Warnings about the risks posed by technology have been growing louder and more urgent. But an initiative launched last month imagines a more hopeful future in which technologists advance the public interest. Who’s behind it, and what’s the plan?
Not a whole lot is known about the philanthropy of Christopher and Andrea Borch, but they’re interesting because of their local dedication and broad interest areas.
Tech entrepreneur Mark Vadon’s foundation once gave reactively to local causes in the Seattle area. Now, it’s laser-focused on empowering Native American communities. We get the inside story of how this grantmaker stepped up its game.
The IT company Cognizant launched a foundation last year as part of its efforts to bolster STEM skills in the U.S. It recently started grantmaking and appointed an executive director. A focus on girls and women has figured prominently in its early moves.
Richard Leeds and Anne Kroeker moved to the Pacific Northwest to work in tech. Awed by the region’s wild beauty, they became deeply involved in the land trust movement, supporting a wide range of projects over many years.
Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.
The main philanthropic organization of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam has gone through some big changes in the past year. With a new strategy, it’s looking to confront the rise of illiberal populism and "reimagine capitalism.”
As philanthropists, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been best known for their big ambitions around biomedical research and education. But they’ve also been major donors in their home region, with CZI moving grants to dozens of local groups.
As the first bitcoin nonprofit recognized by the U.S. government, BitGive was a first mover in a crypto-philanthropy space that’s been growing fast lately. We explore the platform and check in with founder and Executive Director Connie Gallippi.
While wealthy donors often get professional help to find grantees, smaller donors can have a tougher time figuring things out. We look at one of the new intermediaries, ALMA, that aims to guide givers of modest means by curating portfolios of nonprofits.
A $300 million commitment to boost local news has turned Facebook into a major grantmaker in the nonprofit journalism space. We dig into the social media giant's strategy and what it means for beleaguered outlets moving forward.
Before he died last fall, the billionaire Paul Allen built up a powerful in-house capacity at his company, Vulcan Inc., to tackle urgent issues like wildlife protection and climate change. IP editor David Callahan takes an inside look at its unique strategy for impact.
With the foundation more than a year into its education strategy reboot, we’re keeping a close eye on how its new priorities are playing out. One focus: making teachers’ professional development opportunities more aligned with high-quality curricula with proven track records.
Through her leadership of a foundation which taps a tech fortune, Jean Case has been a relentless champion of changemakers and entrepreneurs. Now’s she out with a new book that shares some of what’s she learned along the way.
The founders of Amazon and Facebook both plan to give away billions for education. With these efforts still in an early phase, we’re keeping a close eye on the leaders these philanthropists are tapping to advance their ambitious goals—including two recent executive hires.
The Battery is known as an exclusive hangout for San Francisco’s tech leaders. But it’s also serious about its social mission, with a philanthropic arm that has now galvanized $15 million in giving. We recently caught up with its leaders to get an update.
After many lucrative years in the tech industry, Keith Krach is leaving his executive job to focus on philanthropy. We talk with him about a recent $1 million gift and how his career shaped his interest in nurturing “transformational leaders.”
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?
Last month after a contentious campaign, San Francisoc voters approved a ballot measure to tax the city’s richest companies to help the homeless. Now one of the measure’s biggest supporters is putting millions of his own money where his mouth is.
For all the talk of a golden age of philanthropy, the rich are piling up new wealth much faster than they’re giving it away. Most give mere crumbs compared to their net worth. The Bridgespan Group is looking to change that.
Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are showing up more and more in philanthropy. We look at some of the main crypto-giving methods at play, as well as some of the risks involved.
The Annenberg Foundation has teamed up with city government and local venture capitalists to spearhead a new initiative to ensure diversity within LA’s growing tech scene.
Researchers have made big strides in understanding brain development and how kids learn. But getting this new knowledge into classrooms isn’t easy. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is among a handful of funders that wants to change that.
Donald Trump may be a billionaire, but no recent president has inspired fiercer opposition within the far upper class. Many top philanthropists are among those who’ve given record sums in the most expensive mid-term election in U.S. history.
More deep-pocketed funders are interested in the age-old quest to live forever, in one form or another. We dig into the interesting story of Terasem Movement Foundation, founded by tech couple Martine and Bina Rothblatt.
Since its launch in 2016, Blue Meridian Partners has emerged as a powerhouse vehicle for new giving by some of America’s wealthiest philanthropists. Now the collaborative created by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation is becoming an independent nonprofit.
Paul Allen, who died recently, exemplified the best of big philanthropy. He embraced risk taking and cared deeply, journeying to the outer frontiers of scientific knowledge and to the front lines of the world’s biggest challenges. IP editor David Callahan assesses his legacy.
Billionaire Craig Newmark may have made his fortune in tech, but he’s also worried about that industry’s outsized power. We talk to Newark about his latest big gift—and where his growing philanthropy is heading next.
The Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have both been ramping up anti-poverty work. Now, they’re teaming up to back a policy shop founded by one of the hottest scholars in this space: Raj Chetty.
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.