A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.

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These Tech Philanthropists Are Looking for a Way to Make Women Safer Around the World

These Tech Philanthropists Are Looking for a Way to Make Women Safer Around the World

Silicon Valley donors are often dinged for seeking quick fixes to entrenched social problems. So what should we think of a $1 million prize competition that looks to new technology to reduce violence against women?  

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A Beer With Bill Gates: Some Advice on How to Succeed in a Critical Funding Niche

A Beer With Bill Gates: Some Advice on How to Succeed in a Critical Funding Niche

About 50 percent of well-meaning water and sanitation projects around the world fail. A civil engineer with years of field experience explains what needs to change in this critical area of global development funding. 

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Vulnerable Workers: Who's Combating Gender-Based Violence in the Garment Industry?

Vulnerable Workers: Who's Combating Gender-Based Violence in the Garment Industry?

Tens of millions of women work in a global garment industry where violence, exploitation and sexual harassment are pervasive problems. A group of funders has been collaborating to help them. 

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It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

Around 2 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of malnutrition, which can have devastating long-term effects on children. We look at how top funders are mobilizing around this issue. 

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No Shiny Objects Here: What MacArthur’s Quest for a Big Bet Can (and Can’t) Teach Other Funders

No Shiny Objects Here: What MacArthur’s Quest for a Big Bet Can (and Can’t) Teach Other Funders

It’s been cool to see a top foundation throw open its doors to any and all ideas, as MacArthur has done with its offer of a single $100 million grant. But this drawn out competition has also sent a wrong message.

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