Nearly a year and a half after talking to the Mary Black Foundation about its revamped equity focus, we got to wondering how funding has evolved. With a look at recent grants, here's what we found.
A gift for a new arts district in Fayetteville by the Windgate Charitable Foundation—a funder primarily comprised of donations of Walmart stock—aligns with Alice Walton's vision of creating a regional arts hub.
While this huge grantmaker is best known for pushing school choice, it has a lot more going on, including extensive giving in its home region and funding for education work that doesn't fit the usual mold.
Gilead Sciences recently announced a 10-year, $100 million commitment to combat HIV/AIDS in the South—the latest funder to respond to a disturbingly high prevalence of infections in the region.
Charlotte, North Carolina, has some of the lowest rates of upward mobility in the U.S. Now, Bank of America is footing the bill as a coalition of local leaders looks for ways to expand opportunity.
A recent report provides a big-picture view of the state of philanthropy in the American South. Where are grants going, and how effective are funders at addressing entrenched inequities in the region?
The rate of homelessness in America is higher now than it has been in seven years. But in certain parts of the country, funders are part of big strides toward decreasing that rate. Here's another success story.
To get a handle on the types of groups that receive Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee grants, where they operate, and where the money comes from, we’re taking a closer look at this funder's recent giving.
Resilience is a big topic in philanthropy, targeting areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A few foundations are backing a new design competition to protect Florida from sea-level rise.
After years of frustration, grantmakers are optimistic about reducing chronic homelessness and are scoring notable gains in some cities. We talk to a top Florida funder about its breakthrough work in Orlando.
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is devoted to social and economic justice in the South. That translates, in part, to regional grants at the intersection of equity and the environment.
If you walk around the headquarters of most nonprofit offices today, the first phrase that comes to mind probably isn’t “high tech.” This Southwest Florida couple just donated $2.5 million to help change that.
For a long time, LGBTQ philanthropy largely skipped the South. That's starting to change, and these grants to grow pro-LGBTQ community foundations are one reason why.
We take a look at the charitable arm of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and where its funding has been landing lately in Tennessee.
Given that Michael Jordan has been a major global phenomenon for decades, it’s easy to forget how young he is still is. The 54-year-old billionaire is now turning to giving on a bigger level.
Community foundations are a huge part of North Carolina’s philanthropy scene, and part of their success is attributable to an effective affiliate network. We take a closer look.
This certainly isn’t one of the larger health funders in North Carolina, but with a three-county focus and two grant cycles per year, this is one local groups should know. Here's what it's been funding lately.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
Florida Atlantic University operates a public high school on its campus where students can earn dual high school and undergraduate degrees in four years—for free. Some donors believe it can be replicated nationally.
Publix Super Markets Charities, which is based in Lakeland, Florida, is addressing hunger in the local communities that it serves. We look at some recent grants.
In the aftermath of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, donations often go to the wrong places and trail off even as the real work of recovery gets underway. This nonprofit wants to do things differently.
Small towns don't have the resources of larger cities and are often overlooked by big-name funders. Here's an example of a funder collaboration looking to change that.
One of the biggest campus gifts ever for the arts—to the University of Arkansas—has Alice Walton's fingerprints all over it. What's this ambitious Walmart heir up to?
It's hard to think of another top foundation CEO who has more dramatically remade the organization he or she leads. What has all this change added up to? And where's Knight going next?
Major foundations have a long history of shortchanging the American South. And when they do engage, they can be high-handed. We look at a push to change all that as advocacy efforts grow in the region.
Real estate companies aren’t the largest funders on the corporate philanthropy scene, but some of them do establish foundations. Here, we look at one real estate firm giving locally in Southwest Florida.
Four research teams are sharing $10.8 million from RWJF and a pool of Deepwater Horizon settlement money to explore complex factors that make up community resilience in the Gulf Coast region.
Here's the deal with Florida's Blue Cross-affiliated foundation and how you can get a piece of its millions—including for work on mental health.
The Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation recently gave a total of $90,000 to three charities in South Carolina. We look at how this foundation operates and the types of local causes it gravitates towards.
The Meridian-based Phil Hardin Foundation has a single goal: to improve education in Mississippi. This has been the focus from the beginning, but a few shifts caught our attention with this place-based funder.
Recent $8 million and $10 million rural church commitments are significant, not only because of the very specific denominational focus, but also because they're coming from one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast.