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.
While many mega-donors have a hands-on relationship with the recipient organization, billionaire corporate turnaround specialist Jay Alix’s close ties with the Mayo Clinic are unusual. We dig into the intriguing backstory leading up to his historic gift.
Houston’s philanthropic old guard, steeped in oil riches, is welcoming a new crop of funders with diverse sources of wealth and interests as the city undergoes profound demographic and economic change.
Diagnostic errors are the most common cause of medical errors, causing an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year. But there is little funding for research on this problem. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is looking to change that.
The startling ramp-up of the Kansas City-based Sunderland Foundation is further testament to the explosion of regional philanthropy. Many of these funders embrace big capital projects as they work to boost their home cities or alma maters.
We look at the story behind a big gift to a struggling hospital in an underserved urban neighborhood. Such donations are rare. So how did this one come about?
It’s not often that we see funders pooling money to create a not-for-profit generic drug company. In fact, we’ve never seen it before. Which is why the creation of Civica Rx deserves a close look.
The U.S. still has a major problem with access to health insurance and healthcare. But it has a far broader healthcare affordability problem. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is on the case.
More campus donors are keen to cover tuition costs and free graduates from decades of debt. This can make for great copy, as a big recent gift to NYU’s medical school showed. But is it the most effective use of philanthropic dollars?
Despite a fast-aging population and growing strains on healthcare entitlements, only a limited number of funders are looking at ways our society can better manage how people die. Still, some money is flowing.
It’s something that nearly all nonprofit leaders fret about: Are we raising as much money as we could or should? Now, there’s a powerful tool that helps hospitals answer exactly that question.
Cancelled gifts seem to be on the rise. Does this have anything to do with how mega-donors have become more demanding and controlling? We dig into the latest case, from San Diego.
Robert and Karen Hale awarded $50 million gifts to both the Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital to support patient care innovations at the hospitals.
Emory's $400 million windfall is the latest reminder that biomedical research is one of the most powerful magnets for large-scale campus gifts. Such gifts are getting bigger, too.
Walter Oil and Gas is one of the largest private oil companies in America, and the Texas family’s net worth has been estimated at around $1.9 billion. We look at family's latest hospital giving.
The nursing shortage is a big concern nationwide. Here's how a health insurance funder is tackling the issue close to home.
Even as chronic disease worsens in rural Texas, hospitals are closing and accessing care is increasingly difficult. Episcopal Health Foundation is on the case. What are its ideas?
Medical schools are under pressure to re-think the way they train their students to become the doctors of the future, with a focus on patient-centered care. One funder is helping in a big way.
If you want an example of how philanthropy, with relatively tiny resources, can influence a sprawling $3 trillion healthcare system, look at the growing push to empower patients to access key medical records.
In 2014, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation put up $200 million to fund a grantmaking center that works to improve healthcare quality and lower costs. We check in with its executive director about what it's up to.
Mattel Children's Foundation is active in children's health around the country and now in Asia and Africa. A recent $50 million gift to UCLA Children's Hospital fits into that strategy.
Bay Area real estate mogul Dennis J. Wong and his wife Shannon's Bay Area philanthropy focuses on health, education, the arts, and more. We provide an overview.
Metropolitan Bank Group cofounders Peter and Paula Fasseas have a passion for supporting animals in their philanthropy and have helped spearhead the local no-kill movement in Chicagoland. We take a look.
Drug makers spend more to influence public policy than nearly any other industry. So what are the odds that philanthropy can tilt this area more in favor of patients and consumers? Ask the Arnold Foundation.
A Chicago-area philanthropist named Nancy W. Knowles recently made news for an eight-figure gift to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. What's her story?
These days, access to care means also means access to the latest medical technology. Helmsley wants to make sure it isn't just city folk with such access.