As Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos turn to large-scale giving, they’re targeting two urgent but neglected areas. That’s smart. But if Jeff is really worried about inequality, his real power lies in changing how Amazon operates.
As a prominent smart growth advocate and program director at Ford, Don Chen worked alongside Surdna as it evolved into an influential social justice funder. We talk to Chen about his future role leading it into its next phase.
Kresge released an outside assessment of its giving at the intersection of climate, equity and urban water. It identified needs in the sector for more education and funding—especially of community-based leaders.
Since its restructuring, the iconic Ford Foundation has been tackling key drivers of inequality. Xavier de Souza Briggs, who leads Ford’s economic grantmaking, gives us an in-depth look at what that means.
Freshwater management has lately emerged as a major philanthropic issue. The Surdna Foundation is a leader in this space, as part of its broader work in backing green infrastructure for sustainability and equity.
Rational policymaking may not always win out in D.C., but funders like Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Arnold Foundation want to make it easier on the local level. Success may depend on targeting the right issue areas.
Cities nationwide are mixing public and private funds to upgrade shared spaces. But what are the social, economic and civic effects? A funder-backed initiative is developing the metrics and data to find out.
Kresge’s green giving is not quite like any other large foundation’s, entirely supporting climate resilience in cities, and with a unique focus on equity. We take a deep dive into its environmental program.
Salesforce’s new office tower in San Francisco looms as a symbol of tech omnipotence in a region with deepening stratification. The company and its CEO are also leaders in philanthropy. But are they bold enough?
Even as foundations step up their work on homelessness and affordable housing, some new heavy-hitters are coming to this issue, including health insurers. The rise of impact investing is also creating exciting new possibilities.
Corporate philanthropy is getting much more strategic these days, and for the big banks, inclusive urban prosperity is a top priority. Along with JPMorgan Chase, Citi Foundation is a key player here.
Community engagement is the name of the game for the latest round of matching grants from a group of funders who want to see more voices at the table in conversations about urban sustainability.
The fight against homelessness in Silicon Valley keeps gaining momentum, most recently with what may be the largest-ever corporate contribution to address this issue, by Cisco. What's the game plan here?
Some city governments are getting serious about raising outside funds, and Detroit’s 20-person team is ramping up private support for city projects. What are the implications for the public sector?
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) believes that supporting fair local economies means questioning the larger status quo. Which funders are behind its approach?
The play movement recently scored a big investment from a relatively new billion-dollar foundation. This isn't the only deep-pocketed funder that backing a drive to expand play opportunities for low-income kids.
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.