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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Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

Game Changer? The Promise and Perils of Bloomberg’s Big New Climate Funding Push

The billionaire’s $500 million Beyond Carbon initiative is a landmark in environmental philanthropy. But will it be a new kind of climate funding effort, out to shift power and follow the lead of groups on the ground? Or another top-down, technocratic effort?

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A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

A "Wasted Opportunity?" Unpacking Michael Bloomberg's Mega-Gift to Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater has attracted a range of criticisms. We sort through which are fair and which aren’t—and how his detractors miss a central issue in the debate over higher ed and philanthropy.

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Truth Squad: Bloomberg's Latest Move to Fight Big Tobacco in the Global South

Truth Squad: Bloomberg's Latest Move to Fight Big Tobacco in the Global South

Tobacco’s biggest adversary has put up $20 million to start a global watchdog organization to push back against industry disinformation. Here’s how that fits into philanthropy’s broader fight against smoking.

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The Head of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Program on Harnessing the "Power of the Creative Sector"

The Head of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Program on Harnessing the "Power of the Creative Sector"

Whether embracing public art or measuring impact, Bloomberg Philanthropies has been at the forefront of some of arts philanthropy's hottest trends. We check in with Kate D. Levin, who oversees its arts program.

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In Bloomberg's New Education Push, a High-Stakes Test of His Big Philanthropy

In Bloomberg's New Education Push, a High-Stakes Test of His Big Philanthropy

Michael Bloomberg is dramatically scaling up his giving toward education, an area that’s famously frustrated even the deepest-pocketed donors. Can Bloomberg succeed where others have failed?

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"We Can't Sit Back." A $225 Million Effort to Save 100 Million Lives Over Five Years

"We Can't Sit Back." A $225 Million Effort to Save 100 Million Lives Over Five Years

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide. But these and similar noncommunicable diseases tend to be overlooked by funders. Here's another sign this may be changing. 

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Bloomberg’s Latest Tool in the Trump Fight—Helping States Wage Legal Battles

Bloomberg’s Latest Tool in the Trump Fight—Helping States Wage Legal Battles

Mike Bloomberg has been a major opponent of the Trump administration, especially its environmental agenda. His foundation is now helping state attorneys fight the federal government over rollbacks.

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