Scaling the Model: A New Collaboration Looks to Advance "Whole Child" Learning

Scaling the Model: A New Collaboration Looks to Advance "Whole Child" Learning

A school founded by Priscilla Chan enrolls 275 students under age seven. But Chan and the philanthropy she runs with Mark Zuckerberg have big ambitions to replicate its model nationally. For help, they’ve turned to a longtime leader in early learning.

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Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

As part of its mission to improve health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given millions to nonprofits focused on poverty and community development. Its latest investment underscores its belief in integrated approaches.

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Hard News for Nonprofit Media: 23 Pitfalls Facing Donor-funded Journalism Initiatives

Hard News for Nonprofit Media: 23 Pitfalls Facing Donor-funded Journalism Initiatives

Nonprofit news outlets had a combined revenue of $450 million last year, up by almost a third from the year before. But as this sector expands, its leaders and funders face a growing set of challenges. We take a tour through the minefield.

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American Dream: Behind a Tech Billionaire's Bid to Bolster the Middle Class

American Dream: Behind a Tech Billionaire's Bid to Bolster the Middle Class

No longer running Google, Eric Schmidt is harnessing his vast fortune to a growing philanthropic agenda. The latest project: funding university-led efforts to find new ways to boost America’s flagging middle class in distressed communities.

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What the Right Hand is Doing: The Paradoxical Giving of a Billionaire Mega-Donor

What the Right Hand is Doing: The Paradoxical Giving of a Billionaire Mega-Donor

Most top donors align their political and philanthropic giving so that both advance their values. Then there’s Ken Griffin, a patron of science and the arts who also bankrolls a Trump-dominated GOP that’s attacking those sectors.

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All in the Family: What Does it Take to Engage Next-Gen Heirs in Philanthropy?

All in the Family: What Does it Take to Engage Next-Gen Heirs in Philanthropy?

Amid the greatest generational wealth transfer in history, family foundations are struggling with how best to pass the torch to the next generation. We talk to two consultants who have a front-row seat to these (usually) quiet dramas.

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In the March Toward Equity and Justice, Foundations Need to Remember: It’s Not Our Money to Control

In the March Toward Equity and Justice, Foundations Need to Remember: It’s Not Our Money to Control

It’s not easy for foundations to give up their power. But Gislaine Ngounou of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation argues that funders need to unlearn “the internalized superiority from which we operate” to achieve greater impact.

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Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Bay Area lawyer Nicole Shanahan recently launched the Bia-Echo Foundation, committing $100 million over five years to a mix of causes. We find out more about this emerging giver, who is married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

There’s been growing criticism that donors exacerbate inequality by funneling billions to wealthy universities with a poor track record of boosting economic mobility. Two huge scholarship gifts show a different path forward.

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Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Forbes has released its list of the 400 richest Americans, and it includes a “philanthropy score” for each. What does the scoring tell us about the state of giving among the ultra-wealthy? We dig into the numbers to find out.

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New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

The Charles Koch Foundation has quietly become one of the largest supporters of research on criminal justice reform. Most recently, it gave nearly $5 million to support a new center headed up by a leading legal scholar at Duke.

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Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

When the Gates Foundation took a significant turn toward U.S. poverty last year, work on “narrative change” was part of the equation. Now, we’re seeing movement in the form of an open call for ideas, in collaboration with other foundations.

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When the Unicorn Gives: A Quick Look at How Five Hot Companies Approach Philanthropy

When the Unicorn Gives: A Quick Look at How Five Hot Companies Approach Philanthropy

As interest in philanthropy grows among young entrepreneurs, we’re seeing more founders and newer companies step up with commitments. But the motives are not always as pure as they seem amid a backlash to the tech sector.

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Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

News out of Kentucky provides yet another example of donors rehabilitating their brands through higher ed philanthropy. But this story also features corporate intrigue, disputed gifts, and the funding inequities facing black universities.

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