No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

Nearly half of healthcare facilities in the world’s Least Developed Countries lack basic water services, leaving millions of patients vulnerable to infection and other problems. Leading WASH funders and nonprofits are looking to change that.

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From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

By 2035, more young people will be joining Africa’s workforce each year than the rest of the world combined. No grantmaker is more focused on this challenge than the Mastercard Foundation—tapping a $17 billion endowment.

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What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

Walmart’s business in India is growing rapidly. That economic stake—along with the company’s CSR goals around its supply chain—helps explain why its philanthropic arm is making $25 million in grants to boost farmers.

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Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Every two years, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is bestowed on a select group of ultra-wealthy donors at an elaborate gala. Does this program accomplish anything—or just stroke the egos of people who already get plenty of attention?

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Three Things to Know About Dana Hovig, Who Now Leads Hewlett’s Global Grantmaking

Three Things to Know About Dana Hovig, Who Now Leads Hewlett’s Global Grantmaking

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders focused on global issues, making $106 million in grants in 2018. Will its new Global Development and Population head—who is coming from the Gates Foundation—change how this program operates?

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Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Achieving the U.N.’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals requires unlocking vast amounts of private capital. MacArthur and two other funders have a plan to do exactly that—and take impact investing to a whole new level.

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The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

In recent years, the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the most important funders of women’s empowerment. Melinda Gates has driven that dramatically stepped-up giving, motivated by experiences she describes in her moving new book.

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To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

Water and sanitation have long been a focus for global grantmakers, but the approach has often been piecemeal, with projects failing after donors have moved on. In an interview, two leading WASH funders discuss their quest for a better approach.

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Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Backed by billionaire donors and the Rockefeller Foundation, Co-Impact launched in 2017 aiming to take a collaborative and systemic approach to global development. With grantmaking now underway, how are these lofty ambitions playing out?

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To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

Since taking the helm of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Peter Laugharn has streamlined its global programs and also sought to send more grants to community-based nonprofits in Africa. We talk to Laugharn about his vision for “localizing philanthropy.”

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As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders of global development, and its director of this work, Ruth Levine, has been an influential advocate for women’s empowerment. With Levine moving on, we take stock of the global program’s hits and misses—and what may lie ahead.

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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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How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

Global nonprofit love.fútbol engages communities to create soccer pitches, and recently received its first-ever major gift from a foundation. Here’s how the two organizations got in sync to advance their shared mission of helping children.

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Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Crime, violence, and deep poverty continue to push Mexicans and Central Americans to flee northward. Several top U.S. foundations have been working on these challenges for years. What are they doing? And what’s been the impact?

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As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

After a historic surge in wealth and sweeping legal changes, some of China’s wealthiest business leaders are turning to large-scale giving. But figuring out what donors are up to isn’t easy given a lack of reliable information on Chinese philanthropy.

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“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

In contrast to development efforts that funnel money to international NGOs, the Haiti Development Institute, which was incubated by the Boston Foundation, makes small grants to grassroots groups that are keenly attuned to the needs of communities.

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May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

Dining for Women is an intriguing example of a giving circle with a wide reach. Thanks to its chapter dinners, it has granted millions to women and girls in developing countries. We hear about DFW’s giving model from several members of its team.

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