The sharp upward spike in hate incidents following the election has created a climate of fear for many. Funders have been responding with grants and initiatives, including some newcomers to this space.
Rapid-response grantmaking has become an important feature of philanthropy since Trump's election—driven by a sense of urgency we rarely see outside of natural disaster relief. Here's what's happening in New York.
Science philanthropy has mostly kept out of the resistance to Trump’s agenda, but deep research cuts in the administration’s budget would be devastating to the overall state of science in the U.S.
Pierre Omidyar has emerged as a vocal critic of the Trump phenomenon. Now, the Omidyar Network is putting cash behind an ambitious effort to curb online hate by the Anti-Defamation League.
Amid stepped-up deportations and mounting panic, new grant money is flowing to legal and advocacy groups, especially in Southern California, where a million undocumented immigrants live.
A second anti-"fake news" gift in three months helps to consolidate Craig Newmark's roles as one of philanthropy's most fervent crusaders against dishonest and manipulative journalism.
The scientific community has mobilized like never before to oppose Trump’s attacks, particularly on immigrants, but very few science funders have joined in. Will more rally to support their grantees?
While national funders strategize on how to oppose Trump policies that affect women, local funders are also stepping up with new grantmaking. A case in point is the Chicago Foundation for Women.
Amid a vast transfer of wealth, how young heirs come to engage in politics and philanthropy is hugely important. The group Resource Generation sees Trump's rise as a key test in this regard.
Trump's harsher version of the "global gag rule" may put huge pressures on private global health funders to fill new and gaping funding gaps. Oh, and it's also likely to actually increase abortions.
Some of the best legal minds in the nation are in the academy, and donors who figure out how to bring that firepower to bear on public debates—like immigration—can have a big impact. Here's an example.
While many philanthropic leaders have been subdued in response to early moves by the Trump administration, some donors like Tom Steyer are openly livid. But what’s a billionaire to do?
Community foundations need to keep a diversity of stakeholders happy, including donors with different political beliefs. So what happens at moments like this?
The Brooklyn Community Foundation recently launched an Immigrant Rights Fund with initial grants going out to a range of nonprofits. What's the plan, here?
Trump's election hasn't slowed philanthropy's drive to reform U.S. criminal justice systems. Most of the reform action is local, which is exactly where top funders are directing a rising flow of grant dollars.
No funder has more at stake in the ACA fight than Robert Wood Johnson, which has given many millions to implement and research the law. So it's surprising that there are few signs of panic at the foundation.
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.
Even before Trump's election, the "artist as activist" juggernaut was gaining speed. Among the newcomers in this space is the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.
The charitable sector is already risking public trust given the tightening embrace of philanthropy and politics. Turning churches into conduits for campaign cash would make things worse. Much worse.
While some funders have signed a statement opposing Trump's Muslim and refugee ban, the biggest and best-known foundations have remained silent. What's that about?
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?
The idea that there's a unified cabal of wealthy donors dedicated to destroying public education has always been simplistic. Eli Broad's opposition to the DeVos nomination underscores why.
A foundation head makes an urgent case for busting free of silos—and upping payout, too—in order to invest in cross-issue movement building to defend core values.
The latest move by Hewlett’s Madison Initiative will establish a lab at MIT devoted to the science of elections. Can philanthropy establish a level-headed foothold in our tumultuous elections?
Republicans, Democrats, tech leaders, and university chiefs have all spoken out against Trump's Muslim ban. Meanwhile, most foundations and their leaders are MIA. What's up with that?
With the humanist and scientific project of modern philanthropy under attack, here's what funders need to do right now to defend their core values.
PEN America is yet another nonprofit whose mission has suddenly become more urgent under Trump. We talk to its executive director about the new funding flooding in—and the battle ahead.
Conservative philanthropists spent a quarter century working to destroy the Clintons, scoring their biggest win in November. Now get ready for a vast left-wing conspiracy against Donald Trump.
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.
The press sees Donald Trump as its most dangerous adversary yet, and plenty of funders are also worried about free speech. The Committee to Protect Journalists is one group raking in anxious cash.