The number of Americans over 65 will double by 2050, with profound effects on U.S. society, but giving on aging is a backwater of U.S. philanthropy. How are those funders in the field trying to drum up more interest?
We talk to Scott Kriens, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has bankrolled a new "multiversity" to teach people how to lead more integrated, meaningful lives. That's not a cause you'll see techies embracing very often.
With its latest round of grants, a Bay Area funder doubled down on its commitment to bringing together players from different sectors to tackle complicated and deep-rooted problems.
Philanthropy's response to the deadly opioid epidemic has been lackluster. But in some hard-hit regions, funders have taken action. A grantmaker engaged in the fight in Southeastern Pennsylvania shares its lessons.
Nearly half of kids in the U.S. have experienced some form of trauma, which makes them more susceptible to obesity, heart disease and cancer later on. We dive into RWJF's new work in this emerging area.
While you might think that a lot of major health funders would be focused on diabetes, that's not really the case. On the upside, some of the foundations that are paying attention have very deep pockets.
Last year, the CVS Health Foundation made reducing tobacco use one of its top priorities, launching a campaign to create the country’s first tobacco-free generation. Here's where the money is going.
The U.S. is one of the few wealthy countries where the rate of women who die from childbirth complications is going up—with women of color more likely to die. The Groundswell Fund wants to do something about that.
Social isolation has been on the rise, and it can be as deadly as risk factors like obesity, high blood pressure and smoking. RWJF is now making grants in this area, along with a handful of other funders.
The growing resources and sophistication of local health foundations is one of the most important stories in institutional philanthropy right now. Here's a good case study from the Lone Star State.
The latest grocery funder that we’ve gotten to know is the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, which is based in Phoenix. One of its priorities is educating kids about food.
In another sign of the spread of grantmaking focused on the social determinants of health, Aetna's philanthropic arm is backing things like bike share programs and fitness trails in low-income neighborhoods.
Aging might be inevitable, but there's a lot philanthropy can do to make it better. As America gets older, Grantmakers In Aging wants a more positive take on a natural process that affects us all.
A national movement called OpenNotes is trying to make it easier for patients and caregivers to access clinical notes written by healthcare providers. NYSHealth is the first state health funder to back it.
Many Americans are facing old age with almost no savings, putting at risk the big gains against elderly poverty of the past half-century. Few grantmakers are paying attention to the coming storm. Here's one that is.
Until health consumers have better information, it will be hard to improve an inefficient U.S. healthcare system. Can Yelp be part of the solution? A California funder hopes so.
Intuit founder Scott Cook and his wife Signe Ostby recently made a big investment in a nonprofit pushing group-based healthcare for new and expecting parents. What's the thinking, here?
As part of its quest to create a culture of health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking out successful practices in other countries and working to get them adapted in the U.S. What's it learning?
The pharmaceutical company, AmerisourceBergen, started its own grantmaking foundation just two years ago. To get a better sense of it's priorities, we connected with the foundation’s president, Gina Clark.
Publix Super Markets Charities, which is based in Lakeland, Florida, is addressing hunger in the local communities that it serves. We look at some recent grants.
More than 95 percent of healthcare spending goes to direct medical services, but 70 percent of health outcomes can be tied to social determinants. A group of funders wants to change that dynamic.
The Ruderman Family Foundation isn't the only Boston funder charging hard lately on disability. Steven P. Rosenthal has also been stepping things up in this niche funding area.
When was the last time a new foundation chief arrived with 57,000 Twitter followers? Meet Richard Besser, who's coming to Robert Wood Johnson from ABC News and has serious star potential.
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.
There are now 228 health conversion foundations that pump out around $1.3 billion in grants annually. What does that mean for the future of health in the United States?
Four research teams are sharing $10.8 million from RWJF and a pool of Deepwater Horizon settlement money to explore complex factors that make up community resilience in the Gulf Coast region.
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has stepped up to the plate for affordable housing in Boston. But it focuses on a niche demographic that's often overlooked in the shuffle: the elderly.
Two funders in Arizona came together to make an investment of nearly $3 million to the often-overlooked area of end-of-life care and planning. Here's a closer look.
Here's the deal with Florida's Blue Cross-affiliated foundation and how you can get a piece of its millions—including for work on mental health.
The nursing shortage is a big concern nationwide. Here's how a health insurance funder is tackling the issue close to home.