Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

Here and Now: Behind the Rise in Giving for University Public Health Initiatives

While the impulse of funders to bankroll that next medical breakthrough is as strong as ever, growing health disparities help to explain a surge in giving for campus public health initiatives. We dig into the latest big gift in this burgeoning field.

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Inside a Top Mental Health Funder's Quest for Game-Changing Breakthroughs

Inside a Top Mental Health Funder's Quest for Game-Changing Breakthroughs

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is the leading private funder of mental health research in the U.S., backing scientists working in one of the toughest areas of biomedicine. What advances has this funding achieved? And where is BBRF heading next?

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In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

In Good Health: Another Campus Gift Finds an Alumni Couple Attuned to Market Demand

The healthcare sector plays a huge role in local economies and American life broadly. Equipped with donor dollars, more universities are looking to get in on the action by creating or expanding health schools. A case in point is a recent big gift to Loyola in Chicago.

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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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"A Lot Has Happened in Three Years." What’s Going on with the Parker Institute?

"A Lot Has Happened in Three Years." What’s Going on with the Parker Institute?

In 2016, the tech billionaire Sean Parker launched the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy with a $250 million investment. We check in with the institute’s Chief Science Officer to see how things are going and what’s been accomplished so far.

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Healing Invisible Wounds: A Look at a Major Push on Veterans’ Mental Health

Healing Invisible Wounds: A Look at a Major Push on Veterans’ Mental Health

With many veterans not receiving the mental health care they need, and alarming numbers committing suicide, private funders have been stepping up. We look at an initiative to help veterans that involves tens of millions of dollars in new grant money for research.

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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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“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

“Aging is Living.” The Couple Working on Several Fronts to Confront a Graying America

They sold their company for $1.4 billion. Now, a San Diego couple is working on three fronts—philanthropy, research and policy—to make the United States’ culture and healthcare system more friendly to seniors in an era of rapid demographic transition.

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"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

"One Step Closer." What We Can Learn From a Big Campus Gift for a Burgeoning Niche Field

A gift to the University of Florida's law school encapsulates three of the big themes reshaping higher ed: increasingly specialized giving, ambitious multi-billion dollar fundraising campaigns, and the emergence of previously under-the-radar alumni mega-givers.

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How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

This funders latest round of grants underscores its multifaceted approach to supporting Pennsylvanian’s health and well-being. We look at how this funder is setting an example in local health funding, especially in relation to the opioid crisis.

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Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Riverstyx: A Small Family Foundation That Funds Psychedelic Research and Other Fringe Causes

Psychedelics have reentered the mainstream conversation thanks to Michael Pollan’s “How to Change Your Mind.” But there are still very few foundations that focus in this area. We get the inside story of how one philanthropist came to back psilocybin research and related causes.

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Filling Critical Gaps: Where Grants for Cancer Research Are Going so Far This Year

Filling Critical Gaps: Where Grants for Cancer Research Are Going so Far This Year

We’ve tracked nearly $80 million in new commitments for cancer research so far this year. With funders keen to leverage limited resources for maximum impact, a majority of that giving has gone to underfunded forms of cancer and young investigators. 

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A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

A Foundation Looks to Curb Opioid Deaths by Improving Addiction Treatment

At a time when Americans are dying by the thousands from opioid and other addictions, substance abuse treatment programs can save lives. Finding a good program isn’t easy, though. Arnold Ventures, along with other funders, is looking to change that.

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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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An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

An Actress Looks to Break the Silence on Black Mental Health With a New Foundation

Negative perceptions around mental illness and a lack of quality mental healthcare are major problems in black communities. Taraji P. Henson, an acclaimed actress with family experience in this realm, recently launched a foundation to take on these issues.

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As Research Yields New Gains, More Money Flows for Genomic Medicine

As Research Yields New Gains, More Money Flows for Genomic Medicine

Using genomics to design far more precise and effective medical treatment plans has been called the “wave of the future.” Now, as breakthroughs increase, more funders are coming to the table to back biomedical research in this emerging field.

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The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

The Foundation With a Laser Focus on Nursing and the Goal of Transforming Care on a Large Scale

While nurses are well positioned to drive systemic improvements in healthcare, very few funders focus on this group. One of them, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation, is supporting a nurse-driven aging-in-place model that has the potential to save billions.

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“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

“Highly Rational.” A Billionaire Donor's Latest Gift Sticks to the Script

Intent on "dying broke," T. Denny Sanford is keeping the big gifts flowing. His recent $55 million commitment adheres to three key themes of his philanthropy: providing support for children, building up South Dakota organizations, and writing massive checks.

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What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

What Are the Giving Priorities of This New Healthcare Giant?

Following a $70 billion merger, CVS Health and Aetna are doing more than fusing companies—they’re combining their corporate giving and have already made millions of dollars in grants. What’s the strategy? And which nonprofits are getting money?

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