How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

Texas has more counties—254—than any other state in the U.S. Not every county has its own community foundation, but many do, including Montgomery County. And the Montgomery County Community Foundation is interested in a lot of things going on in this part of Texas.

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How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

Good health is something that everyone deserves, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how much money they make. But foundations focused on health equity approach this topic in a variety of ways to target pressing needs in their communities.

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Montana’s Newest Giving Circle Is Prioritizing Funding Capital Projects

Montana’s Newest Giving Circle Is Prioritizing Funding Capital Projects

One of the newest women’s giving circles is 100 Strong Gallatin Valley, affiliated with the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in Montana. Here we take a look at how these local women approach philanthropy.

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In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

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In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

In Worcester, Massachusetts, a Funder Is Giving Attention to Early Education

Like many community foundations, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation has broad interests. But lately it has been particularly interested in the region’s very youngest residents, which is good news for early learning-focused groups.

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To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

A few years back, the Irvine Foundation reorganized itself to empower California's low-income workers. The latest part of this work aims to rev up a key engine of economic mobility, California’s community colleges, as well as the California State University system.

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In an Era of Tech Regret, Donors Want to Give Computer Science a Conscience

In an Era of Tech Regret, Donors Want to Give Computer Science a Conscience

Society is fed up with the tech industry, and critics include big winners from Silicon Valley. Some leading tech philanthropists are seeking opportunities to course-correct, including a program to ground computer science education with ethics.

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He Became a Billionaire Selling Tools. Now He’s Boosting Skilled Trade Education in High Schools

He Became a Billionaire Selling Tools. Now He’s Boosting Skilled Trade Education in High Schools

Eric Smidt started the discount hardware store Harbor Freight Tools at 17 with his dad in 1977. Now worth $3 billion, his emerging philanthropy is laser-focused on helping high school students prepare for good-paying jobs in the trades.

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Debt-Free: Five Things to Know About the Billionaire Donor Behind That Morehouse Gift

Debt-Free: Five Things to Know About the Billionaire Donor Behind That Morehouse Gift

Black billionaire Robert F. Smith made headlines this weekend for wiping out the debt of the Morehouse College Class of 2019. But we’ve been keeping tabs on Smith’s exploding philanthropy for a while now. Here’s what to know about one of America’s newest mega-givers.

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How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.

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Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Jewish Federations of North America—representing 146 Jewish federations around North America that raise and distribute over $2 billion each year—has seen its membership and funding decline. But its new CEO, Eric Fingerhut, believes JFNA’s best days lie ahead.

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Building a Talent Pipeline: Who’s Giving Big for Data Science on Campus?

Building a Talent Pipeline: Who’s Giving Big for Data Science on Campus?

Funder interest in data science shows no signs of abating, and it isn’t just tech funders leading the charge. Given the field’s potential to revolutionize risk management, insurance companies are also digging deep to support data science initiatives.

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Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.

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Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

The Omidyar Network, a longtime supporter of education abroad, has turned its attention to education needs at home, where it’s taking on both early childhood learning and parents’ post-secondary success. Here’s how things are playing out so far.

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