Tough Problem, Deep Pockets: Parsing Bezos Philanthropy's Initial Steps on Homelessness

Tough Problem, Deep Pockets: Parsing Bezos Philanthropy's Initial Steps on Homelessness

While Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ separation is making headlines, a slew of grants announced last fall by their Day 1 Families Fund made the couple among the nation’s largest givers for homelessness. How’s that playing out so far?

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This Billionaire’s Foundation Will Pay You $10,000 to Work Remotely from Tulsa

This Billionaire’s Foundation Will Pay You $10,000 to Work Remotely from Tulsa

Economic development and entrepreneurship are on the forefront of many funders’ minds these days as they seek to catalyze urban growth. But some foundations are taking these goals to a whole new level to give their hometowns a boost.

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How the SunTrust Foundation Gives in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States

How the SunTrust Foundation Gives in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States

The SunTrust Foundation, based in Atlanta, launched its Lighting the Way awards program in 2016 to recognize nonprofits in its market areas building financial confidence in their communities. Where are grants going?

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A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

Human service organizations don’t just apply Band-Aids to social problems. They also can drive larger change and help struggling Americans climb up the economic ladder. Or at least that’s the idea behind a Kresge Foundation initiative now in its second year.

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The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

With the housing crisis accelerating and federal support shrinking, the Orcas Island Community Foundation in Washington State is the latest local funder undertaking new work in this space—including an advocacy role.

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Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

More anti-poverty funders are looking beyond major cities to struggling rural communities. The latest example of grantmakers casting a wider net is the Communities Thrive Challenge, from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Rockefeller Foundation.

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A Big Gift for Homelessness From the Tech Billionaire Begging His Industry to Do More

A Big Gift for Homelessness From the Tech Billionaire Begging His Industry to Do More

Last month after a contentious campaign, San Francisoc voters approved a ballot measure to tax the city’s richest companies to help the homeless. Now one of the measure’s biggest supporters is putting millions of his own money where his mouth is.

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What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

With backing from Knight and other funders, Philadelphia has been engaged in a unique experiment to strengthen the city’s civic engagement ecosystem. This initiative has had to overcome a number of challenges.

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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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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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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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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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Nexus: What Can Funders do to Connect Equity, Climate, and Water Systems?

Nexus: What Can Funders do to Connect Equity, Climate, and Water Systems?

Kresge released an outside assessment of its giving at the intersection of climate, equity and urban water. It identified needs in the sector for more education and funding—especially of community-based leaders. 

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