Giving “Without Friction or Fraud.” The First Bitcoin Donation Platform Turns Five

Giving “Without Friction or Fraud.” The First Bitcoin Donation Platform Turns Five

As the first bitcoin nonprofit recognized by the U.S. government, BitGive was a first mover in a crypto-philanthropy space that’s been growing fast lately. We explore the platform and check in with founder and Executive Director Connie Gallippi.

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Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Helped along by new donors like Richard Branson and some tech billionaires, the fight against neglected tropical diseases—such as trachoma, which causes blindness—is gaining momentum and scoring more gains.

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So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

Nearly 1 million people die annually from HIV/AIDS, despite antiretroviral drugs that can extend their lives. And while the world’s billionaires sit on trillions of dollars, private donors are doing less to combat the epidemic. What’s going on here?

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Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.

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Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

Is This the End of Polio? Rotary Hangs in to Eradicate the Disease Once and For All

Philanthropy can stick with a cause over decades without having to worry about the patience of voters or shareholders running thin. A case in point: the long slog against polio. Rotary recently gave another $100 million for eradication.

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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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Dept. of Existential Threats: Who's Worried About Superbugs?

Dept. of Existential Threats: Who's Worried About Superbugs?

A group of heavy hitters, now including the Gates Foundation, are backing a research effort to ensure that global health systems aren’t outflanked by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The stakes could hardly be higher.

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Dept. of Renewal: A Pharma Foundation Keeps the Money Flowing to Its Global Health Grantees

Dept. of Renewal: A Pharma Foundation Keeps the Money Flowing to Its Global Health Grantees

The outcomes of inconsistent or one-off giving can be crushing, especially in poor countries. Which is why it’s always nice to see funding initiatives—like this one from Pfizer—that place a premium on recurring support.

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As War Looms in One of Africa's Biggest Countries, Who's Paying Attention?

As War Looms in One of Africa's Biggest Countries, Who's Paying Attention?

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo teeters on the brink of a new conflagration, two longtime funders working there tell us how they're responding. Many foundations investing in Africa also have a lot a stake as this crisis heats up. 

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Toxic Grants: Food Companies Are Still Funding Biased Nutrition Research, Now Overseas

Toxic Grants: Food Companies Are Still Funding Biased Nutrition Research, Now Overseas

Food companies have a history of using funding research that minimizes the health risks of their products. They're still doing it—in developing countries where obesity is rising fast. 

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