No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

Nearly half of healthcare facilities in the world’s Least Developed Countries lack basic water services, leaving millions of patients vulnerable to infection and other problems. Leading WASH funders and nonprofits are looking to change that.

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Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Most health philanthropy consists of chasing breakthrough cures and treatments. But what many ill people want is improved quality of life—which is why two funders recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of palliative care.

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“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

“For the Good of All.” A New Fund Seeks to Boost Racial Equity in Journalism

While some grantmakers have made advancing diversity and equity in journalism a priority, data suggests there is still much work to be done. A new initiative supported by the sector’s heaviest hitters seeks to accelerate the pace of change.

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The Amazon Fires Are a Big Setback to Funders and Nonprofits. How Are They Responding?

The Amazon Fires Are a Big Setback to Funders and Nonprofits. How Are They Responding?

The fires, along with reports of fast-escalating deforestation outside Brazil, come after many years of funder-backed efforts to protect the Amazon and offer a sobering reminder of philanthropy’s limitations. What’s next for key players in this space?

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From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

By 2035, more young people will be joining Africa’s workforce each year than the rest of the world combined. No grantmaker is more focused on this challenge than the Mastercard Foundation—tapping a $17 billion endowment.

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“A Built-In Advantage.” Why U.S. Universities are Looking Across the Atlantic to British Foundations

“A Built-In Advantage.” Why U.S. Universities are Looking Across the Atlantic to British Foundations

British foundations gave approximately $125 million to North American universities between 2014-2018, far more than their publicly funded European counterparts. Is this a new and promising frontier for American higher ed fundraisers?

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This Funding Initiative Envisions Religion as an Antidote to Democracy's Ills

This Funding Initiative Envisions Religion as an Antidote to Democracy's Ills

Often painted as a driver of political division, religion also has the capacity to cultivate compassion in communities and the voting booth. Faith In/And Democracy is piloting grants to local organizations looking to realize that promise.

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What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

Walmart’s business in India is growing rapidly. That economic stake—along with the company’s CSR goals around its supply chain—helps explain why its philanthropic arm is making $25 million in grants to boost farmers.

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Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Investing in parks and other nature amenities has become a growing part of place-based philanthropy in recent years. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is the latest funder to emerge in this space, and it has some seriously deep pockets.

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"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

Mike Fernandez is another top Republican turned off by Trump and the GOP’s rising xenophobia. Through his philanthropy, he’s been supporting immigrants under pressure in Florida. He‘s also deeply committed to education.

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Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Living Cities spent its formative years channeling money from big firms and foundations to community development projects. Now, to drill deeper on equity, it aims to be a “leading racial economic justice organization.” How is that going?

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We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

Over the past 18 months, the Wellcome Trust has wrestled with how to respond to growing critiques that philanthropy is at odds with democracy. A top executive at the foundation—which has assets of $30 billion—explains where it came out.

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Legacy: A Late Donor Helps an Art Museum Drill Deeper Into a Unique Niche

Legacy: A Late Donor Helps an Art Museum Drill Deeper Into a Unique Niche

Why is the world’s preeminent center dedicated to the work of Henri Matisse slated to open in Maryland and not the artist’s native France? The answer involves a steadfast patron and her foundation’s gift to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

With Donor Support, a Regional University Looks to be a Leader in Coastal Resiliency

While funders are giving to help communities adapt to climate change, support rarely flows to universities. A gift in Virginia shows that this may be starting to change as more coastal schools and their donors look to address growing threats.

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As State Governments Stifle Local Democracy, Funders and Nonprofits Are Fighting Back

 As State Governments Stifle Local Democracy, Funders and Nonprofits Are Fighting Back

Over the last decade, state legislatures have increasingly used preemption to block popular policies enacted in cities. Here’s how top foundations and nonprofits have been working to counter this trend—and why more needs to be done.

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“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

Evan J. Segal helped grow his family’s Pittsburgh-based manufacturing business, and now works as an angel investor. Like many philanthropists, he and his wife Tracy are keen to make a difference locally—and do more than just write checks.

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