“There Is No Manual.” Inside a Community Foundation’s Response to a Mass Shooting

“There Is No Manual.” Inside a Community Foundation’s Response to a Mass Shooting

When tragedy struck in August in Dayton, Ohio, the local community foundation there had to figure out how to create and administer a fund to help the victims—navigating a kind of giving that it had never practiced before.

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Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Bay Area lawyer Nicole Shanahan recently launched the Bia-Echo Foundation, committing $100 million over five years to a mix of causes. We find out more about this emerging giver, who is married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

In the 1990s, George Soros set out to make a difference in a single U.S. city. He chose Baltimore, and today, the institute created by his foundation is still going strong, addressing entrenched urban problems. What are some takeaways?

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New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

The Charles Koch Foundation has quietly become one of the largest supporters of research on criminal justice reform. Most recently, it gave nearly $5 million to support a new center headed up by a leading legal scholar at Duke.

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Grants to Reform Probation and Parole Aim to Tackle a Top Driver of Mass Incarceration

Grants to Reform Probation and Parole Aim to Tackle a Top Driver of Mass Incarceration

Many of the inmates in U.S. prisons have returned because their parole or probation was revoked, often for minor infractions. Arnold Ventures is zeroing in on this issue as part of its expanding criminal justice push. Who’s getting funding?

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These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.

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Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Around 4.5 million Americans are on probation or parole—over twice the number of adults incarcerated. Here’s who’s backing a new initiative to organize reform-minded local officials toward a leaner, less punitive model of community supervision.

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New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

It’s not often you find the Ford Foundation and Koch Industries on the same side of an issue. But criminal justice is one such issue, and both are backing a new policy group focused on advancing reform, along with other prominent funders.

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Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

Amid a Wave of Mass Shootings, New Grants Flow for Gun Violence Research

While the need for stronger gun laws may seem like common sense to many Americans, there is a surprising void of hard evidence to inform policymaking in this area. A new collaborative just made $10 million in research grants to change that.

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

Inmates to Entrepreneurs: A Tech Winner Focuses on Turning Around Lives

After selling his tech company, Brian Hamilton started a foundation to scale up work he’d been doing for many years to help formerly incarcerated individuals start businesses. But the foundation’s work has expanded beyond that.

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Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

Why This Philanthropist is Behind a Group Pushing to Reform Probation and Parole

The REFORM Alliance advocates criminal justice reform, especially around probation and parole, focusing on legislation at the state level. Laura Arnold, co-founder of Arnold Ventures, is one of the group’s strongest allies.

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Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together, an anti-poverty organization backed by the conservative Koch network, plans to release $10 to $15 million in grants this month. What’s driving this giving by leading donors on the right and where have grants gone so far?

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Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

Quantitative Advocacy: How an Effective Altruist Funder Backs Criminal Justice Reform

The Open Philanthropy Project—backstopped by a large Facebook fortune—has quietly become a powerhouse backer of advocacy to reduce mass incarceration. But its approach distinguishes it from other top criminal justice funders.

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With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

With a Billionaire’s Backing, Philadelphia Aims to Remake Its Juvenile Justice System

Philadelphia hopes to keep youth from entering its juvenile justice system and intervene in factors such as poverty and violence to prevent further offending. A $1 million Bloomberg grant is helping the city realize its vision.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”

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With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

With its Latest Grants, the Art for Justice Fund is Looking to Spark New Connections

Since its launch two years ago, the Art for Justice Fund has given out $43 million and experimented with new ways to advance criminal justice reform. Its latest round of funding seeks to forge stronger partnerships between artists and advocates.

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How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

How a Top Foundation is Betting Big on Prison Education and Reentry

The Andrew Mellon Foundation has emerged as a leading funder of prison education, seeing such programs as a “public good.” Mellon’s latest big round of grants in this space comes on the heels of a new study showing how such funding can ease reentry.

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Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

Got Ideas for Helping Fix a Broken Probation System? Talk to This Funder

From gun violence research to pretrial justice reform, Arnold Ventures has been one busy foundation when it comes to criminal justice. Now, with a new initiative aimed at reducing probation revocation rates, the funder shows no sign of slowing down.

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