Direct Support: Why a Tech Giver is Helping Fuel the Rapid Growth of a Top K-12 Nonprofit

Direct Support: Why a Tech Giver is Helping Fuel the Rapid Growth of a Top K-12 Nonprofit

DonorsChoose.org is now facilitating more than $100 million a year in gifts to help classroom teachers. One of the group’s top boosters, Craig Newmark, tell us why its model is so appealing.

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A Tech Giant Steps Up for the Homeless. What's Not to Like?

A Tech Giant Steps Up for the Homeless. What's Not to Like?

Salesforce’s new office tower in San Francisco looms as a symbol of tech omnipotence in a region with deepening stratification. The company and its CEO are also leaders in philanthropy. But are they bold enough?

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The Ballmer Express: Where's This Anti-Poverty Funder Heading Now?

The Ballmer Express: Where's This Anti-Poverty Funder Heading Now?

The Ballmer Group is one of the most interesting acts to follow in philanthropy right now. Its latest pair of eight-figure gifts underscores its commitment to capacity building and offers more clues about its strategy.

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Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Wanted: Visionary Research to Accelerate Gains in Education

Two top K-12 funders have mounted an ambitious research and development quest to find “transformative education solutions.” The hope is to accelerate change in a field that can feel like a brutal slog.

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True Believer: A Silicon Valley Mega-Giver Has High Hopes for AI and Tech

True Believer: A Silicon Valley Mega-Giver Has High Hopes for AI and Tech

Never mind that backlash to technology’s impact on society, including skepticism of its ability to solve tough problems. Eric Schmidt’s philanthropic game plan is focused on the good that science and tech can do.

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Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Some top funders have gotten behind an initiative to examine, with Facebook's cooperation, how the social media giant affects elections. Are these funders playing it too safe when they should be hitting harder? 

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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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Old and New: What's Interesting About the Partnership Between Rockefeller and Chan Zuckerberg

Old and New: What's Interesting About the Partnership Between Rockefeller and Chan Zuckerberg

While living donors and legacy foundations often eye other warily, they have a lot to gain from collaborating and more such efforts are emerging. Here's an example of that, focusing on economic equity. 

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