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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Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Tech and finance winner Mark Gorton might be best known for launching Limewire. But for some two decades, he’s devoted his time and money to advocating for transportation alternatives in New York City and a “better way to live.”

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Inside the New Billionaire War on Poverty

Inside the New Billionaire War on Poverty

In the past few years, some of America’s richest mega-givers have backed new work targeting poverty. Who’s giving? What approaches are receiving support? And will these donors eventually take a more systemic approach to fixing an unequal economy?

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Fallout: The Jewish Philanthropy World Reacts to Allegations Against a Top Donor

Fallout: The Jewish Philanthropy World Reacts to Allegations Against a Top Donor

This week’s New York Times article reporting that the Michael Steinhardt sexually harassed six different young women has been a focus of conversation across the Jewish nonprofit world. What are people saying? And how will the scandal affect Steinhardt’s giving and his grantees?

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Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

John Overdeck parlayed degrees in math and statistics into a multi-billion dollar fortune. Now, he and his wife Laura are emerging as major philanthropists, with a big focus on education. Here’s a look inside their rapidly growing foundation.

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After a Long Career in Banking, a Retired Executive Takes a Hands-on Approach to Giving

After a Long Career in Banking, a Retired Executive Takes a Hands-on Approach to Giving

Former Washington Mutual CFO and vice chair Bill Longbrake steers a family foundation which focuses on affordable housing, education, and faith-based work. Beyond just giving grants, he’s been closely involved in helping nonprofits scale.

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“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

Intent on "dying broke," T. Denny Sanford is keeping the big gifts flowing. His recent $55 million commitment adheres to three key themes of his philanthropy: providing support for children, building up South Dakota organizations, and writing massive checks.

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The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

The Best Return on Investment: How a Campus Donor from Finance Sees His Philanthropy

A major donation to UT Austin’s business school provides an illuminating look into how donors hailing from the world of finance perceive ideas like “value” and “impact,” concepts which aren’t nearly as clear cut to these givers as you might think.

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"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

The late Albert Gordon was among the most powerful people in finance. But he also stressed the importance of philanthropy to his sons, including Dan Gordon, who now pilots one of the family foundations, with a focus on grantmaking in Philadelphia.

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He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

The hedge fund billionaire is one of the biggest philanthropists to emerge from finance in recent years, with wide-ranging interests and money flowing to various causes. What is Griffin, who’s only 50, trying to achieve with his giving?

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Braddock Scholars: A Philanthropist Helps Entrepreneurs Scale Up

Braddock Scholars: A Philanthropist Helps Entrepreneurs Scale Up

Richard and Susan Braddock back a wide array of causes, including business education. Braddock funds and participates in a program that mentors promising entrepreneurs, illustrating one way Wall Street donors can directly engage with grantees.

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The Richest Americans Are Sitting on $4 Trillion. How Can They Be Spurred to Give More of it Away?

The Richest Americans Are Sitting on $4 Trillion. How Can They Be Spurred to Give More of it Away?

For all the talk of a golden age of philanthropy, the rich are piling up new wealth much faster than they’re giving it away. Most give mere crumbs compared to their net worth. The Bridgespan Group is looking to change that.

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The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

The Son of Immigrants: The Personal Forces Behind a Private Equity Guy's Giving

Private equity star Jean-Pierre Conte is the son of immigrants from France and Cuba. We talk with him about what motivates his growing giving, including support for first generation college students.

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These Billionaire Philanthropists Also Spent Big to Influence This Year's Mid-Term Election

These Billionaire Philanthropists Also Spent Big to Influence This Year's Mid-Term Election

Donald Trump may be a billionaire, but no recent president has inspired fiercer opposition within the far upper class. Many top philanthropists are among those who’ve given record sums in the most expensive mid-term election in U.S. history.

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What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

Wells Fargo is the latest bank to make a big bet on urban community development, with a focus on Washington, D.C. The move comes amid multiple scandals around the bank, which badly needs some good publicity.

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Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Faithful Patron: How a Private Equity Veteran Thinks About His Campus Giving

Marc J. Leder went to Penn on student loans, and hasn’t forgotten the school that gave him his start. We talk with Leder about his recent seven-figure gifts to his alma mater and his philanthropic mission overall.

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