Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together, an anti-poverty organization backed by the conservative Koch network, plans to release $10 to $15 million in grants this month. What’s driving this giving by leading donors on the right and where have grants gone so far?

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Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

The Open Philanthropy Project—backstopped by a large Facebook fortune—has quietly become a powerhouse backer of advocacy to reduce mass incarceration. But its approach distinguishes it from other top criminal justice funders.

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A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

A Long Way to Go: What Kind of Change is Needed Within Foundations to Advance Racial Equity?

Many in the philanthropic sector are beginning to grapple with embedded racism in ways that they haven’t before. But experts say that the hard work of turning these conversations into real organizational change has only just begun.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”

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With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.

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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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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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Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

More funders are grappling with issues of equity and who gets heard in civic debates. In Chicago, the Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation recently launched a new effort to elevate voices from historically marginalized communities.

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Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Gender Norms Don’t Get Enough Attention from Funders. Here’s How Philanthropy Can do Better

Decades of studies have shown that challenging harmful gender norms are a key to improving outcomes in under-served communities. Riki Wilchins explores how some foundations are stepping up here, backing gender audits and other strategies.

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How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.

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Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

Feeling the Pride: The Boston Foundation Is Giving More Than Ever Before for LGBTQ Issues

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in funding for LGBTQ causes by community foundations—a trend that reflects growing donor interest. The Boston Foundation is an example of a local grantmaker that’s been giving more in this space.

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After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

After Shifting its Strategy, a Foundation Gets Behind Jewish Women Social Entrepreneurs

Faced with tepid growth, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York—a funding intermediary—decided to switch things up to focus on backing dynamic and emerging nonprofit leaders. Its new initiative, The Collective, just made a first round of grants

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“Nothing is Standard About What We’re Doing." A New Fund Aims to Boost Racial Equity Training

“Nothing is Standard About What We’re Doing." A New Fund Aims to Boost Racial Equity Training

Borealis Philanthropy, the progressive grantmaking intermediary, has rolled out a new initiative to build up the racial equity training field. The larger goal: helping the nonprofit sector do much more to address the root causes of racial disparities.

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Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

From gun violence research to pretrial justice reform, Arnold Ventures has been one busy foundation when it comes to criminal justice. Now, with a new initiative aimed at reducing probation revocation rates, the funder shows no sign of slowing down.

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From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

From Talk to Action: Behind a Call for Funders to Back Social Movements

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy has been a consistent advocate for movement-friendly grantmaking. In a new initiative, it’s examining how funders are (or aren’t) supporting social movements today—and how they could do better.

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Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

Top Foundations Are Keen to Smooth Reentry for Incarcerated People. Here’s What They’re Learning.

A five-year pilot program backed by major grantmakers explored the role of education and other services in helping incarcerated people build successful lives after their release from prison. The initiative is part of a growing funding push around reentry.

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In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

In Omaha, a New Hub for Black Women’s Philanthropy

It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

A Top Justice Reform Funder Targets the Prison System, Aiming for “Radical Change”

With a new funding strategy, Arnold Ventures is betting that evidence and transparency will stimulate policy reform. In addition to supporting new research, initial grants will help expand alternative approaches already in place on the ground.

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