An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

The Levi Strauss Foundation, an early funder in the fight against HIV/AIDS, continues to step up in changing times, meeting a roll-back of hard fought gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion with expanded support for the trans community. 

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Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Venture philanthropy has always been about scaling what works, with a focus on measurable outcomes. But New Profit wants to take a different approach with a new funding initiative aiming for systems-level change. What does that look like?

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There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

The latest in Denny Sanford’s string of big gifts finds the credit card billionaire underwriting a new institute at University of California San Diego to research empathy and reshape medical training to benefit doctors and patients.

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Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

While the need for stronger gun laws may seem like common sense to many Americans, there is a surprising void of hard evidence to inform policymaking in this area. A new collaborative just made $10 million in research grants to change that.

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First Pennsylvania, Then the Nation: How Bloomberg Philanthropies is Taking on the Overdose Epidemic

First Pennsylvania, Then the Nation: How Bloomberg Philanthropies is Taking on the Overdose Epidemic

Like its other work, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million, three-year initiative on opioids is centered on evidence-based strategies. Millions of dollars in initial grantmaking in Pennsylvania showcase the approach and priorities of this emerging effort.

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Aiming for More Impact, a Key Funder Fighting Heart Attacks is Taking a New Approach

Aiming for More Impact, a Key Funder Fighting Heart Attacks is Taking a New Approach

More than $14 million in recent grants to establish a network of research teams focused on sudden cardiac arrest and heart arrhythmias shows that the American Heart Association is taking on a greater role in setting research priorities.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”

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Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.

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My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

As the founder of DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger was an old hand at scaling social ventures when he arrived in Los Angeles to create L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious effort to fight hunger and poverty with a proven model. Here’s how things fell apart.

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Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

Unmet Needs: How This Rhode Island Funder is Addressing Behavioral Health

More funders are stepping forward to address the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. Here we take a look at how a new behavioral health fund was formed in Rhode Island and how a community foundation is involved in moving millions in new grants.

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Take the Risk: Bolstering Health Nonprofits is the Next Stop for Impact Investing

Take the Risk: Bolstering Health Nonprofits is the Next Stop for Impact Investing

As impact investing gains steam, a broader array of foundations are exploring how this strategy can advance their missions. Health legacy funders are the latest to get in on the action, including the Atlanta-based Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

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Dept. of Fine Print: Who Benefits Most When Pharmaceutical Companies Donate Product?

Dept. of Fine Print: Who Benefits Most When Pharmaceutical Companies Donate Product?

Pharma companies donate billions in drugs, with benefits to poor people at home and abroad—but at a substantial cost to the U.S. Treasury. We dig into the tax rules and economics that surround this kind of giving to see who’s really coming out ahead.

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How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

The Empire Health Foundation (EHF), a health legacy funder in Spokane, Washington, has made health equity a centerpiece of its strategy. Two areas it’s prioritizing as part of this focus are obesity and addiction.

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In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

In the Nation’s “Suicide Belt,” a Major Initiative Emerges to Improve Mental Health

The growing suicide epidemic across rural America and its mountain states is finally attracting more philanthropic attention. In Vail, Colorado a new $60 million commitment launched by a nonprofit seeks to transform behavioral health services.

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This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

This Health Funder Has Big Plans to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies Among Low-Income Women

Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.

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Critical Connections: A Foundation Breaks Down Silos to Boost its Impact on Early Childhood

Critical Connections: A Foundation Breaks Down Silos to Boost its Impact on Early Childhood

The Packard Foundation has been helping give kids a strong start in life for over 50 years. But now it’s doing this work differently after adopting a new, more holistic funding approach to early childhood development that better integrates health and learning.

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