The Queen of Vegas: A Billionaire Giver Focuses on At-Risk Youth and the Arts

The Queen of Vegas: A Billionaire Giver Focuses on At-Risk Youth and the Arts

The Wynn name literally looms above Las Vegas and billionaire Wynn Resorts co-founder Elaine Wynn is one of America’s richest women. Now, well into her 70s, she is stepping up her giving through a foundation that works in several areas.

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Montana’s Newest Giving Circle Is Prioritizing Funding Capital Projects

Montana’s Newest Giving Circle Is Prioritizing Funding Capital Projects

One of the newest women’s giving circles is 100 Strong Gallatin Valley, affiliated with the Bozeman Area Community Foundation in Montana. Here we take a look at how these local women approach philanthropy.

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In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

The growing suicide epidemic across rural America and its mountain states is finally attracting more philanthropic attention. In Vail, Colorado a new $60 million commitment launched by a nonprofit seeks to transform behavioral health services.

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Among Regional Foundations, Early Childhood Commands Growing Attention

Among Regional Foundations, Early Childhood Commands Growing Attention

Even as national funders step up their giving for child development and learning, a lot of the new action is happening locally, with regional foundations focusing more resources on the very youngest kids. We look at emerging initiatives in Texas and Montana.

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How Did This Public University Off the Beaten Path Score a Huge Gift for STEM?

How Did This Public University Off the Beaten Path Score a Huge Gift for STEM?

The largest gift in Western State Colorado University’s history looks to boost access to STEM education in a fast-growing part of the country where demand for the skill set is inordinately high.

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Anschutz: With a Historic Mega-Gift, a Publicity-Shy Billionaire Inches Into the Spotlight

Anschutz: With a Historic Mega-Gift, a Publicity-Shy Billionaire Inches Into the Spotlight

For decades, Philip Anschutz's extensive giving has unfolded below the radar. Now, tapping a $12.5 billion fortune, he’s stepping things up—and stepping out publicly, including with a $120 million gift to the University of Colorado.

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Why Is This Health Foundation Backing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses?

Why Is This Health Foundation Backing Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses?

As health funders move upstream to address the underlying drivers of health disparities, they’re broadening their strategies. The latest example: A $2.75 million grant to boost rural and minority small business owners in Colorado.

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The Billionaire Quietly Protecting Western Lands From Oil and Gas Drilling

The Billionaire Quietly Protecting Western Lands From Oil and Gas Drilling

Hansjörg Wyss has been branching out into all kinds of green giving in recent years. But Western land is still a core interest, evidenced by a recent gift that will retire oil and gas leases on protected Wyoming land.

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A Funder-Backed Push to Bring Everyone to the Table in the Fight Against Hunger

A Funder-Backed Push to Bring Everyone to the Table in the Fight Against Hunger

The Colorado Health Foundation's new coalition to end hunger is another example of foundations looking to engage a wider range of stakeholders to move the needle on a persistent social problem. 

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