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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“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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"Empower Them To Succeed." An Alumna Looks to Close the Engineering Gender Gap

"Empower Them To Succeed." An Alumna Looks to Close the Engineering Gender Gap

While there’s no shortage of tech, corporate and institutional funders providing support to boost gender equity in STEM across higher ed, we see few gifts flowing from female alumnae engineers. A gift to UCLA is an exception worth looking at more closely.

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Why Does Hamilton’s Producer Want to Clone Giant Trees?

Why Does Hamilton’s Producer Want to Clone Giant Trees?

The producer of the wildly successful broadway hit “Hamilton” and his partner recently launched a foundation. Driven by worries about climate change and deforestation, they’re backing work by scientists to clone “Champion Trees.”

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A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

Warnings about the risks posed by technology have been growing louder and more urgent. But an initiative launched last month imagines a more hopeful future in which technologists advance the public interest. Who’s behind it, and what’s the plan?

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As Millions Flow for Campus Research on Health and AI, What Might Be Some Downsides?

As Millions Flow for Campus Research on Health and AI, What Might Be Some Downsides?

The latest installment in the higher ed artificial intelligence gold rush finds a corporate funder backing new research on health and AI. Other campus donors will likely follow, even as some experts warn that this new technology could exacerbate health inequities.

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Important But Neglected: Why an Effective Altruist Funder Is Giving Millions to AI Security

Important But Neglected: Why an Effective Altruist Funder Is Giving Millions to AI Security

Open Philanthropy Project’s unique approach has led it to animal welfare, global health and curbing the risks of artificial intelligence—most recently with a $55 million grant for research and policy analysis on AI. What’s the thinking behind this big investment?

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Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls

Can role models inspire girls to push into STEM fields that have historically been dominated by men? A successful female entrepreneur who’s now focused on philanthropy is betting big that the answer is “yes.”

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Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

Coding Behind Bars: How Some Funders Want to Prepare Inmates for Life on the Outside

With over 600,000 people released from prison every year, reentry challenges are drawing more attention from philanthropy. One nonprofit in this space that’s teaching coding to inmates has found some powerful allies, including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

How a Major Research Funder Decided to Wrap Up its Longest-Running Science Initiative

Having funded marine microbiology since 2004, the Moore Foundation has announced it will wrap up its initiative in 2021. We talked to program director Jon Kaye about the initiative’s impact, how it decided to move on, and what’s next.

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Honoring Climate Pioneers: A Prestigious Prize Goes to Scientists Who Broke New Ground

Honoring Climate Pioneers: A Prestigious Prize Goes to Scientists Who Broke New Ground

The Tyler Prize honors environmental scientists. This year’s awardees: a meteorologist who made early climate models and the scientist who came up with the famous “hockey stick” temperature graph—only to be embroiled in “Climategate.”

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Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

Long Game: Inside the Carnegie Corporation’s Quest to Improve Science Education

One of the country’s oldest foundations has been working over the past decade to bolster science education, with a big focus on improving the quality of instructional materials. How’s this effort been going? And what’s been learned along the way?

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With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.

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“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

“We Need to Open the Doors.” A Campus Gift to Boost Diversity Among Environmental Leaders

A $20 million gift seeks to increase accessibility for underrepresented and first-generation students to Duke’s School of the Environment. It comes at a moment when there’s growing acknowledgement that green groups must do more to diversify their ranks in an era of rapid demographic change.

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Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Dept. of Disruption: Can Philanthropy-Backed Oversight Keep Up With the AI Boom?

Another huge campus gift for artificial intelligence research leaves us wondering: Can donors concerned about the ethical, social and humanitarian consequences of the AI revolution keep pace with rapid technological change and the forces of private enterprise?

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A Quick Look at a Corporate Funder's Latest Efforts to Diversify Tech

A Quick Look at a Corporate Funder's Latest Efforts to Diversify Tech

Micron Technology typically isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Google, Microsoft, or Intel, but when it comes to boosting gender parity and diversity in the STEM field, its giving arm punches well above its weight.

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Four Ways Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Health and Science in Connecticut and Beyond

Four Ways Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Health and Science in Connecticut and Beyond

Boehringer Ingelheim and its BI Cares Foundation make a lot of grants in Connecticut, but also to researchers nationwide. What healthcare access, STEM, and research programs does this pharmaceutical giant back?

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Dept. of Big Questions: Millions in Grants Flow to Research the Origins of Life

Dept. of Big Questions: Millions in Grants Flow to Research the Origins of Life

How life springs up from chemical soup is one of the biggest mysteries in science. The Templeton Foundation is one of a couple of funders backing exciting work springing up in related disciplines.

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