Wall Street Greens: The Top Givers to Environmental Causes from Finance

Wall Street Greens: The Top Givers to Environmental Causes from Finance

Leading philanthropists from finance have given more than $2 billion to environmental causes in recent years, transforming this funding landscape. We analyze the giving of these donors, looking at who’s giving to which organizations.

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Fund the Long Game and Stay Bold: What’s Next for Astraea?

Fund the Long Game and Stay Bold: What’s Next for Astraea?

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an innovative global funder of frontline LGBTQI groups for more than 40 years, is undergoing a leadership change. Here’s how it’s both staying the course and adapting in a challenging time.

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Coming Home: Who’s Giving to Support Veterans in an Era of “Forever Wars?”

Coming Home: Who’s Giving to Support Veterans in an Era of “Forever Wars?”

Some 2 million Americans have now served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. What has philanthropy been doing to help former soldiers handle the physical and mental tolls of service, and ease the transition back to civilian life?

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“Do the Right Thing.” An Alumni Donor Looks to Steer Students Towards Public Interest Law

“Do the Right Thing.” An Alumni Donor Looks to Steer Students Towards Public Interest Law

Faced with crippling student debt and low starting salaries, few students are pursuing careers in public interest law. A $50 million gift to Pepperdine Law earmarked for financial aid and debt forgiveness aims to help reverse this trend.

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Anti-Monopoly Money: A Facebook Co-Founder Mobilizes Millions to Battle Bigness

Anti-Monopoly Money: A Facebook Co-Founder Mobilizes Millions to Battle Bigness

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has raised $10 million to fight monopolies, including from a number of top foundations. What’s the strategy to challenge not just Big Tech, but concentrated corporate power more broadly?

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Tapping its Vast Reach, a Retailing Giant Commits to Cancer Research

Tapping its Vast Reach, a Retailing Giant Commits to Cancer Research

A partnership that brings together Walgreens, which serves 8 million customers a day, and two leaders in cancer research aims to raise $25 million at a time when retailers are having growing success with crowdfunding gifts at checkout.

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A Drive to Contribute: Meet the Top Indian American Philanthropists

A Drive to Contribute: Meet the Top Indian American Philanthropists

Buoyed by economic success, especially in tech fields, a rising number of Indian Americans are tapping their wealth to support causes in India, the U.S. and beyond. Here’s a rundown of the most prominent of these givers.

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Looking to Catalyze Bigger Giving, MacArthur's Creating a New Hub for Grant Competitions

Looking to Catalyze Bigger Giving, MacArthur's Creating a New Hub for Grant Competitions

MacArthur’s 100&Change competition brought forward a lot of bold proposals, but only one got the prize. With Lever for Change, the foundation aims to broaden the impact of its grant competition model and curate more good ideas.

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Mothership: What ProPublica—and Its Funders—Can Do For Local Journalism

Mothership: What ProPublica—and Its Funders—Can Do For Local Journalism

A well-funded new partnership with the Texas Tribune signals ProPublica's plan to support robust investigative journalism at the state level. We dig into this collaborative model and the extent to which it can be scaled nationally.

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How One Foundation Assumed Leadership in the Fight Against a Fast-Growing Health Threat

How One Foundation Assumed Leadership in the Fight Against a Fast-Growing Health Threat

When Alex Cohen came down with Lyme disease years ago, she learned how little was known about tick-borne diseases. Now, tapping hedge fund wealth, her foundation is the single largest private funder of scientific research into Lyme.

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For the San Diego Foundation, Climate Change is a Local Issue

For the San Diego Foundation, Climate Change is a Local Issue

San Diego’s vulnerabilities to climate change include drought, wildfire and coastal flooding. The region’s community foundation—like a growing number of local funders elsewhere—has been working to address the climate challenge.

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Why Are Major Funders Putting Millions Into This Education Initiative in Central Florida?

Why Are Major Funders Putting Millions Into This Education Initiative in Central Florida?

There are many under-resourced places in the U.S. with failing schools. But not all of them are ripe for multi-sector partnerships to improve outcomes. Here’s how the stars aligned—and the money followed—in one African American community.

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Another Big Gift for a Zoo—Again with a Focus on Conservation

Another Big Gift for a Zoo—Again with a Focus on Conservation

Zoos, which are among some of the nation’s oldest nonprofits, are tapping into new veins of money with work on conservation science and environmental education. The latest example of this strategy comes from Indianapolis.

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Scaling the Model: A New Collaboration Looks to Advance "Whole Child" Learning

Scaling the Model: A New Collaboration Looks to Advance "Whole Child" Learning

A school founded by Priscilla Chan enrolls 275 students under age seven. But Chan and the philanthropy she runs with Mark Zuckerberg have big ambitions to replicate its model nationally. For help, they’ve turned to a longtime leader in early learning.

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Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

As part of its mission to improve health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given millions to nonprofits focused on poverty and community development. Its latest investment underscores its belief in integrated approaches.

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“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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Hard News for Nonprofit Media: 23 Pitfalls Facing Donor-funded Journalism Initiatives

Hard News for Nonprofit Media: 23 Pitfalls Facing Donor-funded Journalism Initiatives

Nonprofit news outlets had a combined revenue of $450 million last year, up by almost a third from the year before. But as this sector expands, its leaders and funders face a growing set of challenges. We take a tour through the minefield.

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