Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

Divine Intervention: Who’s Giving to Faith-Based K-12 Schools?

A recent $2 million gift to Catholic schools in New York City offers a valuable lens through which to examine how giving to faith-based education tends to work. Living donors and small family foundations are the key players here.

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The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

The Gates Foundation’s Latest Move to Help Teachers Become More Effective

With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.

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In Leadership Picks, Clues About the Education Plans of Top Tech Philanthropists

In Leadership Picks, Clues About the Education Plans of Top Tech Philanthropists

The founders of Amazon and Facebook both plan to give away billions for education. With these efforts still in an early phase, we’re keeping a close eye on the leaders these philanthropists are tapping to advance their ambitious goals—including two recent executive hires.

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“Servant Leaders.” The Foundation That Wants to Cultivate Key Virtues Among Educators

“Servant Leaders.” The Foundation That Wants to Cultivate Key Virtues Among Educators

The John Templeton Foundation is known for its funding to answer humanity’s biggest questions. But it also engages in wide-ranging grantmaking on character and virtue development, including recent support for work focused on teachers.

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Grief in Schools: A Funder’s National Push to Expand Support for Childhood Bereavement

Grief in Schools: A Funder’s National Push to Expand Support for Childhood Bereavement

Only 7 percent of teachers have received bereavement training, despite the fact that about one in 15 kids will experience the death of a parent or sibling before reaching the age of 18. Here’s what one funder is doing to close the grief training gap.

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Moved to Act: A TV Star Creates a Platform to Teach Students How to Give

Moved to Act: A TV Star Creates a Platform to Teach Students How to Give

Canadian-born actress Serinda Swan co-founded Deedly, an education platform that empowers students to learn about global problems and the charities that strive to fix them. We recently sat down with Swan in Los Angeles to learn more.

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Pay It Forward: A Tech Chairman Steps Down to Ramp Up His Giving, With a Focus on Mentorship

Pay It Forward: A Tech Chairman Steps Down to Ramp Up His Giving, With a Focus on Mentorship

After many lucrative years in the tech industry, Keith Krach is leaving his executive job to focus on philanthropy. We talk with him about a recent $1 million gift and how his career shaped his interest in nurturing “transformational leaders.”

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A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?

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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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A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

With a $17 million gift to the University of Houston to help foster kids complete degrees, a Texas couple joins the small but growing number of givers intent on assisting youth in the face of multiple challenges.

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A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.

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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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A League of Readers: Behind a Big Gift to Boost Literacy

A League of Readers: Behind a Big Gift to Boost Literacy

A nonprofit that focuses on getting evidence-based techniques to teach reading in the hands of educators recently received a $9 million gift from the founder of American Girl. Here’s where the money’s going.

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In a High-Poverty Neighborhood, a Push to Get Young People Into Good Jobs

In a High-Poverty Neighborhood, a Push to Get Young People Into Good Jobs

Many of the workforce development groups drawing funder support engage in matchmaking to hook up employers and jobseekers. JPMorgan Chase is backing such an effort in the South Bronx, with a focus on placing youth in unfilled IT jobs.

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What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

The philanthropy piloted by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is hot on the trail of evidence-based strategies that address a full range of student needs, including social and emotional stresses that deeply affect kids’ ability to learn and thrive.

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Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.

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