Meet the Bank Foundation Giving Big for Early Childhood Development in New England

Meet the Bank Foundation Giving Big for Early Childhood Development in New England

We take a look at what drives the charitable arm of the oldest and largest mutual bank in the country and why this funder is focusing on early childhood development in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

A Leader in Global Education Aims to Do More, With a Focus on the Most Marginalized

The Western Union Foundation has long focused its international grantmaking on education. Now, it’s launching a new program to help people who’ve been forcibly displaced get a fair shot at integrating into the global economy. 

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When the Unicorn Gives: A Quick Look at How Five Hot Companies Approach Philanthropy

When the Unicorn Gives: A Quick Look at How Five Hot Companies Approach Philanthropy

As interest in philanthropy grows among young entrepreneurs, we’re seeing more founders and newer companies step up with commitments. But the motives are not always as pure as they seem amid a backlash to the tech sector.

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Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

Flash Points: How Gifts to Two Black Colleges Reflect the Volatile State of Higher Ed Fundraising

News out of Kentucky provides yet another example of donors rehabilitating their brands through higher ed philanthropy. But this story also features corporate intrigue, disputed gifts, and the funding inequities facing black universities.

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From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

From One of the World’s Biggest Foundations, a Push to Help Young Africans Find Work

By 2035, more young people will be joining Africa’s workforce each year than the rest of the world combined. No grantmaker is more focused on this challenge than the Mastercard Foundation—tapping a $17 billion endowment.

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What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

What's the Deal With the Walmart Foundation’s Investments in Indian Smallholder Farmers?

Walmart’s business in India is growing rapidly. That economic stake—along with the company’s CSR goals around its supply chain—helps explain why its philanthropic arm is making $25 million in grants to boost farmers.

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A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

Society pays a heavy price when foster care systems fail children. To change that, a grantmaker founded by an adopted child who went on to great wealth gives millions every year to programs supporting foster care transitions.

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An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

The Levi Strauss Foundation, an early funder in the fight against HIV/AIDS, continues to step up in changing times, meeting a roll-back of hard fought gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion with expanded support for the trans community. 

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One of the Most Stalwart Funders of LGBTQ Causes? Corporate America

One of the Most Stalwart Funders of LGBTQ Causes? Corporate America

Corporate grant support has soared, more than tripling since 2012. But major companies back LGBTQ communities in many other ways, too. We look at the big picture of this giving, along with the bottom-line considerations that drive it.

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A Bank’s Gifts for Solar Power in Native Communities Raise Hard Questions

A Bank’s Gifts for Solar Power in Native Communities Raise Hard Questions

Wells Fargo is one of the most scandal-ridden banks in the U.S. It also funds environmental work and Native American communities, among other causes. Its recent gifts for renewable energy underscore major tensions in corporate philanthropy.

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Behind a Search for Breakthrough Ideas to Capture River Plastic Before It Reaches the Ocean

Behind a Search for Breakthrough Ideas to Capture River Plastic Before It Reaches the Ocean

An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, threatening vital marine ecosystems, and most of it comes from rivers. Can a new partnership between the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Coca-Cola “turn off the tap” of river plastic?

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Chasing Financial Health: A Top Bank's Latest Investment in Underserved Communities

Chasing Financial Health: A Top Bank's Latest Investment in Underserved Communities

The lack of savings in underserved communities leaves vulnerable populations ill equipped to weather unexpected emergencies and achieve financial security. JPMorgan Chase recently unveiled a new $125 million effort to address this problem.

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Close to Home: A Bank with Local Ties Zeroes in on a Distressed Neighborhood

Close to Home: A Bank with Local Ties Zeroes in on a Distressed Neighborhood

Atlanta has the highest level of income inequality of any city in America, with nearly half of residents in its Westside area living in poverty. The SunTrust Foundation is part of a new collaboration that’s coming together to try to turn things around.

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Behind a $180 Million Corporate Pledge to Connect Youth with Opportunity Worldwide

Behind a $180 Million Corporate Pledge to Connect Youth with Opportunity Worldwide

A growing number of philanthropic initiatives are zeroing in on the many teenagers and young adults who aren’t engaged in either school or work. The latest effort, from a major financial products company, is addressing this vexing problem at a global level.

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Four Things to Know About Citizens Bank’s New England Grantmaking

Four Things to Know About Citizens Bank’s New England Grantmaking

Citizens Financial Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S., but its Citizens Charitable Foundation focuses on the New England region, especially Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Here are four things to know about its grantmaking.

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With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

With Unique Assets, Health Corporations are Poised to Have a Larger Philanthropic Impact

Corporate philanthropy has been changing as more companies align their giving with their mission and get more strategic. A report looks at how this trend is playing out in the health and life sciences industry—and the potential for these firms to have far greater impact.

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