The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

A major donation to UT Austin’s business school provides an illuminating look into how donors hailing from the world of finance perceive ideas like “value” and “impact,” concepts which aren’t nearly as clear cut to these givers as you might think.

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"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

The late Albert Gordon was among the most powerful people in finance. But he also stressed the importance of philanthropy to his sons, including Dan Gordon, who now pilots one of the family foundations, with a focus on grantmaking in Philadelphia.

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He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

The hedge fund billionaire is one of the biggest philanthropists to emerge from finance in recent years, with wide-ranging interests and money flowing to various causes. What is Griffin, who’s only 50, trying to achieve with his giving?

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Braddock Scholars: A Philanthropist Helps Entrepreneurs Scale Up

Braddock Scholars: A Philanthropist Helps Entrepreneurs Scale Up

Richard and Susan Braddock back a wide array of causes, including business education. Braddock funds and participates in a program that mentors promising entrepreneurs, illustrating one way Wall Street donors can directly engage with grantees.

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The Richest Americans Are Sitting on $4 Trillion. How Can They Be Spurred to Give More of it Away?

The Richest Americans Are Sitting on $4 Trillion. How Can They Be Spurred to Give More of it Away?

For all the talk of a golden age of philanthropy, the rich are piling up new wealth much faster than they’re giving it away. Most give mere crumbs compared to their net worth. The Bridgespan Group is looking to change that.

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The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

Private equity star Jean-Pierre Conte is the son of immigrants from France and Cuba. We talk with him about what motivates his growing giving, including support for first generation college students.

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These Billionaire Philanthropists Also Spent Big to Influence This Year's Mid-Term Election

These Billionaire Philanthropists Also Spent Big to Influence This Year's Mid-Term Election

Donald Trump may be a billionaire, but no recent president has inspired fiercer opposition within the far upper class. Many top philanthropists are among those who’ve given record sums in the most expensive mid-term election in U.S. history.

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What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

Wells Fargo is the latest bank to make a big bet on urban community development, with a focus on Washington, D.C. The move comes amid multiple scandals around the bank, which badly needs some good publicity.

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Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Marc J. Leder went to Penn on student loans, and hasn’t forgotten the school that gave him his start. We talk with Leder about his recent seven-figure gifts to his alma mater and his philanthropic mission overall.

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Is Elite Change Really a "Charade?" What's Missing From a New Book That Bashes the Overclass

Is Elite Change Really a "Charade?" What's Missing From a New Book That Bashes the Overclass

At one level, Winners Take All is a very satisfying read, skewering today’s elite for its hypocrisies. But it offers an incomplete and distorted look at America’s wealthy class and its role in social change.

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Banking Against Urban Poverty: Inside JPMorgan Chase Philanthropy

Banking Against Urban Poverty: Inside JPMorgan Chase Philanthropy

The giant bank has become a surprising leader in philanthropy's push for inclusive economic growth. We take a deep dive into the backstory—and what JPMorgan brings to the table that's new. 

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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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Focused and Strategic: How a Family Tapped Wall Street Wealth for Impact on Mental Health

Focused and Strategic: How a Family Tapped Wall Street Wealth for Impact on Mental Health

New York finance veteran Stephen Lieber and his family have been supporting mental illness research for decades. We recently spoke with Lieber to unpack a deeply personal story of effective giving.

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