To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

Water and sanitation have long been a focus for global grantmakers, but the approach has often been piecemeal, with projects failing after donors have moved on. In an interview, two leading WASH funders discuss their quest for a better approach.

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Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Backed by billionaire donors and the Rockefeller Foundation, Co-Impact launched in 2017 aiming to take a collaborative and systemic approach to global development. With grantmaking now underway, how are these lofty ambitions playing out?

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To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

Since taking the helm of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Peter Laugharn has streamlined its global programs and also sought to send more grants to community-based nonprofits in Africa. We talk to Laugharn about his vision for “localizing philanthropy.”

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As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders of global development, and its director of this work, Ruth Levine, has been an influential advocate for women’s empowerment. With Levine moving on, we take stock of the global program’s hits and misses—and what may lie ahead.

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Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

CARE’s ambitious initiative to boost women in agriculture in developing countries, backed by the PepsiCo Foundation, is based on an unproven theory of change. It’s the latest example of a funder making a big, risky bet on the potential of gender equity.

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How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

Global nonprofit love.fútbol engages communities to create soccer pitches, and recently received its first-ever major gift from a foundation. Here’s how the two organizations got in sync to advance their shared mission of helping children.

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Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Crime, violence, and deep poverty continue to push Mexicans and Central Americans to flee northward. Several top U.S. foundations have been working on these challenges for years. What are they doing? And what’s been the impact?

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As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

After a historic surge in wealth and sweeping legal changes, some of China’s wealthiest business leaders are turning to large-scale giving. But figuring out what donors are up to isn’t easy given a lack of reliable information on Chinese philanthropy.

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“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

In contrast to development efforts that funnel money to international NGOs, the Haiti Development Institute, which was incubated by the Boston Foundation, makes small grants to grassroots groups that are keenly attuned to the needs of communities.

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May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

Dining for Women is an intriguing example of a giving circle with a wide reach. Thanks to its chapter dinners, it has granted millions to women and girls in developing countries. We hear about DFW’s giving model from several members of its team.

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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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