A large country like the U.S. will always have people with fringe viewpoints. But given the way that money can now buy influence and access, it's easier for extremists to shape public life. Robert Mercer is Exhibit A.
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.
The Lasker Foundation has advocacy for medical research funding in its DNA, but the grantmaker has been particularly active lately in rallying support for larger research budgets.
Rapid-response funds have become common since November. One foundation based in Oakland has sought to make sure that moving fast also acknowledges the entrenched nature of racial inequities.
With crises erupting regularly under Trump and technology accelerating organizing, we’re in a rapidly changing era of social movements. We talk to progressive funders about philanthropy's role on the front lines.
It's been a challenging year for the social justice movement, to put it mildly. But this funder is undeterred in its efforts to elevate women and LGBTQ people of color as grassroots movement leaders.
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.
If more young people made it to the polls, so the story goes, politics would look a whole lot different. A trio of funders see potential to engage this group in new ways—starting with the 2018 mid-terms.
With the clock ticking for 800,000 young Dreamers now facing deportation, a number of funders are mobilizing to help with legal fees, litigation, advocacy and more.
A major gathering of social justice funders just took place in New Orleans. One takeaway: working across boundaries is more than a nice idea; it's become a strategy for survival.
Can the Electoral College end without a constitutional amendment? The inventor of the scratch-off lottery ticket is betting on it, and has already spent millions.
The Lasker Awards are among the most distinguished prizes for medical research and improving human health. The latest winners reflect a streak of defiance in the foundation behind them.
Funders have demonstrated quite a bit of nimbleness since Trump's election, rolling out various rapid-response grantmaking initiatives. Here's an example of such grants also stimulating small donations.
Mike Bloomberg has been a major opponent of the Trump administration, especially its environmental agenda. His foundation is now helping state attorneys fight the federal government over rollbacks.
With lots of new funding flowing for journalism since Trump's election, the New York Times is moving to get a piece of the action by launching a new philanthropic arm. The move is not without risk.
NCRP’s Impact Awards hold particular weight at a moment when marginalized communities are at risk. Winners include an early Standing Rock backer, and a Louisiana funder on criminal justice reform.
The funding flowing to white supremacist nonprofits is limited, and mostly it's given anonymously. We dig into the finances of three organizations working to make America white again.
Five months ago, some of philanthropy's most influential funders seeded an ambitious initiative to fight fake news. How are things going?
Much of Steven Spielberg's philanthropy happens anonymously. But the Righteous Persons Foundation is one way the box office billionaire funds anti-hate efforts. We check in with its ED at a critical moment.
The recent $1 million gift after Charlottesville was a reminder that James Murdoch's politics are nothing like those of his conservative father, Rupert, who is worth $12 billion.
Get ready for a new kind of class warfare: the super rich against the super rich. We look at the mega givers who'll lead the charge against the Trump administration.
With an unlikely ally in Donald Trump, the Christian Right is again riding high in Washington, with a big agenda. We look at who's footing the bill for its powerful infrastructure of policy and advocacy groups.
Recent new efforts to support immigrant rights in Chicago and Washington, D.C., show how a growing array of funders are pushing back against Trump policies.
Backed by Reid Hoffman, MIT Media Lab's Disobedience Award struck a chord in our current period of political turmoil, drawing more than 7,800 nominees.
These are turbulent times for American democracy. Here's how one funders affinity group is looking at ways to bolster active civic engagement.
Can community colleges be hotbeds of local civic engagement? The Rappaport Family Foundation sees this as an under-funded, high-potential area—and it's letting the grants flow.
The foundation of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s family always had a progressive streak in its innovation-focused giving. Now, it's helping "resist" Trump with with fellowships for activists.
With an expanding donor base and lots of big-name partnerships, the Pillars Fund tackles Muslim American issues. Its founder, Kashif Shaikh, tells IP about its strategy and recent growth.
Unbound Philanthropy was founded in 2003, when humane immigration policies commanded bipartisan support. Lately, though, this low-profile grantmaker has been at the center of a raging national debate.
With the Trump administration working to cut U.S. support for global family planning services, advocates and funders are in crisis mode. Gates is giving much more. Who else is joining in?