Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Boots on the Ground: How Corporate Foundations Are Supporting Veterans

Supporting veterans has become a hot topic in the corporate foundation world. What’s driving this heightened attention? Where are grants going? And what approaches to lifting up former service personnel are showing results?

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“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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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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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 Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

A Coveted Cash Prize for Jewish Teenage Leaders Offers a “Vote of Confidence" and More

With unrestricted individual awards of $36,000, the Helen Diller Foundation is providing a major boost to (very) young Jewish social entrepreneurs. Who’s winning these highly competitive grants? And what’s the impact?

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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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Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Nature-focused legacy institutions like zoos and gardens are finding creative ways to engage the public and appeal to funders, including the billionaire donor class. A major gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden shows this dynamic in action.

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“Cost-Effective, Scalable Solutions.” Behind a New Push to Reduce Food Waste

“Cost-Effective, Scalable Solutions.” Behind a New Push to Reduce Food Waste

Each year, Americans spend more than $160 billion a year on food that’s never eaten—even as hunger and food insecurity remain a chronic problem. Can a new nonprofit accelerator, backed by the Walmart Foundation, help change that?

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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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Supporting Science Teachers and Students: A Look Inside the Amgen Foundation

Supporting Science Teachers and Students: A Look Inside the Amgen Foundation

Amgen Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the hugely profitable biotech company, is laser-focused on nurturing the next generation of scientists. We connect with its leader about the foundation’s core programs and strategies.

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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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“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?

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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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Sparking Something Bigger: A Donor’s Big Bet on Dance Education is Starting to Pay Dividends

Sparking Something Bigger: A Donor’s Big Bet on Dance Education is Starting to Pay Dividends

With a second big gift in less than three years, Jody Gottfried Arnhold and her husband John have carved out a distinctive and impactful philanthropic brand around dance education—a niche largely devoid of big-ticket patrons.

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