There just aren't a lot of foundations that are dedicated to eliminating structural racism and have a local focus. The Akonadi Foundation is among them. What's it been up to lately?
Last summer's violent white nationalist rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville has spurred the Lumina Foundation to back racial justice work on campus, with the hope that other funders will follow.
As funders accelerate efforts to boost racial equity across the arts sector, we chat with a former grantmaker who's now focused on driving faster change in this space.
By now, it's a familiar story: funders feeling compelled to change tactics by the rise of Donald Trump. For some, like Propel Capital, that's meant backing hard-hitting grassroots activism in new and bolder ways.
Could progressive funders finally be getting serious about movement building after years—actually, decades—of giving lip service to this idea while sticking to silo-ized grantmaking? Maybe.
A new study on giving circles shows the networks have tripled in the last decade, and they're including people often left out of institutional philanthropy. America's biggest foundation is cheering on this trend.
At first, it seems a bit jarring to see Ford partnering with the Walton Foundation around the issue of curatorial diversity. But a closer look reveals Alice Walton's fingerprints all over a big new initiative.
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.
The University of Chicago's Urban America Forward initiative has won support from a range of funders—including corporate backers. It's now offering grants on a thorny issue: racial wealth disparities.
Latinos, who make up much of the workforce in California wine country, have been among the hardest hit by fires that charred the region. The Latino Community Foundation tells us how it stepped up to help.
Wealthy individuals of color give generously to philanthropic causes, but largely do so in isolation, cut off from other donors of color and key networks of white peers. A new effort aims to change that.
Rapid-response funds have become common since November. One foundation based in Oakland has sought to make sure that moving fast also acknowledges the entrenched nature of racial inequities.
HHMI is known for putting researchers on its payroll. Its latest fellowship expands its commitment to diversity, providing up to eight years of support for young researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.
With Trump in the White House, lots of funders have been lining up to support immigrant populations. But what about the other side? Here's a look at how philanthropy has been engaged to keep newcomers out.
It's been a challenging year for the social justice movement, to put it mildly. But this funder is undeterred in its efforts to elevate women and LGBTQ people of color as grassroots movement leaders.
With the clock ticking for 800,000 young Dreamers now facing deportation, a number of funders are mobilizing to help with legal fees, litigation, advocacy and more.
A major gathering of social justice funders just took place in New Orleans. One takeaway: working across boundaries is more than a nice idea; it's become a strategy for survival.
The Field Foundation is certainly not the largest funder in the city, but it’s a very locally focused one, and it's lately made some big changes. Here's a look.
Funders have demonstrated quite a bit of nimbleness since Trump's election, rolling out various rapid-response grantmaking initiatives. Here's an example of such grants also stimulating small donations.
The emergence of Chinese American giving over the past 10 years has been striking. We dig into its causes and ramifications in the field that has received the most support: higher education.
Women of color account for 80 percent of new HIV diagnoses. But stigma and isolation can make it uniquely difficult for these women to get treatment. A pharma funder is working the problem.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust isn't a well known name in philanthropy, but it's made some sizeable grants lately to address community violence and advance racial equity more broadly.
The funding flowing to white supremacist nonprofits is limited, and mostly it's given anonymously. We dig into the finances of three organizations working to make America white again.
Much of Steven Spielberg's philanthropy happens anonymously. But the Righteous Persons Foundation is one way the box office billionaire funds anti-hate efforts. We check in with its ED at a critical moment.
Nat Williams and the Black Social Change Funders Network argue that under-investment in black-led organizations is hurting the social justice sector writ large. What needs to change?
Popular entertainment has mass reach in the millions, but social justice funders don't usually pay it much attention. The Pop Culture Collaborative aims to change that. What's its game plan?
Recent new efforts to support immigrant rights in Chicago and Washington, D.C., show how a growing array of funders are pushing back against Trump policies.
With an expanding donor base and lots of big-name partnerships, the Pillars Fund tackles Muslim American issues. Its founder, Kashif Shaikh, tells IP about its strategy and recent growth.
No major funder has lately invested more in advancing racial equity than the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. We talk to the leader of this work, Gail Christopher, about the foundation's strategy and latest moves.