The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the latest funder to embrace participatory grantmaking, starting an impressive suite of local funds to be controlled by committees of community members.
This is one of many New York City funders that maintains a low profile and sometimes leaves local grantseekers guessing. Here are three things to keep in mind if you approach the foundation for funding.
The Russell Berrie Foundation has been supporting its local New Jersey community since the 1980s. We look at a few recent and ongoing initiatives that show its strong local commitments, as well as how it operates.
A nonprofit that focuses on getting evidence-based techniques to teach reading in the hands of educators recently received a $9 million gift from the founder of American Girl. Here’s where the money’s going.
Women are now the fastest-growing population of incarcerated Americans. The New York Women’s Foundation, the latest funder to take on mass incarceration, has launched a Justice Fund focused on NYC’s women and girls.
One challenge of social movements is to translate energy and activism into long-term change. A year after the #MeToo hashtag went viral, here’s what some advocates and funders are doing to keep moving forward.
As the #MeToo movement continues to spotlight a pervasive problem, a local funder is teaming up with abuse prevention nonprofits to tackle sexual violence in Connecticut. Their focus: youth sports.
The Berkshire Bank Foundation gives at least $2 million annually to nonprofits that operate within the bank’s territory—which includes Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We take a closer look.
The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties has been on the local grantmaking scene since 1952, but it has been expanding quite a bit recently. We dig in.
With a mix of rural areas, small towns and coastal cities, there are many things going on in the state of Connecticut right now. Here’s how one community funder is addressing competing issues in the state.
The growth of health legacy foundations has been one of the biggest stories in philanthropy in recent years. A case in point: the sudden appearance of a new $3.2 billion grantmaker in New York.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
NYCT continues to balance responsive grantmaking with established priorities, giving millions to help New York families with young children, immigrant youth, and civic engagement initiatives.
The Avangrid Foundation is helping a local food bank distribute fresh food year-round in an era when about 14 percent of Americans use food pantry or meal services.
She's a key player at one of the biggest anti-poverty funders in the country, which focuses laser-like on the nation's largest city. Amy Houston talks about Robin Hood's approach and more.
In a new five-year plan, the Ms. Foundation for Women aims to invest $25 million in organizations led by and for women of color. It is also launching a 501(c)(4) to help amplify this group’s political reach and power.
A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.
The Eugene M. Lang Foundation has been around for more than a half-century. Recently, it made a big grant to give teenagers in New York City access to artistic training and career prep support.
The New York Women's Foundation is often ahead of the curve in the kinds of challenges it takes on. It’s also a believer in participatory grantmaking, and for the first time, recently awarded multiyear grants.
While wealthy K-12 donors have often been accused of parachuting into complex education landscapes with preconceived reform ideas, the wife of a top hedge fund billionaire has worked very differently.
With government funding and representation at stake, local funders around the U.S. are making grants to ensure an accurate census count. We take a look at recent grants by a community funder in New York City.
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy recently announced that giving in the state has reached a $5 billion high point. But there are also some troubling findings in this report.
Helping vulnerable children has always been a staple of philanthropy. Foster care is one area that’s attracting new funder attention lately, including by a new funder collaborative in New York City.
Patriarch Sol Goldman was once New York’s biggest landlord. His children continue the family’s real estate empire and oversee its philanthropic legacy. What causes are they into?
If you want to get a sense of what's happening across New York's nonprofit community, along with what issues are hot at a given moment, NYCT's regular grantmaking announcements are a good place to look.
Connecticut has a long-standing tradition of philanthropy and no shortage of local wealthy donors. Lots of giving power in the state is harnessed by community foundations. Here's a look.
Financier Chris Flowers and his wife Anne have zeroed in on challenges far away in southern Africa and close to home in Harlem. What's the connection? And how does the J.C. Flowers Foundation operate?
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.
Don't believe the rap that mega-donors now see L.A. as the innovative arts mecca and New York as the calcified city of yesteryear. A major gift to The Shed—by a billionaire Angeleno, no less—suggests otherwise.
With around 900 charitable funds under management and assets hovering around $350 million, this 90-year-old foundation has a broad reach. We take a closer look.