These aren’t the best of times for charter schools, with political pushback growing and some disappointed donors losing interest. But IDEA Public Schools, a southern charter network, is doing better than ever. What accounts for its success?
Along with prominent community funders like the Cleveland Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation, the Arizona Community Foundation is emerging as a national impact investing leader. Here’s how ACF approaches nonprofit loans.
Texas has more counties—254—than any other state in the U.S. Not every county has its own community foundation, but many do, including Montgomery County. And the Montgomery County Community Foundation is interested in a lot of things going on in this part of Texas.
In a conservation push with few parallels in philanthropy, Walton has given many millions of dollars to ensure a healthy future for one of America’s most important rivers. Along the way, it’s become an unlikely—and controversial—power player on Western water issues.
The Brownsville Community Foundation likes nonprofits that operate collaboratively. Recent interests include education, economic development, health, housing, the arts, historic preservation, and the environment.
A rising tide of local crises and public disinvestment is pulling private funders into roles once thought of as government’s domain. How are these dynamics playing out in different places? And how far should philanthropy go when public systems falter?
From its earliest days, the Brindle Foundation has aimed to do things differently in terms of grantmaking and grantee relationships. Here are a few examples of what that looks like in practice.
Grayson County, Texas, is home to over 131,000 people, just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here’s one local grantmaker that has made this region its top priority.
Backstopped by a large finance fortune, the Booths have become important donors to watch in the state, especially for the arts. We take a look at which organizations have been winning support from the couple.
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.
The Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, was a pioneer in women’s philanthropy. Now, it’s transforming itself into a statewide operation at a time when Texas is awash in wealth and women are playing a growing leadership role in philanthropy.
Economic development and entrepreneurship are on the forefront of many funders’ minds these days as they seek to catalyze urban growth. But some foundations are taking these goals to a whole new level to give their hometowns a boost.
While managing nonprofit endowments isn’t unique on the community philanthropy scene, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has made itself as a leader in such work. Here’s a closer look.
Houston’s philanthropic old guard, steeped in oil riches, is welcoming a new crop of funders with diverse sources of wealth and interests as the city undergoes profound demographic and economic change.
Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.
Robert Bass is a billionaire and a big name in Texas. He and his wife Anne are also active philanthropists. We take a look at where their giving flows and what grantseekers should know about their foundation.
BOK Financial’s Learning for Life program is an exemplar of the popularity of financial literacy among financial services funders. We also check out its other giving and community involvement in its seven banking divisions.
The effort of a wealthy tech entrepreneur to transform San Antonio is another example of “destination philanthropy,” as big donors step up place-based giving, often in partnership with local universities.
With Central Texas experiencing rapid population growth and demographic change, the Austin Community Foundation is engaged in new efforts to close opportunity gaps for women and Latinos.
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.
The grantmaking arm of the Arizona Public Service Company continues to fund STEM education, with an eye on diversity and a changing jobs landscape. A senior team member offers an inside look at APS’s grantmaking.
The Albuquerque Community Foundation is going strong. We look at where grants are going lately, including a new focus for this foundation: the commercial space industry in New Mexico.
Citing pervasive cost overruns and a shift toward more socially equitable giving, some donors have shied away from funding ambitious capital projects. Kenneth C. Griffin, however, isn't one of them.
The Arizona Community Foundation is a leading funding force in the state with over 1,650 charitable funds and five offices throughout the state. We examine its latest round of grantmaking.
The Hogg Foundation, one of the few stalwart backers of mental health, is looking to better address the underlying factors that determine well-being. We hear how the new strategy came about and why rural areas will get more attention.
Jackie Cooper was a successful businessman but was just as well known for his dedication to the issue of HIV/AIDS. Here’s how the fund that he and his wife established gives in Oklahoma.
The Paso del Norte Foundation and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation have been two separate but interconnected entities for the past five years. That’s changing. Which means what?
Like a lot of health funders, the Episcopal Health Foundation in Texas is taking a systemic, “upstream” approach. Part of that strategy is about strengthening health systems in a rural state with millions of uninsured people.
As more health funders focus on the underlying causes of poor health, some are zeroing in on the critical role of adverse childhood experiences. We look at a Texas foundation’s new initiative in this area.
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.