Venture philanthropy has always been about scaling what works, with a focus on measurable outcomes. But New Profit wants to take a different approach with a new funding initiative aiming for systems-level change. What does that look like?
While the need for stronger gun laws may seem like common sense to many Americans, there is a surprising void of hard evidence to inform policymaking in this area. A new collaborative just made $10 million in research grants to change that.
Like its other work, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million, three-year initiative on opioids is centered on evidence-based strategies. Millions of dollars in initial grantmaking in Pennsylvania showcase the approach and priorities of this emerging effort.
Disability rights is an important component of environmental justice, but one that funders can overlook. Some are paying increasing attention to this intersection, including a collaboration between Ford and Global Greengrants Fund.
Gilead Sciences is a leading player in HIV/AIDS funding in the U.S. South, with a major grantmaking program aimed at tackling an epidemic that’s still raging in this part of the country. Where’s the money going?
The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation is one of the many health conversion foundations that’s increasingly zeroing in on the social determinants of health. What does that look like in practice?
Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.
The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”
A new Michigan program with government and foundation funding aims to serve as a model of best practices in addressing opioid addiction, especially for those states with large rural populations. Who’s involved and what’s the game plan?
Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.
Based in Grand Junction, Colorado, RMHF is a health legacy funder with a broad approach to wellbeing that addresses needs in 22 counties. Her'e’s how it approaches grantmaking for local nonprofits.
As the founder of DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger was an old hand at scaling social ventures when he arrived in Los Angeles to create L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious effort to fight hunger and poverty with a proven model. Here’s how things fell apart.
The U.S. will need 1.5 million new nurses by 2026 to provide care for retiring baby boomers. Despite this looming public health crisis, philanthropy has been largely tuned out. Can a recent big gift out of D.C. help change the narrative?
As impact investing gains steam, a broader array of foundations are exploring how this strategy can advance their missions. Health legacy funders are the latest to get in on the action, including the Atlanta-based Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
Pharma companies donate billions in drugs, with benefits to poor people at home and abroad—but at a substantial cost to the U.S. Treasury. We dig into the tax rules and economics that surround this kind of giving to see who’s really coming out ahead.
The Empire Health Foundation (EHF), a health legacy funder in Spokane, Washington, has made health equity a centerpiece of its strategy. Two areas it’s prioritizing as part of this focus are obesity and addiction.
Half of state and federal prisoners have substance abuse disorders, including opioid addiction, but standard treatment options are almost never available in jails. A leading funder is partnering with the U.S. Justice Department to change that.
Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.
The Packard Foundation has been helping give kids a strong start in life for over 50 years. But now it’s doing this work differently after adopting a new, more holistic funding approach to early childhood development that better integrates health and learning.
Philadelphia Health Partnership brings an upstream approach to its grantmaking and believes in working across sectors. It funds an innovative partnership between public interest lawyers and medical professionals, among other programs.
Corporate philanthropy has been changing as more companies align their giving with their mission and get more strategic. A report looks at how this trend is playing out in the health and life sciences industry—and the potential for these firms to have far greater impact.
Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.
While the impulse of funders to bankroll that next medical breakthrough is as strong as ever, growing health disparities help to explain a surge in giving for campus public health initiatives. We dig into the latest big gift in this burgeoning field.
While sex work or trafficking occasionally make headlines, sex workers and their rights have been largely ignored by the public and by philanthropy. But new funding movements, giving circles, and collaboratives are seeking to change that.
The healthcare sector plays a huge role in local economies and American life broadly. Equipped with donor dollars, more universities are looking to get in on the action by creating or expanding health schools. A case in point is a recent big gift to Loyola in Chicago.
At the age of 30, Sam Polk walked away from a highly paid trading job to enter the social change arena. With help from the Kellogg Foundation and other backers, he’s building a social enterprise that’s focused on food equity and has big ambitions.
They sold their company for $1.4 billion. Now, a San Diego couple is working on three fronts—philanthropy, research and policy—to make the United States’ culture and healthcare system more friendly to seniors in an era of rapid demographic transition.
A gift to the University of Florida's law school encapsulates three of the big themes reshaping higher ed: increasingly specialized giving, ambitious multi-billion dollar fundraising campaigns, and the emergence of previously under-the-radar alumni mega-givers.
This funders latest round of grants underscores its multifaceted approach to supporting Pennsylvanian’s health and well-being. We look at how this funder is setting an example in local health funding, especially in relation to the opioid crisis.
At a time when Americans are dying by the thousands from opioid and other addictions, substance abuse treatment programs can save lives. Finding a good program isn’t easy, though. Arnold Ventures, along with other funders, is looking to change that.