How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.

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Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

More funders are stepping forward to address the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. Here we take a look at how a new behavioral health fund was formed in Rhode Island and how a community foundation is involved in moving millions in new grants.

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Echoing Green is Still Going Strong. What’s it Looking for in “Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Echoing Green is Still Going Strong. What’s it Looking for in “Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Over 30 years ago, Echoing Green helped pioneer venture philanthropy with grants to fledgling social entrepreneurs. Today, the group is better funded than ever and has stuck with its distinctive approach to ferreting out young change agents.

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On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

The post-2016 “Trump bump” brought in lots of new progressive donors, and spurred others to ramp up their giving. But front-line organizations looking to get out the vote remain under-resourced. The Movement Voter Project aims to bridge that gap.

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To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

Water and sanitation have long been a focus for global grantmakers, but the approach has often been piecemeal, with projects failing after donors have moved on. In an interview, two leading WASH funders discuss their quest for a better approach.

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Second Generation: The Daughters of an Early Microsoft Employee Explain Family Giving

Second Generation: The Daughters of an Early Microsoft Employee Explain Family Giving

Indian-born Rao Remala was one of Microsoft’s first employees. He and his wife Satya set up a family foundation, which is now led by their daughters, Srilata and Srilakshmi. Here’s an inside look at the family’s philanthropic journey.

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Corporate Funders Flock to This Community Foundation's Housing Investment Fund

Corporate Funders Flock to This Community Foundation's Housing Investment Fund

More community foundations are getting behind impact investing, often with housing on the agenda. Recently, the Foundation for the Carolinas has attracted major corporate backing with a fund designed to boost affordable housing in the region.

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As Another Big University Gift Goes Wrong, What Are Some Key Takeaways?

As Another Big University Gift Goes Wrong, What Are Some Key Takeaways?

The saga between the University of Alabama and Hugh Culverhouse Jr. ended with the school returning most of his $26.5 million pledge. But the dust-up points to a future in which hands-on donors and schools increasingly wrangle over how gifts are used.

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Take the Risk: Bolstering Health Nonprofits is the Next Stop for Impact Investing

Take the Risk: Bolstering Health Nonprofits is the Next Stop for Impact Investing

As impact investing gains steam, a broader array of foundations are exploring how this strategy can advance their missions. Health legacy funders are the latest to get in on the action, including the Atlanta-based Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

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“The Next Exciting Phase.” What a Big Science Research Donation Says About Higher Ed Giving

“The Next Exciting Phase.” What a Big Science Research Donation Says About Higher Ed Giving

With donors giving big for trendy areas like data science and artificial intelligence, a gift out of Chicago finds the Pritzker Foundation going against the grain. We dig into its $75 million gift earmarked for the nascent field of molecular engineering.

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Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.

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The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation is a Reliable Funder in Dane County, Wisconsin

The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation is a Reliable Funder in Dane County, Wisconsin

The Madison Community Foundation is a driving philanthropic force in this part of Wisconsin, but there are also smaller, targeted funders with a strong local focus. One is the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, which has a well-established philanthropy program.

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Here’s How the Ketchikan Community Foundation Gives in Alaska

Here’s How the Ketchikan Community Foundation Gives in Alaska

Managing over 500 funds, the Alaska Community Foundation is the center for philanthropy in this far northwest state. Yet in a place so geographically vast, it’s the affiliate funds and partner foundations that really link resources to residents.

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