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Friday
Jan302015

Gosh, This Family Is In Tune: The Story Behind a $20 Million Campus Music Gift 

We don't see a lot of higher ed gifts of this size for the arts, and even more notable is that it didn't come from an alum. But the backstory here does involve a 100-year-old french horn player and his wealthy son.

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Friday
Jan302015

A Closer Look at Bloomberg's Latest Clean Energy Give

Mike is still on the climate case. This time he's working with another pair of philanthropists to help cities and localities accelerate the development and implementation of ambitious clean energy plans.

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Friday
Jan302015

Dream Team: How Jimmy Carter Beat Guinea Worm, With Help From Bill Gates

Guinea Worm affected 3.5 million people in 1986, when the Carter Center took aim at this horrific disease. This year, it will be the first-ever parasitic disease to be eradicated. Gates lent a hand, with $88 million.

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Thursday
Jan292015

Think Big: Twelve Ways to Connect With Major Donors for K-12

Want to move beyond raffles and parent contributions to go after big game? These tips draw on four decades of work helping schools raise money, now pulled together in a new book on K-12 fundraising.

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Thursday
Jan292015

Disparate Impact: A Key Fight Over Housing and Finance, and the Funding Behind It

A number of funders have a dog in the fight over "disparate impact," a powerful principle used to fight discrimination that is now being debated by the Supreme Court.

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Thursday
Jan292015

Elon Musk Writes a Large Check to Help Tackle Humanity’s “Biggest Existential Threat”

The founder of SpaceX and chief architect of Tesla Motors is known for his big picture philanthropy. His latest cause is right out of science fiction, though: taming the threat from artificial intelligence.

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Thursday
Jan292015

A Funder Backs a New Tool to Help College Students Choose Their Courses

A new project funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will enable college students to use a search engine, rather than an academic adviser, to select sequences of courses tailored to their specific goals.

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Wednesday
Jan282015

This Billionaire Couple Wants To Empower Kids Through Yoga

We found one more master of the universe who's getting down on the yoga mat. More importantly, hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones is helping his wife Sonia Jones advance an effort that empowers youth through yoga.

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Wednesday
Jan282015

Inside Philanthropy is a Year Old. Here Are Ten Things We've Learned

Time flies when you're having fun. And covering the weird world of philanthropy is definitely fun. So what have we learned since launching this site just a year ago? A few things.

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Tuesday
Jan272015

The Sandler Way: Where Big Philanthropy Meets the Art of Common Sense

Herb Sandler is emblematic of a cadre of living donors that has been reshaping philanthropy—and, along the way, running circles around overstaffed foundations that are overthinking how to achieve change.

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Monday
Jan262015

An Underdog Hits the Mark: Lessons From Rutgers' Fundraising Campaign

Rutgers University, which has historically struggled to raise money, just announced that it surpassed the $1 billion goal of its most ambitious fundraising campaign ever. We examine the lessons.

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Monday
Jan262015

Another Push to Prepare Low-Income Kids for Healthcare Jobs, This Time In Oakland

A growing number of funders are focusing their workforce efforts at ensuring that young low-income people develop the skills needed by the healthcare sector. Now a big effort of this kind is coming to Oakland.

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Monday
Jan262015

How the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Fighting Predatory Lending

The nation's top community foundation gets that usurious wealth stripping practices can keep low-income households from ever building assets and getting ahead. Which is why it's taking up this fight locally.

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Friday
Jan232015

The 15 People Most Powerful People in New York Philanthropy

Since our launch, we've been digging into the top funders in New York City (and five other cities). Now, we've pulled together this research to create a handy guide to the powers that be on Gotham's philanthropy scene.

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Friday
Jan232015

Bringing Technology To Classrooms Is Filled With Pitfalls. This Funder Wants to Help

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations aims to support the growth of blended learning in high schools by funding the development of a nationwide certification program in educational technology for teachers.

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Friday
Jan232015

What Drives Mega-Novelist James Patterson's Philanthropy?

The best-selling author, who earned over $90 million in 2014 alone, has quietly become a generous funder of literacy and educational causes. Who knew? We look at where his money is going.

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Friday
Jan232015

It's Official: Larry Ellison Is a Wildlife Funder. For Now, Anyway

One of the world's richest men has been keeping us guessing about his next philanthropic move. Now we learn that he's opening his checkbook in a big way to help protect some of California's smallest creatures.

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Thursday
Jan222015

Bill and Melinda Gates Have a Big Vision. So Why Aren't They Writing Bigger Checks?

While the Gateses urge other rich people to give away more money, and say we're entering a climactic global battle to save saves, most of their own vast private fortune is sitting on the sidelines. What's up with that?

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Thursday
Jan222015

What's Behind Mellon's Big Give to Yale University Press?

The $840,000 grant aims to solve a seemingly simple, but nonetheless vexing question facing university publishers: How can you get more people to read your books?

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Thursday
Jan222015

Four Things to Know About the Anschutz Foundation's Education Giving

As one of the biggest U.S. foundations without a website, or any way for nonprofits to scope out grant opportunities, the Anschutz Foundation is a tough nut to crack. But there's a lot of ed money going out the door.

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