“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

“Creating the Best Doctors.” More Donors Make the Case for a Free Medical Education

Can free medical school education change who becomes a doctor or what kinds of jobs med school graduates take? Wealthy backers of NYU Langone Health and now Weill Cornell Medicine believe so. But are they right?

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Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Forbes has released its list of the 400 richest Americans, and it includes a “philanthropy score” for each. What does the scoring tell us about the state of giving among the ultra-wealthy? We dig into the numbers to find out.

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How New IRS Rules Make it Harder to Navigate the World of Appraisals and Tax Deductions

How New IRS Rules Make it Harder to Navigate the World of Appraisals and Tax Deductions

Gifts of art and other non-cash contributions play pivotal roles in the building of collections for museums, archives and libraries. But a new and higher bar for appraisals has made such donations more complicated.

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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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Philanthropic Evolution: A Hotel Mogul Talks Generational Giving

Philanthropic Evolution: A Hotel Mogul Talks Generational Giving

Barry Sternlicht set up a foundation early last decade with his former wife. His adult children now help drive family giving, which includes issues like education reform and diabetes research. Sternlicht talks to us about his journey.

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New Study Finds Meager Giving to Women and Girls’ Groups

New Study Finds Meager Giving to Women and Girls’ Groups

Despite increased attention to gender equity, a new index finds that U.S. women’s and girls’ groups receive just a tiny sliver of overall charitable donations. Which issues receive the most support? And why is giving in this space so lackluster?

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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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Is a Giant University Donation a Sign of the Times for Climate Giving?

Is a Giant University Donation a Sign of the Times for Climate Giving?

A $750 million donation to Caltech for research is a landmark for climate change giving, albeit with the kind of contradictions we’ve come to expect from big philanthropy. It will still likely fund some important work. 

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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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Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

When the Gates Foundation took a significant turn toward U.S. poverty last year, work on “narrative change” was part of the equation. Now, we’re seeing movement in the form of an open call for ideas, in collaboration with other foundations.

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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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A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

Finance veteran Scott Krase and his family launched a foundation in 2017 that’s focused on making charity more direct, customizable and impactful. We hear about what motivated the venture and how it’s going so far.

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From Adolescence through College: A Donor Keys in on Mental Health and More on Campus

From Adolescence through College: A Donor Keys in on Mental Health and More on Campus

As finance veteran Clifford Chiu has expanded his philanthropy, he and his wife Leigh have focused on the growing mental health crisis on campus—and especially how it affects students of color. We talk to Chiu about his evolving giving.

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Crypto Giver: What to Expect From This Young Billionaire's Philanthropy

Crypto Giver: What to Expect From This Young Billionaire's Philanthropy

Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong is the first crypto billionaire to sign the Giving Pledge. While his personal philanthropy is in its very early stages, he also recently launched GiveCrypto.org. Here’s an inside look.

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