Chuck Brown used to spend his days at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation convincing donors to open DAFs. But after seeing how much of this money failed to reach charitable causes, he’s calling for mandatory payouts and other new rules for DAFs.
Donors of color are becoming more collaborative and organized, a push that reflects growing wealth in these communities and longstanding frustrations about neglect by mainstream philanthropy. A recent convening underscores the new energy around Latino giving.
Most wealth is produced in major cities, largely on the coasts, and philanthropy tends to flow to the same places. But the New York-based J.M. Kaplan Fund is determined to find and fund social innovators in states that often get overlooked by foundations.
Laura and John Arnold are well known for their foundation’s prolific grantmaking. But the couple has long been engaged in political giving, too. And now they’re bringing these two strategies together in a single organization, Arnold Ventures.
While wealthy donors often get professional help to find grantees, smaller donors can have a tougher time figuring things out. We look at one of the new intermediaries, ALMA, that aims to guide givers of modest means by curating portfolios of nonprofits.
Through her leadership of a foundation which taps a tech fortune, Jean Case has been a relentless champion of changemakers and entrepreneurs. Now’s she out with a new book that shares some of what’s she learned along the way.
Rob Reich has become one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of philanthropy by asking hard questions about the role of private giving in democracies. In an important new book, Reich deepen this critique. But just where, exactly, do his ideas lead?
There's a lot going on in philanthropy right now. And last January, we made nearly 40 predictions about what might happen in the world of giving in 2018. We take a spin through the list and see how we did.
Thanks to the “philanthropic redlining of African-American communities,” black-led nonprofits tend to be smaller, have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves. Here’s how a new giving circle in Philadelphia is responding to that shortfall.
Small grants are an ideal way to expand the breadth of giving and dabble in new strategies without taking a big leap. What we don’t see too often are such grants awarded by multi-funder collaborations, which is why the NKY Funders’ Grants program caught our attention.
A report by Science found top research funders make billions in shady offshore investments, at times contradicting their missions for public good. It’s the latest example of philanthropy’s swelling assets and investments under fire.
A host of new efforts are under way to expand a “portfolio approach” to giving that can help individual donors—big and small—be more effective funders. Here’s a look at some of the key players leading the charge.
For all the talk of a golden age of philanthropy, the rich are piling up new wealth much faster than they’re giving it away. Most give mere crumbs compared to their net worth. The Bridgespan Group is looking to change that.
Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are showing up more and more in philanthropy. We look at some of the main crypto-giving methods at play, as well as some of the risks involved.
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.
For years, a small band of grantmakers has seen the power in asking people closest to the problems to make funding decisions. New research suggests participatory grantmaking is gaining traction, and holds potential solutions to deep problems in philanthropy.
Never mind that nonsense about how a firewall exists between philanthropy and partisan politics. This election day, we’re republishing our handy primer on how donors can sway elections—and get a tax break!
Wealthy individuals of color give generously to philanthropic causes, but largely do so in isolation, cut off from other donors of color and key networks of white peers. Here we republish a piece from last fall about an effort to change that.
It’s no secret that many women have been enraged by the ascendancy of Donald Trump. Now, new research documents how this anger affected their charitable giving after the 2016 election.
In his new book, Decolonizing Wealth, Villanueva critiques a sector that he argues is based on enduring colonial structures of power. But, he says he’s coming from a place of love and a belief that money can be used as a healing cultural tool.
In the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation fight, we’re republising a piece from June on how both foundations and major donors on all sides have sought to influence Supreme Court rulings over many decades.
There are many reasons the right is ascendant and conservatives now dominate the Supreme Court. But one part of the story is the abject failure of mainstream foundations to fight back against a decades-long attack on everything they cherish.
News last fall of a hidden $8 billion foundation based offshore in Bermuda underscores just how opaque the world of big philanthropy really is. In a post first published in November, we explore what other surprises might be coming.
Some 90 percent of nonprofit leaders are white, a number that’s barely budged in decades. The African American Board Leadership Institute is trying to change that. Its co-founder, Virgil Roberts, fills us in on the strategy.
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.