The Southern Cumberland Plateau is a biodiversity hotspot in the South that’s uniquely suited to support species in a changing climate. We dig into a successful conservation push in the region.
While the Mary Black Foundation has a narrow geographic mandate in South Carolina, its evolution in recent years offers a window into several larger trends that are changing the foundation world—and the American South.
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.
Founded just four years ago, this funder is squarely focused on the Sarasota region of Florida. And lately it’s been expanding it grantmaking
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.
What happens to bank foundations after mergers and acquisitions take place? Here, we look at how one particular bank deal is affecting corporate giving in the Southeast.
We look at how two regional funders have shifted their strategies to advance equity and to listen more closely to the communities they’re seeking to help. Both are part of a larger movement within institutional philanthropy.
Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realize. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.
In another example of community foundations stepping up for LGBTQ causes, the Community Foundation of Broward in Florida recently launched a program to help local institutions to be more welcoming of LGBTQ residents.
Local philanthropy may be on a roll in the South, but grantmaking to tackle entrenched inequities still lags. Summing up a two-year research dive, a report gives insight into why that is and what funders can do about it.
An often-overlooked type of business funder is the small community bank that only operates within a restricted geographical area. Here’s a good example in Eastern Tennessee of a bank foundation local nonprofits should know.
More community foundations are looking to impact investing to move the needle on capital-intensive challenges like affordable housing and economic development. Here’s the latest example, from Atlanta.
The Aileen Getty Foundation has joined two high-profile grantmakers making waves on the HIV/AIDS funding scene in the Southern states. Who’s winning grants from this new collaboration?
While many foundations are now experimenting with impact investing, community foundations have been slower to embrace this strategy. Here’s another sign that this is changing.
Measured by giving, The Foundation For The Carolinas is now the number two community grantmaker in the country. Rising wealth in the region is one big reason for its surge. But there's more to the story.
The digital divide is real is many parts of America where there's uneven access to high-speed Internet. One community foundation in Alabama is looking to bridge these gaps, with seed funding from Google.
There's a lot of new wealth in Atlanta and plenty of civic pride. But despite the city's progressive reputation, deep inequities endure, and grantmakers could do much more to close the gaps.
Achieving the Dream is the top national organization working to help community college students succeed. With the help of a local foundation, it's expanding its efforts to Mississippi.
Top health grantmakers have been so busy working upstream on the causes of poor health that they've been MIA on the worst public health crisis in recent memory. But here's a funder that's paying new attention.
The Walton Family Foundation has been engaged in a concerted push to create a strong arts ecosystem in Northwest Arkansas. Its latest move involves a partnership with Artspace.
Private foundations like Robert Wood Johnson have led a push to address the social and economic determinants of health. Now, this approach is catching on with more corporate funders.
Philanthropy has played a key role in Atlanta’s embrace of green spaces. A new project to expand one of its most popular parks will raise 80 percent of its funds from private donors. Are there any downsides?
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.
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.