"Poetry Survives." Behind a Big Gift to Support and Reimagine a Frequently Underfunded Field

"Poetry Survives." Behind a Big Gift to Support and Reimagine a Frequently Underfunded Field

Poetry received a much-needed boost from the Mellon Foundation, whose president, Elizabeth Alexander, is an acclaimed poet. In addition to awarding cash, the historic gift also envisions poetry as a vehicle to address important social issues.

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“Long Live Real News.” How an Environmental Reporting Site Funds its Work

“Long Live Real News.” How an Environmental Reporting Site Funds its Work

Even as some wonder about the sustainability of nonprofit news, plenty of money keeps flowing to leading outlets. A good example is InsideClimate News, which recently pulled in a high-profile $1 million grant. Where does the rest of its funding come from?

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As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

An aging America will need vastly more services devoted to elder care, and philanthropy will come under growing pressure to contribute. So far, though, most funders have been tuned out to aging issues. We look at what one of the few national funders in this space has been up to lately.

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Mainstream Greens and Funders Are Still Very White—Are They Risking Their Relevance?

Mainstream Greens and Funders Are Still Very White—Are They Risking Their Relevance?

An initiative advocating for a diverse environmental movement recently gave green NGOs and foundations low scores, yet again. Many funders aren’t even participating in this effort to track diversity data. What’s that about? And what are the larger stakes here?

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Tough Problem, Deep Pockets: Parsing Bezos Philanthropy's Initial Steps on Homelessness

Tough Problem, Deep Pockets: Parsing Bezos Philanthropy's Initial Steps on Homelessness

While Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ separation is making headlines, a slew of grants announced last fall by their Day 1 Families Fund made the couple among the nation’s largest givers for homelessness. How’s that playing out so far?

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Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

A recent $2 million gift to Catholic schools in New York City offers a valuable lens through which to examine how giving to faith-based education tends to work. Living donors and small family foundations are the key players here.

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Building Resilience: Behind a Gift to Help Communities Bounce Back After a Crisis Hits

Building Resilience: Behind a Gift to Help Communities Bounce Back After a Crisis Hits

With stresses and shocks to U.S. society growing, and government in retreat in many places, a growing range of funders is keen to bolster civil society’s role in promoting resilience. We look at a unique effort along these lines under way in Arizona.

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The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

A major donation to UT Austin’s business school provides an illuminating look into how donors hailing from the world of finance perceive ideas like “value” and “impact,” concepts which aren’t nearly as clear cut to these givers as you might think.

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Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

Anonymous No More: A Closer Look at an Intriguing Arts Funder

After more than 20 years of anonymity, the funder of a coveted set of grants for older women artists revealed her identity last year. What inspires her giving—and why did she decide to finally step forward publicly?

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The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.

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“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

The Vermont Women’s Fund aims to help girls and women reach their full potential. Its priorities and recent grants echo women’s funding trends across the U.S., including a new effort to “draw men into the conversation about gender equity.”

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As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

While there’s a growing focus by funders on helping communities adapt to climate change, local groups in vulnerable areas still struggle to get attention from major foundations. Players like the Bayou Community Foundation in Louisiana are helping fill the gap.

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How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s afflict millions of people worldwide, with growing human and financial costs. As a new year begins, we look at some of philanthropy’s current efforts to move the needle on research and treatment.

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Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

After helping turn around NPR during his five-year tenure, CEO and philanthropist Jarl Mohn is stepping down in June, but not before giving the station $10 million toward its upcoming $200 million fundraising drive, which he'll help oversee.

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From Normal to Fearless: Jean Case Explores Courage in Business and Philanthropy

From Normal to Fearless: Jean Case Explores Courage in Business and Philanthropy

Through her leadership of a foundation which taps a tech fortune, Jean Case has been a relentless champion of changemakers and entrepreneurs. Now’s she out with a new book that shares some of what’s she learned along the way.

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Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Another huge campus gift for artificial intelligence research leaves us wondering: Can donors concerned about the ethical, social and humanitarian consequences of the AI revolution keep pace with rapid technological change and the forces of private enterprise?

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