When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.

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Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

The Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota was founded by an accomplished polar explorer and has a novel girl-focused grantmaking model. How does it help young people access diverse new experiences, and how is it evolving in 2019?

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"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

Decades of boom times haven’t just created piles of wealth in the Acela Corridor and on the West Coast. Many big fortunes have also emerged from “old economy” industries in the heartland. A recent gift in Madison, Wisconsin shows how these riches are bolstering local cultural life.

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Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, an international law firm based in Minnesota, supports the communities where its lawyers work—in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at its grantmaking, local employee engagement, and pro bono legal services.

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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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A Big Gift for an Overlooked K-12 Niche: School Counselors

A Big Gift for an Overlooked K-12 Niche: School Counselors

School counselors can help shape students’ lives in big ways, like getting them to the right college and hooking them up with local employers. But we don’t see a lot of grants focused here. Here’s an exception from Indiana.

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Behind the $35 Million Gift to Launch a Charter School in a Struggling City

Behind the $35 Million Gift to Launch a Charter School in a Struggling City

The CS Mott Foundation put up $35 million to start a new charter school in Flint, Michigan. What’s the story with this big gift from a funder that doesn’t consider itself a supporter of the charter movement?

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City Funders Backing a New Park as a Way to Help Repair Old Wounds

City Funders Backing a New Park as a Way to Help Repair Old Wounds

Urban redevelopers often ran freeways through low-income neighborhoods in the 20th century, destroying communities. Pittsburgh is using a park to help repair connections, with foundations pitching in.

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A Tech Company Extends its Commitment to Traditional Public Schools to a New Hub

A Tech Company Extends its Commitment to Traditional Public Schools to a New Hub

For all the hype around charters, most K-12 students still attend traditional public schools, and more funders are focusing resources there. Salesforce is a case in point and has expanded such grantmaking to Indianapolis.  

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The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.

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