“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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Understanding the Broad Approach of This Health Legacy Foundation in Massachusetts

Understanding the Broad Approach of This Health Legacy Foundation in Massachusetts

Increasingly, health legacy funders are looking at health in a broad way to respond to community needs that affect population well-being, but which may be a few steps removed from traditional health issues. A good example is the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

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Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

Change is Inevitable: Funders Join Forces to Help Arts Organizations Prepare for “Shifts in the Cultural Sector”

With arts organizations increasingly buffeted by change, two Massachusetts foundations have rolled out a new $25 million initiative to help groups build the “adaptive capacity” they need to thrive in turbulent times.

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Key Linkages: A Foundation Works Across Sectors to Help Vulnerable Populations

Key Linkages: A Foundation Works Across Sectors to Help Vulnerable Populations

Helping low-income people make gains in health and other areas often requires that service providers work together more effectively. We look at how a funder in Massachusetts is upping its efforts to make that happen.

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Places to Gather: How a Community Foundation is Growing Public Spaces

Places to Gather: How a Community Foundation is Growing Public Spaces

Investing in public spaces in a thoughtful way is trickier than it looks. The Rhode Island Foundation is yet another funder that’s ramping up giving in this space. Why is it giving more here? And what’s its approach?

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This 172-Year-Old Bank is Giving Millions in New England and the Tri-State Area

This 172-Year-Old Bank is Giving Millions in New England and the Tri-State Area

The Berkshire Bank Foundation gives at least $2 million annually to nonprofits that operate within the bank’s territory—which includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We take a closer look.

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A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

A Community Foundation That's Moving Grant Money to Local Medical Researchers

We don't see many community foundations prioritize medical research, which is more typically funded by national foundations and major philanthropists. But the Rhode Island Foundation has been working to catalyze and guide donor activity in this space since 2008.

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Unequal Outcomes: Why a Health Funder is Focused on Marginalized Communities

Unequal Outcomes: Why a Health Funder is Focused on Marginalized Communities

The grantmaking of the Maine Health Access Foundation offers a good example of how regional health funders are grappling with the complex interplay between issues of poverty, power and health. 

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Spreading it Around: How a Health Funder is Using Small Grants to Sustain Momentum

In an era of mega-givers and "big bets," making lots of very small grants may seem out of step with the times. But as we’ve reported, quite a few funders give out mini-grants for different reasons. Here’s an example.

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