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.
A majority of the Barr Foundation's grants go toward education, climate and the the arts. However, some grants also fall outside these categories. What does that money go?
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.
The Boston Foundation has a grant program that lets staff members vote on a deserving local nonprofit. Here's how that works and the types of groups that tend to catch the staff's attention.
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.
There are a number of law firm foundations that are worth watching closely, especially in New York City and Boston. Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation is one of them. Where do its grants go?
LGBTQ seniors outside of cities face isolation and risk of depression due to the lack of community and resources available to them. Some local health funders are stepping up to help.
The Ruderman Family Foundation isn't the only Boston funder charging hard lately on disability. Steven P. Rosenthal has also been stepping things up in this niche funding area.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has stepped up to the plate for affordable housing in Boston. But it focuses on a niche demographic that's often overlooked in the shuffle: the elderly.
Grantmaking for summer jobs doesn't seem to be a high-leverage strategy for funders. But if you look past the feel-good vibe, you'll often find a larger agenda on workforce development.
Once considered just another Jewish funder, Ruderman Family Foundation has emerged as a leaderin the field of disability inclusion. Here's what RFF is doing locally in Boston—and nationally and globally..
With more local funders backing LGBTQ work, we look at an endowed fund that's been ramping up its giving over the past four years. Where's the money going?
Here's a sweet deal: The Cummings Foundation in Boston will make annual grant disbursements to top grantees for undefined extended periods of up to a decade—without making them apply for renewals.
After some serious listening, two of the biggest names in Boston philanthropy came together to support live arts performances and public art in a big way.
Many people who've watched family members struggle with problems like heroin addiction guard their privacy. Which is why a recent $25 million gift for addiction medicine is unusual—and important.