For many people chasing grants, program officers can be hard to read and the ways they operate can seem mysterious. A recent study offers some much-needed insights regarding these agents of wealth.
It's hard to think of a top foundation head who's been more successful in recent decades than Lavizzo-Mourey. As she departs her post, here's a deep dive into what she did and how she did it.
Another key takeaway from the Zuckerberg/Chan announcement is the triumph of Pierre Omidyar, whose hybrid approach to investing for social good is fast enveloping the philanthrosphere.
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 top 1 percent of U.S. households—who are collectively worth at least $30 trillion—only donated about $130 billion to charity in 2016. Is shame a way to get them to loosen the purse strings?
Major foundations have a long history of shortchanging the American South. And when they do engage, they can be high-handed. We look at a push to change all that as advocacy efforts grow in the region.
Many philanthropists are far wealthier than they were just a few ago, and that's unlikely to change much even when there is a stock market correction. Here's what this run-up in assets could mean for giving.
A new foundation backed by wealthy donors in Kalamazoo is mainly designed to stabilize the finances of this struggling Rust Belt city. It's another example of the growing role of private money in public life.
The Ballmer Group is just the latest player in philanthropy that believes in providing big chunks of unrestricted funding. Why do the newer donors operate so differently from legacy foundations?
The foundation of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s family always had a progressive streak in its innovation-focused giving. Now, it's helping "resist" Trump with with fellowships for activists.
Did The Givers go too easy on "arrogant" wealthy donors? Or is it an alarmist attack on philanthropy that offers "damaging" solutions? Here's what the critics said—and why they're (mostly) wrong.
Grantmaking that puts community residents in the driver's seat keeps popping up. Here's how a New York funder is trying to be more responsive—and why.
Let's stop buying the excuse that top philanthropists can’t find smart ways to give away more of their wealth—and start pushing them harder to give more and give now.
Here's a sweet deal: The Cummings Foundation in Boston will make annual grant disbursements to top grantees for undefined extended periods of up to a decade—without making them apply for renewals.
It's a good time to contemplate ways for the super-wealthy to give away their fortunes without putting themselves in the driver's seat of civil society. Are community foundations a solution?
IP founder and editor David Callahan looks at the growing influence of philanthropy in an age of diminished public sector resources in today's New York Times.
Jeff Bezos is nearly the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $84 billion, and he's asking for ideas to guide Bezos family philanthropy that address "the right now." We can think of a couple.
Going to galas can be a mixed bag. But a guest blogger for IP found herself happily blown away by the Pershing Square Foundation's ten-anniversary bash.
A new report on charitable giving seems to be encouraging. But consider this: The top 1 percent of U.S. households, with assets of over $30 trillion, gave away less than half of one percent of their wealth.
Small grantmakers comprise a huge part of the growth in philanthropy in recent decades. We take a look at how one young couple is updating their family’s giving and making some interesting grants.
While philanthropy has long been the province of elites, you'll rarely hear a candid defense of why elites deserve to wield so much influence in U.S. society. Here's why that needs to change.
If you're in the nonprofit policy world, it may seem to go without saying that such cause-driven work should be subsidized by your fellow taxpayers. But who benefits the most from this setup?
A cliche that springs to mind about philanthropy today is “the same, but different." We look at what's changed in the sector in recent decades as new donors have emerged. And what hasn't.
Cora Mirikitani, president of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, talks about the group's strategy to galvanize more giving in this community, along with new partnerships.
Ford occupies a historically unique leadership position in Foundationland, which is why its embrace of impact investing could move that movement into a much higher gear.
Want to see an example of a funder that went beyond paying lip service to the concepts of diversity and inclusion? Take a look at how Dance/USA changed its ways.
A common rap on men and philanthropy is that they're apt to operate in hierarchical or ego-driven ways. But that stereotype is overblown, and we're finding more examples of men coming together to give.