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Tuesday
May262015

Endowment Donors Are Hungry For More Info. Here's What to Give Them

Nothing is more satisfying to a donor than to see, exactly, how their money is making a difference year after year. Institutions that track and share these details will reap big rewards.

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Friday
May222015

War and Peace Hall of Fame: The Funders Pushing Back Against a World of Violence

War remains one of humanity's great scourges, but you wouldn't know that from the priorities of funders in the past two decades. That may be changing with the world on fire. Here's who's in the action.

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Thursday
May212015

Millions to Tackle the Alarming Youth Unemployment Problem in Africa

In Africa, young people account for approximately 60 percent of the continent’s unemployed population. The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is among the funders focused on helping these young people find jobs.

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Thursday
May212015

An Entire School District Focused on STEM? Yup, That's What This Funder Is Backing

We've written a lot about STEM funding at the K-12 level, often from corporate funders worried about the future supply of skilled workers. But we've never seen this before. Is it good or bad?

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Thursday
May212015

Why This Venture Capitalist and His Wife Made a $50 Million Bet on Their Alma Mater

John Doerr has made a fortune with sharp bets in the tech world. Now he and wife are betting big on a new leadership center at Rice University, where they both got degrees. What are the key takeaways from this gift?

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Thursday
May212015

Where Koch Cash is Doing Some Good

Although best known as a funder of conservative causes, for the past 25 years, David Koch has also been a huge donor to cancer research. Now he's just made his biggest give yet, for $150 million. We tell the backstory.

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Wednesday
May202015

The Logic Behind a Push to Support Underfunded Young Cancer Researchers

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is an example of growing risk taking in philanthropy in search of medical breakthroughs. We connected with its director to hear how this outfit operates.

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Wednesday
May202015

Into Africa: A Funder Embraces a New Way to Educate Some of the Poorest Kids on Earth

Irene Pritzker and her IDP Foundation started a program in Ghana to offer loans to low-cost private schools in marginalized communities. She found success, but controversy, too.

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Tuesday
May192015

Nonprofit CEO: Want to Raise the Big Bucks? Bring Out Your Experts

Sarah Brown has led the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy since helping establish it in 1996. A key thing she's learned about fundraising is that you want your top wonks in the room.

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Tuesday
May192015

What's Behind a Mystery Donor's $10 Million Gift to Princeton University?

Princeton has been working to set itself apart from other Ivys by investing heavily in the arts. A grateful alumnus just chipped in for this effort in the latest of a string of campus arts gifts we've reported on.

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Tuesday
May192015

Here's How This Media Mogul Gives Away His Money

We dig into the giving of MTV founder Robert Pittman and his wife Veronique. The couple's interests include the environment, the arts, fighting poverty, and more. Take a look.

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Tuesday
May192015

As Blended Learning Gains Steams, This K-12 Funder Aims to Get Key Pieces In Place

If you're tantalized by the promise of combining online and classroom instruction, Hewlett is a funder to know. Among other things, it wants to see better open educational resources to support blended learning.

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Monday
May182015

To Create an Inclusive Economy, Rockefeller Coaxes Business To Change How It Thinks

John Irons, the foundation's top economic thinker, is making grants to encourage employers to look beyond a narrow bottom line and create more "shared value" for society at large. Here's his game plan.

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Monday
May182015

Spotlight on the Western Union Foundation: A Global Funder in for the Long Haul

If you work on global development and humanitarian issues, and don't know much about this funder, that needs to change. The foundation isn't huge, but it spreads money around widely, and goes where the action is.

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Monday
May182015

What's It Like for Environmental Groups Working with the Walton Family Foundation?

With the foundation now giving out over $100 million annually for environmental work, and dozens of green groups getting funds, a report offers new insights into how this funder operates.

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Monday
May182015

What Really Works in Early Childhood Education? These Funders Want to Know

We look at the grantmakers behind an ambitious research effort that aims to identify the ECE programs that deliver the greatest bang for the buck over the long term. Stakes are high with this issue before Congress.

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Friday
May152015

They Get Paid? Foundation Board Fees Send the Wrong Message

Sitting on a foundation board sounds like a swell gig, coming with perks and some power. Sure beats the drudgery of most nonprofit board service. So why do many of these board members get paid?

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Friday
May152015

As Ebola Winds Down, Disease Surveillance Ramps Up

Now that the Ebola battle has been won, but at a huge cost, funders are looking at how to stop the next disease outbreak from becoming an epidemic. For Gates, this key is monitoring child health and mortality.

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Friday
May152015

Next Stop for Data Philanthropy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

All sorts of funders are excited about using data to cure society's ills. Criminal justice is the latest area in which foundations think better number crunching can lead to better outcomes.

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Friday
May152015

What Is This Wall Street Quant Worried About? STEM Education, Naturally

John Overdeck applied his math talents to finance, and now has plenty of cash to spare. Is it any surprise that he and his wife Laura have become energetic STEM funders and even helped underwrite a math museum?

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