Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

There are many reasons the right is ascendant and conservatives now dominate the Supreme Court. But one part of the story is the abject failure of mainstream foundations to fight back against a decades-long attack on everything they cherish.

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In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

Since its restructuring, the iconic Ford Foundation has been tackling key drivers of inequality. Xavier de Souza Briggs, who leads Ford’s economic grantmaking, gives us an in-depth look at what that means.

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Levers of Influence: How These Top Donors Back Conservative Causes

Levers of Influence: How These Top Donors Back Conservative Causes

Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein have drawn attention as leading mega-donors to the GOP. But they’ve been equally energetic in pushing their views through philanthropy. Here’s a quick primer.

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Behind a Major Think Tank’s New Fund for Promising Problem Solvers

Behind a Major Think Tank’s New Fund for Promising Problem Solvers

The Aspen Institute and a trustee’s family foundation have been backing leaders across social issues through an annual prize. They just raised a new $1.2 million fund to increase their support, focusing on growth opportunities in a wide range of fields. 

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: A Research Funder Aims for More Traction on Public Policy

Beyond the Ivory Tower: A Research Funder Aims for More Traction on Public Policy

Too often, social science research doesn't make it out of academia and into the hands of decision-makers. The William T. Grant Foundation wanted to know why. Now, it has some answers—and two new grant programs.

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Pete Peterson: Hard Lessons From a Billionaire's Philanthropy

Pete Peterson: Hard Lessons From a Billionaire's Philanthropy

As a mega-donor, Peterson—who died yesterday—made all the right moves: staying laser-focused on just a few causes and investing in high-leverage public policy work. But the results were decidedly mixed. 

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To Reduce Inequality, a Foundation Looks to Shift Both Policy and the Larger Narrative

To Reduce Inequality, a Foundation Looks to Shift Both Policy and the Larger Narrative

Last week, we looked at what foundations are doing wrong in the fight against rising economic stratification. Now, we turn the spotlight on a foundation that's been doing everything right. 

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What Is Philanthropy Doing to Challenge the Power of Tech Giants? What Can It Do?

What Is Philanthropy Doing to Challenge the Power of Tech Giants? What Can It Do?

Six weeks after the New America Foundation ousted a project that criticized Google, it's an open question whether dissenting voices that challenge the power of big tech can find the funding they need.  

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Extremist: What the Right's Most Influential Philanthropist Really Thinks

Extremist: What the Right's Most Influential Philanthropist Really Thinks

A large country like the U.S. will always have people with fringe viewpoints. But given the way that money can now buy influence and access, it's easier for extremists to shape public life. Robert Mercer is Exhibit A. 

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