With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.

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A Closer Look at CZI’s Growing Push for Equity in Silicon Valley Communities

A Closer Look at CZI’s Growing Push for Equity in Silicon Valley Communities

As philanthropists, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been best known for their big ambitions around biomedical research and education. But they’ve also been major donors in their home region, with CZI moving grants to dozens of local groups.

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Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?

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“This Model is Working.” A Bay Area Private Club Moves Millions for Social Causes

“This Model is Working.” A Bay Area Private Club Moves Millions for Social Causes

The Battery is known as an exclusive hangout for San Francisco’s tech leaders. But it’s also serious about its social mission, with a philanthropic arm that has now galvanized $15 million in giving. We recently caught up with its leaders to get an update.

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The New Foundation of a Sports Power Couple Gets Up and Running

The New Foundation of a Sports Power Couple Gets Up and Running

We take a look at the new charitable venture of Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, and soccer player Julie Ertz, which is focused in Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and Haiti.

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Pay It Forward: A Tech Chairman Steps Down to Ramp Up His Giving, With a Focus on Mentorship

Pay It Forward: A Tech Chairman Steps Down to Ramp Up His Giving, With a Focus on Mentorship

After many lucrative years in the tech industry, Keith Krach is leaving his executive job to focus on philanthropy. We talk with him about a recent $1 million gift and how his career shaped his interest in nurturing “transformational leaders.”

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A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

A Tech Company Known for Backing Public Education Zeroes in on Leadership in Schools

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?

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A Big Gift for Homelessness From the Tech Billionaire Begging His Industry to Do More

A Big Gift for Homelessness From the Tech Billionaire Begging His Industry to Do More

Last month after a contentious campaign, San Francisoc voters approved a ballot measure to tax the city’s richest companies to help the homeless. Now one of the measure’s biggest supporters is putting millions of his own money where his mouth is.

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Water Work: How the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Protects Fresh Water

Water Work: How the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Protects Fresh Water

With freshwater under threat across the West, foundations have stepped up work in this area in recent years. The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which is spending down by 2020, has been a key player on water issues.

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Rallying Around Relief: In the Face of Wildfires, California Funders Take Action

Rallying Around Relief: In the Face of Wildfires, California Funders Take Action

As devastating wildfires have become the new normal in California, the state’s philanthropic community has stepped up in response, moving millions for relief. Who’s doing what with fires now burning at both ends of the state?

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Building Power: A Foundation Sees Voter Mobilization as a Pathway to Racial Justice

Building Power: A Foundation Sees Voter Mobilization as a Pathway to Racial Justice

Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to translate that energy into gains at the ballot box, as we explored in an article first published in May.

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Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

Guided by its Attorneys, a Corporate Law Firm Supports Local Communities

The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, an international law firm based in Minnesota, supports the communities where its lawyers work—in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at its grantmaking, local employee engagement, and pro bono legal services.

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Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.

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“Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far

“Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far

The San Francisco Foundation shifted to an equity grantmaking strategy over two years ago, an early adopter of a focus that’s become a driving force in philanthropy. How’s that been working out? And what are key takeaways for other funders?

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More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

More Than Money: A Tech Giant's Commitment to Public Schools

Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.

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