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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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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Honoring Climate Pioneers: A Prestigious Prize Goes to Scientists Who Broke New Ground

Honoring Climate Pioneers: A Prestigious Prize Goes to Scientists Who Broke New Ground

The Tyler Prize honors environmental scientists. This year’s awardees: a meteorologist who made early climate models and the scientist who came up with the famous “hockey stick” temperature graph—only to be embroiled in “Climategate.”

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With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.

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Giving “Without Friction or Fraud.” The First Bitcoin Donation Platform Turns Five

Giving “Without Friction or Fraud.” The First Bitcoin Donation Platform Turns Five

As the first bitcoin nonprofit recognized by the U.S. government, BitGive was a first mover in a crypto-philanthropy space that’s been growing fast lately. We explore the platform and check in with founder and Executive Director Connie Gallippi.

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May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

May We All Feast Together: A Giving Circle That Aims to Empower Women Overseas

Dining for Women is an intriguing example of a giving circle with a wide reach. Thanks to its chapter dinners, it has granted millions to women and girls in developing countries. We hear about DFW’s giving model from several members of its team.

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Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Less Neglect, More Progress on Diseases That Affect Over 1 Billion People

Helped along by new donors like Richard Branson and some tech billionaires, the fight against neglected tropical diseases—such as trachoma, which causes blindness—is gaining momentum and scoring more gains.

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So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

So Close, Yet So Far: Why is HIV/AIDS Funding Decreasing?

Nearly 1 million people die annually from HIV/AIDS, despite antiretroviral drugs that can extend their lives. And while the world’s billionaires sit on trillions of dollars, private donors are doing less to combat the epidemic. What’s going on here?

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Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Vision, Daring, and Compassion: Paul Allen's Legacy of Philanthropy

Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.

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