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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Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Who’s Giving Globally to Educate Millions of Children in Crisis Situations?

Losing school structures removes a ladder that can help children climb back to normalcy when crises subside. Yet education appeals receive less than 2 percent of humanitarian funding. Some funders are looking to change that.

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“Death Does Not Wait.” Top Funders Make Data a Priority in Achieving Global Health Equity

“Death Does Not Wait.” Top Funders Make Data a Priority in Achieving Global Health Equity

Rockefeller is the latest big foundation that wants to bring better data and data tools to global health work. Recent philanthropic commitments in this space now total hundreds of millions of dollars. Why the new urgency around data?

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A New Collaborative Funding Push Looks to Bolster Worker Rights Around the World

A New Collaborative Funding Push Looks to Bolster Worker Rights Around the World

Amid the rise of globalization, philanthropy largely remained on the sidelines in the contest between capital and labor. But that’s changing, as the Open Society Foundations and other funders step up efforts to build a future with fair labor.

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No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

No Water or Toilets in Health Facilities? That's Horrifying—And Funders Are Paying Attention

Nearly half of healthcare facilities in the world’s Least Developed Countries lack basic water services, leaving millions of patients vulnerable to infection and other problems. Leading WASH funders and nonprofits are looking to change that.

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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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Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Much Ado: Can a Fancy “Medal of Philanthropy” Really Make a Difference?

Every two years, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy is bestowed on a select group of ultra-wealthy donors at an elaborate gala. Does this program accomplish anything—or just stroke the egos of people who already get plenty of attention?

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Three Things to Know About Dana Hovig, Who Now Leads Hewlett’s Global Grantmaking

Three Things to Know About Dana Hovig, Who Now Leads Hewlett’s Global Grantmaking

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders focused on global issues, making $106 million in grants in 2018. Will its new Global Development and Population head—who is coming from the Gates Foundation—change how this program operates?

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Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Think Big: Behind a Push to Unlock Billions in New “Catalytic” Capital for Global Development

Achieving the U.N.’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals requires unlocking vast amounts of private capital. MacArthur and two other funders have a plan to do exactly that—and take impact investing to a whole new level.

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The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

The Personal Journey That Moved the Gates Foundation to Focus on Gender Equality

In recent years, the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the most important funders of women’s empowerment. Melinda Gates has driven that dramatically stepped-up giving, motivated by experiences she describes in her moving new book.

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To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

To Bolster Access to Water and Sanitation, These Funders Are Betting on a Systems Approach

Water and sanitation have long been a focus for global grantmakers, but the approach has often been piecemeal, with projects failing after donors have moved on. In an interview, two leading WASH funders discuss their quest for a better approach.

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Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Beyond Band-Aids: For a Funder Collaborative Taking on Global Poverty, It's All About Changing Systems

Backed by billionaire donors and the Rockefeller Foundation, Co-Impact launched in 2017 aiming to take a collaborative and systemic approach to global development. With grantmaking now underway, how are these lofty ambitions playing out?

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To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

To Guide Hilton's Global Giving, CEO Peter Laugharn is Drawing on Lessons He Learned in Mali

Since taking the helm of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Peter Laugharn has streamlined its global programs and also sought to send more grants to community-based nonprofits in Africa. We talk to Laugharn about his vision for “localizing philanthropy.”

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As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

As a Key Leader Exits, What is Next for the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Grantmaking?

Hewlett is among the top U.S. funders of global development, and its director of this work, Ruth Levine, has been an influential advocate for women’s empowerment. With Levine moving on, we take stock of the global program’s hits and misses—and what may lie ahead.

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Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

Top Funders and NGOs Think Empowering Women Farmers Can Reduce Hunger. Are They Right?

CARE’s ambitious initiative to boost women in agriculture in developing countries, backed by the PepsiCo Foundation, is based on an unproven theory of change. It’s the latest example of a funder making a big, risky bet on the potential of gender equity.

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