A recent gift by PepsiCo illustrates several threads weaving through corporate philanthropy right now, with its focus on tackling urban inequities, empowering women, and equipping young people of color for STEM jobs.
The Desai Foundation, founded by an Indian-born techie, started out with traditional grantmaking. But it pivoted to a more hands-on approach that includes fundraising to advance its mission of empowering women.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and the harsh practices of the criminal justice system. Now, this group is getting new help around these issues from a top funder in California.
While still filming Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria went back to school to receive a master’s in Chicano Studies. Now, the Eva Longoria Foundation is laser-focused on empowering Latina women. Here’s the backstory.
The secret sauce of giving circles are members who are strongly invested on a personal level in the limited number of grantees chosen each year. A case in point is a SoCal outfit called Hand to Hand.
LeMay has raised $175 million from individuals for causes that are not always so popular. One key to her success, she says, is "radical listening." Which means what, exactly?
Backed by a deep-pocketed foundation, the Society of Family Planning is launching new work to make the abortion pill more accessible at a time when abortion clinics are becoming scarcer in many places.
In key respects, the #MeToo movement was made possible by decades of work by women’s funds. Hallmarks of their approach include openness, listening, and participatory grantmaking.
Silicon Valley donors are often dinged for seeking quick fixes to entrenched social problems. So what should we think of a $1 million prize competition that looks to new technology to reduce violence against women?
Violence, exploitation, sexual harassment and other abuses are constant threats to female workers in the global garment industry. Here's the latest initiative by a funder working to shed light on this problem.
The Southwest is another region where women’s foundations are doing well and have some big things going on. We look at funders in Dallas and Tucson.
The Chicago Foundation for Women puts a big emphasis on helping women become financially independent. We look at CFW's latest grants and it's partnerships with other funders around town.
Behind sexual harassment and abuse lies a deep and toxic patriarchy, according to A Call To Men, a group that works with boys and men to change their attitudes—with strong support from key funders.
Could progressive funders finally be getting serious about movement building after years—actually, decades—of giving lip service to this idea while sticking to silo-ized grantmaking? Maybe.
A new study on giving circles shows the networks have tripled in the last decade, and they're including people often left out of institutional philanthropy. America's biggest foundation is cheering on this trend.
Tens of millions of women work in a global garment industry where violence, exploitation and sexual harassment are pervasive problems. A group of funders has been collaborating to help them.
Few national funders focus on domestic violence. Among them is the Allstate Foundation, which seeks to make it easier for women to leave their abusive partners by keying in on the financial issues involved.
The U.S. is one of the few wealthy countries where the rate of women who die from childbirth complications is going up—with women of color more likely to die. The Groundswell Fund wants to do something about that.
We recently sat down with Access Hollywood veteran Shaun Robinson, who has turned to philanthropy with a focus on improving outcomes for young girls.
Trump's reimposition of the Global Gag Rule set off a worldwide scramble to find new funds for critical programs that provide reproductive health services for women in poor countries. Who's stepping up?
These are nerve wracking times for U.S. advocates working to combat human trafficking. But grants keep flowing from key funders, including support for novel approaches to the problem in cities.
It's been a challenging year for the social justice movement, to put it mildly. But this funder is undeterred in its efforts to elevate women and LGBTQ people of color as grassroots movement leaders.
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.
Heising-Simons’ science grantmaking is heavily focused on physics and astronomy, fields with some of the largest gender imbalances in STEM. The funder has a new program to advance equality in the fields.
The Lasker Awards are among the most distinguished prizes for medical research and improving human health. The latest winners reflect a streak of defiance in the foundation behind them.
Women's giving circles are on the rise, and for good reason: they work. We talk to one of the early stars of this growing national movement for women givers.
With donors increasingly focused on combating inequality, keep an eye on the visual arts space, where female artists remain woefully underrepresented. Some funders are on the case.
The Chicago Foundation for Women recently announced a total of 68 new grants, mostly in support of access to women’s healthcare and freedom from violence. We take a closer look.
The big grants from Impact100 Philadelphia are core mission grants. But these women also award smaller general operating support grants from the “leftover funds” that are worth looking at, too.
Now in its fourth year, the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse Challenge is an innovative way to raise money for anti-domestic violence organizations. How does it work?