Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Reports, founded in 1936, has been rebooting in recent years to keep up with a rapidly changing technological landscape. Now, with a $6 million gift from Craig Newmark, it’s ramping up its digital privacy work. Here’s an inside look.

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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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Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

Rocky Start: Unpacking the Drama at Craig Newmark’s Tech Watchdog, The Markup

The fate of a tech watchdog media site seeded with $20 million from the founder of Craigslist, remains murky with the recent departure of two key staffers. How did things unravel so quickly and what must its primary benefactor do next to right the ship?

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Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.

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Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

The 2020 census has put many foundations on a state of high alert, given the enormous stakes. One tough challenge is ensuring that residents of rural America are fully counted. Who’s supporting census work off the beaten path? And where are grants going?

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The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

The American Journalism Project is Poised to Allocate Millions. Where Will the Money Go?

Last year, the American Journalism Project shook up the funding landscape by pledging to raise and invest $1 billion in local news ecosystems. Its inaugural round of grantmaking slated for this summer will disburse some $50 million in funding.

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A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

A Unique Prize Taps Jewish Wisdom to Defend Democracy. Who Are the Winners?

The Lippman Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom looks to help people live better lives and shape a better world through the application of Jewish wisdom. For the second year in a row, the prize is backing work that shores up democratic institutions under attack.

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Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

A five-year, $300 million commitment from the Knight Foundation underscores the growing consensus among funders that a vibrant local news ecosystem is the best option available to reverse years of declining trust, and to “make democracy work.”

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Litigating for Democracy: Who’s Backing the Lawyers Defending U.S. Electoral Institutions?

Litigating for Democracy: Who’s Backing the Lawyers Defending U.S. Electoral Institutions?

The Campaign Legal Center calls itself “democracy’s nonpartisan watchdog.” That’s a hard role to fill these days, but with plenty of concerned funders in its corner, the D.C.-based organization is determined to safeguard the electoral process in the courts.

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“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

Amid a sea change in media, Craig Newmark recently gave $15 million to Columbia Journalism School and the Poynter Institute. We look at how this gift came about and the goals behind one of the biggest investments in journalism ethics in years.

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Enfranchised: How a Collaborative Fund Advances Voting Rights and Protections

Enfranchised: How a Collaborative Fund Advances Voting Rights and Protections

For the State Infrastructure Fund, the 2018 elections were a step in the right direction. But the fund’s long campaign to protect voting right and bolster civic engagement still has plenty of ground to cover in the run-up to 2020.

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Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

Next Act: A Big Gift to Kickstart a Historic Fundraising Campaign From Outgoing NPR Chief

After helping turn around NPR during his five-year tenure, CEO and philanthropist Jarl Mohn is stepping down in June, but not before giving the station $10 million toward its upcoming $200 million fundraising drive, which he'll help oversee.

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“The Fight of Our Lives.” How a Funder Collaborative Backs Civic Participation

“The Fight of Our Lives.” How a Funder Collaborative Backs Civic Participation

The Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of grants—its biggest yet. Who’s behind the fund, and where’s the money going?

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How a Podcast and the Funders Behind it Are Shaking up Climate Communication

How a Podcast and the Funders Behind it Are Shaking up Climate Communication

A new show that spotlights women on the frontlines of the climate fight has drawn growing grant support. It’s a case study of how foundations can back experiments in storytelling and elevate the voices of outsiders.

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What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

With backing from Knight and other funders, Philadelphia has been engaged in a unique experiment to strengthen the city’s civic engagement ecosystem. This initiative has had to overcome a number of challenges.

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Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

A new group is looking to raise big money and create sustainable local news ecosystems. Such a funding approach has succeeded in aggregating large-scale philanthropic capital for other causes. Can it also rescue American journalism?

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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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