There are many reasons the right is ascendant and conservatives now dominate the Supreme Court. But one part of the story is the abject failure of mainstream foundations to fight back against a decades-long attack on everything they cherish.
The education funding landscape has been in flux in recent years, as new funders have emerged with different priorities and stalwart major players have shifted course. A recent report from Grantmakers in Education highlights key trends.
Lots of new progressive groups popped up after the 2016 election. One player in this fast-moving landscape is the New Left Accelerator, which offers early-stage support to 501(c)4s and is also pushing funders to focus more on building political power.
Students in San Diego schools are at risk of encountering or experiencing human trafficking. A new private-public collaborative seeks to help teachers and children take on this devastating issue.
The Conservation Alliance is a network of outdoor industry companies coming together and making grants to protect the wild lands they rely on. Members pool dues and vote on grantees, mimicking the popular giving circle model at the corporate level.
Can role models inspire girls to push into STEM fields that have historically been dominated by men? A successful female entrepreneur who’s now focused on philanthropy is betting big that the answer is “yes.”
Translating early energy and activism into long-term change is a persistent challenge of social movements. A major new funding collaborative seeks to keep the momentum of #MeToo alive with millions in grants to challenge workplace harassment.
Even as some wonder about the sustainability of nonprofit news, plenty of money keeps flowing to leading outlets. A good example is InsideClimate News, which recently pulled in a high-profile $1 million grant. Where does the rest of its funding come from?
The Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of grants—its biggest yet. Who’s behind the fund, and where’s the money going?
If more young people made it to the polls, so the story goes, politics would look a whole lot different. This piece from last year looked at giving by a trio of funders aiming to engage young Americans in new ways—starting with the 2018 mid-terms.
Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to translate that energy into gains at the ballot box, as we explored in an article first published in May.
Its assets may come from one of the nation’s wealthiest families, but the Libra Foundation takes empowering the grassroots seriously, and it’s stepping up its work with new staff and strategies.
The Neighborhood Funders Group began coordinating support for community organizing nearly 40 years ago. But in a threatening time, it’s pushing for greater urgency and a more active role.
According to the NoVo Foundation, the kind of structural change efforts that the world needs are already in front of us. Now, philanthropy just needs to get on board. What does that look like in practice?
This is not a time for the holders of "society's risk capital" to play it safe, with payout strategies that stay the same in the face of urgent threats. The Wallace Global Fund is one foundation that gets that.
The Vilcek Prizes stand out by rewarding individuals for contributions in arts and sciences, but there’s an underlying celebration of cultural exchange and immigration. This year’s recipients drive that message home.
Rapid response funds have emerged as a favored tool in the Trump era, with some funders moving faster than others. One collective of grantmakers gave $605,000 to 50 groups in its first year, learning lessons along the way.
NewsMatch, a program launched by some of journalism's most influential funders, has helped nonprofit outlets raise a record amount of money. Here's a closer look at an impressive windfall.
Trumpism is anathema to the values of philanthropy's first couple, while the administration's policies are a wrecking ball that threatens their foundation's gains. So why aren't they speaking out more forcefully?
Wealthy donors face ever-increasing scrutiny, whether for their business practices, political ties or unsavory donations. The Mercer family is at ground zero of this backlash.
Marie Stopes International, a top player in the field of women's health, has been hard hit by Trump's re-imposition of the Global Gag Rule. We get an inside look at how it's trying to adapt and find new funding.
In a guest post, Daranee Petsod, president of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, predicts bigger showdowns ahead on these issues and lays out an action plan for philanthropy.
A year into Donald Trump's presidency, we take a stock of how this political earthquake has affected the world of philanthropy.
In another sign that participatory grantmaking is gaining traction, the Emergent Fund's model engages movement leaders to advise, and ultimately determine, where its grants go.
Plenty of people are talking about movement building these days, and youth organizing is a vital part of that. We connect with a funders' group supporting the social justice world's up-and-comers.
New York Community Trust has engaged in quite a bit of grantmaking over the past year in response to Trump administration policies. But what about all its other longstanding priorities?
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.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has a relatively new fund that's addressing hate and intolerance in the D.C. area and supporting quite a few local grassroots organizations.
If “equity” was a key theme in philanthropy for 2017, “resilience” may be a key theme of 2018. We look at one large Northwest funder's growing Resilience Fund.
Last summer's violent white nationalist rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville has spurred the Lumina Foundation to back racial justice work on campus, with the hope that other funders will follow.