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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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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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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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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We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

We Are the World’s Second Biggest Foundation. Here’s What Accountability Means to Us

Over the past 18 months, the Wellcome Trust has wrestled with how to respond to growing critiques that philanthropy is at odds with democracy. A top executive at the foundation—which has assets of $30 billion—explains where it came out.

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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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From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

From Big Bird to Big Grants: How Sesame Workshop Became a Fundraising Juggernaut

The 50-year-old story of Sesame Workshop is about a singular focus manifested through an array of evolving approaches. Judging by the two $100 million gifts it’s landed in recent years, the organization’s not-so-secret sauce is really working.

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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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Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Billionaires vs. the Blob. Behind a Challenge to the "Forever War" Foreign Policy Consensus

Philanthropy has been largely passive as endless wars and soaring defense spending have diverted resources away from pressing domestic challenges. Now, in a striking collaboration, George Soros and Charles Koch aim to disrupt the status quo.

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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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Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

Data Drive: Behind the Gates Foundation's Latest Big Investment to Reduce Child Mortality

More than 5 million children under age five die every year, and Gates is hungry for better data on what’s killing them—and how to save lives. It’s now given over $250 million to an NGO on the forefront of this quest. But is more data really needed?

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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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