Debt-Free: Five Things to Know About the Billionaire Donor Behind That Morehouse Gift

Debt-Free: Five Things to Know About the Billionaire Donor Behind That Morehouse Gift

Black billionaire Robert F. Smith made headlines this weekend for wiping out the debt of the Morehouse College Class of 2019. But we’ve been keeping tabs on Smith’s exploding philanthropy for a while now. Here’s what to know about one of America’s newest mega-givers.

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How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.

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Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Turnaround Job: A New Leader Looks to Revive the Flagging Fortunes of a Key Jewish Organization

Jewish Federations of North America—representing 146 Jewish federations around North America that raise and distribute over $2 billion each year—has seen its membership and funding decline. But its new CEO, Eric Fingerhut, believes JFNA’s best days lie ahead.

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Building a Talent Pipeline: Who’s Giving Big for Data Science on Campus?

Building a Talent Pipeline: Who’s Giving Big for Data Science on Campus?

Funder interest in data science shows no signs of abating, and it isn’t just tech funders leading the charge. Given the field’s potential to revolutionize risk management, insurance companies are also digging deep to support data science initiatives.

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Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Fight on All Fronts: A Progressive Group Looks to Build Political Power

Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.

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Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

Growing its Education Work, a Silicon Valley Funder Looks to Boost the "Whole Family"

The Omidyar Network, a longtime supporter of education abroad, has turned its attention to education needs at home, where it’s taking on both early childhood learning and parents’ post-secondary success. Here’s how things are playing out so far.

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Name and Shame: A New Initiative Tracks Undue Donor Influence at Universities

Name and Shame: A New Initiative Tracks Undue Donor Influence at Universities

The proliferation of "strings-attached" gifts has raised concerns over undue donor influence on campuses. In response, a trio of concerned academics are launching a new database to track “violations of academic norms in financial donations.”

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Dept. of Mega-Gifts: An Alumni Couple Cements Their Philanthropic Legacy

Dept. of Mega-Gifts: An Alumni Couple Cements Their Philanthropic Legacy

After 50 years of support, philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi recently gave $20 million to their alma mater, Indiana University. The gift underscores how the regional higher ed fundraising boom benefits public universities and the liberal arts.

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Chasing Financial Health: A Top Bank's Latest Investment in Underserved Communities

Chasing Financial Health: A Top Bank's Latest Investment in Underserved Communities

The lack of savings in underserved communities leaves vulnerable populations ill equipped to weather unexpected emergencies and achieve financial security. JPMorgan Chase recently unveiled a new $125 million effort to address this problem.

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All Too Rare: A Gift Underscores a Persistent Lack of Support for Community Colleges

All Too Rare: A Gift Underscores a Persistent Lack of Support for Community Colleges

One of the most vexing issues in higher ed philanthropy right now is how community colleges struggle to raise money. What will it take for donors to give these affordable, diverse, and critically underfunded engines of economic mobility a second look?

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"Changing Attitudes." A New Tool Links the Arts to Measurable Social Impacts

"Changing Attitudes." A New Tool Links the Arts to Measurable Social Impacts

Fundraisers have stepped up efforts to show how the arts can drive meaningful social impacts in an effort to engage key groups of donors. A new tool backed by the Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Trust provides compelling evidence to help them make the case.

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From a Tech Billionaire Couple, Millions to Find the Best Solutions to Homelessness

From a Tech Billionaire Couple, Millions to Find the Best Solutions to Homelessness

Putting $30 million into homelessness research won’t get people housed immediately. But with California poised for bolder action on this crisis, Marc and Lynne Benioff are looking to ensure that resources go to evidence-based solutions that will work.

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Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Arnold Makes Jails a New Front in Battle Against Opioid Addiction

Half of state and federal prisoners have substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, but standard treatment options are almost never available in jails. A leading funder is partnering with the U.S. Justice Department to change that.

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“Awestruck.” Behind a Regional Funder's Historic Gift to a Public University's Engineering School

“Awestruck.” Behind a Regional Funder's Historic Gift to a Public University's Engineering School

Even as critics charge that the STEM skills gap is exaggerated, big gifts keep flowing to schools to bolster their STEM programs. Who are the funders behind this endless gusher of cash? And what’s motivating them to make such large donations?

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Close to Home: A Bank with Local Ties Zeroes in on a Distressed Neighborhood

Close to Home: A Bank with Local Ties Zeroes in on a Distressed Neighborhood

Atlanta has the highest level of income inequality of any city in America, with nearly half of residents in its Westside area living in poverty. The SunTrust Foundation is part of a new collaboration that’s coming together to try to turn things around.

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Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

Beyond the Newsroom: A Digital Media Company’s Grants to Cultivate a Diverse Journalism Workforce

As funders continue efforts to boost diversity in journalism, traditional news organizations are struggling to survive amid waves of layoffs. Here’s how one corporate grantmaker working to promote diversity in media is navigating this changing landscape.

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