Youth causes are typically a big deal for sports team foundations. Which helps explain why the 49ers Foundation is really diving in to STEAM education for middle schoolers.
In recent years, Best Buy has been funding tech centers for underserved teenagers using a successful learning model developed by the MIT Media Lab. Now, it's giving millions to dramatically expand the centers.
A foundation endowed with the wealth of the late businessman and philanthropist A. James Clark is quietly emerging as one of the most generous funders in the push for STEM diversity.
Movies have a big part to play in the average person’s interaction with science. A project pairing STEM-related movies with expert talks is in its 12th season, having spread to 72 cinemas to date.
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.
We usually write about the philanthropic efforts directed against Trump. But here's an area where tech funders have found common cause with the administration and are putting up big money.
While gifts for STEM diversity have often flowed from usual suspects like national foundations and corporate funders, a wider range of funders are giving in this space. What's driving that?
The National Park Foundation has ramped up private fundraising, and a big recent grant seeks to engage more students and teachers with the parks through science education.
With many cybersecurity jobs going unfilled, higher ed has a key role to play in closing a growing skills gap, and some donors are stepping forward to lend a hand. We look at a major gift off the beaten track.
A nonprofit focused on STEM teachers is making grants to encourage teachers to experiment more, hoping that this will attract more people to the profession.
100Kin10 launched in 2011 to pool ideas and funding for STEM teacher training. It just secured a big round of support, and released a new guide to what’s impeding progress.
HHMI is making $24 million in grants to schools that take a variety of approaches to increasing diversity in STEM subjects, with an eye on issues of belonging among students. What's the logic, here?
Companies are embracing a more integrated approach to giving that taps into their unique assets and keeps an eye on the long-term bottom line. GM is the latest big corporate funder to make the shift.
Tech giving has been on the rise in Chicago, as this sector continues to ramp its presence in the Windy City and engages more in the local philanthropy scene. Here's the latest development.
The 49ers Foundation is involved in a partnership with Chevron, which is a powerhouse in the area of STEM education. What's this work all about?
If you attended a liberal arts institution, and then made millions in the science and technology sector, it's not surprising that you might want to see your alma mater step up its game in the sciences.
Surviving financial turmoil, Miami’s new Museum of Science is finally open, with $305 million in public and private funding. What are some of the takeaways from its traumatic creation?
The tech giant's revamped philanthropic arm is on a mission to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Which means what, exactly?
Science may be under attack in D.C., but work continues to connect scientists with policymakers. Moore is funding efforts to replicate a successful program to do this in the states states and beyond.
HHMI is one of the country’s largest private funders of research, also channeling major support to science education. A new program backs the Associated Press to boost its science coverage.
A D.C. consulting firm is partnering with Howard University to upskill students in the field of cybersecurity. That's the good news. The bad news? Partnerhips like this one are still an anomaly.
The NSF and the Keck Foundation are helping a university turn a local river into a research lab, both to engage undergrads and better understand human impacts on fresh water.
As tons of funding flows to STEM education, a key challenge is to find ways to fire up interest in these areas among kids at a very early age. Two funders are backing an effort to do exactly that.
A $100 million gift from Giving Pledgers John A. and Susan Sobrato to Santa Clara University points to a holistic, philanthropy-fueled approach towards upskilling the next-generation American worker.
A seemingly humdrum gift to fund a new computer science building underscores the growing role of corporate philanthropy in developing human capital—and growing the economy.
Colleges can play a surprisingly important role in conserving open space and teaching young people about ecology. Here's an example from rural Ohio, backed by alumni cash.
The science of brewing beer is a bigger deal than you might think, tapping into a $100 billion U.S. market. Which helps explain a sizable campus gifts by a beer billionaire.
It's not surprising that tech companies would get behind initiatives that train young coders. But at least one top bank, Capital One, is also in this space. What's in for them?
It’s easy to get discouraged by how much STEAM education is struggling in the American South, but the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is on the case with its Pipeline Project.
Bloomberg’s $50 million donation to Boston’s Museum of Science is a personal thank you from a lifelong fan. It also reflect’s the donor’s staunch belief that data-driven analysis can better the world.
Each year, two Lasker Awards go to leading medical researchers, with a third category that’s more of a wild card. This year it went to a veteran biochemist for his powerful work in STEM education.
Jeffrey Dean is one of the unsung heroes of Google’s success, and kind of a living legend in the tech community. He and his wife’s nascent philanthropy is targeting the stark lack of diversity in his field.
Philanthropy serving rural areas is lacking, and one thing that could really use some help is STEM education. One corporate foundation in Illinois just launched a pilot program to address the problem.
MassMutual is giving big to data science and cybersecurity at UMass. It's part of its efforts to strengthen the region’s workforce, and get a leg up in the data-driven future of insurance.
The James Dyson Award is a cool platform for elevating inventive young minds. But Dyson’s giving extends to other STEM efforts, like a new university facility that’s more like a makerspace than a classroom.