"We Always Dream Big." Another Public University Blows Past a Bold Fundraising Goal

"We Always Dream Big." Another Public University Blows Past a Bold Fundraising Goal

It seems like every week brings news of a regional school meeting an ambitious fundraising goal months, if not years, ahead of schedule. This isn’t a coincidence. We dig into a textbook case from Houston, a city with a famously robust philanthropic culture.

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As Funders Abandon Support for Jewish Arts and Culture, Nonprofits Are Closing

As Funders Abandon Support for Jewish Arts and Culture, Nonprofits Are Closing

There’s a growing graveyard of now-defunct Jewish culture organizations which have died for want of sustaining financial support. Jewish arts leaders say their field is in terminal decline as philanthropists shift their attention to other causes.

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What a Foundation’s Backing for "Social Impact Theatre" Says About the Arts Funding World

What a Foundation’s Backing for "Social Impact Theatre" Says About the Arts Funding World

Funder interest in the intersection of art and social justice remains strong. A case in point is the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, which will soon make its first round of grants to back theater performances that “take on relevant social issues.”

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In a State with Deep Inequities, a Billionaire Couple is Catalyzing Action on K-12 and Jobs

In a State with Deep Inequities, a Billionaire Couple is Catalyzing Action on K-12 and Jobs

In recent years, Barbara Dalio has quietly tapped a vast hedge fund fortune to help address Connecticut’s education problems. Now, in a big step up, she and her husband Ray are giving $100 million for a public-private partnership.

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India’s Billionaires are Embracing Philanthropy. But Will They Address its Deepest Problems?

India’s Billionaires are Embracing Philanthropy. But Will They Address its Deepest Problems?

India’s robust economic growth has created a new era of philanthropy that’s becoming more structured and collaborative. But top billionaire donors still tend to play it safe and avoid tackling the systemic drivers of poverty and injustice.

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How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

How This Foundation Got Behind a Push to Bring Soccer Fields to Poor Kids Around the World

Global nonprofit love.fútbol engages communities to create soccer pitches, and recently received its first-ever major gift from a foundation. Here’s how the two organizations got in sync to advance their shared mission of helping children.

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Torch: Behind a Business Intelligence Platform for Philanthropy and the Social Sector

Torch: Behind a Business Intelligence Platform for Philanthropy and the Social Sector

For funders and fundraisers alike, keeping track of stakeholder conversations can be hard in an era of digital overload. We connect with a tech firm that’s built a new tool to help organizations navigate an increasingly noisy nonprofit landscape.

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Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

Census 2020: Inside Efforts to Make Sure Rural Communities Count

The 2020 census has put many foundations on a state of high alert, given the enormous stakes. One tough challenge is ensuring that residents of rural America are fully counted. Who’s supporting census work off the beaten path? And where are grants going?

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A Changing Landscape: Five Trends to Watch in Charter School Philanthropy

A Changing Landscape: Five Trends to Watch in Charter School Philanthropy

Last week, IP published an in-depth story taking stock of how private funding for charter schools has evolved in recent years, based on interviews with key grantmakers. Here, we look at the trends likely to shape giving in this space going forward.


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With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

Corporate philanthropy has been changing as more companies align their giving with their mission and get more strategic. A report looks at how this trend is playing out in the health and life sciences industry—and the potential for these firms to have far greater impact.

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.

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A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

A Force for Good: Why Some Funders are Bullish on Public Interest Technology

Warnings about the risks posed by technology have been growing louder and more urgent. But an initiative launched last month imagines a more hopeful future in which technologists advance the public interest. Who’s behind it, and what’s the plan?

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