When it comes to environmental causes, no funding outfit has does more to connect businesses and nonprofits than 1% for the Planet. We talked to its managing director about its work, and its new plan to curb consumerism.
A big score by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation makes existing models of impact investing and venture philanthropy look strictly small time. Is this the shape of things to come?
Conservatives funders have been clever in backing groups that challenge liberal dominance on issues of race and gender. A case in point: the Independent Women's Forum, which wins support from the Kochs.
For this Thanksgiving week, we decided to flag all the positive trends we're seeing in philanthropy—and that we're thankful for—in one post that is best enjoyed with a side of cranberry sauce.
One problem with philanthropy is that funders can be so intent on being strategic that they fail to act in the face of new emergencies. Ebola is emerging as a counter-point to that stereotype.
Did you know Disney has a conservation grantmaking program, with a big focus on wildlife? We didn’t, but it makes sense given all the lovable creatures it's brought to life on screen. Here's our 101.
Inner cities are food deserts, chronic diseases rates keep going up, and meanwhile public health workers are relying on stale data. Can $7.5 million make a dent in these problems?
Retired hedge funder Stanley Druckenmiller is well known as the billonaire behind Geoffrey Canada, but his foundation's been ramping up, and its list of grantees includes quite a few ed groups beyond HCZ.
Online courses have tantalized funders and others who dream of expanding access to education at a low cost. But how well are students actually learning? Gates just gave $1.6 million to help find the answer.
Many funders spread their money too thinly and then wonder why they aren't having impact. Not David Duffield, who's laser-focused on animals and gaining on his goal of making "no-kill" shelters the norm.
You might think that Angelina Jolie was running the place, given how this funder is drawn to hotspots and alleviating human suffering in its rawest forms. Its latest move: A whopping $31.5 give to UNICEF.
The Kauffman Foundation, which supports entrepreneurs, is yet another funder applying a strong gender lens to its thinking about jobs and opportunity, and with big hopes for the future.
By now, everyone has gotten the memo that nonprofits thrive best with general operating support, and foundations have been hounded for years to change their ways. They haven't, really. Here's why.
Ailey may exist in a far off stratosphere of big money, but the basic message it's selling to donors—that success breeds new financial needs and you should go with a winner—can also be used down here on Earth
There's a lot to keep track of when it comes to the different pots of Rockefeller money, but the environment is a common thread. The Rockefeller Family Fund is particularly keyed in on climate change.
Alcoa was ranked the most generous U.S. company last year, so we follow it closely. And one interesting thing is how the Alcoa Foundation thinks about "sustainability," and especially in regard to education.
It's commonly said that if you want to connect to people, or influence their behavior, tell them a powerful story. But many philanthropists give short shrift to this elementary approach. Not Jeff Skoll.
Consider for a moment that a billionaire is planning to literally reshape the shoreline of Manhattan by funding a floating island park. Maybe, just maybe, private funding for parks has gone too far.
On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, the Gill Foundation is announcing an ambitious push to end all forms of discrimination faced by LGBT Americans. CEO Courtney Cuff explains how it came about.