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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.