The top 1 percent of U.S. households—who are collectively worth at least $30 trillion—only donated about $130 billion to charity in 2016. Is shame a way to get them to loosen the purse strings?
With half the world's population still lacking Internet access, Microsoft Philanthropies is giving grants to get more people online—and reap the economic benefits from being plugged into the web.
Even as AI and other advances promise to wipe out whole categories of jobs, some tech funders are looking for ways to help workers thrive. Google.org just became a big player in this space.
Artificial intelligence has emerged as a hot issue in philanthropy, with an eye on keeping the rapidly expanding technology in check. Here's where a new fund is sending its grant money.
The Microsoft billionaire is giving tens of millions of dollars to support "out-of-the-box approaches at the very edges of knowledge." What does that look like in practice, exactly?
Promising another $1 million before the year's out, an initial round of grants from Twilio shows that it's keen to tap its core competencies as it ramps up philanthropy.
The emergence of Steve and Connie Ballmer as major givers is one of the more intriguing stories in philanthropy right now. New twists and turns keep coming—including important news last week.
A lot is happening with the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy that the tech billionaire launched last year. But is this thing living up to all the hype that surrounded its rollout?
An interesting new loan fund for affordable housing is attracting philanthropic and corporate support in one of the nation's toughest housing markets. We take a closer look at its strategy.
Jeff Bezos is nearly the richest person in the world, with a net worth of $84 billion, and he's asking for ideas to guide Bezos family philanthropy that address "the right now." We can think of a couple.
After entrepreneur Mark Moore suffered back-to-back strokes, he found philanthropy. He and his wife Brenda share their deeply personal story and explain their new mission to give away $500 million.
Since embarking on its personalized learning work a year ago, CZI has made major strides in promoting its techno-optimistic vision for revolutionizing education. Where are the latest grants going?
Tech giving has been on the rise in Chicago, as this sector continues to ramp its presence in the Windy City and engages more in the local philanthropy scene. Here's the latest development.
The tech giant's revamped philanthropic arm is on a mission to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Which means what, exactly?
Now worth $20 billion, Paul Allen's giving continues to expand, including in his home region of the Pacific Northwest, where he's emerged as a big backer of efforts to tackle homelessness.
It’s been a year, and no alien signals yet for the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project. But what makes this a boring news story is the same thing that makes it compelling philanthropy.
Access to education in poor countries is hindered by a lack of teachers and teaching materials. Tech funders are tantalized by the potential of digital devices and platforms to fill these gaps.
Philanthropy can’t make up the financial void that would be left by severe cuts in federal funding. But the Bezos family has come forward with a big gift at a key moment, tapping its vast Amazon wealth.
Marc and Lynne Benioff launched their marine giving last year with a crowdsourced twist. Submissions from the public have led to their first issue: preventing collisions between ships and blue whales.
With Chicago's schools facing major funding shortfalls, we look at how local education support is coming from some unexpected places.
Educational technology is a keen interest of many philanthropists, especially those from Silicon Valley. NewSchools Venture Fund, one vehicle of such giving, has now set its sights on special ed students.
The success of the Pledge 1 Percent campaign shows how philanthropy norms are spreading rapidly in tech startups and early-stage companies, including at the local level. Here's how it's happened.
As one of America's largest tech fortunes is harnessed to philanthropy, lots of people want to know how, where, and when this money would start to flow. More hints are now coming in.
A big first round of research grants has gone out the door from the Biohub, giving awards of $1.5 million over five years to dozens of lucky scientists. What's the future hold for this new initiative?
For more evidence that today's young tech wealth elite are not waiting to get started on giving, we turn to news out of L.A.'s red-hot "Silicon Beach" scene.
We don't tend to hear much about Yahoo philanthropy. Here's a quick look at how this company gives out money, with employees in the driver's seat.
Even as CZI takes on lofty challenges like taming all disease by the end of this century, it's also going to work on the front lines of tough socio-economic issues—starting in its own neighborhood.
The tech backlash to Trump's Muslim ban has drawn lots of media attention, but less noticed is how tech companies and their leaders are responding with philanthropic giving.
Lyft and Google were the first companies to step forward with donations in response to Trump's Muslim immigrant ban. What's the risk-reward calculus at play here?