Venture for America: What Donors See in a Nonprofit That Backs Young Entrepreneurs

Venture for America: What Donors See in a Nonprofit That Backs Young Entrepreneurs

With a mission of backing young entrepreneurs far away from Silicon Valley and the Northeast Corridor, VFA has drawn growing support from major companies like Uber and UBS, as well as individual donors who play a hands-on role in its work.

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Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

The Open Philanthropy Project—backstopped by a large Facebook fortune—has quietly become a powerhouse backer of advocacy to reduce mass incarceration. But its approach distinguishes it from other top criminal justice funders.

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Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Philanthropy has been largely passive as endless wars and soaring defense spending have diverted resources away from pressing domestic challenges. Now, in a striking collaboration, George Soros and Charles Koch aim to disrupt the status quo.

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As an Environmental Funder Charts a New Path, it Looks to Others to Lead the Way

As an Environmental Funder Charts a New Path, it Looks to Others to Lead the Way

The Libra Foundation is updating its environment program, centering racial justice and those closest to the problems—and staying open to new ideas. The shift is an example of how more funders are embracing bottom-up approaches.

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Let’s Help Funder Collaboratives Work Better for Grantees

Let’s Help Funder Collaboratives Work Better for Grantees

Foundations are coming together more often to pool funds in a drive for greater impact. But guest contributor Hilary Pennington—Ford’s executive vice president—says there are legitimate concerns about this model and it needs to be improved.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”

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With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.

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Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Supporting veterans has become a hot topic in the corporate foundation world. What’s driving this heightened attention? Where are grants going? And what approaches to lifting up former service personnel are showing results?

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“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

A new fund quarterbacked by a community foundation is aiming to close opportunity gaps from “cradle to career.” The initiative has a strong focus on building the capacity of local funders to have greater impact in a state with deep inequities.

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The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

In recent years, the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the most important funders of women’s empowerment. Melinda Gates has driven that dramatically stepped-up giving, motivated by experiences she describes in her moving new book.

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Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.

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Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Two top community foundations have recently gotten behind public-private efforts to ease the housing squeeze. And a Seattle nonprofit is crowdfunding affordable housing investments. Can this new wave of local investing move the needle?

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A Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

A Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

With unrestricted individual awards of $36,000, the Helen Diller Foundation is providing a major boost to (very) young Jewish social entrepreneurs. Who’s winning these highly competitive grants? And what’s the impact?

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