A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

The giving circle movement has been growing fast in recent years, drawing in new kinds of donors. A case in point is an effort on the South Side of Chicago that describes itself as a “fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives.”

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He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

The hedge fund billionaire is one of the biggest philanthropists to emerge from finance in recent years, with wide-ranging interests and money flowing to various causes. What is Griffin, who’s only 50, trying to achieve with his giving?

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Unlocking Potential: What a Funder is Doing Around Chicago’s Rivers

Unlocking Potential: What a Funder is Doing Around Chicago’s Rivers

In Chicago, some funders and civic leaders see transforming the city’s extensive river system as an opportunity to advance environmental goals while also bringing people together in creative ways. The Chicago Community Trust is a key leader of this work.

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Prescription for Change: The Pharma Giant Investing in Local Public School Students

Prescription for Change: The Pharma Giant Investing in Local Public School Students

A growing number of corporate philanthropies are making big commitments to complex, entrenched challenges. The latest example is $55 million in gifts from AbbVie to leading nonprofits working at the nexus of education and poverty.

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Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

After years of ramping up his giving to help poor children in Illinois and beyond, billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million to get himself elected governor. What could Pritzker’s win mean for public-private partnerships in the state?

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No One Can Do It Alone: How Chicago Funders Are Taking on Domestic Violence

No One Can Do It Alone: How Chicago Funders Are Taking on Domestic Violence

Despite the pervasiveness of domestic violence, this problem has never been high on philanthropy’s agenda. That’s starting to change in Chicago, thanks to a collaboration that includes some of the city’s most prominent foundations.

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Hope’s Next Act: Who’s Giving Big to the Obama Foundation—And Why?

Hope’s Next Act: Who’s Giving Big to the Obama Foundation—And Why?

The Obama Foundation is raising a ton of money as the former president builds a platform to advance his longstanding passion for strengthening U.S. democracy and civic life. Where’s all this cash coming from?

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“Running Wild With Ideas.” How Small-Scale, Teacher-Led Grants Can Change Classrooms

“Running Wild With Ideas.” How Small-Scale, Teacher-Led Grants Can Change Classrooms

In an era when so many K-12 funders aim to transform public school systems, the Chicago Foundation for Education works to help teachers do their jobs better, typically with very small grants. What’s the impact?

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Banking Against Urban Poverty: Inside JPMorgan Chase Philanthropy

Banking Against Urban Poverty: Inside JPMorgan Chase Philanthropy

The giant bank has become a surprising leader in philanthropy's push for inclusive economic growth. We take a deep dive into the backstory—and what JPMorgan brings to the table that's new. 

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"A Systemic Problem." What These Funders Are Doing About Domestic Violence in Chicago

"A Systemic Problem." What These Funders Are Doing About Domestic Violence in Chicago

As Crown Family Philanthropies moves into its seventh decade of giving, it’s teamed up with the Chicago Foundation for Women and other local funders to step up the fight against domestic violence in its home city.

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