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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Four Ways the Philadelphia Health Partnership Addresses Disparities in Care and Well-Being

Four Ways the Philadelphia Health Partnership Addresses Disparities in Care and Well-Being

Philadelphia Health Partnership brings an upstream approach to its grantmaking and believes in working across sectors. It funds an innovative partnership between public interest lawyers and medical professionals, among other programs.

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With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

Corporate philanthropy has been changing as more companies align their giving with their mission and get more strategic. A report looks at how this trend is playing out in the health and life sciences industry—and the potential for these firms to have far greater impact.

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.

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As Millions Flow for Campus Research on Health and AI, What Might Be Some Downsides?

As Millions Flow for Campus Research on Health and AI, What Might Be Some Downsides?

The latest installment in the higher ed artificial intelligence gold rush finds a corporate funder backing new research on health and AI. Other campus donors will likely follow, even as some experts warn that this new technology could exacerbate health inequities.

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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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