Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

Powerless: How Top Foundations Failed to Defend Their Values—And Now Risk Losing Everything

There are many reasons the right is ascendant and conservatives now dominate the Supreme Court. But one part of the story is the abject failure of mainstream foundations to fight back against a decades-long attack on everything they cherish.

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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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Up Against Wall Street: How This Little-Known Hedge Funder Backs Financial Reform

Up Against Wall Street: How This Little-Known Hedge Funder Backs Financial Reform

Despite the devastation caused by the 2008 crash, financial sector reform isn’t a priority for most funders. Michael Masters has bucked that trend, bankrolling one of the few policy shops in D.C. able to go toe-to-toe with industry lobbyists.

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Hidden Hand: Just How Self-Interested is Corporate Philanthropy?

Hidden Hand: Just How Self-Interested is Corporate Philanthropy?

While it’s no secret that corporations see their giving as a way to both have social impact and burnish their reputations. Research has revealed a more troubling picture of how business philanthropy may be used as a tool to sway public policy.

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In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

In All Its Forms: Ford's VP of Inclusive Economies Talks Strategy

Since its restructuring, the iconic Ford Foundation has been tackling key drivers of inequality. Xavier de Souza Briggs, who leads Ford’s economic grantmaking, gives us an in-depth look at what that means.

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Levers of Influence: How These Top Donors Back Conservative Causes

Levers of Influence: How These Top Donors Back Conservative Causes

Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein have drawn attention as leading mega-donors to the GOP. But they’ve been equally energetic in pushing their views through philanthropy. Here’s a quick primer.

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Behind a Major Think Tank’s New Fund for Promising Problem Solvers

Behind a Major Think Tank’s New Fund for Promising Problem Solvers

The Aspen Institute and a trustee’s family foundation have been backing leaders across social issues through an annual prize. They just raised a new $1.2 million fund to increase their support, focusing on growth opportunities in a wide range of fields. 

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Beyond the Ivory Tower: A Research Funder Aims for More Traction on Public Policy

Beyond the Ivory Tower: A Research Funder Aims for More Traction on Public Policy

Too often, social science research doesn't make it out of academia and into the hands of decision-makers. The William T. Grant Foundation wanted to know why. Now, it has some answers—and two new grant programs.

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Pete Peterson: Hard Lessons From a Billionaire's Philanthropy

Pete Peterson: Hard Lessons From a Billionaire's Philanthropy

As a mega-donor, Peterson—who died yesterday—made all the right moves: staying laser-focused on just a few causes and investing in high-leverage public policy work. But the results were decidedly mixed. 

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To Reduce Inequality, a Foundation Looks to Shift Both Policy and the Larger Narrative

To Reduce Inequality, a Foundation Looks to Shift Both Policy and the Larger Narrative

Last week, we looked at what foundations are doing wrong in the fight against rising economic stratification. Now, we turn the spotlight on a foundation that's been doing everything right. 

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What Is Philanthropy Doing to Challenge the Power of Tech Giants? What Can It Do?

What Is Philanthropy Doing to Challenge the Power of Tech Giants? What Can It Do?

Six weeks after the New America Foundation ousted a project that criticized Google, it's an open question whether dissenting voices that challenge the power of big tech can find the funding they need.  

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Extremist: What the Right's Most Influential Philanthropist Really Thinks

Extremist: What the Right's Most Influential Philanthropist Really Thinks

A large country like the U.S. will always have people with fringe viewpoints. But given the way that money can now buy influence and access, it's easier for extremists to shape public life. Robert Mercer is Exhibit A. 

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