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.
With its confluence of soaring rents and responsive funders, the Bay Area is at the forefront of innovative efforts to stop nonprofits from being priced out—with lessons that apply nationally.
Collaboration continues to be the name of the game when it comes to fixing the Bay Area’s housing crisis, and a new partnership is taking the game to a whole new level, with key funders involved.
Grantmaking on homelessness is an area worth watching closely right now, as funders find new ways to tackle the problem and new allies in the public sector.
With all the new funding coming into cities, it's fair to say that there has never been a better time than now to be doing interesting things at the urban level. We look at the latest initiative that's rolled out.
Even as CZI takes on lofty challenges like taming all disease by the end of this century, it's also going to work on the front lines of tough socio-economic issues—starting in its own neighborhood.
Not one to hog the limelight, McGowan is an accessible and reliable grantmaker in the homelessness space. It's open to new proposals, but applicants can't just be from anywhere.
Does the tech industry have a social conscience? It's a fair question right now. But if this industry has a moral leader, it's philanthropist Marc Benioff, who once again is helping catalyze an anti-poverty push.
It's no secret that an urban renaissance is squeezing poorer people. But what's the solution? We look at one funder-backed attempt to preserve space for low-income residents in high-opportunity urban areas.
The housing affordability crisis is one of the toughest challenges for philanthropy, and it's especially bad in the Bay Area. What's a top tech giant doing to address it?
Affordable housing is an especially tough issue for philanthropy, since funder resources are so puny relative to the problem. Getting anywhere on this one means going well beyond traditional grantmaking.
Media coverage on the homelessness crisis can help spotlight solutions that work and keep the pressure on elected officials to take action. Gates is one funder opening the checkbook to journalists.