Prescription for Change: The Pharma Giant Investing in Local Public School Students

Prescription for Change: The Pharma Giant Investing in Local Public School Students

A growing number of corporate philanthropies are making big commitments to complex, entrenched challenges. The latest example is $55 million in gifts from AbbVie to leading nonprofits working at the nexus of education and poverty.

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New Frontier: A Funder Invests to Connect Teachers to the Best Research on Brain Science and Learning

New Frontier: A Funder Invests to Connect Teachers to the Best Research on Brain Science and Learning

Researchers have made big strides in understanding brain development and how kids learn. But getting this new knowledge into classrooms isn’t easy. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is among a handful of funders that wants to change that.

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A League of Readers: Behind a Big Gift to Boost Literacy

A League of Readers: Behind a Big Gift to Boost Literacy

A nonprofit that focuses on getting evidence-based techniques to teach reading in the hands of educators recently received a $9 million gift from the founder of American Girl. Here’s where the money’s going.

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What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

What Kids Need to Succeed: CZI’s Latest Moves to Advance a "Whole Child” Approach to Education

The philanthropy piloted by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is hot on the trail of evidence-based strategies that address a full range of student needs, including social and emotional stresses that deeply affect kids’ ability to learn and thrive.

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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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