have done little to help the world’s refugees, there are some notable exceptions. Most recently, Tent.org, which was recently established by Chobani yogurt tycoon, Hamdi Ulukaya.

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Tuesday
Feb092016

Waste Not, Want Not: Why the Rockefeller Foundation Is So Interested in Food Loss

A shockingly large amount of food produced never makes it to people's plates, with big implications for hunger rates, farmer incomes, and the climate. Rockefeller has a plan to change that.

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Monday
Feb082016

Now This Is Interesting: The Gates Foundation Backs a Big New Look at U.S. Poverty

Is Gates gearing up to jump into the mother of all domestic policy issues? It's too soon to say, but it is backing an ambitious effort to explore poverty by a group of top experts convened by the Urban Institute.

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Friday
Feb052016

An African-American Billionaire Ramps Up His Giving With a Big Campus STEM Gift and More

Robert Smith is the richest black American not named Oprah Winfrey, and his philanthropy is growing. Diversity in STEM is one of his interests. He has a new foundation, too. We'll tell you about all that.

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Thursday
Feb042016

Looking for Funding From the Entertainment Industry? Here Are Seven Things to Know

A new era of entertainment industry philanthropy is now emerging. What’s less clear is how nonprofit fundraisers can get to this money and walk away with checks in hand. We offer some insights.

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