In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but mysteries remain about his financial ties to business mogul and mega-philanthropist Leslie Wexner, including large transfers between the foundations of the two men. What should other donors learn from this mess?

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A Record Gift to Help Navigate an "Unprecedented Crossroads of Jewish History"

A Record Gift to Help Navigate an "Unprecedented Crossroads of Jewish History"

American Judaism is going through turbulent times, buffeted by generational change and other trends. Which is why two top Jewish foundations are pledging $20 million to scale up an organization known for engaging “hard questions.”

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New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

It’s not often you find the Ford Foundation and Koch Industries on the same side of an issue. But criminal justice is one such issue, and both are backing a new policy group focused on advancing reform, along with other prominent funders.

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From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

The 50-year-old story of Sesame Workshop is about a singular focus manifested through an array of evolving approaches. Judging by the two $100 million gifts it’s landed in recent years, the organization’s not-so-secret sauce is really working.

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Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Achieving the U.N.’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals requires unlocking vast amounts of private capital. MacArthur and two other funders have a plan to do exactly that—and take impact investing to a whole new level.

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From "Keep Out" to "Please Come in." Opening Up Grants Processes Leads to More Equity

From "Keep Out" to "Please Come in." Opening Up Grants Processes Leads to More Equity

Many foundations do not accept unsolicited grant proposals, making it harder for smaller nonprofits, especially those representing communities of color, to get a hearing. Here’s how some funders are trying to become more accessible.

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The Mix of Private and Public Funds That Built a Physics Powerhouse

The Mix of Private and Public Funds That Built a Physics Powerhouse

The Perimeter Institute is a renowned research center devoted entirely to theoretical physics. Launched with funds from a single donor, one secret to its success has been a robust combination of government funds and philanthropy. 

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

After selling his tech company, Brian Hamilton started a foundation to scale up work he’d been doing for many years to help formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses. But the foundation’s work has expanded beyond that.

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With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

With Ties to a Top Donor and a Trail of Gifts, the Epstein Scandal Reaches Into Jewish Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein not only made gifts to a wide range of Jewish organizations, he cultivated a deep relationship with one of the most important Jewish philanthropists in the U.S., billionaire Leslie Wexner—revelations that raise troubling questions.

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No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

No Metrics Needed: How a Classic Music Devotee’s Years of “Quiet Support” Led to a Huge Gift

While fundraisers are increasingly concentrating their efforts on younger and more impact-focused donors, they shouldn’t discount the emotional power of classical music and the giving power of “old world” patrons. For proof, we turn to a big recent gift.

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Civic Hall: A Billionaire’s Latest Big Gift Focused on Tech and the Greater Good

Civic Hall: A Billionaire’s Latest Big Gift Focused on Tech and the Greater Good

Civic Hall, a home for civic tech entrepreneurs in New York City, recently received a $5 million gift from Craig Newmark. The group’s co-founders explain how they connected with a donor who holds a deeply aligned vision about technology.

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Harold Grinspoon: A Hands-on Philanthropist Still Going Strong at Age 90

Harold Grinspoon: A Hands-on Philanthropist Still Going Strong at Age 90

This Giving Pledge member turned to large-scale giving after a bout with cancer and built a foundation that taps a real estate fortune and is focused on Jewish life, scaling up its own programs in addition to making grants.

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Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Some Climate Donors, Fed Up with “Gradualism,” Are Getting Behind Protest Movements

Philanthropy plays an important support role in climate action, but tends to favor moderate, incremental progress. A new pool of donors says it’s time to raise hell, backing disruptive activism, and hopes others will follow.

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Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Jackie Safier leads a Bay Area foundation that’s now made over a billion dollars in grants. In a rare interview, the press-shy CEO talks about her goals and how she’s steered away from political controversy involving Israel and the far right.

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