We keep a close eye on the billionaire Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee for some good reasons. For starters, when they give, they often give big. Now they've done it again. We look at the backstory.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is famously filled with policy wonks and data fiends. So it's no surprise to hear it's shelling out $25 million to identify the best ways to advance a "culture of health."
MacArthur may be trimming its sails in some areas, but that hasn't stopped it from launching a new effort to fix America's badly screwed-up jail system. Here's where the money is going so far.
Star Wars creator George Lucas is a key funder to watch in the K-12 space. One big reason: His foundation is putting millions behind the idea that project-based learning is the best way to educate kids.
The pilot program paid significant dividends to recipient organizations across six U.S. cities from 2011 to 2013. So like any smart investor, Bloomberg is dropping another $30 million.
The Peery Foundation's venture approach to fighting global poverty is emblematic of a new generation of funders that wants to do things differently, borrowing strategies from business. Here's how it thinks.
Funding for child sexual abuse prevention is finally reaching critical mass, and a key organization is working to take its abuse prevention training to more communities both in the U.S. and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.