From Grief to Giving: A Couple Builds a Foundation to Fill a Gap in Health Funding

From Grief to Giving: A Couple Builds a Foundation to Fill a Gap in Health Funding

Genny and Matt Jessee lost their daughter before her fourth birthday to an undiagnosed neurological condition. Since then, they’ve plunged into the world of philanthropy, learning how to raise money, make grants, and build programs.

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We Want to Do Our Part: A Corporate Funder Steps up for Trans Communities

We Want to Do Our Part: A Corporate Funder Steps up for Trans Communities

Transgender communities face inordinate challenges, but receive a small slice of philanthropic funding. With a new grantmaking program that draws on input from the trans community, Gilead Sciences is helping to change that.

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“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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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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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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Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Why These Health Funders Focus on Care, Rather than Cures, for People with Serious Illness

Most health philanthropy consists of chasing breakthrough cures and treatments. But what many ill people want is improved quality of life—which is why two funders recently launched a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of palliative care.

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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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Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

A growing number of donors large and small contribute to an organization that’s buying up medical debt on the secondary market and forgiving up to $100 of debt for every dollar it receives in contributions—a sky-high ROI.

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In California, a Grantmaker is Embracing Community-Led Efforts to Take on the Opioid Crisis

In California, a Grantmaker is Embracing Community-Led Efforts to Take on the Opioid Crisis

To fight opioid addiction, more funders are backing medication-assisted treatment programs. To the Sierra Health Foundation, the effectiveness of such efforts depends a lot on who’s at the table shaping how this work is done.

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Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Downsides: A Couple’s Support for Anti-Vaxxers Exposes a Dangerous Flaw of Philanthropy

Revelations that hedge fund manager Bernard Selz and his wife Lisa have given more than $3 million to anti-vaccination causes underscores the lack of guardrails to stop donors from doing real harm—and at taxpayer expense.

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An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

The Levi Strauss Foundation, an early funder in the fight against HIV/AIDS, continues to step up in changing times, meeting a roll-back of hard fought gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion with expanded support for the trans community. 

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Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Systemic Solutions: How a Venture Funder Wants to Invest at a Deeper Level

Venture philanthropy has always been about scaling what works, with a focus on measurable outcomes. But New Profit wants to take a different approach with a new funding initiative aiming for systems-level change. What does that look like?

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There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

There's an Institute for That? Behind a $100 Million Gift to Explore the Neurobiology of Compassion

The latest in Denny Sanford’s string of big gifts finds the credit card billionaire underwriting a new institute at University of California San Diego to research empathy and reshape medical training to benefit doctors and patients.

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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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First Pennsylvania, Then the Nation: How Bloomberg Philanthropies is Taking on the Overdose Epidemic

First Pennsylvania, Then the Nation: How Bloomberg Philanthropies is Taking on the Overdose Epidemic

Like its other work, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $50 million, three-year initiative on opioids is centered on evidence-based strategies. Millions of dollars in initial grantmaking in Pennsylvania showcase the approach and priorities of this emerging effort.

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Aiming for More Impact, a Key Funder Fighting Heart Attacks is Taking a New Approach

Aiming for More Impact, a Key Funder Fighting Heart Attacks is Taking a New Approach

More than $14 million in recent grants to establish a network of research teams focused on sudden cardiac arrest and heart arrhythmias shows that the American Heart Association is taking on a greater role in setting research priorities.

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