Inside Vulcan, a New Model for Solving Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

Inside Vulcan, a New Model for Solving Some of the World’s Biggest Problems

Before he died last fall, the billionaire Paul Allen built up a powerful in-house capacity at his company, Vulcan Inc., to tackle urgent issues like wildlife protection and climate change. IP editor David Callahan takes an inside look at its unique strategy for impact.

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Retired Chimpanzees and Billionaire Donors: A Philanthropy Love Story

Retired Chimpanzees and Billionaire Donors: A Philanthropy Love Story

As biomedical testing on chimpanzees has phased out, nonprofits and donors have been working to give retired test subjects a good home. A campaign that has attracted some big gifts is helping house the remaining animals still in labs.

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Big Gifts Flow to These Legacy Nonprofits. What Are the Takeaways?

Big Gifts Flow to These Legacy Nonprofits. What Are the Takeaways?

Zoos have wooed donors with more sophisticated programming and stronger arguments about how they benefit communities. But a string of big gifts to these institutions also underscores other key trends in philanthropy.

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Never Mind Those Stingy Techies. These Funders Keep Giving for "Highbrow" Arts

Never Mind Those Stingy Techies. These Funders Keep Giving for "Highbrow" Arts

While the Bay Area's tech elite remain ambivalent about the arts, other funders in the region are a different story entirely. We dig into a historic brick-and-mortar gift out of San Francisco.

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A Historic Zoo Gift in the City With the Most Robust "Overall Philanthropic Culture" in the U.S.

A Historic Zoo Gift in the City With the Most Robust "Overall Philanthropic Culture" in the U.S.

Perhaps no city has benefited from the surge in regional philanthropy more than Houston. We dig into a huge gift to Houston Zoo and the various factors contributing to the city's emergence as a philanthropic power center.

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A Mighty Grant: With Modest Support, This Environmental Group Achieved Big Changes

A Mighty Grant: With Modest Support, This Environmental Group Achieved Big Changes

Last year, the Arcus Foundation backed Mighty Earth's work to stop forestation by cacao farmers that is pushing chimpanzees toward extinction in Cote d’Ivoire. Big things have happened since. Here's a deep dive into high-impact grantmaking. 

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A Billionaire, Intent on "Dying Broke," Keeps the Big Gifts Flowing

A Billionaire, Intent on "Dying Broke," Keeps the Big Gifts Flowing

South Dakota businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, 82, has long said he aims to dispose of his fortune in his lifetime. His most recent flurry of giving suggests he is very much a man of his word.

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Love of Animals Plus Alumni Ties Yield a Game-Changing Campus Gift

Love of Animals Plus Alumni Ties Yield a Game-Changing Campus Gift

Veterinary medicine donors seem to come out of the blue, but boy, they make some huge gifts now and then, often to universities. Case in point—a dog-loving dermatologist just gave $50 million to Oregon State.

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As DiCaprio's Foundation Grows, New Grants to Solar, Lions and More

As DiCaprio's Foundation Grows, New Grants to Solar, Lions and More

We’ve watched the movie star's outfit grow from a pet project to a sizable institutional grantmaker. Now, the foundation has done its biggest round of funding yet. Here's where the money is going. 

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Big Cats, Hard Questions: A Look at an Enigmatic Mining Magnate Turned Green Donor

Big Cats, Hard Questions: A Look at an Enigmatic Mining Magnate Turned Green Donor

Can global capitalism’s practitioners truly change their stripes and be agents of sustainability? Ross Beaty, a mining exec and green donor who has given to protect jaguars, offers an intriguing case study.

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