Impact investing has a lot of potential to help scale charter schools. Not surprisingly, the Walton Family Foundation is positioning itself as a leader in putting up such capital.
A move by Kellogg to train Native American teachers for STEM early learning comes as more research shows students do better when their educators are as diverse as the classrooms they lead.
Too often, social science research doesn't make it out of academia and into the hands of decision-makers. The William T. Grant Foundation wanted to know why. Now, it has some answers—and two new grant programs.
Los Angeles has become a hub for funders looking to improve outcomes for kids in foster care. The push has engaged both billionaire donors and a who's who of local foundations.
The play movement recently scored a big investment from a relatively new billion-dollar foundation. This isn't the only deep-pocketed funder that backing a drive to expand play opportunities for low-income kids.
Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.
Back in October, Bill Gates announced that his foundation would be putting $1.7 billion behind a new K-12 strategy over the next five years. Here's the latest on where that's heading.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just put $30 million into ensuring kids read at grade level by third grade. Here's what we know about the gift and how it fits in to CZI's other giving.
Family engagement is attracting renewed interest from foundations, to the tune of $230 million a year. What's behind funders' push to involve parents more deeply in the push to improve education?
Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.
Tech funders like CZI have led the way in backing personalized learning lately, but other foundations are also on board. We take a deep dive into what's happening in this fast evolving grantmaking space.
In the most recent round of TBF giving, its youth grants really stood out. Here's where the money is going.
The promising niche of sports-related youth development continues to attract new funder attention. The latest convert: Ken Griffin, one of Chicago's most active mega-givers.
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.
Nearly half of kids in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma, which makes them more susceptible to obesity, heart disease and cancer later on. We dive into RWJF's new work in this emerging area.
A new initiative to help cities scale up high-quality childhood learning programs, backed by J.B. Pritzker and his wife M.K., is one more sign of growing action in this funding space.
Two longstanding funders in Detroit recently pledged $50 million to help kids there. Meanwhile, some newcomers have arrived on the scene with deep pockets for anti-poverty work. Can all this move the needle?
In recent years, Best Buy has been funding tech centers for underserved teenagers using a successful learning model developed by the MIT Media Lab. Now, it's giving millions to dramatically expand the centers.
Intuit founder Scott Cook and his wife Signe Ostby recently made a big investment in a nonprofit pushing group-based healthcare for new and expecting parents. What's the thinking, here?
Despite the popularity of early childhood education initiatives among funders, few have pushed for accessible and affordable childcare. The Ms. Foundation is making a strong case for doing more.
Once the youngest school kids fall behind in literacy, they rarely catch up. The Kenneth Rainin Foundation wants to make sure that doesn't happen in Oakland, and it's ramping up grantmaking.
Professional sports is a big business and the charitable arms of some franchises have grown more active and sophisticated. A case in point is the Philadelphia Eagles.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust isn't a well known name in philanthropy, but it's made some sizeable grants lately to address community violence and advance racial equity more broadly.
Bill and Hillary Clinton made millions after leaving the White House and also engaged in substantial personal giving. The Obamas seem headed down the same path, starting with $2 million in gifts for jobs in Chicago.
We’ve been particularly interested in funding shifts at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation lately, including its new foster youth strategy. What does it mean for Los Angeles area groups?
America has both an aging population and millions of children in living in poverty. One foundation is finding a way to avoid the mentality that pits funding for youth versus funding for seniors.
A newcomer to venture philanthropy, Chicago Beyond is worth keeping an eye on as it embarks on a second year of grantmaking and dangles the possibility of jumbo size grants to local groups.
Joseph Pedott is the advertising legend behind two pop culture icons, the Chia Pet and the Clapper. Now, he's putting his wealth to use for kids in Chicago and San Francisco.
Chicagoland couple Jerry and Susan Kolschowsky, who built a fortune in the food industry, support the poor and hungry near home—and in the developing world.
Connecticut hedge funder Ken Tropin is yet another financier who supports the Robin Hood Foundation. But the New York antipoverty giant is just one of the human services organizations that Tropin supports through his foundation.