Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

While the impulse of funders to bankroll that next medical breakthrough is as strong as ever, growing health disparities help to explain a surge in giving for campus public health initiatives. We dig into the latest big gift in this burgeoning field.

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In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

The healthcare sector plays a huge role in local economies and American life broadly. Equipped with donor dollars, more universities are looking to get in on the action by creating or expanding health schools. A case in point is a recent big gift to Loyola in Chicago.

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He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

At the age of 30, Sam Polk walked away from a highly paid trading job to enter the social change arena. With help from the Kellogg Foundation and other backers, he’s building a social enterprise that’s focused on food equity and has big ambitions.

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“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

They sold their company for $1.4 billion. Now, a San Diego couple is working on three fronts—philanthropy, research and policy—to make the United States’ culture and healthcare system more friendly to seniors in an era of rapid demographic transition.

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"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

A gift to the University of Florida's law school encapsulates three of the big themes reshaping higher ed: increasingly specialized giving, ambitious multi-billion dollar fundraising campaigns, and the emergence of previously under-the-radar alumni mega-givers.

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How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

This funders latest round of grants underscores its multifaceted approach to supporting Pennsylvanian’s health and well-being. We look at how this funder is setting an example in local health funding, especially in relation to the opioid crisis.

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A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

At a time when Americans are dying by the thousands from opioid and other addictions, substance abuse treatment programs can save lives. Finding a good program isn’t easy, though. Arnold Ventures, along with other funders, is looking to change that.

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This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

Expanding access to healthy food is a surprisingly complex challenge that requires wrestling with deeply rooted inequities. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund recently took stock of five years of food-related grantmaking that achieved some notable gains.

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The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

While nurses are well positioned to drive systemic improvements in healthcare, very few funders focus on this group. One of them, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, is supporting a nurse-driven aging-in-place model that has the potential to save billions.

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“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

Intent on "dying broke," T. Denny Sanford is keeping the big gifts flowing. His recent $55 million commitment adheres to three key themes of his philanthropy: providing support for children, building up South Dakota organizations, and writing massive checks.

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What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

Following a $70 billion merger, CVS Health and Aetna are doing more than fusing companies—they’re combining their corporate giving and have already made millions of dollars in grants. What’s the strategy? And which nonprofits are getting money?

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Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Why a Foundation Wants to Help Low-Income Seniors Stay Put as They Age

Research shows many benefits when the elderly stay in their homes and communities. But much needs to be done to create more age-friendly places as the U.S. faces profound demographic shifts. Here’s how one funder is tackling this challenge.

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An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.

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As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

As America Rapidly Ages, Who's Helping to Find Better Ways to Care for Seniors?

An aging America will need vastly more services devoted to elder care, and philanthropy will come under growing pressure to contribute. So far, though, most funders have been tuned out to aging issues. We look at what one of the few national funders in this space has been up to lately.

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Uphill Battle: How Some Foundations Are Tackling America’s Dental Health Crisis

Uphill Battle: How Some Foundations Are Tackling America’s Dental Health Crisis

At least 74 million Americans have no form of dental coverage, even as evidence mounts of the wide-ranging negative effects of poor oral health. What can philanthropy do in the face of such a vast problem?

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Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

Overlooked, But Not Forgotten By This Funder: A Grantmaker Takes on Elder Abuse

With so few funders focused on older Americans, it’s not surprising that there’s little support for work on a big problem like elder abuse. The John A. Hartford Foundation is trying to change by backing a pilot project that it describes as “a visionary approach.”

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A Community Foundation Takes Up the Fight Against Lead Poisoning

A Community Foundation Takes Up the Fight Against Lead Poisoning

With an aging housing stock, lead paint poisoning is a bigger deal in the city of Syracuse than many other places around the country. Here’s how one local funder is trying to address the problem.

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Grantmaking in Rural Idaho: Why It’s Important and Who’s Doing It

Grantmaking in Rural Idaho: Why It’s Important and Who’s Doing It

Even as Boise booms, much of Idaho is struggling with problems common to rural America: a lack of economic opportunity, aging residents, and disinvestment in community services, especially healthcare. What can philanthropy do?

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