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?
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.
While nonprofits have griped forever about a lack of unrestricted grants, many funders remain wary of providing such support. The Sobrato Family Foundation recently shared its take-aways from 10 years of offering GOS funding.
If there's one thing that nonprofits may want from foundations even more than general operating grants, it's multi-year support. The Cummings Foundation is expanding an unusual program that offers exactly that.
Addressing power and privilege in the foundation world isn’t easy, but NCRP keeps trying. Most recently, it’s put together a guide to help more funders have these difficult conversations.
An urgent political environment is fast-tracking efforts to bust free of silos, elevate discussions of race, and advance listening and learning. A report spotlights the key role of philanthropy-supporting organizations.
Community foundations are among the growing number of organizations benefiting from the startling regional philanthropy boom. We dig into a case study out of Eastern Wisconsin.
Warren Buffett has famously called philanthropy "society's risk capital." The best foundation leaders view their resources in exactly this way. Here’s an example from the Bay Area.
The first round of TED’s new philanthropic venture is channeling serious money to worthy causes. Can it get past its fixation on ideas and startup culture to support lasting progress?
This is not a time for the holders of "society's risk capital" to play it safe, with payout strategies that stay the same in the face of urgent threats. The Wallace Global Fund is one foundation that gets that.
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?