Critiques of big philanthropy often cast wealthy donors as hostile to government. Today’s leading benefactors, we’re told, vastly prefer privatized solutions to social problems. As usual, though, the story is more complicated.
The Giving Project is energizing diverse small donors who are not well-represented in philanthropy. And it’s moving money to the kind of community-led organizing work that’s underfunded by larger foundations.
At one level, Winners Take All is a very satisfying read, skewering today’s elite for its hypocrisies. But it offers an incomplete and distorted look at America’s wealthy class and its role in social change.
The field of venture philanthropy first emerged two decades ago, fueled in part by the spirit of the dotcom era. IP Editor David Callahan talks to its leaders about what they’ve achieved and how this movement has evolved.
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.
He leads a top foundation in Silicon Valley that's working on such tough challenges as climate change and the polarization of U.S. politics. Kramer explains what keeps him up at night and more.
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.
The ground beneath philanthropy and the nonprofit world is shifting fast. A new report considers how to better knit together the social sector and resolve key tensions within it.
Running a nonprofit is draining, and funders rarely provide the kind of support that allows staff to fully thrive. But the idea of backing sabbaticals to refresh leaders and strengthen organizations is slowly catching on.
There are more left-leaning heirs around than ever. But organizing them into a potent force within philanthropy takes work—and money. Surdna is pitching in.
In 2016, the Ford Foundation set out to give $1 billion in organizational support to nonprofits. We talk to the program’s director, Kathy Reich, and BUILD grantees about progress to date and grand plans to change the sector.
Nonprofits rarely resemble the communities they serve, which can limit both their impact and legitimacy. A new fund backed by two top foundations aims to change that. What’s the strategy and where are grants going?
Paul Brest and Hal Harvey, the authors of Money Well Spent, now out in its second edition, respond to earlier criticisms and double down on their original arguments about how funders can maximize impact.
As philanthropists wield more influence across U.S. society, a big gift raises increasingly familiar questions about how universities and other organizations should handle mega-donors who come with serious baggage.
What does it mean to operationalize the value of love in grantmaking? Two funders reflect on their attempt to do exactly that at ArtPlace America, a 10-year collaboration to advance creative placemaking.
Native communities in the United States receive disproportionately low philanthropic support, despite high levels of need, but also resourcefulness and organizing power. A new online resource hopes to connect more funders to Native issues.
A Center for Effective Philanthropy survey of nonprofit CEOs found that foundations and grantees alike have a lot of work to do to advance diversity in the sector.
Including young people in its governance structure is just one way Minnesota-based Youthprise is fostering philanthropy’s next generation. What can be learned from its model?
We look at how two regional funders have shifted their strategies to advance equity and to listen more closely to the communities they’re seeking to help. Both are part of a larger movement within institutional philanthropy.
The Grantee Perception Report helps foundations gauge how they're managing relationships that come with built-in tensions. We look at the Barr Foundation’s response to lackluster findings from the survey.
Impact100 Philadelphia, a women’s giving circle in its 10th year, is going full-steam-ahead, with a recent grant round of $387,000. Next up: an effort to engage younger donors.
New York State’s suit against Trump spotlights the many ways that foundations can run afoul of regulators. We take a deep dive into the legal issues at play—and why donors should be paying close attention.
The Neighborhood Funders Group began coordinating support for community organizing nearly 40 years ago. But in a threatening time, it’s pushing for greater urgency and a more active role.
Today’s SCOTUS ruling against public sector unions is a major victory for conservative legal philanthropy. But progressive donors have also scored some legal wins over the years. Here’s how this influence game works.
The venture philanthropy movement has been around for a while now, but newcomers keep appearing on the scene, including many funds with a local focus. A case in point: the New Coast Foundation in Chicago.
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.
Americans are now sitting on $100 trillion in household wealth, with nearly half owned by the top 1 percent. Every year, a tiny bit of this gets diverted to the charitable sector. But the wealthy have growing influence as government declines.
It's hard to recall a comparable moment when so many civil society groups have mobilized for political battle. More knowledge of the legal issues here seems like a good thing. But is there also a downside?
His foundation gave away $700 million last year. But in a post-truth age of tribal politics, is Bloomberg’s pragmatic and data-driven approach to giving a losing strategy?