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Tuesday
Apr212015

A Foundation Of, By, and For Arab Americans

Over the past half century, foundations have helped empower different ethnic groups. Lately, Arab Americans have gotten funder attention. One strategy has been to scale up philanthropy in this community.

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Tuesday
Apr212015

How the Hoover Institution Vacuums Up Big Conservative Bucks

For a conservative think tank 3,000 miles from Washington, Hoover does remarkably well on the funding front. In fact, it's one of the best funded think tanks on the right. We look at who's backing this place.

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Monday
Apr202015

Why is the New York Life Foundation Investing in Young Entrepreneurs?

Financial services companies are keenly interested in ensuring that young people are ready for work and savvy about money. These concerns are reflected in a recent $1 million give for entrepreneurship.

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Monday
Apr202015

Wallace Is Funding a Big Push on Audience Engagement. Where's the Money Going?

At long last, the foundation's massive $52 million "Building Audiences for Sustainability" initiative is starting to cut checks. Who's getting funding, and for what?

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Monday
Apr202015

These Funders See Principals as the Key to Better Schools

Nobody doubts the importance of effective teachers, but a crucial ingredient for improved K-12 student achievement, outstanding principals, often gets short shrift. Some funders, though, are on the case.

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Friday
Apr172015

Behind a Big Campus Humanities Gift: A Belief in the Power of Interdisciplinary Work

With all of the money lavished by funders on STEM projects, it is noteworthy when someone gives big to the humanities. So we were cheered when a University of Chicago alumnus did just that.

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Friday
Apr172015

Another Way a Huge Hedge Fund Fortune Is Being Tapped to Crack Scientific Puzzles  

James Simons is worth $14 billion and is famously giving big for scientific research. But the foundation co-led by his daughter is also keen on science, grappling with the mysteries of "dark matter."

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Thursday
Apr162015

Culture is Changing: Fundraising Needs to Change With It

What does it take to move from “fundraising” to developing a “culture of philanthropy" where everyone’s a fundraiser: board, staff and executive director? Lots of people are asking these days.

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Thursday
Apr162015

State of Dependency: How Funders Keep Nonprofit Journalism Afloat

Hopes once abounded that nonprofit news ventures could find ways to generate strong revenues and become self-sustaining. That hasn't happened yet, and foundations still prop up these groups. Which is a problem.

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Thursday
Apr162015

Has the STEM Funding Craze Gone Too Far? 

Funders of every stripe have joined a mighty crusade to improve STEM education, particularly on campuses and often at the expense of liberal arts. Maybe it's time for a more balanced approach.

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Thursday
Apr162015

Surf's Up: Why Southern California Philanthropy is Taking Off

While Southern California is filled with rich people and has long been a magnet for political fundraisers, the philanthropy scene has historically been pretty sleepy. Now that's starting to change.

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Thursday
Apr162015

What's J.K. Rowling Doing to Help Vulnerable Kids Avoid Institutional Care?

In a textbook case of laser-focused philanthropy, the woman who earned over a billion dollars from Harry Potter books aims to end the institutionalization of children. Now she's bringing this push to the U.S.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

This Foundation in Sunny Los Angeles Gives Big to Save the Polar Bears

Saving the polar bears hasn't much excited the foundation world, but the Annenberg Foundation is a big exception, and it's backing a group fighting to protect an animal in serious danger as the planet warms.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

A Watchdog Wakes Up: NY Attorney General Has it Right in Cooper Union Inquiry

Even as the nonprofit sector has grown in size and importance, it has received little scrutiny from state attorneys general. Now that's starting to change, most recently in New York, which is a good thing.

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Tuesday
Apr142015

Inside the Russell Sage Foundation's Epic Dig Into Why Inequality Matters  

For years, an endowment created with Robber Baron wealth has been bankrolling a remarkably deep probe of the inequities of America's second Gilded Age. Now, this issue has moved to the center of public debate.

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Tuesday
Apr142015

A Look at the Arnold Foundation's Big Push Into Health Care

A rising crew of funders are now in search of the Holy Grail of better health outcomes at a lower cost. The Arnold Foundation, ever keen on pushing systemic changes, has lately joined the quest in a major way.

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Tuesday
Apr142015

Meet the New Best Friend of Conservative Policy Groups: Robert Mercer

Hedge fund leader Robert Mercer isn't just a GOP mega donor; he's one of the top funders of conservative policy work, pumping millions in funds every year to think tanks and legal groups.

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Monday
Apr132015

Can Lean Foundations Do Smart Grantmaking? Here's a Study That Says "Yes"

Do you need lots of staff to give away money in a thoughtful way? No, in fact, you don't. At least that's the answer of a report published not long ago by Exponent Philanthropy.

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Monday
Apr132015

Guess Who's Tackling Drought and Water Issues in a Big Way: The Walton Family

The Walton Family Foundation has quietly become one of the largest conservation funders in the U.S. And it's deep into one of the hottest issues in the Southwest: Disappearing water supplies.

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Friday
Apr102015

Ford Sinks Over $1 Billion a Decade Into Overhead. Is That Money Well Spent?

Ford's operating costs are not unique, but they underscore a key flaw of its grantmaking model. Should the foundation sell its Midtown building, fire most of its staff, and move to Newark to "live its values." Maybe.

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