A rare opportunity to conserve a large swath of land led the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to make a large and unusual program-related investment. But the sustainable forestry model behind this move is not without its critics.
After selling his tech company, Brian Hamilton started a foundation to scale up work he’d been doing for many years to help formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses. But the foundation’s work has expanded beyond that.
As state governments cuts support for the arts, regional donors often try to fill the gap. For a particularly stark example of this phenomenon, we turn our attention to Florida, where private wealth is offsetting some cuts to public arts funding.
Gilead Sciences is a leading player in HIV/AIDS funding in the U.S. South, with a major grantmaking program aimed at tackling an epidemic that’s still raging in this part of the country. Where’s the money going?
The creation of a new organization tasked with supporting Northwest Arkansas’ growing arts ecosystem represents the latest phase in Alice Walton and her family’s plans to make their home region into a cultural hotspot.
Elizabeth and Kevin Phillips found themselves on the leading edge of a seismic shift in giving when the young couple assumed leadership of Kevin’s family foundation. The choices they’ve made offer insights into how “generation impact” thinks.
As in other places, many LGBTQ seniors in South Florida are isolated, depressed, and in poor health. A new foundation-backed collaboration aims to make South Florida the best place in the country for elders who identify as LGBTQ.
As impact investing gains steam, a broader array of foundations are exploring how this strategy can advance their missions. Health legacy funders are the latest to get in on the action, including the Atlanta-based Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
Atlanta has the highest level of income inequality of any city in America, with nearly half of residents in its Westside area living in poverty. The SunTrust Foundation is part of a new collaboration that’s coming together to try to turn things around.
Dodd & Dodd Attorneys currently manages this foundation, which has broad interests and is a great funder to know if you’re based in Louisville or elsewhere in Jefferson County.
Although the Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation is best known as a supporterr of Methodist-affiliated groups, it is also a key funder to know for nonprofit construction needs of all kinds in Georgia.
To help you wrap your head around this community foundation’s giving, here are four ways that ACF works with nonprofit communities across the state of Arkansas. Grantmaking may be more flexible than you think.
Arby’s is more than just a fast-food restaurant; it also has a philanthropic foundation that awards grants. Here are three things to know about Arby’s Foundation giving in the Southeastern U.S.
Energy companies across America have emerged as significant local funders that small and mid-size nonprofits depend on for support. Here are three things to know about the AGL Resources Private Foundation and where grantseekers can now turn for funding in the Southeast.
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.
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.