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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We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

Over the past 18 months, the Wellcome Trust has wrestled with how to respond to growing critiques that philanthropy is at odds with democracy. A top executive at the foundation—which has assets of $30 billion—explains where it came out.

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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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From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

The 50-year-old story of Sesame Workshop is about a singular focus manifested through an array of evolving approaches. Judging by the two $100 million gifts it’s landed in recent years, the organization’s not-so-secret sauce is really working.

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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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Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Philanthropy has been largely passive as endless wars and soaring defense spending have diverted resources away from pressing domestic challenges. Now, in a striking collaboration, George Soros and Charles Koch aim to disrupt the status quo.

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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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Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

More than 5 million children under age five die every year, and Gates is hungry for better data on what’s killing them—and how to save lives. It’s now given over $250 million to an NGO on the forefront of this quest. But is more data really needed?

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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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Dept. of Fine Print: Who Benefits Most When Pharmaceutical Companies Donate Product?

Dept. of Fine Print: Who Benefits Most When Pharmaceutical Companies Donate Product?

Pharma companies donate billions in drugs, with benefits to poor people at home and abroad—but at a substantial cost to the U.S. Treasury. We dig into the tax rules and economics that surround this kind of giving to see who’s really coming out ahead.

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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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India’s Billionaires are Embracing Philanthropy. But Will They Address its Deepest Problems?

India’s Billionaires are Embracing Philanthropy. But Will They Address its Deepest Problems?

India’s robust economic growth has created a new era of philanthropy that’s becoming more structured and collaborative. But top billionaire donors still tend to play it safe and avoid tackling the systemic drivers of poverty and injustice.

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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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Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

In countries struggling with environmental threats like deforestation, the news media—and robust, reliable local reporting—can be the only way to draw attention to what’s happening. Backing such work in the mission of the Earth Journalism Network.

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