“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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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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Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Every two years, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is bestowed on a select group of ultra-wealthy donors at an elaborate gala. Does this program accomplish anything—or just stroke the egos of people who already get plenty of attention?

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Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

A growing number of donors large and small contribute to an organization that’s buying up medical debt on the secondary market and forgiving up to $100 of debt for every dollar it receives in contributions—a sky-high ROI.

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Generosity and Impact Aren’t Enough. Let’s Judge Philanthropy on How Well it Shifts Power

Generosity and Impact Aren’t Enough. Let’s Judge Philanthropy on How Well it Shifts Power

Even the most generous and effective funders are part of a plutocratic system that operates at odds with egalitarian ideals. So what if instead, we held the sector accountable based on how well it shifts power in society—and out of its own hands?

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What We Know and Don’t Know About the Philanthropy of Apple CEO Tim Cook

What We Know and Don’t Know About the Philanthropy of Apple CEO Tim Cook

While Cook has pledged to give away the bulk of his Apple fortune, he’s yet to engage in large-scale philanthropy. Meanwhile, some of the gifts that he is making are going to undisclosed recipients. We take a closer look.

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A Campus Gift to Boost Women in the Arts is a Big Deal for a Small School

A Campus Gift to Boost Women in the Arts is a Big Deal for a Small School

Universities haven’t done enough to recruit and support women with an interest in art and design, particularly those from modest economic backgrounds. With a major gift, a billionaire couple is helping a school in Philadelphia expand access.

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Trust Their Visions: Creative Capital’s Suzy Delvalle on Supporting the “Art of the Future”

Trust Their Visions: Creative Capital’s Suzy Delvalle on Supporting the “Art of the Future”

Creative Capital’s president talks with Inside Philanthropy about pressing challenges facing artists in an uncertain funding climate, recent changes in its grantmaking, and its overarching philosophy to “follow where the artists lead us."

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