“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

They sold their company for $1.4 billion. Now, a San Diego couple is working on three fronts—philanthropy, research and policy—to make the United States’ culture and healthcare system more friendly to seniors in an era of rapid demographic transition.

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"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

A gift to the University of Florida's law school encapsulates three of the big themes reshaping higher ed: increasingly specialized giving, ambitious multi-billion dollar fundraising campaigns, and the emergence of previously under-the-radar alumni mega-givers.

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How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

This funders latest round of grants underscores its multifaceted approach to supporting Pennsylvanian’s health and well-being. We look at how this funder is setting an example in local health funding, especially in relation to the opioid crisis.

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Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Psychedelics have reentered the mainstream conversation thanks to Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind.” But there are still very few foundations that focus in this area. We get the inside story of how one philanthropist came to back psilocybin research and related causes.

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Filling Critical Gaps: Where Grants for Cancer Research Are Going so Far This Year

Filling Critical Gaps: Where Grants for Cancer Research Are Going so Far This Year

We’ve tracked nearly $80 million in new commitments for cancer research so far this year. With funders keen to leverage limited resources for maximum impact, a majority of that giving has gone to underfunded forms of cancer and young investigators. 

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A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

At a time when Americans are dying by the thousands from opioid and other addictions, substance abuse treatment programs can save lives. Finding a good program isn’t easy, though. Arnold Ventures, along with other funders, is looking to change that.

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This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

Expanding access to healthy food is a surprisingly complex challenge that requires wrestling with deeply rooted inequities. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund recently took stock of five years of food-related grantmaking that achieved some notable gains.

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An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

Negative perceptions around mental illness and a lack of quality mental healthcare are major problems in black communities. Taraji P. Henson, an acclaimed actress with family experience in this realm, recently launched a foundation to take on these issues.

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As Research Yields New Gains, More Money Flows for Genomic Medicine

As Research Yields New Gains, More Money Flows for Genomic Medicine

Using genomics to design far more precise and effective medical treatment plans has been called the “wave of the future.” Now, as breakthroughs increase, more funders are coming to the table to back biomedical research in this emerging field.

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The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

While nurses are well positioned to drive systemic improvements in healthcare, very few funders focus on this group. One of them, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, is supporting a nurse-driven aging-in-place model that has the potential to save billions.

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“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

Intent on "dying broke," T. Denny Sanford is keeping the big gifts flowing. His recent $55 million commitment adheres to three key themes of his philanthropy: providing support for children, building up South Dakota organizations, and writing massive checks.

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What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

Following a $70 billion merger, CVS Health and Aetna are doing more than fusing companies—they’re combining their corporate giving and have already made millions of dollars in grants. What’s the strategy? And which nonprofits are getting money?

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Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Research shows many benefits when the elderly stay in their homes and communities. But much needs to be done to create more age-friendly places as the U.S. faces profound demographic shifts. Here’s how one funder is tackling this challenge.

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As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

An aging America will need vastly more services devoted to elder care, and philanthropy will come under growing pressure to contribute. So far, though, most funders have been tuned out to aging issues. We look at what one of the few national funders in this space has been up to lately.

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How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

How Are Funders Stepping Up in the Fight Against Still-Untreatable Neurodegenerative Diseases?

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s afflict millions of people worldwide, with growing human and financial costs. As a new year begins, we look at some of philanthropy’s current efforts to move the needle on research and treatment.

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Uphill Battle: How Some Foundations Are Tackling America’s Dental Health Crisis

Uphill Battle: How Some Foundations Are Tackling America’s Dental Health Crisis

At least 74 million Americans have no form of dental coverage, even as evidence mounts of the wide-ranging negative effects of poor oral health. What can philanthropy do in the face of such a vast problem?

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Ideas Guy: A Closer Look at the Donor Behind That $200 Million Gift to the Mayo Clinic

Ideas Guy: A Closer Look at the Donor Behind That $200 Million Gift to the Mayo Clinic

While many mega-donors have a hands-on relationship with the recipient organization, billionaire corporate turnaround specialist Jay Alix’s close ties with the Mayo Clinic are unusual. We dig into the intriguing backstory leading up to his historic gift.


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Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

With so few funders focused on older Americans, it’s not surprising that there’s little support for work on a big problem like elder abuse. The John A. Hartford Foundation is trying to change by backing a pilot project that it describes as “a visionary approach.”

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