Wall Street Greens: The Top Givers to Environmental Causes from Finance

Wall Street Greens: The Top Givers to Environmental Causes from Finance

Leading philanthropists from finance have given more than $2 billion to environmental causes in recent years, transforming this funding landscape. We analyze the giving of these donors, looking at who’s giving to which organizations.

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What the Right Hand is Doing: The Paradoxical Giving of a Billionaire Mega-Donor

What the Right Hand is Doing: The Paradoxical Giving of a Billionaire Mega-Donor

Most top donors align their political and philanthropic giving so that both advance their values. Then there’s Ken Griffin, a patron of science and the arts who also bankrolls a Trump-dominated GOP that’s attacking those sectors.

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A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

While big campus donors tend to see more generous scholarships as the key to expanding access to higher education, a billionaire credit card mogul is putting up $350 million to help National University cut its tuition in half.

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How and Where Chris and Keena Clifford Focus Their Giving in Massachusetts

How and Where Chris and Keena Clifford Focus Their Giving in Massachusetts

Chris and Keena Clifford established a grantmaking foundation of after finding success at the investment firm of Berkshire Partners. Here’s what we know about this low-key funder and how it gives in and around Boston.

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A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

Finance veteran Scott Krase and his family launched a foundation in 2017 that’s focused on making charity more direct, customizable and impactful. We hear about what motivated the venture and how it’s going so far.

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From Adolescence through College: A Donor Keys in on Mental Health and More on Campus

From Adolescence through College: A Donor Keys in on Mental Health and More on Campus

As finance veteran Clifford Chiu has expanded his philanthropy, he and his wife Leigh have focused on the growing mental health crisis on campus—and especially how it affects students of color. We talk to Chiu about his evolving giving.

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Crypto Giver: What to Expect From This Young Billionaire's Philanthropy

Crypto Giver: What to Expect From This Young Billionaire's Philanthropy

Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong is the first crypto billionaire to sign the Giving Pledge. While his personal philanthropy is in its very early stages, he also recently launched GiveCrypto.org. Here’s an inside look.

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“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

Evan J. Segal helped grow his family’s Pittsburgh-based manufacturing business, and now works as an angel investor. Like many philanthropists, he and his wife Tracy are keen to make a difference locally—and do more than just write checks.

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Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Revelations that hedge fund manager Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa have given more than $3 million to anti-vaccination causes underscores the lack of guardrails to stop donors from doing real harm—and at taxpayer expense.

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In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but mysteries remain about his financial ties to business mogul and mega-philanthropist Leslie Wexner, including large transfers between the foundations of the two men. What should other donors learn from this mess?

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With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein not only made gifts to a wide range of Jewish organizations, he cultivated a deep relationship with one of the most important Jewish philanthropists in the U.S., billionaire Leslie Wexner—revelations that raise troubling questions.

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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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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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