Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Some of the nation’s wealthiest philanthropists have lately swung behind new work to make city economies more equitable and inclusive. We look at a data-driven initiative that is attracting big grant money.

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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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A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

A Foundation Looks to Human Service Organizations to Boost Social and Economic Mobility

Human service organizations don’t just apply Band-Aids to social problems. They also can drive larger change and help struggling Americans climb up the economic ladder. Or at least that’s the idea behind a Kresge Foundation initiative now in its second year.

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Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

More anti-poverty funders are looking beyond major cities to struggling rural communities. The latest example of grantmakers casting a wider net is the Communities Thrive Challenge, from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Rockefeller Foundation.

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Game Changer? Just Maybe. Why Gates' Move Into Anti-Poverty Work Is a Big Deal

Game Changer? Just Maybe. Why Gates' Move Into Anti-Poverty Work Is a Big Deal

In a major strategic shift, the Gates Foundation is investing in curbing poverty at home. While it’s starting relatively small, with a $158 million initiative, the move has big implications for the anti-poverty field.

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Left Behind: How Can Philanthropy Make This Prosperous City More Inclusive?

Left Behind: How Can Philanthropy Make This Prosperous City More Inclusive?

There's a lot of new wealth in Atlanta and plenty of civic pride. But despite the city's progressive reputation, deep inequities endure, and grantmakers could do much more to close the gaps. 

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Is Gates Gearing Up for a Fight Against Poverty at Home?

Is Gates Gearing Up for a Fight Against Poverty at Home?

Do Bill and Melinda Gates, along with the foundation they command, really have either the bandwidth or appetite to take on a sprawling challenge that has long thwarted government and philanthropy alike? 

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Check Out the Robin Hood Foundation's New Partner in Immigration Law

There's got to be a better way for recent immigrants to find legal representation in New York than the advertisements on the N-Q train. Unfortunately, the city has a shortage of highly trained and deeply networked immigration lawyers. A new initiative funded by the Robin Hood Foundation seeks a permanent solution to the problem.
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