Local Experts: How Carnegie is Elevating African Voices in Debates Over War and Peace

Local Experts: How Carnegie is Elevating African Voices in Debates Over War and Peace

While Africa’s many conflicts have long been studied by researchers from around the globe, most hail from outside Africa—with the views of local researchers largely absent. Carnegie is working to change that with an ambitious range of investments.

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In an Era of Both Gains and Fear for LGBTQ Communities, Arcus Embraces a New Strategy

In an Era of Both Gains and Fear for LGBTQ Communities, Arcus Embraces a New Strategy

The movement for LGBTQ rights has evolved dramatically in recent years, in ways good and bad. To keep up with these shifts, a top funder in this space is taking a new approach. We get an inside look at where Arcus’ grantmaking is heading.

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What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

 What’s Hot (and What’s Not) in Education Philanthropy Right Now

The education funding landscape has been in flux in recent years, as new funders have emerged with different priorities and stalwart major players have shifted course. A recent report from Grantmakers in Education highlights key trends.

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“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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He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

At the age of 30, Sam Polk walked away from a highly paid trading job to enter the social change arena. With help from the Kellogg Foundation and other backers, he’s building a social enterprise that’s focused on food equity and has big ambitions.

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The Private Money Shaping Public Conversation About Restricting Immigration

The Private Money Shaping Public Conversation About Restricting Immigration

For years, the organizations that pushed for tougher immigration restrictions operated on the fringes of policy debates. Now, with a powerful friend in the White House, they are enjoying new influence. We take a deep dive into their sources of funding.

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Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

Quant Philanthropy: Tapping Hedge Fund Riches, a Data-Driven Couple Ramps Up Their Giving

John Overdeck parlayed degrees in math and statistics into a multi-billion dollar fortune. Now, he and his wife Laura are emerging as major philanthropists, with a big focus on education. Here’s a look inside their rapidly growing foundation.

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Out of Prospects? These Tax Credits Might Raise Millions of Dollars for Your Project

Out of Prospects? These Tax Credits Might Raise Millions of Dollars for Your Project

A small but growing group of charities has been able to raise millions of dollars apiece using little-known federal tax credits that have been around for nearly 20 years. Here’s a look at a promising funding source that more nonprofits should know about.

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Who is Tackling the World’s Biggest Overlooked Health Crisis?

Who is Tackling the World’s Biggest Overlooked Health Crisis?

Globally, anxiety and depression are a bigger health burden than you probably realize. Existing treatments are often ineffective, and doctors don’t know why. Wellcome Trust is investing big to transform mental health research and care.

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Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Rapid response funding will always be necessary for a community that often finds itself under political attack. But the Pillars Fund wants to go beyond that, changing how American Muslims are seen and building capacity from the ground up.

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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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Reckoning: Has the Debate Over Toxic Sackler Gifts Reached a Tipping Point?

Reckoning: Has the Debate Over Toxic Sackler Gifts Reached a Tipping Point?

With new evidence tying the Sackler family to the deadly opioid epidemic, pressure is growing on recipients of Sackler gifts to repudiate the family and return money derived from an empire of addiction. Museums, for the time being, have yet to do so. Why?

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“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

“A Very Different Era.” Why a Tech Donor is Stepping up for Journalism Ethics

Amid a sea change in media, Craig Newmark recently gave $15 million to Columbia Journalism School and the Poynter Institute. We look at how this gift came about and the goals behind one of the biggest investments in journalism ethics in years.

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Inside the Omidyar Network, New Thinking About a Changed World

Inside the Omidyar Network, New Thinking About a Changed World

The main philanthropic organization of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam has gone through some big changes in the past year. With a new strategy, it’s looking to confront the rise of illiberal populism and "reimagine capitalism.”

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This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

This Foundation Set Out to Expand Access to Healthy Food in New York City. How Did It Go?

Expanding access to healthy food is a surprisingly complex challenge that requires wrestling with deeply rooted inequities. The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund recently took stock of five years of food-related grantmaking that achieved some notable gains.

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Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider

Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider

Chuck Brown used to spend his days at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation convincing donors to open DAFs. But after seeing how much of this money failed to reach charitable causes, he’s calling for mandatory payouts and other new rules for DAFs.

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Why a Major Climate Funder is Backing Movement Building and Shifting Away from the U.S.

Why a Major Climate Funder is Backing Movement Building and Shifting Away from the U.S.

The Oak Foundation plays a unique role among the largest climate funders. Now that the foundation has shifted away from backing climate work in the U.S., program officer Nathan Argent fills us in on its top priorities in a world that’s warming quickly.

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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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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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