A Local Foundation Embraces Participatory Grantmaking in a Big Way

A Local Foundation Embraces Participatory Grantmaking in a Big Way

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the latest funder to embrace participatory grantmaking, starting an impressive suite of local funds to be controlled by committees of community members. 

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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 Moral and Practical Imperative: A Women's Foundation Fights Mass Incarceration

A Moral and Practical Imperative: A Women's Foundation Fights Mass Incarceration

Women are now the fastest-growing population of incarcerated Americans. The New York Women’s Foundation, the latest funder to take on mass incarceration, has launched a Justice Fund focused on NYC’s women and girls.

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“Where Do We Go From Here?” Philanthropy and What’s Next for the #MeToo Movement

“Where Do We Go From Here?” Philanthropy and What’s Next for the #MeToo Movement

One challenge of social movements is to translate energy and activism into long-term change. A year after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, here’s what some advocates and funders are doing to keep moving forward.

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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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This 172-Year-Old Bank is Giving Millions in New England and the Tri-State Area

This 172-Year-Old Bank is Giving Millions in New England and the Tri-State Area

The Berkshire Bank Foundation gives at least $2 million annually to nonprofits that operate within the bank’s territory—which includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We take a closer look.

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Ripple Effect: A Foundation Looks to Women and Girls of Color to Take the Lead

Ripple Effect: A Foundation Looks to Women and Girls of Color to Take the Lead

In a new five-year plan, the Ms. Foundation for Women aims to invest $25 million in organizations led by and for women of color. It is also launching a 501(c)(4) to help amplify this group’s political reach and power.

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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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Doing and Seeing: Barbara Dalio’s Immersive Approach to Education Philanthropy

Doing and Seeing: Barbara Dalio’s Immersive Approach to Education Philanthropy

While wealthy K-12 donors have often been accused of parachuting into complex education landscapes with preconceived reform ideas, the wife of a top hedge fund billionaire has worked very differently. 

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