If you look past the attention to top K-12 funders, you’ll find that foundations in this space come in all shapes and sizes, including many who support traditional public schools. Here’s a case in point from Texas.
Houston has emerged as one of the most green-forward cities in the nation, largely due to private philanthropy. No couple has given more than Richard and Nancy Kinder, who just made their biggest park gift yet.
Health and human services continues to be the top funding area for the Inasmuch Foundation. Here we look at four ways the funder gives within these high-priority categories.
Worried about urban equity? Or obesity rates and public health? Or environmental education for young people? Grantmaking for parks is a way to achieve a range of goals. We look at what’s happening in Austin.
In places like rural Arizona, there aren’t necessarily enough local donors to keep multiple community foundations afloat. This is where affiliate foundations really come in handy.
Perhaps no city has benefited from the surge in regional philanthropy more than Houston. We dig into a huge gift to Houston Zoo and the various factors contributing to the city's emergence as a philanthropic power center.
An organized push has been underway over the past few years to build the capacity of local and regional funders working on LGBTQ issues. Here's how that effort is playing out in Texas.
The Grant County Community Foundation was established back in 2012 but just recently made its very first round of grants. Let's take a look at how and where this emerging New Mexico funder gives.
Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. This issue is finally getting attention from government and at least one big private funder in the state.
Health legacy foundations have become big, important players in regional philanthropy. And more of them are tackling the social determinants of health. A case in point: a Texas funder with $1.2 billion in assets.
The Southwest is another region where women’s foundations are doing well and have some big things going on. We look at funders in Dallas and Tucson.
The Greater Texas Foundation crossed our radar when it announced a new $3 million grant for a rural student success initiative. What else is this funder doing?
For many family foundations across the country, human services are often just one among several priorities. The George Kaiser Family Foundation puts such critical needs at the center of its mission.
St. David's Opportunity Grants initiative is still going strong, which is great news for groups with fresh, new ideas.
The growing resources and sophistication of local health foundations is one of the most important stories in institutional philanthropy right now. Here's a good case study from the Lone Star State.
The Zarrow name has become synonymous with philanthropy in Oklahoma. Here we look at the growing local commitments of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.
The latest grocery funder that we’ve gotten to know is the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, which is based in Phoenix. One of its priorities is educating kids about food.
Walter Oil and Gas is one of the largest private oil companies in America, and the Texas family’s net worth has been estimated at around $1.9 billion. We look at family's latest hospital giving.
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.
Budgeting for grantmaking every year isn't as easy as it looks. And for newer health legacy foundations in particular, which have often experienced rapid growth, it can be especially tricky.
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.
Wild success with crowdfunding is like the nonprofit equivalent of winning the lottery. But what's the secret to raising the big bucks—and the challenges of giving it out? We look at J.J. Watt's $37 million touchdown.
Building construction and equipment costs are often on foundations' "do not fund" list. But here's a funder in Texas that sticks almost exclusively to these types of grants to serve local needs.
Amid growing research on trauma and other mental health issues affecting children, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is giving this area lots of attention in one state.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving for animal welfare since it started in 1998, and in recent years, has become a top animal funder in Indiana and Arizona.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving to environment and community issues in Indiana and Arizona since 1997. It’s sharpening focus lately, and just gave $4.9 million to restore a troubled river.
Two funders in Arizona came together to make an investment of nearly $3 million to the often-overlooked area of end-of-life care and planning. Here's a closer look.
Forget charters and choice. The grocery mogul Charles Butt is looking to improve the traditional public schools that educate some 5 million Texas children—a tenth of America's K-12 students.
Ivy League schools aside, universities across the country have local funders backing their research departments. In San Antonio, the Voelcker Fund has donated millions to Texas state schools.
Even as chronic disease worsens in rural Texas, hospitals are closing and accessing care is increasingly difficult. Episcopal Health Foundation is on the case. What are its ideas?