Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.

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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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This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.

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Too Much Power? A Closer Look at a Controversy Around Donor Influence on Campus

Too Much Power? A Closer Look at a Controversy Around Donor Influence on Campus

Should a donor have a say in a university's hiring decisions and research priorities? While the answer to this question might seem obvious, St. Louis University has pushed aside criticisms of a $50 million strings-attached gift from a wealthy libertarian benefactor.

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Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

The Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota was founded by an accomplished polar explorer and has a novel girl-focused grantmaking model. How does it help young people access diverse new experiences, and how is it evolving in 2019?

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Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, an international law firm based in Minnesota, supports the communities where its lawyers work—in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at its grantmaking, local employee engagement, and pro bono legal services.

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A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?

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The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.

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The Regional Funder Standing Up for the Midwest’s Immigrant and Muslim Communities

The Regional Funder Standing Up for the Midwest’s Immigrant and Muslim Communities

The Bush Foundation backs community programs in the Midwest with recurring themes of diversity and equity. Lately, it’s been supporting local immigrant communities that have come under fire.

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