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?
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.
The Alliance for Good is a donor-advised fund started by the founders of an up-and-coming health food e-commerce startup. They’re inviting other like-minded millionaires to join and figure out specific causes as a group.
Measured by giving, The Foundation For The Carolinas is now the number two community grantmaker in the country. Rising wealth in the region is one big reason for its surge. But there's more to the story.
In key respects, the #MeToo movement was made possible by decades of work by women’s funds. Hallmarks of their approach include openness, listening, and participatory grantmaking.
Rapid response funds have emerged as a favored tool in the Trump era, with some funders moving faster than others. One collective of grantmakers gave $605,000 to 50 groups in its first year, learning lessons along the way.
Giving circles have become a key part of philanthropy's push for inclusion and more "democratic" giving. Now, this no-minimum donor-advised fund wants to use tech to give them a boost.
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.
Heintz has been an influential foundation head for over 15 years. But what shaped him early in his career? And what is he and the leadership of RBF thinking about right now?
Trumpism is anathema to the values of philanthropy's first couple, while the administration's policies are a wrecking ball that threatens their foundation's gains. So why aren't they speaking out more forcefully?
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.
Wealthy donors face ever-increasing scrutiny, whether for their business practices, political ties or unsavory donations. The Mercer family is at ground zero of this backlash.
He leads a community foundation that's put race and class at the center of its work—in a city that's become a symbol of urban stratification. Blackwell talks about his life path and what keeps him up at night.
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.
Last week, Pennington became the most senior program person at the Ford Foundation, one of the top jobs in the philanthropy world. In this revealing interview, she discusses her background and work at Ford.