With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.
As Liberty Mutual Foundation moves through its 15th year, we ask president Melissa MacDonnell about its current work and aspirations. She discussed the foundation’s latest work in its three main areas of giving.
Helping low-income people make gains in health and other areas often requires that service providers work together more effectively. We look at how a funder in Massachusetts is upping its efforts to make that happen.
The Boston Foundation has given more in grants in the past 10 years than in all of TBF’s first 92 years. Where’s the money been going?
Investing in public spaces in a thoughtful way is trickier than it looks. The Rhode Island Foundation is yet another funder that’s ramping up giving in this space. Why is it giving more here? And what’s its approach?
The Berkshire Bank Foundation gives at least $2 million annually to nonprofits that operate within the bank’s territory—which includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We take a closer look.
As the Cape Cod Foundation prepares to turn 30, it’s attracting more donors and ramping up its annual giving of local grants and scholarships. We take a quick look.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
The Amica Companies Foundation is staying committed to Rhode Island causes. Over the past few years, it has also funded nonprofits in other parts of the U.S. that its employees are connected to through volunteerism.
The Avangrid Foundation is helping a local food bank distribute fresh food year-round in an era when about 14 percent of Americans use food pantry or meal services.
When we first started covering Herbert and Charlotte Wagner’s giving through the Wagner Foundation, this was a very Boston-focused funder. Things have changed, but local groups haven’t been forgotten.
We don't see many community foundations prioritize medical research, which is more typically funded by national foundations and major philanthropists. But the Rhode Island Foundation has been working to catalyze and guide donor activity in this space since 2008.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation continues to fund organizations that work to improve seniors’ quality of life—including a program in Boston that wants to make the whole city accessible and inclusive for older residents.
The grantmaking of the Maine Health Access Foundation offers a good example of how regional health funders are grappling with the complex interplay between issues of poverty, power and health.
In an era of mega-givers and "big bets," making lots of very small grants may seem out of step with the times. But as we’ve reported, quite a few funders give out mini-grants for different reasons. Here’s an example.
The Barr Foundation, a stalwart Boston funder, is helping arts groups to take more risks and engage in stronger civic leadership. What’s its plan for making the arts more “relevant?”
If there's one thing that nonprofits may want from foundations even more than general operating grants, it's multi-year support. The Cummings Foundation is expanding an unusual program that offers exactly that.
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, a leading K-12 funder in New England, has lately been engaged in a strategic planning process that puts race front and center. How’s it changing as a result?
The Rhode Island Foundation is over a century old and the largest funder of nonprofits in the state. Here's a look at this funder's LGBTQ grantmaking strategy.
Bill Cummings isn't one of the flashy mega-givers that often get attention these days. But he's been a pathbreaking philanthropist in his own way. He talks to IP about his new book and how he operates.
Robert and Karen Hale awarded $50 million gifts to both the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital to support patient care innovations at the hospitals.
With a strict focus on New England, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Company is a not-for-profit health services company with philanthropic interests. We look at the insurer's recent grantmaking in Boston and beyond.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is taking a long-term and forward-thinking approach to aging issues in New England. We take a quick look.
John Henry is a major mover and shaker in Boston's business world, but he and wife also do a fair amount of local giving through their family foundation. We take a quick look at where grants go.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation gives to community groups in Boston and elsewhere in the state with a big emphasis on access.
In the most recent round of TBF giving, its youth grants really stood out. Here's where the money is going.
It's not often we see corporate funders take a collective impact approach to a tough social problem. But tapping deep ties in Boston, the Liberty Mutual Foundation is doing exactly that to help homeless youth.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced a 10-year, $500 million commitment to corporate giving, including creating a new foundation. At least $50 million of that will be going to STEAM education in Boston.
The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico hasn't generated a very strong response from philanthropy. Which is why a funding effort in Massachusetts that's raised badly needed relief money stands out.
The Boston Foundation has been hammering away at workforce challenges for years and shows no signs of letting up, even though it also has a lot of other balls in the air.