As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders of global development, and its director of this work, Ruth Levine, has been an influential advocate for women’s empowerment. With Levine moving on, we take stock of the global program’s hits and misses—and what may lie ahead.

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Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

CARE’s ambitious initiative to boost women in agriculture in developing countries, backed by the PepsiCo Foundation, is based on an unproven theory of change. It’s the latest example of a funder making a big, risky bet on the potential of gender equity.

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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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Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

Inside a Nonprofit That Supports Environmental Journalists Around the World

In countries struggling with environmental threats like deforestation, the news media—and robust, reliable local reporting—can be the only way to draw attention to what’s happening. Backing such work in the mission of the Earth Journalism Network.

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Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Who Is Funding Solutions to the Root Causes of Mexican and Central American Migration?

Crime, violence, and deep poverty continue to push Mexicans and Central Americans to flee northward. Several top U.S. foundations have been working on these challenges for years. What are they doing? And what’s been the impact?

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When Men Are Advocates: An Energy Giant Funds Training in Gender Equity

When Men Are Advocates: An Energy Giant Funds Training in Gender Equity

More funders are getting behind the idea that men need to champion and support gender equity. A recent grant from the Chevron Corp. will fund a top nonprofit’s growing work to engage “men as change agents” in the workplace.

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Ten Considerations for Human Rights Funders Engaging with Social Movements in 2019

Ten Considerations for Human Rights Funders Engaging with Social Movements in 2019

In the face of rising attacks on democratic institutions and civil organizations worldwide, it’s becoming more important than ever to support social movements. But according to two veterans in this space, funders need to change how they provide such support.

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As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

As China Rises, its New Billionaire Class is Turning to Philanthropy

After a historic surge in wealth and sweeping legal changes, some of China’s wealthiest business leaders are turning to large-scale giving. But figuring out what donors are up to isn’t easy given a lack of reliable information on Chinese philanthropy.

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Important But Neglected: Why an Effective Altruist Funder Is Giving Millions to AI Security

Important But Neglected: Why an Effective Altruist Funder Is Giving Millions to AI Security

Open Philanthropy Project’s unique approach has led it to animal welfare, global health and curbing the risks of artificial intelligence—most recently with a $55 million grant for research and policy analysis on AI. What’s the thinking behind this big investment?

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Ebola is Still Stalking Africa. Who's Supporting Front-line Work to Stop More Outbreaks?

Ebola is Still Stalking Africa. Who's Supporting Front-line Work to Stop More Outbreaks?

One of the deadliest-ever outbreaks of Ebola happened just seven months ago in eastern Congo, claiming 600 lives. In response, the foundation of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen is making rapid-reaction grants to organizations on the ground.

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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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“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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To Bolster Global Human Rights, the Clooney Foundation Looks to Monitor Judicial Systems

To Bolster Global Human Rights, the Clooney Foundation Looks to Monitor Judicial Systems

A country’s judicial system can offer protection from authoritarian leadership. But courts can also be used to legitimize the suppression of unwelcome dissent. That’s why George Clooney and his wife Amal are backing a new initiative called TrialWatch.

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The Edge Walkers: How a Global Women’s Fund Sustains Grassroots Work

The Edge Walkers: How a Global Women’s Fund Sustains Grassroots Work

Around the globe, grassroots women’s organizations struggle to find adequate funding and build capacity. The MATCH International Women’s Fund is trying to change that, connecting small and fledgling organizations with hesitant funders.

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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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