With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

With Momentum Building, a Foundation Zeroes in on Criminal Justice Reform

Justice reform has long been part of the Public Welfare Foundation’s portfolio. But with political winds shifting and new openings for progress, it plans to focus most of its grantmaking in this area, starting with new local-level work in Washington D.C.

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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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"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

"Getting the Next Generation Started." The Son of a Wall Street Legend Explains His Family’s Giving

The late Albert Gordon was among the most powerful people in finance. But he also stressed the importance of philanthropy to his sons, including Dan Gordon, who now pilots one of the family foundations, with a focus on grantmaking in Philadelphia.

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A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

Thanks to the “philanthropic redlining of African-American communities,” black-led nonprofits tend to be smaller, have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves. Here’s how a new giving circle in Philadelphia is responding to that shortfall.

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The New Foundation of a Sports Power Couple Gets Up and Running

The New Foundation of a Sports Power Couple Gets Up and Running

We take a look at the new charitable venture of Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, and soccer player Julie Ertz, which is focused in Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and Haiti.

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Accessing the Arts: What This Means for a Big Philadelphia Funder

Accessing the Arts: What This Means for a Big Philadelphia Funder

Even as other priorities clamor for attention, big city foundations have stuck with funding for the arts. A case in point is the William Penn Foundation, which aims to increase access to high-quality artistic and cultural experiences across Philadelphia.

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A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

Millions of infants and toddlers are stuck in mediocre childcare that can hurt their development. Funders are finally paying more attention, including in Philadelphia, where $3 million is flowing to help caregivers do a better job.

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Here's Another Pharma Firm That's Making Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis

Here's Another Pharma Firm That's Making Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis

It troubling to think that pharma firms may reap PR benefits with philanthropy to address a problem they helped create. On the other hand, any and all new funding is badly needed to fund anti-opioid efforts. 

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