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.
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 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.
By now, it's a familiar story: funders feeling compelled to change tactics by the rise of Donald Trump. For some, like Propel Capital, that's meant backing hard-hitting grassroots activism in new and bolder ways.
Could progressive funders finally be getting serious about movement building after years—actually, decades—of giving lip service to this idea while sticking to silo-ized grantmaking? Maybe.
The census determines how we draw legislative districts, where government funds are sent, and more. But some foundations worry that the 2020 census could go badly wrong. Who's working to make sure it goes right?
With funders facing roadblocks in Washington, D.C. and many states, now's a good moment to focus new attention on making change in another all-important arena: corporations and the private sector.
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.