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.
Working Assets—now CREDO Mobile—was way ahead of its time when it was formed in 1985 as a credit card business to fund progressive causes. We check in with CREDO about what it's doing in the age of Trump.
Until health consumers have better information, it will be hard to improve an inefficient U.S. healthcare system. Can Yelp be part of the solution? A California funder hopes so.
Intuit founder Scott Cook and his wife Signe Ostby recently made a big investment in a nonprofit pushing group-based healthcare for new and expecting parents. What's the thinking, here?
A Silicon Valley billionaire and his wife buck conventional wisdom and give big to a major U.S. museum. Are Spock-like tech philanthropists finally growing more friendly to the arts?
The Microsoft billionaire is granting $4 million to an NOAA researcher to take a marine climate research project to new depths. The grant comes amid signs that more climate change funding may be on the way.
We usually write about the philanthropic efforts directed against Trump. But here's an area where tech funders have found common cause with the administration and are putting up big money.
With the news that Zuck will soon begin to sell off millions of shares in Facebook, billions of dollars are set to flow to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. How will these funds be used?
The Facebook co-founder and his wife are expanding their policy agenda, moving into new and controversial issues, including criminal justice reform and housing. Where's the money flowing?
Amazon casts a long shadow in its hometown and it's not known for its generosity. But as Seattle faces a severe homelessness crisis, the online retail giant has stepped up with a local response.
Once notoriously stingy, Apple is now regarded as a philanthropic leader. Could its spirit of corporate giving extend to its deep-pocketed management team? Recent news suggests it's possible.
Even as other tech funders look to charters and other ideas to "disrupt" K-12 education, Salesforce is stepping up its support of traditional public school districts in the Bay Area.
The Pledge 1% movement has taken off among young tech companies, advancing an integrated model of corporate philanthropy. Here's how the cloud computing firm Okta is fulfilling its pledge.
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.