Sobrato Philanthropies is trying to think more structurally about poverty. But is it ready to confront a low-wage economy that keep a third of Silicon Valley households under water and showing up at food pantries?
The mighty wealth spawned by Johnson & Johnson mainly finds its way to healthcare. But the descendants of Robert Wood Johnson include the artist Seward Johnson and his son, John, a filmmaker, who have their own pots of money.
Nearly a third of LGBT Americans live in the South, and the region is one of the toughest battlegrounds for equality. Yet LGBT funders have largely bypassed these states. What's up with that?
Denny Sanford made his fortune in a rather questionable way, but he's among the more fun philanthropists to watch as he urgently spends down. Ghanaians seeking healthcare are among the beneficiaries.
Two former hedge fund guys and the foundation of a Facebook billionaire have created something called the Open Philanthropy Project. It offers some clues to how Millennial values may reshape philanthropy.
The cold, hard truth of healthcare philanthropy is that some causes are just plain better than others in terms of stretching dollars to save lives. Yet few areas of giving are more dominated by gut-level emotion.
The Facebook IPO is said to have made 1,000 millionaires, and many of them besides Mark Zuckerberg have been generous with their money. So who are the Facebook philanthropists that you may not have heard of?
No matter who makes the money, most wealthy couples share power when it comes to giving it away. We look at the nine most powerful couples in U.S. philanthropy, and the partnerships they've formed to give away large fortunes.
Hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio isn't yet a known name in environmental philanthropy, but he's has a passion for things wild and a lot of money to give. We take a look at what he's funding, and where things might go.
Food security is Howard G. Buffett's big issue, so it's no surprise that he's taken a keen interest in U.S. food aid. Buffett doesn't like what he sees, and his foundation is working to change how things are done.
In this age of smart phones, blogs, and social media, everyone has the potential to be a crusading citizen-journalist. But that doesn't mean they can do it well, which is where the Knight Foundation comes in.
Just a heads up that we've created a new blog at IP, Impact Zone, to kick around ideas about philanthropy, strategy, and impact.
While our bread and butter at IP is covering funders in a way that's helpful for anyone looking for money, we're also keenly interested in giving strategies -- who's moving the needle, and why.
Impact Zone is meant to be an informal place to discuss trends and ideas in short posts, and we want to open this conversation to others. So if you're interested in guest blogging, get in touch with me.
The U.S. gives Israel $3 billion in foreign military aid annually, and so you might not think that private Americans would see much need to chip in funds on top of that to help Israel's armed forces. You'd be wrong.
Funding math research is a murky business. It can take decades for such work to change life on the ground. One near-term metric is who's winning the Fields Prize. The Simons Foundation has already backed two winners.
Go ahead and read that a second time if you want. Andrew Sabin is a Republican donor, owner of a precious metals refiner, and he just gave $3.5 million to support legal strategies to fight climate change
Can an expert on social innovation bring new thinking to the challenge of curbing nuclear threats? A funders' collaborative is betting the answer is yes, and giving her $2 million to do things differently.
Educating young girls in Africa is a key to that continent's development. But school is only a dream for many girls who walk hours every day to collect water. That's one reason for Caterpillar's big give to charity:water.
Atlantic Philanthropies is starting to make a series of "culminating grants" that will shower a handful of organizations with some serious money. We talked with CEO Chris Oechsli about the foundation's finale.
The left is notorious for being a collection of single-issue groups as opposed to a real movement. Funders, with their narrow programs, share much of the blame. Here's one foundation that does things differently.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations gives big to liberal arts colleges. Now they're bankrolling an effort to show that these schools aren't snooty bastions of elitism with grads who can quote Nietzche but can't get jobs.