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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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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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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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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To Avert a Public Health Crisis, Three Funders Come Together

To Avert a Public Health Crisis, Three Funders Come Together

It’s not often that we see funders pooling money to create a not-for-profit generic drug company. In fact, we’ve never seen it before. Which is why the creation of Civica Rx deserves a close look.

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"A Moral Imperative." Exploring the Idea of Donor-Funded Free Tuition

"A Moral Imperative." Exploring the Idea of Donor-Funded Free Tuition

More campus donors are keen to cover tuition costs and free graduates from decades of debt. This can make for great copy, as a big recent gift to NYU’s medical school showed. But is it the most effective use of philanthropic dollars?

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What Was It My Doctor Said? The Funders Behind the Movement for Open Notes

What Was It My Doctor Said? The Funders Behind the Movement for Open Notes

If you want an example of how philanthropy, with relatively tiny resources, can influence a sprawling $3 trillion healthcare system, look at the growing push to empower patients to access key medical records. 

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