Before he died last fall, the billionaire Paul Allen built up a powerful in-house capacity at his company, Vulcan Inc., to tackle urgent issues like wildlife protection and climate change. IP editor David Callahan takes an inside look at its unique strategy for impact.
As biomedical testing on chimpanzees has phased out, nonprofits and donors have been working to give retired test subjects a good home. A campaign that has attracted some big gifts is helping house the remaining animals still in labs.
We've written about the exploding philanthropy of the billionaire cofounder of Vista Equity Partners, Robert Smith. The other founder, Brian Sheth, is also on the move with his giving.
Zoos have wooed donors with more sophisticated programming and stronger arguments about how they benefit communities. But a string of big gifts to these institutions also underscores other key trends in philanthropy.
While the Bay Area's tech elite remain ambivalent about the arts, other funders in the region are a different story entirely. We dig into a historic brick-and-mortar gift out of San Francisco.
Audubon has scored big grants for its growing climate change work, appealing to funders hoping to engage the right on the issue. The latest $10 million comes from a unexpected source.
Perhaps no city has benefited from the surge in regional philanthropy more than Houston. We dig into a huge gift to Houston Zoo and the various factors contributing to the city's emergence as a philanthropic power center.
Last year, the Arcus Foundation backed Mighty Earth's work to stop forestation by cacao farmers that is pushing chimpanzees toward extinction in Cote d’Ivoire. Big things have happened since. Here's a deep dive into high-impact grantmaking.
South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, 82, has long said he aims to dispose of his fortune in his lifetime. His most recent flurry of giving suggests he is very much a man of his word.
Veterinary medicine donors seem to come out of the blue, but boy, they make some huge gifts now and then, often to universities. Case in point—a dog-loving dermatologist just gave $50 million to Oregon State.
As part of an aggressive campaign to shut down a campus research lab that uses dogs, PETA has accused Texas A&M University of inflating its fundraising tallies.
There’s a hotly debated effort to bring species like the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon back from extinction. While it’s not heavily funded, a small band of donors and advocates have made a big impact.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
We’ve watched the movie star's outfit grow from a pet project to a sizable institutional grantmaker. Now, the foundation has done its biggest round of funding yet. Here's where the money is going.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving for animal welfare since it started in 1998, and in recent years, has become a top animal funder in Indiana and Arizona.
Can global capitalism’s practitioners truly change their stripes and be agents of sustainability? Ross Beaty, a mining exec and green donor who has given to protect jaguars, offers an intriguing case study.
The wealthy creator of The Simpsons passed away in 2015 after a rush of last-minute big gifts. Now a foundation has emerged to back the causes he cared about, starting with animal rights.
Another day, another unusual niche in philanthropy to dig into: nonprofits and funders looking out for pets in disaster response. It's a bigger deal than you might think. Who's doing what?
Metropolitan Bank Group cofounders Peter and Paula Fasseas have a passion for supporting animals in their philanthropy and have helped spearhead the local no-kill movement in Chicagoland. We take a look.
Working with horses to aid human health treatments has grown in popularity, but is it proven effective? One funder is making grants to bolster the body of research on the subject.
The Wyss Foundation has been branching out in a big way in recent years. The latest donation treads familiar ground—land protection—although this time in Africa, and with a remarkably high dollar amount.
Morris Animal Foundation is one of the largest animal health funders around, and while its primary focus is dogs and cats, quite of lot of its giving extends to global wildlife.
Petco Foundation has being making some hefty grants, and its annual giving has doubled in recent years. Here's a quick look at an animal welfare funder on the move.
With more donors drawn to effective altruism, we look at an example of how such giving unfolds in practice—in this case backstopped by the vast wealth of Facebook billionaire Dustin Moskovitz.
With highways and housing carving up habitats, donors are pitching in to build protective wildlife crossings.
When wealthy donors adore animals, veterinary schools have been known to feel the love. That’s the case for a $39 million gift the Stanton Foundation just made to Ohio State.
A Vulcan Inc.-led initiative has pulled off a massive survey of African elephants, providing desperately needed stats on poaching. It also demonstrates a key role for philanthropy—counting things.
Doris Day is a spry 92 years old, and while she stays far from cameras these days, she’s continued her lifelong support of animals, making grants with a focus on senior and special needs pets.
You might know the Stanton Foundation for giving Wikimedia one of its biggest donations, but it’s also a major supporter of canines, including a program to fund a precious commodity for pet owners—the dog park.
Celebrities are going nuts for elephants lately, the latest surge of interest in a cause fueled by social media and high profile advocates. Could it have a lasting effect?
Over the years, Moby has traded in the club life for chic restaurants, but giving for animal welfare has remained front and center for this 1990s super-DJ.
Jon Stryker’s Arcus Foundation is the largest private backer of great ape conservation. It all started with one chimpanzee sanctuary, which Arcus has given $26 million in just the past 10 years.