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Wednesday
Oct012014

Where the Gimbel Family Likes to Send Green Grants

The Gimbel Foundation is the philanthropy of the large clan behind an extinct department store chain that once owned Saks and rivaled Macy’s. One of its five priorities is the environment. Here's our 101.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

This Funder Promotes College Completion "With a Purpose"

Here's a higher-ed funder that may not be on your radar yet: USA Funds. But it should be, because it has its fingers in a lot of pots, and plenty of money. One of its beats is the red-hot area of college completion.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Andy Grove's Philanthropy Is Personal, and Urgent

Grove was legendary for his hard drive as CEO of Intel, but he has also pushed aggressively with his philanthropy, tackling problems that personally affect him and giving away a good chunk of his tech fortune.

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Tuesday
Sep302014

7 Reasons Why Philanthropy Hasn't Made Much of a Dent in U.S. Poverty Rates

New Census numbers remind us again just how little progress the U.S. has made in reducing poverty. But while government's shortcomings on this front get a lot of play, philanthropy has also dropped the ball in big ways.

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Tuesday
Sep302014

Why STEM Funders Give to Colleges: A Case Study From Colorado

Many corporations are seeking to bolster STEM education nationally. But the dividends for businesses are most direct when they give to local colleges that can help them directly meet their skilled labor needs.

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Tuesday
Sep302014

Stretched Too Thin? New Fund on Sexual Rights Throws Small Change At a Big Problem

Hewlett and Packard are teaming up with two European nations to back a new fund for sexual and reproductive health and rights. But the fund's agenda is dauntingly broad relative to its resources. Can this thing work?

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Monday
Sep292014

Body Count: Mike Bloomberg's Killer Formula for Effective Philanthropy

Many funders are drawn to the hardest problems or the trendiest causes, but Bloomberg operates more like a utilitarian robot—choosing unsexy issues like road safety where lots of lives can be easily saved.

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Monday
Sep292014

Why This Big Foundation Is Getting Behind "Rapid Re-Housing"

Homelessness has been a super tough problem to solve. And so when promising ideas come along in this area, you can see why funders jump. Case in point: The Weinberg Foundation's support of Rapid Re-Housing.

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Monday
Sep292014

A Path to Redemption? The Future of Steve Cohen's Philanthropy

When a guy has nearly three times as much money as the Rockefeller Foundation, a long history of giving, and has been publicly disgraced, it's good to pay close attention. Here's what to look for.

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Friday
Sep262014

Another Hedge Fund Billionaire for School Choice, But With Some Twists

We remain struck by just how many finance guys are into education, and charters in particular. Here we look at yet one more member of the choice cabal: The intensely private and erudite Bruce Kovner.

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Friday
Sep262014

Packard Foundation Chooses Sides in a Fight in Mississippi  

Mississippi is ground zero in the fight over abortion rights, sex education, and contraception coverage. Which is why one of world's largest funders of reproductive health is focusing on this state.

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Friday
Sep262014

Paul Allen’s Marine Giving Takes Shape Amid a Growing Ocean Push by Billionaire Funders

Paul Allen has really been shaking up his philanthropy lately, and one of his foundation’s exciting new areas is ocean health. With more money starting to go out the door, we're getting a clearer picture of the strategy.

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Thursday
Sep252014

Omidyar's Latest Big Thing

The Omidyars have have long pulled an array of levers to combat global poverty, mixing grantmaking with market approaches. Now, with a new fund, and top partners, they're taking that eclecticism to a higher level.

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Thursday
Sep252014

The Other Half of the Battle: Funders Bet on Push to Keep Low-Income Kids in College

The only thing harder than getting low-income kids to college is keeping them there. But imagine if every school grappling with this challenge could turn to a playbook of best practices? That'd be a good thing.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Carnegie Has a Plan to Get Scholars Out of the Ivory Tower and Into Public Life. Will It Work? 

While Carnegie has taken on a heroic mission, laying out $5 million to help campus experts engage in global policy debates, it's not clear than any foundation has enough money to pull academia's head out of the clouds.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Frontier Watch: Genomic Medicine Is Entrancing Funders, and in Different Ways

It's becoming clear that genomic medicine is among the big frontiers of medical research in the 21st century. Funders large and small aim to boost momentum in this area, with diverse goals.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

A $5 Million Question: How'd We Become Human? 

Few foundations are more interested in big questions than Templeton, which makes its grantmaking fascinating to watch. A case in point: Its recent big give to dig into how human beings came to be.

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Tuesday
Sep232014

Why Are These Funders Giving Millions for Youth Slam Poetry?  

We know, $10 million for slamming might sound like mushy grantmaking. But think again: Slamming is helping empower some of our society's most at-risk kids, and that helps explains why some donors are so excited.

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Tuesday
Sep232014

A Yoga Billionaire's Approach to Education Philanthropy

Daniel Loeb is firmly aligned with ed reformers like Michelle Rhee, but he's otherwise not your typical hedge fund guy mucking around with charter schools. We take a closer look at what Loeb's into.

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Tuesday
Sep232014

Falling Dominoes: Why More Large Foundations Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

As more foundations divest, and the dynamic changes, funders may face a choice: Earn kudos for being on the vanguard? Or take fire for lagging behind, yet eventually end up in the same place anyway?

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