Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

Planet Word: A Philanthropist’s Mission to Build a Museum of Language

The real estate heiress and former reading teacher Ann Friedman had a dream to open a museum of language in D.C., and it’s now under construction. Friedman tells us how this project emerged and who—besides herself—is putting up the money.

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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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A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

Millions of infants and toddlers are stuck in mediocre childcare that can hurt their development. Funders are finally paying more attention, including in Philadelphia, where $3 million is flowing to help caregivers do a better job.

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Libraries in the Spotlight: Who's Stepping Up for More Than Books?

Libraries in the Spotlight: Who's Stepping Up for More Than Books?

Libraries tend to have a hard time attracting major private support. But in the wake of another big recent library gift, it looks like more funders grasp how giving to libraries can advance their varied goals. 

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It's One of the Most Reliable Funders of Literacy Programs. Where Do the Grants Go?

It's One of the Most Reliable Funders of Literacy Programs. Where Do the Grants Go?

You'd think the shocking fact that 30 million U.S. adults can't read would draw the attention of loads of funders. But that's not the case. Which is why the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is so important. 

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