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?
A seemingly humdrum gift to fund a new computer science building underscores the growing role of corporate philanthropy in developing human capital—and growing the economy.
Donor interest in ensuring responsible artificial intelligence has been mounting over the past year, with the latest $27 million effort bringing in some major new players.
The election of Donald Trump has led to a boost in donations to nonprofit news outlets. Now Craigslist's founder and largest stakeholder has made a big gift to fight the scourge of "fake news."
Tech leaders like Mark Zuckerberg face real constraints on what kind of advocacy efforts they can back as philanthropists. They could also run out of patience for plodding work filled with frustration.
With his latest give, tech mogul Greg Gianforte is turning into one of the best friends that the Stevens Institute of Technology has ever had
Superstar athlete Serena Williams recently got engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. We take a look at the nonprofits interests of these partners and what might lie ahead.
Does the tech industry have a social conscience? It's a fair question right now. But if this industry has a moral leader, it's philanthropist Marc Benioff, who once again is helping catalyze an anti-poverty push.
The age of Trump is tailor made for the Omidyar Network, with its faith in market solutions and empowering citizens in a decentralized way. We look at two of its post-election investments.
The housing affordability crisis is one of the toughest challenges for philanthropy, and it's especially bad in the Bay Area. What's a top tech giant doing to address it?
Good Ventures and the Open Philanthropy Project have been pondering the gravest threats facing humanity. What'd they come up with?
With Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s science initiative landing another $20 million from Reid Hoffman, we look at the possible pitfalls of an approach that draws heavily from the tech world.
The Moore Foundation, one of the largest science funders, is putting $34 million behind early career inventors. Who landed the first round of awards and why?