Piloted by Josephine Abercrombie, a colorful figure who’s now in her 90s, this local grantmaker supports a range of organizations—including those dedicated to horses and horseracing. Here are some things to know about this Kentucky funder.
In a little over a decade, Miami has developed one of the country's most vibrant arts ecosystems. We take a closer look at the two funders most responsible for its rapid ascent: the Knight Foundation and real estate developer Jorge M. Pérez.
A recent $20 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to the University of Central Arkansas—the largest in the school’s 111-year history—is another reminder of the stronger philanthropic ecosystems that are emerging in the South.
For three decades, the Peyton Anderson Foundation has been a vibrant major funder in Central Georgia. How does it direct its local grantmaking in the realms of education, health, and community renaissance?
Fewer than half of all students who start community college finish. In Mississippi, the Woodward Hines Education Foundation sees honor societies as one key to changing that. It’s also connecting schools in the state to a national community college network.
This media giant’s corporate funding arm will soon award approximately $2.5 million in 11 regions to support promising local programs addressing community challenges.
While there’s a growing focus by funders on helping communities adapt to climate change, local groups in vulnerable areas still struggle to get attention from major foundations. Players like the Bayou Community Foundation in Louisiana are helping fill the gap.
The Abney Foundation is another funder chipping away at the tuition crisis through scholarship awards. We take a closer look at its local grantmaking in South Carolina, and how it aligns with the founder’s original youth-centric mission.
Small grants are an ideal way to expand the breadth of giving and dabble in new strategies without taking a big leap. What we don’t see too often are such grants awarded by multi-funder collaborations, which is why the NKY Funders’ Grants program caught our attention.
The SunTrust Foundation, based in Atlanta, launched its Lighting the Way awards program in 2016 to recognize nonprofits in its market areas building financial confidence in their communities. Where are grants going?
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has been giving in North Carolina for a while. But to better tackle the region’s challenges, including in rural areas, it’s placing more emphasis on measurable outcomes, systems change, and community engagement.
LGBTQ funding is growing across the South, with community foundations often playing an important role in mobilizing new resources for this cause. One example is the new grantmaking action in Alabama.
Winthrop Rockefeller moved to Arkansas in 1953, and his philanthropic legacy continues to this day, most recently with a $100 million commitment to a University of Arkansas-based think tank from a trust he established at his death that’s now set to wind down.
Health legacy foundations are playing a growing role in local grantmaking—often in ways that are nimble and responsive to nonprofit needs. The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg is a great example of that.
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.
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.