The Horner Foundation is run by family members who focus their giving on causes for kids aged 10 to 19 in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and regions of Canada and England. Here’s what it’s up to.
A growing number of corporate philanthropies are making big commitments to complex, entrenched challenges. The latest example is $55 million in gifts from AbbVie to leading nonprofits working at the nexus of education and poverty.
With a $17 million gift to the University of Houston to help foster kids complete degrees, a Texas couple joins the small but growing number of givers intent on assisting youth in the face of multiple challenges.
Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.
After years of ramping up his giving to help poor children in Illinois and beyond, billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million to get himself elected governor. What could Pritzker’s win mean for public-private partnerships in the state?
A nonprofit that focuses on getting evidence-based techniques to teach reading in the hands of educators recently received a $9 million gift from the founder of American Girl. Here’s where the money’s going.
Many of the workforce development groups drawing funder support engage in matchmaking to hook up employers and jobseekers. JPMorgan Chase is backing such an effort in the South Bronx, with a focus on placing youth in unfilled IT jobs.
Last year’s violence in Charlottesville, VA triggered some major donations at the time. More recently, Bank of America gave $1 million to UVA’s education school to promote tolerance in youth. Other donors have also stepped forward.
After undergoing a strategy shift several years ago, a once sleepy family foundation in Washington, D.C. has emerged as a force in the region’s funding scene. We look at its latest move.
The philanthropy piloted by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is hot on the trail of evidence-based strategies that address a full range of student needs, including social and emotional stresses that deeply affect kids’ ability to learn and thrive.
Since its launch in 2016, Blue Meridian Partners has emerged as a powerhouse vehicle for new giving by some of America’s wealthiest philanthropists. Now the collaborative created by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is becoming an independent nonprofit.
Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.
As the #MeToo movement continues to spotlight a pervasive problem, a local funder is teaming up with abuse prevention nonprofits to tackle sexual violence in Connecticut. Their focus: youth sports.
Wilchins leads TrueChild, which is “helping funders and nonprofits challenge rigid gender norms.” We talk to her about the progress that has been made within the sector on this front—and the challenges that remain.
Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are poised to become the biggest national funders of early childhood learning. We explore how their new effort will build on work already underway and could shape trends in this space.
In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.
The Reinvestment Fund is coordinating work with grantmakers in several cities to expand the availability of high-quality childcare. The work is growing as more funders zero in on a critical niche that’s long been overlooked.
Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.
NYCT continues to balance responsive grantmaking with established priorities, giving millions to help New York families with young children, immigrant youth, and civic engagement initiatives.
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.
A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.
Backstopped by a $40 billion tech fortune, the Ballmer Group continues to expand in new directions, making big gifts of unrestricted support. Here’s a look at its latest major move.
Five foundations recently came together to start the Fund for Equity and Excellence to support Los Angeles public schools. Will this effort attract new partners and funding to the nation’s second-largest school district?
Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?
School counselors can help shape students’ lives in big ways, like getting them to the right college and hooking them up with local employers. But we don’t see a lot of grants focused here. Here’s an exception from Indiana.
As more health funders focus on the underlying causes of poor health, some are zeroing in on the critical role of adverse childhood experiences. We look at a Texas foundation’s new initiative in this area.
More funders keep appearing on the early childhood learning scene. We look at why a family foundation that’s been around for a half-century is now ramping up in this area, most recently with an eight-figure gift.
Helping vulnerable children has always been a staple of philanthropy. Foster care is one area that’s attracting new funder attention lately, including by a new funder collaborative in New York City.