Planning to spend down $1.2 billion by 2035, the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation is seeking regional transformation in the Rust Belt. One part of its strategy is youth mentoring.
Based in Cleveland, the KeyBank Foundation recently awarded its largest grant ever. The goal? To foster entrepreneurship, small business and better workforce training. Its CEO fills us in.
A Twin Cities-based funder network sees workforce development as a way to reduce poverty, stem homelessness and build racial equity. Advocacy and research are a big part of the picture.
Well out of the political mainstream, the idea of a basic income is intriguing to some funders who are worried about inequality and also keen to put a bureaucratic welfare state out of business.
Nat Williams and the Black Social Change Funders Network argue that under-investment in black-led organizations is hurting the social justice sector writ large. What needs to change?
Despite heavy grantmaking over decades, the Mott Foundation hasn't been able to stop the devastation of Flint, MI by larger forces. Is place-based philanthropy a losing strategy in a complex world?
Bill and Hillary Clinton made millions after leaving the White House and also engaged in substantial personal giving. The Obamas seem headed down the same path, starting with $2 million in gifts for jobs in Chicago.
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.
More funders in the Bay Area are looking to combat the region's rising inequity. Among those pushing the hardest is The San Francisco Foundation. Where are its latest grants going?
Pine Ridge Reservation is one of the poorest parts of the country, and Native American communities are often overlooked by philanthropy. One tribe member is introducing more funders to the area.
Grantmaking for summer jobs doesn't seem to be a high-leverage strategy for funders. But if you look past the feel-good vibe, you'll often find a larger agenda on workforce development.
Workforce development is a notoriously tough area for funders to get a lot of bang for the buck. Are there new ways to score big gains through online services? Here's the latest bet that the answer is "yes."
Plenty of online sites and tools that were supposed to solve critical problems have ended up as digital ghost towns. Will Markle's new jobs site, backed with over $25 million from Microsoft, actually work?
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.
Koch backing of the anti-poverty group Stand Together is part of a larger shift toward a kinder and gentler philanthropic profile—after years of bad press. Now, NFL star Deion Sanders is in the mix.
Backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust, an innovative research project looks at the costs of segregation to Chicago as a whole. What's the plan beyond that?
Last year, we highlighted a foundation-backed project that aims to lower the barriers to impact investing in Chicago. Now, we look at the first round of loan recipients and what lies ahead.
A foundation pledges $10 million to revitalize a depressed town through the arts, agriculture and tourism. Is this a viable turnaround strategy for other distressed places in Amerca?
With grantmaking topping $200 million last year, there's a reason we watch JPMorgan Chase's philanthropy so closely. Another reason: Its grantmaking in low-income communities has been rising fast.
Founded by Barbara Ehrenreich, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project has been pulling in more foundation grants and gaining traction with an approach that stresses "bottom-up" reporting.
Lots of funders are working these days to create ladders of opportunity through middle-skilled jobs, especially in healthcare. Among them are big banks like JPMorgan Chase. Here's its latest move.
The Walmart Foundation has emerged as a major philanthropic player on veterans issues. We dig into its support of a program focused on female veterans with a U.S. college as its nexus point.
A year after the Irvine Foundation revamped its strategic focus, we take a look at its grantmaking to address the interlocking problems of economic and political inequality.
The big banks are still going strong on youth employment funding. This time, JPMorgan is rewarding states with the best plans to implement skills-based education. The goal: fill "middle-skill" corporate jobs.
Casey is well known for its extensive national grantmaking to help support kids and families living in poverty. But it's also deeply involved in anti-poverty work in Atlanta, bringing a strong racial lens.
TSFF is an edgy and progressive funder that's engaged in a new push to challenge the underlying structures that sustain racial and economic inequities. What's that mean for would-be grantees?
An agricultural initiative in Maine is a hopeful and interesting project that’s seizing on a couple of trends in agriculture, nonprofits, and philanthropy.
It's not surprising that tech companies would get behind initiatives that train young coders. But at least one top bank, Capital One, is also in this space. What's in for them?
The Pinkerton Foundation is a leading funder of programs for at-risk youth and their families in New York City, flying largely under the radar. Its top staff explains how this place operates.
A new report by NCRP says that giving to underserved communities has barely budged. But a more complete accounting of recent trends suggests a brighter picture.