A Prerequisite for Progress: Why Funding Peace and Security is so Important

A Prerequisite for Progress: Why Funding Peace and Security is so Important

While violent conflict can torpedo a range of goals pursued by philanthropy, ensuring peace and stability is too often a sideline concern for funders. Here’s why that needs to change—and what any grantmaker can do right now.

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Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

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.

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College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

The Oregon Community Foundation is the top grantmaker in its state and one of the biggest community foundations in the U.S. It also funds one of the largest private scholarship programs of its kind in the nation.

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How a Mix of Funders Helped Unlock Millions for Climate-Conscious Conservation in the South

How a Mix of Funders Helped Unlock Millions for Climate-Conscious Conservation in the South

The Southern Cumberland Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot in the South that’s uniquely suited to support species in a changing climate. We dig into a successful conservation push in the region.

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Amid a Dearth of Dollars for Prostate Cancer Research, Two Funders Stay Focused

Amid a Dearth of Dollars for Prostate Cancer Research, Two Funders Stay Focused

Despite being one of the leading killers of men, claiming nearly 30,000 lives a year, prostate cancer research is seriously underfunded. Two grantmakers are leading the charge, but they can’t do it alone.

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Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

The Giving Project is energizing diverse small donors who are not well-represented in philanthropy. And it’s moving money to the kind of community-led organizing work that’s underfunded by larger foundations.

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Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

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.

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Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

$3 billion in recent climate pledges shows that funders are taking a more urgent stance on a global crisis. Is this just the beginning of a much larger wave of support? And why are some people so skeptical of the new commitments?

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Growing Pains: A Regional University's Foray into Big-Time Fundraising Raises Questions of Donor Influence

Growing Pains: A Regional University's Foray into Big-Time Fundraising Raises Questions of Donor Influence

As regional universities thrive in an era of big philanthropy, some find themselves grappling with the pervasive issue of undue donor influence. A $50 million gift to Saint Louis University provides an instructive case study.

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