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 a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

Wells Fargo is the latest bank to make a big bet on urban community development, with a focus on Washington, D.C. The move comes amid multiple scandals around the bank, which badly needs some good publicity.

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Learn for Life: A Major Southwest Bank Backs Financial Literacy for Youth

Learn for Life: A Major Southwest Bank Backs Financial Literacy for Youth

BOK Financial’s Learning for Life program is an exemplar of the popularity of financial literacy among financial services funders. We also check out its other giving and community involvement in its seven banking divisions.

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Housing First: A Funder Boosts a Promising Model to Address Homelessness in Hawaii

Housing First: A Funder Boosts a Promising Model to Address Homelessness in Hawaii

A growing range of foundations is giving to build housing for the homeless, looking for a more permanent solution to a chronic problem. Here’s the latest example of how these capital projects come together.

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A Retail Giant Gives Millions for Workforce Development. But Could It Do More?

A Retail Giant Gives Millions for Workforce Development. But Could It Do More?

Walmart and its foundation recently gave $4 million to organizations that train workers for better jobs. As America’s biggest private employer, though, the company’s real power to expand mobility lies in improving its own labor practices.

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Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

There are many reasons the right is ascendant and conservatives now dominate the Supreme Court. But one part of the story is the abject failure of mainstream foundations to fight back against a decades-long attack on everything they cherish.

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Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

A couple of years ago, Detroit's Marygrove College was running out of cash. Now, it's the fulcrum of a big push by the Kresge Foundation to use a higher ed institution to drive place-based development.

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Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Self-driving vehicles stand to change cities radically, for better or worse, with big implications for equity and the environment. One foundation is trying to give residents more say in how this plays out.

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“Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far

“Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far

The San Francisco Foundation shifted to an equity grantmaking strategy over two years ago, an early adopter of a focus that’s become a driving force in philanthropy. How’s that been working out? And what are key takeaways for other funders?

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Why Is This Health Foundation Backing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses?

Why Is This Health Foundation Backing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses?

As health funders move upstream to address the underlying drivers of health disparities, they’re broadening their strategies. The latest example: A $2.75 million grant to boost rural and minority small business owners in Colorado.

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At Surdna, Don Chen Looks to Helm a Social Justice Funder That "Punches Above Its Weight"

At Surdna, Don Chen Looks to Helm a Social Justice Funder That "Punches Above Its Weight"

As a prominent smart growth advocate and program director at Ford, Don Chen worked alongside Surdna as it evolved into an influential social justice funder. We talk to Chen about his future role leading it into its next phase.

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