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.
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.
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.
With a historic transfer of wealth under way, more states are looking to incentivize local giving and reduce the outflow of charitable dollars. Wisconsin is one place where this push is gaining steam.
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.