We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

Access to clean water is an urgent challenge in more parts of the U.S. The Mott Foundation has been a stalwart funder on this issue in its home city and beyond. What has it accomplished, and how is it staying engaged with Flint’s water crisis?

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What’s Next for a Venture Philanthropy Fund That is Laser-Focused on Chicago?

What’s Next for a Venture Philanthropy Fund That is Laser-Focused on Chicago?

A Better Chicago is part of a venture philanthropy world that has exploded since the late 1990s. We connect with its new CEO, Beth Swanson, about her plans as to scale nonprofits with innovative ideas around education and opportunity.

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Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Nature-focused legacy institutions like zoos and gardens are finding creative ways to engage the public and appeal to funders, including the billionaire donor class. A major gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden shows this dynamic in action.

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Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

Amplifying New Voices: How Chicago Funders Are Investing in Diverse Leaders for Racial Equity

More funders are grappling with issues of equity and who gets heard in civic debates. In Chicago, the Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation recently launched a new effort to elevate voices from historically marginalized communities.

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The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation is a Reliable Funder in Dane County, Wisconsin

The Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation is a Reliable Funder in Dane County, Wisconsin

The Madison Community Foundation is a driving philanthropic force in this part of Wisconsin, but there are also smaller, targeted funders with a strong local focus. One is the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, which has a well-established philanthropy program.

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“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

“Of the Community.” How a New African-American Giving Circle is Gaining Steam

Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.

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A Look Inside the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s Chicago-Area Jewish Giving

A Look Inside the Sidney & Lisa Glenner Foundation’s Chicago-Area Jewish Giving

Based in suburban Skokie, the Sidney and Lisa Glenner Foundation has consistently maintained a low profile. To help Chicago-area grantseekers know this funder a bit better, here are a few insights about the Glenner’s charitable giving.

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A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

A Closer Look at a New Women-Led, Black-Focused Giving Circle in Chicago

The giving circle movement has been growing fast in recent years, drawing in new kinds of donors. A case in point is an effort on the South Side of Chicago that describes itself as a “fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives.”

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"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

"Let’s Give Them a Place." Behind a Loyal Regional Donor's Big Gift for the Arts

Decades of boom times haven’t just created piles of wealth in the Acela Corridor and on the West Coast. Many big fortunes have also emerged from “old economy” industries in the heartland. A recent gift in Madison, Wisconsin shows how these riches are bolstering local cultural life.

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He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

He’s Given $700 Million So Far, With Much More To Come: What Drives Kenneth Griffin's Philanthropy?

The hedge fund billionaire is one of the biggest philanthropists to emerge from finance in recent years, with wide-ranging interests and money flowing to various causes. What is Griffin, who’s only 50, trying to achieve with his giving?

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