To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

To Crack the Poverty Code, a Big Bet on Data-Driven Interventions to Fuel Upward Mobility

Data is at the center of a project to design city-level economic mobility programs backed by Bloomberg, Gates, and Ballmer. But with ten cities selected and ready to develop their ideas, is this technocratic model likely to achieve lasting impact?

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The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

The Bigger Picture: Behind Millions in Grants to Drive Policy and Systems Change on Education

In another sign that education funders are looking beyond narrow school-level reforms, StriveTogether—with backing from the Ballmer Group—is deploying $20 million to back efforts to shift public policy and systems.

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Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

The Ballmer Group is among a growing number of grantmakers looking to reach kids before they start school. One strategy is helping parents do a better job of fostering their children’s development.

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Targeting Support: Behind a Big Impact Investment by the Ballmer Group

Targeting Support: Behind a Big Impact Investment by the Ballmer Group

As the Ballmer Group pumps millions into nonprofits working to lift children out of poverty, it also has its eye on using new technology to drive faster progress in this tough area.

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Millions to Improve Job Skills From a Top Funder May Help Workers Move Up. But How Far?

Millions to Improve Job Skills From a Top Funder May Help Workers Move Up. But How Far?

Steve and Connie Ballmer are among the big funders who are putting new money into workforce development. But what can this approach achieve in the face of large-scale structural inequities that hurt workers?

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Next Up in the Ballmer Group's Opportunity Push: Taking on Youth Incarceration

Next Up in the Ballmer Group's Opportunity Push: Taking on Youth Incarceration

Backstopped by a $40 billion tech fortune, the Ballmer Group continues to expand in new directions, making big gifts of unrestricted support. Here’s a look at its latest major move.

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The Ballmer Express: Where's This Anti-Poverty Funder Heading Now?

The Ballmer Express: Where's This Anti-Poverty Funder Heading Now?

The Ballmer Group is one of the most interesting acts to follow in philanthropy right now. Its latest pair of eight-figure gifts underscores its commitment to capacity building and offers more clues about its strategy.

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Why Aren’t There More Big Health Gifts Like This One?

Why Aren’t There More Big Health Gifts Like This One?

Even as new wealth flows for medical research and name-brand hospitals, basic care for low-income communities tends to fall through the cracks. We explore this disparity in the context of a big grant in L.A. 

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