As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders of global development, and its director of this work, Ruth Levine, has been an influential advocate for women’s empowerment. With Levine moving on, we take stock of the global program’s hits and misses—and what may lie ahead.

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A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

Warnings about the risks posed by technology have been growing louder and more urgent. But an initiative launched last month imagines a more hopeful future in which technologists advance the public interest. Who’s behind it, and what’s the plan?

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Heading into the Mid-terms, Who’s Paying Attention to Cybersecurity?

Heading into the Mid-terms, Who’s Paying Attention to Cybersecurity?

The 2016 election demonstrated the vulnerability of American democracy to manipulation by outside actors. In this article first published in April, we looked at the funders working to bolster election security for the mid-terms.

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Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

Rising Seas, Bigger Pledges: Are We Entering a New Era of Climate Philanthropy?

$3 billion in recent climate pledges shows that funders are taking a more urgent stance on a global crisis. Is this just the beginning of a much larger wave of support? And why are some people so skeptical of the new commitments?

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Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy's Role?

Some top funders have gotten behind an initiative to examine, with Facebook's cooperation, how the social media giant affects elections. Are these funders playing it too safe when they should be hitting harder? 

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At a Clutch Moment for Climate Action, a Top Funder Leads by Example (Mostly)

At a Clutch Moment for Climate Action, a Top Funder Leads by Example (Mostly)

Hewlett is bumping up its climate giving by 20 percent. While it's not touching its endowment despite an "existential threat," Program Director Jonathan Pershing explains the urgency behind the move and what lies ahead. 

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