Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

A Prominent Jewish Humanitarian Prize Goes to a Criminal Justice Reformer

Amy Bach’s nonprofit, Measures for Justice, has drawn support from a range of top funders that share her view that better data is a key to driving reform. Now, as the latest winner of the Charles Bronfman Prize, Bach has yet another powerful ally.

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With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

With Funding in Scant Supply, a Grantmaker Steps up Big Time for Gun Violence Research

Despite claiming nearly 40,000 U.S. lives a year, gun violence is woefully under-researched. Arnold Ventures wants to change that—and so do many scholars. A new collaborative at RAND that Arnold seeded with $20 million has been deluged with proposals.

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“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

“Create Momentum for Change.” A Soros-Backed Arts Fellowship Focuses on Migration

The Open Society Foundations launched its Soros Arts Fellowships last year to support the work of artists in repressive regimes. This year’s fellowship builds on this approach by focusing on an issue that’s deeply personal for OSF’s founder.

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This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.

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Behind a $180 Million Corporate Pledge to Connect Youth with Opportunity Worldwide

Behind a $180 Million Corporate Pledge to Connect Youth with Opportunity Worldwide

A growing number of philanthropic initiatives are zeroing in on the many teenagers and young adults who aren’t engaged in either school or work. The latest effort, from a major financial products company, is addressing this vexing problem at a global level.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.

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Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

CARE’s ambitious initiative to boost women in agriculture in developing countries, backed by the PepsiCo Foundation, is based on an unproven theory of change. It’s the latest example of a funder making a big, risky bet on the potential of gender equity.

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The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The 2016 election was a reckoning moment for a philanthropy sector long disconnected from rural America. A new funding initiative is looking to remedy that by supporting organizing and movement-building in neglected regions, focusing on the Midwest.

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Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

Many Paths to Progress: A Funder-Backed Study Sets its Sights on Reducing Gun Violence

With Congress long deadlocked on guns, foundations are focusing on practical, local steps to reduce the death toll. A case in point is the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s support of a law enforcement nonprofit that recently issued a wide-ranging set of recommendations.

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Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Community foundations tend to play things safe, given the many stakeholders they must please. So how did the Brooklyn Community Foundation get out front on racial equity, becoming an early philanthropic leader on these issues? Here’s the inside story.

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With Transgender Communities Under Attack, Funders Are Stepping Up

With Transgender Communities Under Attack, Funders Are Stepping Up

Funding for transgender causes is on the rise but is still low relative to the challenges these communities face in a hostile political climate. We look at the latest data on grantmaking and check in with leading funders in this space.

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She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

She Took on a Powerful Male Donor. Now She'll be Leading a Top Jewish Feminist Organization

Sheila Katz, who struggled for four years to get mega-philanthropist held accountable for his sexual harassment, was recently named the new president of the National Council of Jewish Women. Where’s NCJW heading? And who are its funders?

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Keeping Up the Momentum: Funding Rises Again for LGBTQ Causes, Especially Down South

Keeping Up the Momentum: Funding Rises Again for LGBTQ Causes, Especially Down South

In 2017, LGBTQ giving rose again and saw significant gains in areas that have historically been under-supported. But the bad news is the small cadre of funders in this space still aren’t able to meet all the needs of LGBTQ communities across the U.S.

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With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

Justice reform has long been part of the Public Welfare Foundation’s portfolio. But with political winds shifting and new openings for progress, it plans to focus most of its grantmaking in this area, starting with new local-level work in Washington D.C.

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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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