The first round of TED’s new philanthropic venture is channeling serious money to worthy causes. Can it get past its fixation on ideas and startup culture to support lasting progress?
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation may be the most intriguing—and confusing—institution in philanthropy today. It also has a surprising number of critics. IP Editor David Callahan takes a deep dive.
The fight against homelessness in Silicon Valley keeps gaining momentum, most recently with what may be the largest-ever corporate contribution to address this issue, by Cisco. What's the game plan here?
For all the hype around charters, most K-12 students still attend traditional public schools, and more funders are focusing resources there. Salesforce is a case in point and has expanded such grantmaking to Indianapolis.
While living donors and legacy foundations often eye other warily, they have a lot to gain from collaborating and more such efforts are emerging. Here's an example of that, focusing on economic equity.
The Alliance for Good is a donor-advised fund started by the founders of an up-and-coming health food e-commerce startup. They’re inviting other like-minded millionaires to join and figure out specific causes as a group.
Silicon Valley donors are often dinged for seeking quick fixes to entrenched social problems. So what should we think of a $1 million prize competition that looks to new technology to reduce violence against women?
While a number of philanthropists have fixated on the dangers of AI, Paul Allen is focused on its potential and just gave another $125 million for research. What's he thinking?
A Facebook buyout made him a billionaire. Now, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is using philanthropy to improve tech for the common good. We look at his first major move.
While their reputation as disruptors of philanthropy is overblown, tech donors do want to do some things differently. The new Dropbox Foundation is a case in point.
The Westly Foundation, bankrolled by venture capital wealth, is looking to back "novel" ideas to community challenges that have "strong potential to scale." Who wins its awards and why?
Michael and Xochi Birch have turned their members-only club in San Francisco, The Battery, into a platform for encouraging philanthropy. We get the inside story of how this outfit has evolved.
CZI is a science funder with some unique attributes that resemble a tech company. It's now teaming up with UMass to build an AI-powered tool that will help researchers analyze published findings.
With four kids and a writing career, MacKenzie Bezos has been in no hurry to take on the challenges of large-scale giving. Is this about to change? And what do know about her interests?
There’s a hotly debated effort to bring species like the woolly mammoth and the passenger pigeon back from extinction. While it’s not heavily funded, a small band of donors and advocates have made a big impact.
Does a big gift for "Dreamers" by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos mark the start of their emergence as active major philanthropists? There are a few reasons to suspect that it does.
Silicon Valley veteran John Wakerly has been engaged in philanthropy since the 1990s. We spoke with Wakerly to find out more about what his family foundation is up to.
Thanks to a $165 million gift to the Nature Conservancy, a prized tract of California coastland is protected. Will tech’s elite look to the gift as a model for giving? Should it?
Airbnb's young billionaire founders signed the Giving Pledge last year. We look at where their interests lie and what their philanthropy might look like once serious money starts moving out the door.
Two years after the founding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, there's a lot to like about the couple's giving, including their risky push into advocacy. Less appealing is their embrace of an uncritical techno-optimism.
We talk to Scott Kriens, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who has bankrolled a new "multiversity" to teach people how to lead more integrated, meaningful lives. That's not a cause you'll see techies embracing very often.
Fresh from announcing a five-year, billion-dollar philanthropic game plan, Google.org is doubling down on evidence-based criminal justice reform. Racial equity is one big priority.
It's a good thing when socioeconomically diverse kids get into college. But graduating can be the hard part. A recent gift from Hastings—best known for funding charter schools—addresses this challenge.
In recent years, Best Buy has been funding tech centers for underserved teenagers using a successful learning model developed by the MIT Media Lab. Now, it's giving millions to dramatically expand the centers.
As part of CZI’s rapid expansion, it's created a community fund that it says will be guided by those struggling in Silicon Valley. Is this another sign of a more responsive tech philanthropy?
As the tech industry’s power swells, a multidisciplinary grant to Cornell University hopes to give the future leaders in innovation a stronger footing in liberal arts and sciences.
In another sign that community-focused approaches to K-12 philanthropy are gaining steam, Silicon Valley's most prominent new education funder is teaming up with Ford to promote student-centered learning.
Six weeks after the New America Foundation ousted a project that criticized Google, it's an open question whether dissenting voices that challenge the power of big tech can find the funding they need.
Promising $1 billion in grants, the tech giant—lately under fire from a growing chorus of critics—has laid out big plans for advancing economic inclusion. What should we make of this move?
WhatsApp's Brian Acton is turning to philanthropy full-time, tapping a $6.6 billion fortune and Silicon Valley chops to start a nonprofit focused on nonprofits and tech. A guest contributor offers some wise words.