For better or worse, we’re living in a golden age of funding competitions that seek to drive innovation or ferret out overlooked big ideas. We check in on how one of the newer efforts in this mix is coming along.
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.
The idea of philanthropy is not a well-embedded concept in Africa. But it's been catching on, and some of the continent's wealthiest people are engaged in large-scale giving—with much more to come.
Africa has one of the world’s highest unemployment rates, particularly for young adults. The Mastercard Foundation is making a big new push to take on this high-stakes problem.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is among a handful of major funders that's sticks with water and sanitation issues year in and year out. Its efforts in Ghana showcase the new approach it's now taking.
A new report provides an eye-opening snapshot of the private wealth flowing to conquer some of humanity's most intractable problems. But it also spotlights just how few billionaires and big foundations are giving for development.
Private funders have a long history of working to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing countries. On World Water Day, we take stock of where these efforts stand right now.
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.
About 50 percent of well-meaning water and sanitation projects around the world fail. A civil engineer with years of field experience explains what needs to change in this critical area of global development funding.
GiveWell, the charity evaluator, believes that most gifts achieve little impact. Its push to redirect donor dollars is making headway—even as the limits of its approach have also become clearer.
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.
Around 2 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of malnutrition, which can have devastating long-term effects on children. We look at how top funders are mobilizing around this issue.
Visa is one of the most valuable brands on the planet, but it only recently launched a philanthropic arm. Its focus on financial inclusion offers a way to help the global poor and boost the bottom line.
In Europe, three of the largest charitable organizations on the continent are joining together to focus on "understudied challenges of global relevance." Which means what, exactly?
It’s been cool to see a top foundation throw open its doors to any and all ideas, as MacArthur has done with its offer of a single $100 million grant. But this drawn out competition has also sent a wrong message.
Cocoa farmers are hurting everywhere, but especially in Africa, where they're in dire financial straits. Can a global food giant become the part of the solution and raise their incomes?
Diarrheal diseases, often caused by poor sanitation, are the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five in poor countries. Which explains why Gates is sticking with its quest for a better toilet.
The livestock populations in Sub-Saharan Africa are critical to the well-being of many of millions of people. Which explains a growing push to help these animals become more healthy and productive.
Can international aid groups meet the same fate as, say, travel agencies? More tech funders are drawn to the idea that direct cash transfers can disrupt the global anti-poverty industry in a big way.
San Francisco-based Mulago Foundation carries on the legacy of the late Rainer Arnhold, a physician and philanthropist. Mulago funds social entrepreneurs in developing countries devoted to scalable impact.
With half the world's population still lacking Internet access, Microsoft Philanthropies is giving grants to get more people online—and reap the economic benefits from being plugged into the web.
The UPS Foundation is pretty well known in disaster relief and humanitarian aid circles. Now, though, it's becoming a player in the global diversity and inclusion space. Who's getting grants?
The U.S. didn’t launch its own version of Red Nose Day through Comic Relief until recently, but the haul from this fundraising effort against global poverty has soared quickly, including this year.
The tech giant's revamped philanthropic arm is on a mission to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Which means what, exactly?
With a particular focus on women, girls and minorities, the RG Foundation was recently formed by an entrepreneur looking to address a range of issues in developing countries.
As a top funder moves to pour millions into investigative journalism and accountability efforts worldwide, we wonder if this kind of work can backfire and further fuel public cynicism about key institutions.
Access to education in poor countries is hindered by a lack of teachers and teaching materials. Tech funders are tantalized by the potential of digital devices and platforms to fill these gaps.
While this quiet giant doesn't draw attention to how it operates, MACP tends to be super-deliberative when it moves into new areas. We look at what it's doing in West Africa's Sahel region.