Rockefeller's many decades as a leading figure in philanthropy were marked by a patient belief in the power of institutions to make change. Here's an in-depth look at what he believed and how he gave.
Philanthropy to bail out struggling cities raises legitimate concerns—but can also spark real hope. The latest example of controversial emergency giving comes from Hartford.
There’s a lot to like about MacArthur’s 100&Change program, including its eight inspiring semifinalists. But just how "big" are these bets? And can $100 million truly solve a major problem?
Grantmaking by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has more than quadrupled since 2012, hitting $1.3 billion last year. What does this remarkable tear say about philanthropy—among techies and beyond?
The latest annual letter by Bill and Melinda Gates leaves key questions unanswered about where Gates giving might go from here. With $185 billion in play, what might the future hold?
The charitable sector is already risking public trust given the tightening embrace of philanthropy and politics. Turning churches into conduits for campaign cash would make things worse. Much worse.
While some funders have signed a statement opposing Trump's Muslim and refugee ban, the biggest and best-known foundations have remained silent. What's that about?
A foundation head makes an urgent case for busting free of silos—and upping payout, too—in order to invest in cross-issue movement building to defend core values.
Conservative philanthropists spent a quarter century working to destroy the Clintons, scoring their biggest win in November. Now get ready for a vast left-wing conspiracy against Donald Trump.
New donors. New ideas. A new president. What will the coming year in philanthropy look like? We take a deep gaze into our crystal ball and offer predictions.
As Atlantic Philanthropies ends grantmaking, it's a good time to ask if Chuck Feeney really did the right thing in choosing a spend-down strategy.
The Mary Black Foundation is another funder that's seen the light on the need to support capacity building as part of a broader push to promote equity.
It's hard to think of another top foundation CEO who has more dramatically remade the organization he or she leads. What has all this change added up to? And where's Knight going next?
The Dakota Access oil pipeline fight demonstrates the power of rapidly funding direct action and community-led movements. But that requires changing some key norms of philanthropy.
The age of Trump is tailor made for the Omidyar Network, with its faith in market solutions and empowering citizens in a decentralized way. We look at two of its post-election investments.
In backing opposition to a Trump agenda, foundations are putting themselves in the crosshairs of the right's emboldened populist attack machine. What are the risks here?
Where generosity should be focused is a sensitive issue, and nowhere is this more true right now than in the Bay Area—with its explosive mix of vast new wealth and growing local inequities.
A new report by NCRP says that giving to underserved communities has barely budged. But a more complete accounting of recent trends suggests a brighter picture.
With all fronts threatened under a Trump presidency, where does progressive philanthropy go now? We asked some leaders in the community to chart the way forward.
The funder won't invest in three industries that just don’t jive with what it’s trying to do in Brooklyn: private prisons, gun manufacturers, and predatory lenders.
The field of philanthropy studies keep expanding, playing catch up with its more established academic brethren. A new $10 million gift to the University of Denver adds fuel to this push.
You're not imagining things: A new report confirms that wealthy donors really do have a much bigger footprint in the nonprofit world. What does this growing clout mean for the rest of us?
With ever more untraceable money moving through philanthropy to shape public policy and public life, it's time to reckon with the dangers of this trend and overhaul an outdated set of disclosure rules.
The "bumps in the road" continue for the William Penn Foundation, with Laura Sparks leaving to take a higher ed position. Is there a moral to this story?
Most of the nation's wealth is produced in blue states and plenty of the biggest problems can be found there, too. So here's some advice for liberal funders: Stop thinking nationally, at least for now.
What does a once-unthinkable Donald J. Trump presidency mean for philanthropy and the nonprofit sector more broadly? In part, it depends on where you sit.
If there’s one sure takeaway from the 2016 election, it’s that non-college educated whites are furious at elites. Philanthropy bears some of the blame for leaving millions feeling forgotten.
The shift toward greater corporate responsibility is likely to happen faster if there’s both external and internal pressure. Which is why it's good to see Darren Walker on Pepsico's board.
It's a perennial tension at foundations: Stay laser-focused on key priorities or be more opportunistic. Here's how one funder is squaring the circle.