The Health Insurance Funder Using Data to Improve Community Health

The Health Insurance Funder Using Data to Improve Community Health

Data-mapping tools and projects are cropping up increasingly in philanthropy, as funders look for new insights about major problems. A case in point is the Anthem Foundation’s work on public health.

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Will These Big New Foundations Pay Attention to Rural America?

 Will These Big New Foundations Pay Attention to Rural America?

Health conversion foundations play a growing role in helping communities that are off the beaten path. Now, as three new such foundations get ready to give away $300 million annually, advocates for rural America hope that more support is set to flow.

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New Research for a Lethal Disease: How These Foundations Are Taking on Pancreatic Cancer

New Research for a Lethal Disease: How These Foundations Are Taking on Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer often has a grim prognosis, typically evading early detection, and is difficult to treat. Three foundations are determined to change that with research grants for early detection and treatment of the disease.

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“Expedite the Translation.” A Billionaire Keeps the Big Gifts for Medical Research Flowing

“Expedite the Translation.” A Billionaire Keeps the Big Gifts for Medical Research Flowing

A common theme of Len Blavatnik’s giving is an eagerness to support promising areas of medical research. Still, his biggest gift yet—$200 million to Harvard Medical School—has raised the usual questions about big philanthropy.

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More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

Houston’s philanthropic old guard, steeped in oil riches, is welcoming a new crop of funders with diverse sources of wealth and interests as the city undergoes profound demographic and economic change.

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To Crack the Puzzles of Alzheimer's, a Foundation Takes a Laser Approach

To Crack the Puzzles of Alzheimer's, a Foundation Takes a Laser Approach

As Alzheimer’s disease inflicts an ever-rising toll on aging populations in the U.S. and overseas, the race is on for research breakthroughs. The Rainwater Charitable Foundation recently announced a major new prize focused on a key protein.

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Medicine's Blind Spot: A Foundation Takes on Diagnostic Error

Medicine's Blind Spot: A Foundation Takes on Diagnostic Error

Diagnostic errors are the most common cause of medical errors, causing an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year. But there is little funding for research on this problem. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is looking to change that.

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A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.

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Neglected, But Devastating: Who's Funding Research for a Misunderstood Disease?

Neglected, But Devastating: Who's Funding Research for a Misunderstood Disease?

No mere “skin problem,” psoriasis is an incurable autoimmune disease afflicting 125 million people worldwide, carrying social and psychological impacts, and even the potential to shorten lifespans. But money for research is hard to come by. Who’s helping?

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Prevention is the Best Medicine: Behind a Big Campus Gift for Public Health

Prevention is the Best Medicine: Behind a Big Campus Gift for Public Health

A $25 million gift earmarked for a public health school finds a Giving Pledge signee with a decades-long track record of Florida-based philanthropy turning his attention 3,000 miles west, to San Diego. What’s that about?

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Not Just Sci-Fi: A Tech Couple Works To Achieve Immortality

Not Just Sci-Fi: A Tech Couple Works To Achieve Immortality

More deep-pocketed funders are interested in the age-old quest to live forever, in one form or another. We dig into the interesting story of Terasem Movement Foundation, founded by tech couple Martine and Bina Rothblatt.

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Does Anyone Care? A Case Study of Funding Research on Rare Diseases

Does Anyone Care? A Case Study of Funding Research on Rare Diseases

Funding for rare diseases rarely comes from foundations or billionaire donors. Instead, it mostly comes from the families and friends of people affected. Here’s an example of how a small community of donors can underwrite significant research.

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Capital Project Gold Rush: What Can We Learn From a Foundation's Giving Spree?

Capital Project Gold Rush: What Can We Learn From a Foundation's Giving Spree?

The startling ramp-up of the Kansas City-based Sunderland Foundation is further testament to the explosion of regional philanthropy. Many of these funders embrace big capital projects as they work to boost their home cities or alma maters.

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Payoff: Years of Investments in Parkinson’s Research is Yielding New Breakthroughs and Momentum

Payoff: Years of Investments in Parkinson’s Research is Yielding New Breakthroughs and Momentum

It’s hard to overstate the importance of patient private funding in the battle against Parkinson’s. Grantmakers in it for the long haul have often been behind gains made against the disease, with such successes now coming at a faster clip.

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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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Path to Recovery: The Latest From a Leader in Breast Cancer Research Funding

Path to Recovery: The Latest From a Leader in Breast Cancer Research Funding

Susan G. Komen recently announced grants of $26 million to fund 62 new research projects that address some of the most difficult breast cancer cases. After years of troubles, this important funder has bounced back in a big way.

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