"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

Mike Fernandez is another top Republican turned off by Trump and the GOP’s rising xenophobia. Through his philanthropy, he’s been supporting immigrants under pressure in Florida. He‘s also deeply committed to education.

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A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

Society pays a heavy price when foster care systems fail children. To change that, a grantmaker founded by an adopted child who went on to great wealth gives millions every year to programs supporting foster care transitions.

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These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.

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Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Around 4.5 million Americans are on probation or parole—over twice the number of adults incarcerated. Here’s who’s backing a new initiative to organize reform-minded local officials toward a leaner, less punitive model of community supervision.

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A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has been paying attention to immigration issues at the border for years, starting long before the 2016 election. We talk to its CEO about what it's doing now and philanthropy’s role in this urgent area.

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As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As foundations step up efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, they’re often overlooking the operations side of their work in areas like IT. Two guest contributors explain the risks of this blindspot and how can foundations do better.

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New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

It’s not often you find the Ford Foundation and Koch Industries on the same side of an issue. But criminal justice is one such issue, and both are backing a new policy group focused on advancing reform, along with other prominent funders.

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Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

While the need for stronger gun laws may seem like common sense to many Americans, there is a surprising void of hard evidence to inform policymaking in this area. A new collaborative just made $10 million in research grants to change that.

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

After selling his tech company, Brian Hamilton started a foundation to scale up work he’d been doing for many years to help formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses. But the foundation’s work has expanded beyond that.

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Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

Full Spectrum: A Venture Funder’s Latest Moves to Fuel Progressive Change

New Media Ventures takes a VC-like approach to backing the “resistance,” providing early-stage support to organizations on the front lines that take a range of approaches—including nonprofit, for-profit, (c)3 and (c)4 outfits.

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Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha offer a case study of the new philanthropic energy in professional sports. Tapping serious wealth, they’re turning to giving early and also thinking strategically about collaboration and scale.

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Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

The REFORM Alliance advocates criminal justice reform, especially around probation and parole, focusing on legislation at the state level. Laura Arnold, co-founder of Arnold Ventures, is one of the group’s strongest allies.

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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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With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

Philadelphia hopes to keep youth from entering its juvenile justice system and intervene in factors such as poverty and violence to prevent further offending. A $1 million Bloomberg grant is helping the city realize its vision.

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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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