Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.
Philanthropy can stick with a cause over decades without having to worry about the patience of voters or shareholders running thin. A case in point: the long slog against polio. Rotary recently gave another $100 million for eradication.
The Wagner Foundation has long been a backer of Partners in Health. Now it’s giving the group $15 million to step up its global operations. We look at why this grantmaker is such a strong believer in PIH.
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.
The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.
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.
A group of heavy hitters, now including the Gates Foundation, are backing a research effort to ensure that global health systems aren’t outflanked by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The stakes could hardly be higher.
The outcomes of inconsistent or one-off giving can be crushing, especially in poor countries. Which is why it’s always nice to see funding initiatives—like this one from Pfizer—that place a premium on recurring support.
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.
Financier Chris Flowers and his wife Anne have zeroed in on challenges far away in southern Africa and close to home in Harlem. What's the connection? And how does the J.C. Flowers Foundation operate?
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.
The billionaire's foundation has a new hard-hitting initiative to counter an aggressive industry that often uses deceptive marketing to get customers in poorer countries hooked on its lethal product.
As the Democratic Republic of the Congo teeters on the brink of a new conflagration, two longtime funders working there tell us how they're responding. Many foundations investing in Africa also have a lot a stake as this crisis heats up.
The spread of smartphones in places like rural Africa is tantalizing to NGOs and funders who see new ways to solve tough problems. Here's a look at an idea exciting enough to spur pledges of $50 million.
Marie Stopes International, a top player in the field of women's health, has been hard hit by Trump's re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule. We get an inside look at how it's trying to adapt and find new funding.
Food companies have a history of using funding research that minimizes the health risks of their products. They're still doing it—in developing countries where obesity is rising fast.
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.
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.
NTDs don't inflict the kind of death toll of better known diseases like malaria, but they have devastating effects on poor countries. Here's another sign that private philanthropy is stepping up the fight against them.
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?
Don't throw up your hands. In fact, many heroic groups are engaged in high-impact work to save and improve lives in poor countries—often flying beneath the radar. Hilton has made a point of spotlighting them.
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?
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide. But these and similar noncommunicable diseases tend to be overlooked by funders. Here's another sign this may be changing.
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.
Ted Turner's $1 billion pledge to U.N. causes in 1997 ushered in a new era of big philanthropy. Twenty years later, we look at what this gift achieved.
The maker of Marlboro cigarettes pledged about $1 billion to a new foundation dedicated to ending smoking worldwide. Why is it so hard to take this move seriously?
The pharmaceutical company, AmerisourceBergen, started its own grantmaking foundation just two years ago. To get a better sense of it's priorities, we connected with the foundation’s president, Gina Clark.
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.