There's a lot of new wealth in Atlanta and plenty of civic pride. But despite the city's progressive reputation, deep inequities endure, and grantmakers could do much more to close the gaps.
Movement building and advocacy are the name of the game for a new housing funders collaborative backed by heavy-hitters. We hear how this effort came together and explore its strategy.
A competition through NYU's Tandon School of Engineering seeks to debut some of the most promising technologies to support the future of New York City. Who's providing the funding?
With three major funders on board and possibly more on the way, this new grantmaking initiative looks "to shift local power structures" to put residents in charge of how their communities develop.
The rate of homelessness in America is higher now than it has been in seven years. But in certain parts of the country, funders are part of big strides toward decreasing that rate. Here's another success story.
In the past, Enterprise has stood out for its disaster relief funding, but its latest effort in New York is all about building capacity. We look at an affordable housing public-private partnership and who's receiving its grants in NYC.
It's not often we see corporate funders take a collective impact approach to a tough social problem. But tapping deep ties in Boston, the Liberty Mutual Foundation is doing exactly that to help homeless youth.
The Chicago Community Trust is tuned into the criminal justice and mental health aspects of homelessness, with an eye on the promise of permanent supportive housing.
After years of frustration, grantmakers are optimistic about reducing chronic homelessness and are scoring notable gains in some cities. We talk to a top Florida funder about its breakthrough work in Orlando.
The first pay for success model has been launched in Los Angeles County, with the hope that permanent supportive housing can reduce the cycle of homeless people revolving through the criminal justice system.
Many Americans are facing old age with almost no savings, putting at risk the big gains against elderly poverty of the past half-century. Few grantmakers are paying attention to the coming storm. Here's one that is.
The Facebook co-founder and his wife are expanding their policy agenda, moving into new and controversial issues, including criminal justice reform and housing. Where's the money flowing?
Amazon casts a long shadow in its hometown and it's not known for its generosity. But as Seattle faces a severe homelessness crisis, the online retail giant has stepped up with a local response.
More than 95 percent of healthcare spending goes to direct medical services, but 70 percent of health outcomes can be tied to social determinants. A group of funders wants to change that dynamic.
Small towns don't have the resources of larger cities and are often overlooked by big-name funders. Here's an example of a funder collaboration looking to change that.
Despite heavy grantmaking over decades, the Mott Foundation hasn't been able to stop the devastation of Flint, MI by larger forces. Is place-based philanthropy a losing strategy in a complex world?
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has stepped up to the plate for affordable housing in Boston. But it focuses on a niche demographic that's often overlooked in the shuffle: the elderly.
A new collaborative is looking to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Silicon Valley. Who's involved?
A new $200 million Bloomberg initiative will support cities to innovate and show national leadership in response to “Washington impotence.” But to what extent can they really lead the way?
Cities are hotbeds of experimentation these days, as local governments look for new ways to solve urban problems and build more robust metropolitan centers. Knight is one funder pushing things along.
Along with other financial firms, Bank of America is a steady under-the-radar funder for housing at a time of growing innovation in this space. Where's the money going, and what's it financing?
Detroit’s QLine opens this month, initiated and funded in large part by Kresge and other private sources. It’s another testament to how powerful donors and foundations have become in city projects.
Despite crisis levels of urban homelessness and looming federal funding cuts, these are hopeful times for funders in this space. We hear why from leaders of the affinity group for homelessness funders.
Now worth $20 billion, Paul Allen's giving continues to expand, including in his home region of the Pacific Northwest, where he's emerged as a big backer of efforts to tackle homelessness.
Chicagoland couple Jerry and Susan Kolschowsky, who built a fortune in the food industry, support the poor and hungry near home—and in the developing world.
Connecticut hedge funder Ken Tropin is yet another financier who supports the Robin Hood Foundation. But the New York antipoverty giant is just one of the human services organizations that Tropin supports through his foundation.
While foundations have played a key role in supporting community development financial institutions, their biggest money comes from banks like BofA. Is that a problem?
Banks are playing a bigger role in community development for a variety of reasons. Among them: to comply with agreements reached with the Department of Justice. Just look at a recent spate of grants.
Big changes are happening in America's cities, including new parks and infrastructure, that are raising tough questions about equity and power. Enter a funders collaboration with big ambitions.