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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In the Wake of Racial Violence, Funding is Still Flowing to Promote Tolerance

In the Wake of Racial Violence, Funding is Still Flowing to Promote Tolerance

Last year’s violence in Charlottesville, VA triggered some major donations at the time. More recently, Bank of America gave $1 million to UVA’s education school to promote tolerance in youth. Other donors have also stepped forward.

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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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Setting a New Standard: How a Community Foundation Is Taking on Sexual Violence

Setting a New Standard: How a Community Foundation Is Taking on Sexual Violence

As the #MeToo movement continues to spotlight a pervasive problem, a local funder is teaming up with abuse prevention nonprofits to tackle sexual violence in Connecticut. Their focus: youth sports.

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A Revolution of the Obvious: Talking Gender Norms and Philanthropy With Riki Wilchins

A Revolution of the Obvious: Talking Gender Norms and Philanthropy With Riki Wilchins

Wilchins leads TrueChild, which is “helping funders and nonprofits challenge rigid gender norms.” We talk to her about the progress that has been made within the sector on this front—and the challenges that remain.

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More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.

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Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are poised to become the biggest national funders of early childhood learning. We explore how their new effort will build on work already underway and could shape trends in this space.

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The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.

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The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Reinvestment Fund is coordinating work with grantmakers in several cities to expand the availability of high-quality childcare. The work is growing as more funders zero in on a critical niche that’s long been overlooked.

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"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.

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On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.

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