“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

“The Difference is Empowerment.” A Funder Takes a Bottom-Up Approach to Haiti's Many Challenges

In contrast to development efforts that funnel money to international NGOs, the Haiti Development Institute, which was incubated by the Boston Foundation, makes small grants to grassroots groups that are keenly attuned to the needs of communities.

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May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

Dining for Women is an intriguing example of a giving circle with a wide reach. Thanks to its chapter dinners, it has granted millions to women and girls in developing countries. We hear about DFW’s giving model from several members of its team.

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A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

A Science Funder Connects STEM Grad Students to Global Health—and the Gates Foundation

The Hertz Foundation has been awarding fellowships to STEM postdoctoral students for more than 60 years. A new program is sending students in diverse scientific fields to work in health and development at the Gates Foundation.

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These Tech Philanthropists Are Looking for a Way to Make Women Safer Around the World

These Tech Philanthropists Are Looking for a Way to Make Women Safer Around the World

Silicon Valley donors are often dinged for seeking quick fixes to entrenched social problems. So what should we think of a $1 million prize competition that looks to new technology to reduce violence against women?  

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A Beer With Bill Gates: Some Advice on How to Succeed in a Critical Funding Niche

A Beer With Bill Gates: Some Advice on How to Succeed in a Critical Funding Niche

About 50 percent of well-meaning water and sanitation projects around the world fail. A civil engineer with years of field experience explains what needs to change in this critical area of global development funding. 

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Vulnerable Workers: Who's Combating Gender-Based Violence in the Garment Industry?

Vulnerable Workers: Who's Combating Gender-Based Violence in the Garment Industry?

Tens of millions of women work in a global garment industry where violence, exploitation and sexual harassment are pervasive problems. A group of funders has been collaborating to help them. 

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It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

It’s the World’s Biggest Health Problem. Who’s Paying Attention to Malnutrition?

Around 2 billion people worldwide suffer from some form of malnutrition, which can have devastating long-term effects on children. We look at how top funders are mobilizing around this issue. 

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