Even as the international climate has grown ever more tense, most foundations remain uninterested in military and foreign policy. IP Editor David Callahan takes a deep dive into funding trends in this space.
The bad news: A growing array of strongman leaders are curtailing democratic freedoms worldwide. The good news: Human rights funders are giving more than ever and embracing new strategies.
More foundations are looking to back social movements these days, but grantmaking in this space can be tricky. A guest contributor draws on years of experience to offer some candid advice to funders.
When the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land in 2015, many advocates worried there’d be a falloff of funding. Now, it’s clear that this didn’t happen, according to the latest data.
A new study sheds light on how funders working overseas (and at home) can navigate complex local situations and do a better job of boosting grassroots efforts to make change.
Grantmaking to prevent war and foster peace adds up to less than 1 percent of total foundation giving. The good news? Funders in this critical space punch well above their weight.
A record number of people were killed last year trying to protect the environment around the world. We look at what some funders are doing to provide better security.
As the Democratic Republic of the Congo teeters on the brink of a new conflagration, two longtime funders working there tell us how they're responding. Many foundations investing in Africa also have a lot a stake as this crisis heats up.
While the media faces unprecedented political attacks in the U.S., reporters are being killed in record numbers worldwide. More grant money is flowing in response to the growing hostility and violence.
When Hewlett launched its cybersecurity initiative in 2014, a key premise was that civil society needed a stronger voice on these critical issues. That's now more obvious—and the foundation is expanding its work.
Over 20 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen and 8 million are said to be "one step away from starvation." What are U.S. funders doing here? Not much.
The current funding landscape for LGBT rights funding has been on a steady increase for the past 10 years or so. The problem is that funding has historically failed to address the needs of intersex and trans communities. Is the tide turning?
While the widespread problem of modern slavery still scares off many funders, more donors have come into this space lately—including the founders of a wealthy publishing company we'd never heard of.
The billionaire is giving millions to universities to promote a less interventionist U.S. foreign policy. It's a ripe moment for such grantmaking, with the public weary of war and an "America First" populist in office.
Despite the critical role that local actors play in tackling violence and building sustainable peace, only a small fraction of peacebuilding funding goes to local organizations. Here's how to change that.
While few top U.S. foundations are paying attention to a campaign of genocidal violence in Myanmar, a cadre of small and determined grantmakers are deeply engaged in this crisis.
George Clooney's effort to promote peace in Africa is a case study of effective celebrity philanthropy. He focuses on overlooked niches and commits both his star power and real money to moving the needle.
These are nerve wracking times for U.S. advocates working to combat human trafficking. But grants keep flowing from key funders, including support for novel approaches to the problem in cities.
Ted Turner's $1 billion pledge to U.N. causes in 1997 ushered in a new era of big philanthropy. Twenty years later, we look at what this gift achieved.
Chris Stone is out as president of OSF. What led to his departure from one of the world's largest foundations? And what challenges, internal and external, does OSF face as it confronts a new era of authoritarianism?
The situation on the Korean peninsula is increasingly scary. What can philanthropy realistically do to help shape outcomes here? And which funders are on the case?
Even as wars rage on multiple continents, it can be hard for funders to know how or where to give to promote global security. A longtime donor weighs in on the need for new research and analysis.
Systems thinking is getting a lot of attention these days. For Humanity United, it's provided a way to approach human rights and security issues that can seem overwhelming and intractable.
The Enough Project has pioneered an innovative approach to preventing mass atrocities and addressing corruption and famine. What's it doing and where does its funding come from?
While Microsoft's global philanthropy is mainly focused on closing the digital divide, it sees another place where technology can make a difference—human rights—and just launched new work with the U.N.
The work of Physicians for Human Rights is more important than ever. Now, with a sizable pledge from the Open Society Foundations, it's looking to expanding its funding base—and capacity.
There are few more dangerous places to be a woman than Afghanistan. But that's just one of the reasons a group of five formidable funders zeroed on this problem earlier in the year.
The GHR Foundation and OpenIdeo have launched a $1 million BridgeBuilder Challenge, shining a spotlight on the intersections of many of the most pressing global health and development challenges.
Billionaire Gap heir Bill Fisher also works in the finance world. He and his wife Sakurako's giving focuses especially on the Bay Area, where arts and culture is a top priority. We take a look.