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.
Unbound Philanthropy was founded in 2003, when humane immigration policies commanded bipartisan support. Lately, though, this low-profile grantmaker has been at the center of a raging national debate.
The Sobrato Family Foundation recently expanded its commitment to improve the language and literacy skills of young English learners in California. Here's what's significant about the Sobrato model.
Backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust, an innovative research project looks at the costs of segregation to Chicago as a whole. What's the plan beyond that?
Many undocumented immigrants could win the right to stay with appropriate legal help. As funders ramp up efforts in this area, some of these new funds are flowing to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
Among those funders leading the push back against Trump policies are philanthropists with immigrant roots. At least one foundation of a corporation started by an immigrant is also in this fight.
The Bush Foundation backs community programs in the Midwest with recurring themes of diversity and equity. Lately, it’s been supporting local immigrant communities that have come under fire.
The mix of funders worried about America's vast gaps by race in wealth and income is getting more diverse and interesting. That said, we're not surprised to see who's writing some of the biggest checks.
An economic conservative with deep connections in Florida business and entertainment, Mike Fernandez is the latest billionaire to back advocacy work aimed at thwarting the Trump agenda.
The Christensen Fund is a unique family foundation that backs environmental and cultural work, with a focus on indigenous peoples and food sovereignty, including in the American Southwest.
Small and controversial, the Center for Immigration Studies is now an influential player in Washington. Most of its funding comes from just one foundation that also bankrolls other anti-immigration groups.
Another study finds that having teachers of color helps improve the academic performance and high school completion rates of African American students, especially boys. Who's funding in this area?
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.
Giving to promote diversity has lately been gaining steam. Recently, the biggest donors in this space, George Lucas and his partner Mellody Hobson, stepped up again.
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.
The sharp upward spike in hate incidents following the election has created a climate of fear for many. Funders have been responding with grants and initiatives, including some newcomers to this space.
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?
Amid stepped-up deportations and mounting panic, new grant money is flowing to legal and advocacy groups, especially in Southern California, where a million undocumented immigrants live.
News out of D.C. provides a striking example of how one school grappling with its past can build for a better future thanks, in part, to foundation assistance.
Some of the best legal minds in the nation are in the academy, and donors who figure out how to bring that firepower to bear on public debates—like immigration—can have a big impact. Here's an example.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation recently launched an Immigrant Rights Fund with initial grants going out to a range of nonprofits. What's the plan, here?
The Oscar nominees are finally more diverse this year. And within the film industry itself, one power couple is taking a stand on diversity, and putting up new funding, too: Will and Jada Smith.
Colin Kaepernick’s name has been in the news lately, as the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers takes a stand (or rather a knee) for racial justice. He's engaged in philanthropy for the cause, too.
Billionaire siblings Jon and Pat Stryker are both known for their progressive philanthropy. But where did these values come from? Jon offers IP some insights in explaining a recent gift for a new lynching memorial.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation continues to be at the forefront of backing community-based groups with a racial justice lense. Grants for youth are key to its strategy.
TSFF is an edgy and progressive funder that's engaged in a new push to challenge the underlying structures that sustain racial and economic inequities. What's that mean for would-be grantees?