Setting a New Standard: How a Community Foundation Is Taking on Sexual Violence

Setting a New Standard: How a Community Foundation Is Taking on Sexual Violence

As the #MeToo movement continues to spotlight a pervasive problem, a local funder is teaming up with abuse prevention nonprofits to tackle sexual violence in Connecticut. Their focus: youth sports.

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More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.

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Enemies of the State? How Billionaire Philanthropists Think About Government

Enemies of the State? How Billionaire Philanthropists Think About Government

Critiques of big philanthropy often cast wealthy donors as hostile to government. Today’s leading benefactors, we’re told, vastly prefer privatized solutions to social problems. As usual, though, the story is more complicated.

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“Running Wild With Ideas.” How Small-Scale, Teacher-Led Grants Can Change Classrooms

“Running Wild With Ideas.” How Small-Scale, Teacher-Led Grants Can Change Classrooms

In an era when so many K-12 funders aim to transform public school systems, the Chicago Foundation for Education works to help teachers do their jobs better, typically with very small grants. What’s the impact?

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The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.

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"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

"Local Context." The New Gates K-12 Strategy is Coming Into Sharper Focus

Nearly a half-billion dollars in grants will go out the door as part of the Gates Foundation’s new initiative to support school networks. We look at what kinds of groups are winning support as the money starts to flow.

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Targeting Support: Behind a Big Impact Investment by the Ballmer Group

Targeting Support: Behind a Big Impact Investment by the Ballmer Group

As the Ballmer Group pumps millions into nonprofits working to lift children out of poverty, it also has its eye on using new technology to drive faster progress in this tough area.

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Direct Support: Why a Tech Giver is Helping Fuel the Rapid Growth of a Top K-12 Nonprofit

Direct Support: Why a Tech Giver is Helping Fuel the Rapid Growth of a Top K-12 Nonprofit

DonorsChoose.org is now facilitating more than $100 million a year in gifts to help classroom teachers. One of the group’s top boosters, Craig Newmark, tell us why its model is so appealing.

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Behind a Big Bet by Top K-12 Philanthropists on a Different Way to Run Schools

Behind a Big Bet by Top K-12 Philanthropists on a Different Way to Run Schools

Backed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings with $200 million, the new ed group City Fund aims to spread the portfolio model of school management. Which means what, exactly?

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The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.

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Beyond Charters: Will Philanthropy Step Up for Public Schools in Los Angeles?

Beyond Charters: Will Philanthropy Step Up for Public Schools in Los Angeles?

Five foundations recently came together to start the Fund for Equity and Excellence to support Los Angeles public schools. Will this effort attract new partners and funding to the nation’s second-largest school district?

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A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?

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