Philanthropy has been largely passive as endless wars and soaring defense spending have diverted resources away from pressing domestic challenges. Now, in a striking collaboration, George Soros and Charles Koch aim to disrupt the status quo.
Ben Delo is the latest big donor to embrace effective altruism. But in an unusual twist, he’s focusing on catastrophic future threats like climate change. Will Delo’s move prod like-minded givers to tackle complex, long-term problems?
The Open Society Foundations launched its Soros Arts Fellowships last year to support the work of artists in repressive regimes. This year’s fellowship builds on this approach by focusing on an issue that’s deeply personal for OSF’s founder.
Crime, violence, and deep poverty continue to push Mexicans and Central Americans to flee northward. Several top U.S. foundations have been working on these challenges for years. What are they doing? And what’s been the impact?
In the face of rising attacks on democratic institutions and civil organizations worldwide, it’s becoming more important than ever to support social movements. But according to two veterans in this space, funders need to change how they provide such support.
Open Philanthropy Project’s unique approach has led it to animal welfare, global health and curbing the risks of artificial intelligence—most recently with a $55 million grant for research and policy analysis on AI. What’s the thinking behind this big investment?
Translating early energy and activism into long-term change is a persistent challenge of social movements. A major new funding collaborative seeks to keep the momentum of #MeToo alive with millions in grants to challenge workplace harassment.
While Africa’s many conflicts have long been studied by researchers from around the globe, most hail from outside Africa—with the views of local researchers largely absent. Carnegie is working to change that with an ambitious range of investments.
The movement for LGBTQ rights has evolved dramatically in recent years, in ways good and bad. To keep up with these shifts, a top funder in this space is taking a new approach. We get an inside look at where Arcus’ grantmaking is heading.
While sex work or trafficking occasionally make headlines, sex workers and their rights have been largely ignored by the public and by philanthropy. But new funding movements, giving circles, and collaboratives are seeking to change that.
A country’s judicial system can offer protection from authoritarian leadership. But courts can also be used to legitimize the suppression of unwelcome dissent. That’s why George Clooney and his wife Amal are backing a new initiative called TrialWatch.
Philanthropy’s support of veterans causes has been spotty, even as the needs of veterans have grown. So it’s a big deal that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has emerged as a major new giver in this space.
While violent conflict can torpedo a range of goals pursued by philanthropy, ensuring peace and stability is too often a sideline concern for funders. Here’s why that needs to change—and what any grantmaker can do right now.
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.
The risk of nuclear weapons use has been rising, but few funders focus on this threat, which can seem abstract and for which it’s hard to show impact. What will it take to draw new money into this critical space?
Two donors giving for global peace and security argue that nonprofits in this field need to get more sophisticated to attract greater funding—and that embracing business practices can help.
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.
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.