“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

A new fund quarterbacked by a community foundation is aiming to close opportunity gaps from “cradle to career.” The initiative has a strong focus on building the capacity of local funders to have greater impact in a state with deep inequities.

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Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.

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Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Local Efforts to Scale up Impact Investing in Affordable Housing Are Gaining Steam

Two top community foundations have recently gotten behind public-private efforts to ease the housing squeeze. And a Seattle nonprofit is crowdfunding affordable housing investments. Can this new wave of local investing move the needle?

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A Crystal Ball in Greensboro: Five Ways Millennials May Approach Philanthropy

A Crystal Ball in Greensboro: Five Ways Millennials May Approach Philanthropy

Elizabeth and Kevin Phillips found themselves on the leading edge of a seismic shift in giving when the young couple assumed leadership of Kevin’s family foundation. The choices they’ve made offer insights into how “generation impact” thinks.

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How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

How Has This Public-Private Effort to Defend L.A.’s Immigrants Shaped Up?

With a mission to help nonprofits extend free legal aid to immigrants, the L.A. Justice Fund launched in 2017 with support from both philanthropy and government. Two years on, it’s built up crucial infrastructure. But the scale of need remains vast.

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To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

Data is at the center of a project to design city-level economic mobility programs backed by Bloomberg, Gates, and Ballmer. But with ten cities selected and ready to develop their ideas, is this technocratic model likely to achieve lasting impact?

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Millennial Rising: A Prominent Family Foundation Has its First Fourth-Generation Board Chair

Millennial Rising:  A Prominent Family Foundation Has its First Fourth-Generation Board Chair

Generational change is having a growing impact on family philanthropy, with younger board members stepping up to put their own stamp on institutions. The Nathan Cummings Foundation is one place where this dynamic is playing out.

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Up Against Wall Street: How This Little-Known Hedge Funder Backs Financial Reform

Up Against Wall Street: How This Little-Known Hedge Funder Backs Financial Reform

Despite the devastation caused by the 2008 crash, financial sector reform isn’t a priority for most funders. Michael Masters has bucked that trend, bankrolling one of the few policy shops in D.C. able to go toe-to-toe with industry lobbyists.

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A Funder That's Training STEM Teachers, With an Eye on Also Making Bigger Changes to K-12

A Funder That's Training STEM Teachers, With an Eye on Also Making Bigger Changes to K-12

The Knowles Teacher Initiative is mainly focused on professional development for math and science teachers through intensive fellowships. But it’s also looking to empower them to fight for larger improvements in education.

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Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Rights 2.0: With a Big Cash Infusion, a Nonprofit Zeroes in on Data Privacy

Consumer Reports, founded in 1936, has been rebooting in recent years to keep up with a rapidly changing technological landscape. Now, with a $6 million gift from Craig Newmark, it’s ramping up its digital privacy work. Here’s an inside look.

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“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

“A Serious Honor.” How a New Fellowship for Jewish Arts and Culture is Playing Out

The Farash Fellowship made its debut last year, offering serious cash and underwritten by a relatively young foundation with sizable assets and a major focus on Jewish causes. Who are the winners so far and what’s been the impact?

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My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

As the founder of DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger was an old hand at scaling social ventures when he arrived in Los Angeles to create L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious effort to fight hunger and poverty with a proven model. Here’s how things fell apart.

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The U.S. Faces a Severe Nursing Shortage. Who's Giving to Close the Gap?

The U.S. Faces a Severe Nursing Shortage. Who's Giving to Close the Gap?

The U.S. will need 1.5 million new nurses by 2026 to provide care for retiring baby boomers. Despite this looming public health crisis, philanthropy has been largely tuned out. Can a recent big gift out of D.C. help change the narrative?


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Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Decades of studies have shown that challenging harmful gender norms are a key to improving outcomes in under-served communities. Riki Wilchins explores how some foundations are stepping up here, backing gender audits and other strategies.

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With a Growing Stream of Grants, This Stalwart Arts Funder Helps Offset Ominous Trends

With a Growing Stream of Grants, This Stalwart Arts Funder Helps Offset Ominous Trends

Many dance and theater groups continue to grapple with lower box office yields, a shrinking subscriber base, fickle millennials, and declines in public funding. The Schubert Foundation is one of the best friends these nonprofits have.

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Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

The billionaire’s $500 million Beyond Carbon initiative is a landmark in environmental philanthropy. But will it be a new kind of climate funding effort, out to shift power and follow the lead of groups on the ground? Or another top-down, technocratic effort?

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Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Tech and finance winner Mark Gorton might be best known for launching Limewire. But for some two decades, he’s devoted his time and money to advocating for transportation alternatives in New York City and a “better way to live.”

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On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

On the Radar: Inside a Push to Hook up Progressive Donors and Grassroots Voter Groups

The post-2016 “Trump bump” brought in lots of new progressive donors, and spurred others to ramp up their giving. But front-line organizations looking to get out the vote remain under-resourced. The Movement Voter Project aims to bridge that gap.

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