Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

Amid Growing Skepticism About Elite Universities, Alumni Dig Deep for Financial Aid

There’s been growing criticism that donors exacerbate inequality by funneling billions to wealthy universities with a poor track record of boosting economic mobility. Two huge scholarship gifts show a different path forward.

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From Grief to Giving: A Couple Builds a Foundation to Fill a Gap in Health Funding

From Grief to Giving: A Couple Builds a Foundation to Fill a Gap in Health Funding

Genny and Matt Jessee lost their daughter before her fourth birthday to an undiagnosed neurological condition. Since then, they’ve plunged into the world of philanthropy, learning how to raise money, make grants, and build programs.

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In His Expanding Giving to Help Veterans, a Big Tech Donor Keeps His Eyes Trained on the Grassroots

In His Expanding Giving to Help Veterans, a Big Tech Donor Keeps His Eyes Trained on the Grassroots

In just a few years, Craig Newmark’s total giving has already hit the nine-figure mark. But while he’s clearly in the philanthropy big leagues, he often focuses on grassroots collaborations, as exemplified by a new gift for veterans issues.

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In Hawaii, Where Climate Change is a Fact of Life, a Community Foundation Gets Proactive

In Hawaii, Where Climate Change is a Fact of Life, a Community Foundation Gets Proactive

Hawaiians are watching climate change unfold before them, with their food, water and land at risk. Here’s what the Hawaii Community Foundation is doing to make the islands more resilient in an era of rising ecological threats.

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“Lifting up the Next Generation.” A Gift Underscores the Growing Footprint of Self-Made Female Donors

“Lifting up the Next Generation.” A Gift Underscores the Growing Footprint of Self-Made Female Donors

Self-made women are reshaping modern philanthropy. A good example is Elizabeth Elting, who, after escaping the “boys club” of finance, created a lucrative global company and now is giving for women’s empowerment and equity.

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Who Are America’s Most—and Least—Generous Young Billionaires?

Who Are America’s Most—and Least—Generous Young Billionaires?

How are America’s wealthiest young people stacking up when it comes to giving? We drill into the philanthropy records of the 13 billionaires who rank among the richest 400 Americans and find a mixed picture.

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We Want to Do Our Part: A Corporate Funder Steps up for Trans Communities

We Want to Do Our Part: A Corporate Funder Steps up for Trans Communities

Transgender communities face inordinate challenges, but receive a small slice of philanthropic funding. With a new grantmaking program that draws on input from the trans community, Gilead Sciences is helping to change that.

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A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

The Western Union Foundation has long focused its international grantmaking on education. Now, it’s launching a new program to help people who’ve been forcibly displaced get a fair shot at integrating into the global economy. 

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Building a Field: ArtPlace America’s Jamie Bennett on the State of Creative Placemaking

Building a Field: ArtPlace America’s Jamie Bennett on the State of Creative Placemaking

Funders increasingly view arts and culture as critical components of community development efforts, thanks to the work of ArtPlace America. We chat with its executive director about how the field of creative placemaking has evolved.

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Driving a Big Gift to Expand Access to the Arts, a Vision of a Culturally Inclusive City

Driving a Big Gift to Expand Access to the Arts, a Vision of a Culturally Inclusive City

Expanding access is one of the hottest areas in arts philanthropy right now. News from the surging Los Angeles arts ecosystem finds donors focusing on reducing barriers to create a more inclusive arts experience.

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“Renew the Values.” A Publisher Gives Millions to Restore Trust in the Fourth Estate

“Renew the Values.” A Publisher Gives Millions to Restore Trust in the Fourth Estate

As the owner of newspapers in six states, Walter Hussman Jr. has seen first-hand the alarming decline in local reporting, along with public trust in journalism. Now he’s giving $25 million in an effort to stem these dangerous trends.

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Bridgespan Has Been Pushing Hard to Get Donors to Give Bigger and Bolder. How’s That Going?

Bridgespan Has Been Pushing Hard to Get Donors to Give Bigger and Bolder. How’s That Going?

Since 2015, the consulting group has been engaged in a research-fueled campaign to convince wealthy donors to make more “big bets” for social change. How successful has this effort been? And why is this puzzle so difficult to solve?

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Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Losing school structures removes a ladder that can help children climb back to normalcy when crises subside. Yet education appeals receive less than 2 percent of humanitarian funding. Some funders are looking to change that.

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A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

A Blockbuster Gift From T. Denny Sanford Attacks the High Cost of College Education

While big campus donors tend to see more generous scholarships as the key to expanding access to higher education, a billionaire credit card mogul is putting up $350 million to help National University cut its tuition in half.

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“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

Can free medical school education change who becomes a doctor or what kinds of jobs med school graduates take? Wealthy backers of NYU Langone Health and now Weill Cornell Medicine believe so. But are they right?

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