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Thursday
Jul242014

About That Flimsy WSJ Op-ed Attacking the Big Foundations

James Piereson's piece in the Wall Street Journal, blaming liberal funders for the crisis of U.S. democracy, reminded me of how well my six-year-old plays darts: Sometimes he hits close to the bullseye; usually he misses the board.

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Thursday
Jul242014

Most Cynical Give of the Week: PepsiCo's $1.2M to Keep Kids Slim

The PepsiCo Foundation does some good things. But when it gives money to fight childhood obesity, like two recent grants to leading school-based health and wellness programs, it makes us queasy.

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Thursday
Jul242014

How Carnegie Is Helping Nurture a New Generation of Peace Advocates

A generation of peace and security advocates is getting close to retirement, and that's a problem with the world as dangerous as ever. Which is why Carnegie supports the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.

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Thursday
Jul242014

What Do Free Market Ideas Have to Do With Blended Learning? Ask the Hume Foundation

A lesser-known and conservative-leaning player in the ed philanthropy space,the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, has invested heavily in blended learning initiatives for the past few years. Here's why.

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Thursday
Jul242014

Funders Haven't Forgotten About Smoking. But Why Aren't They Spending Bigger?

Tobacco use kills about 6 million people worldwide every year, and that toll is rising. Still, smaller killers like HIV and malaria command bigger resources from funders. What's that about?

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Henry Kravis Has $5 Billion and a Passion for the Arts. Where's His Philanthropy Headed?

Henry Kravis and his wife Marie-Josee give big to health and education, but their passion for the arts is special. We take a look at what they're into and where things are going.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Four Things to Know About That Mammoth Mental Health Gift

Ted Stanley's $650 million gift to the Broad Institute is a case study in today's Big Philanthropy, but unique in its own way. Here's what you need to know.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

One of America's Oldest Billionaires Is Into Health and Nutrition. Where Will His Fortune Go? 

With a net worth of $2.4 billion, 91-year-old David H. Murdock has made some huge contributions aimed at promoting health and better nutrition. How is this passion likely to play out in future giving?

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Tuesday
Jul222014

How Much Can Knight Accomplish in Akron?

Can even the biggest foundation reboot the economy of a small city? That question is being tested in Akron, Ohio, where Knight is pouring another $4 million into an effort to make the city a hub for medical innovation.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

The Google Fortune Behind the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Last week, the Michael J. Fox Foundation announced a $2 million pledge to test Alzheimer’s drug SYN120 on Parkinson’s patients. Look at who's funding its aggressive push for new Parkinson's therapies.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Can Texting Get More Young People To College? Lumina Thinks So

If you want to reach a young person, texting is the best way. That's why the Lumina Foundation is backing an effort by UVA to use texting to help students navigate entry into college.

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Monday
Jul212014

Why This Funder is Backing a Database for Disaster

Funders find it maddening when nonprofits reinvent the wheel instead of grabbing something off the shelf that already works. The Rockefeller Foundation doesn't want this to happen in the new "resilience" field.

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Monday
Jul212014

Helmsley Steps Up Fight for the Common Core. This is What It's Doing

The Helmsley Charitable Trust wants to activate more voices on behalf of the Common Core, starting with educators on the front lines. Their recent big grant to America Achieves is part of that strategy.

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Monday
Jul212014

We Are Partisans for Representative Democracy

Last week, IP published a critique of the Hewlett Foundation's new $50-million initiative tackling polarization. Here, the director of the effort offers a detailed response to the article.

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Friday
Jul182014

Hey, Arts Groups Looking to Get in on Creative Placemaking: Read This Post! 

We've theorized that "creative placemaking" could represent the future of arts funding. Leading the way is ArtPlace America, so take a look at its recent round of funding spread across 31 states.

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Friday
Jul182014

Look Who's Ready for a Fight: Hewlett Spends Big to Defend Those EPA Carbon Limits

The EPA’s move to slash emissions from coal plants has climate activists feeling optimistic. But the new rules won't go over easy, and as top environmental groups gird for battle, Hewlett has their back.

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Friday
Jul182014

Up Next for Healthcare Philanthropy After the ACA Battle? We're Starting to Find Out

Now that the United States has joined the rest of the civilized world in enacting universal coverage, improving the actual health of Americans is moving front and center. And grantmaking is getting more interesting.

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Friday
Jul182014

What's Charles Schwab Into? Charter Schools, Of Course

What is it that draws finance guys to charter schools? Is there a secret memo floating around on how giving to charters will boost their investment returns? Who knows, but Schwab is another one in deep.

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Thursday
Jul172014

Take a Closer Look at the Most Important Speech on Philanthropy This Year

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey believes that a big foundation needs a values-based vision to achieve change, along with big goals. And what she's doing to chart RWJF's next phase stands as a model of philanthropic leadership.

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Wednesday
Jul162014

It's a Big Deal: Mellon's Digitization Gift to Barnard College

There's no clear-cut consensus on how technology will shape the field of liberal arts in years to come. And that's precisely why a recent Mellon gift to Barnard College is so exciting.

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