Closing the Gap: Behind a Longtime Corporate STEM Funder’s New Work on Women and Girls

Closing the Gap: Behind a Longtime Corporate STEM Funder’s New Work on Women and Girls

The IT company Cognizant launched a foundation last year as part of its efforts to bolster STEM skills in the U.S. It recently started grantmaking and appointed an executive director. A focus on girls and women has figured prominently in its early moves.

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Hidden Hand: Just How Self-Interested is Corporate Philanthropy?

Hidden Hand: Just How Self-Interested is Corporate Philanthropy?

While it’s no secret that corporations see their giving as a way to both have social impact and burnish their reputations. Research has revealed a more troubling picture of how business philanthropy may be used as a tool to sway public policy.

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How the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is Stepping Up to Bat for Local Youth

How the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is Stepping Up to Bat for Local Youth

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has one of the most well-established and accessible grantmaking programs in Major League Baseball and gives out grants three times each year. Here’s what local grantseekers need to know.

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How the Barnes Group Foundation Links Into the Connecticut Nonprofit Scene

How the Barnes Group Foundation Links Into the Connecticut Nonprofit Scene

The Barnes Group Foundation has been supporting local groups in Connecticut and other location where it operates for nearly 75 years. We identify its key philanthropic avenues and initiatives, including a robust employee volunteer program.

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“Joy Budget.” How This Company Expanded its Giving to Build Employee Power

“Joy Budget.” How This Company Expanded its Giving to Build Employee Power

Tito’s Homemade Vodka now calls itself a charity company that “just happens to sell vodka on the side.” Its expanded philanthropy pays keen attention to improving employee satisfaction, productivity, and—of course—the bottom line.

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What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

Following a $70 billion merger, CVS Health and Aetna are doing more than fusing companies—they’re combining their corporate giving and have already made millions of dollars in grants. What’s the strategy? And which nonprofits are getting money?

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A Quick Look at a Corporate Funder's Latest Efforts to Diversify Tech

A Quick Look at a Corporate Funder's Latest Efforts to Diversify Tech

Micron Technology typically isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Google, Microsoft, or Intel, but when it comes to boosting gender parity and diversity in the STEM field, its giving arm punches well above its weight.

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Four Ways Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Health and Science in Connecticut and Beyond

Four Ways Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Health and Science in Connecticut and Beyond

Boehringer Ingelheim and its BI Cares Foundation make a lot of grants in Connecticut, but also to researchers nationwide. What healthcare access, STEM, and research programs does this pharmaceutical giant back?

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The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

There’s plenty in the philanthropy of energy companies to inspire cynicism. But given the expanding grantmaking of firms like NW Natural, it’s important for nonprofits—including green groups—to pay attention to who’s making grants and how to get in on the action.

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How the SunTrust Foundation Gives in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States

How the SunTrust Foundation Gives in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States

The SunTrust Foundation, based in Atlanta, launched its Lighting the Way awards program in 2016 to recognize nonprofits in its market areas building financial confidence in their communities. Where are grants going?

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Ready for a Fight: Behind a Company’s Long Record of Activist Green Giving

Ready for a Fight: Behind a Company’s Long Record of Activist Green Giving

Patagonia’s announcement that it’s donating $10 million it saved from the GOP’s corporate tax cut is not so surprising given the company’s history of taking political stands and backing grassroots groups. Where do its grants go?

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In a High-Poverty Neighborhood, a Push to Get Young People Into Good Jobs

In a High-Poverty Neighborhood, a Push to Get Young People Into Good Jobs

Many of the workforce development groups drawing funder support engage in matchmaking to hook up employers and jobseekers. JPMorgan Chase is backing such an effort in the South Bronx, with a focus on placing youth in unfilled IT jobs.

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What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

Wells Fargo is the latest bank to make a big bet on urban community development, with a focus on Washington, D.C. The move comes amid multiple scandals around the bank, which badly needs some good publicity.

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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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Playing to Strengths: How Alaska Airlines Ties Giving to the Power of Flight

Playing to Strengths: How Alaska Airlines Ties Giving to the Power of Flight

Alaska Airlines’ giving is a great example of aligned corporate philanthropy. It backs causes that emerge out its core business of aviation, including STEM education, aviation workforce development, and charity flight.

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Hold Your Applause for ExxonMobil’s Self-Serving Climate Donation

Hold Your Applause for ExxonMobil’s Self-Serving Climate Donation

While it’s tempting to welcome a fossil fuel giant’s donation toward climate change policy, ExxonMobil’s $1 million backing of a carbon tax is relatively minuscule, and ultimately serves the corporation’s bottom line.

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