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.
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.