Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Take a Hike: Why a Foundation is Giving Millions for Nature Trails

Investing in parks and other nature amenities has become a growing part of place-based philanthropy in recent years. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is the latest funder to emerge in this space, and it has some seriously deep pockets.

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Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Behind a Big Boost for a Legacy Institution, Deep-Pocketed Conservationists

Nature-focused legacy institutions like zoos and gardens are finding creative ways to engage the public and appeal to funders, including the billionaire donor class. A major gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden shows this dynamic in action.

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Three Things to Know About the AGL Resources Private Foundation

Three Things to Know About the AGL Resources Private Foundation

Energy companies across America have emerged as significant local funders that small and mid-size nonprofits depend on for support. Here are three things to know about the AGL Resources Private Foundation and where grantseekers can now turn for funding in the Southeast.

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The Arctic Slope Community Foundation: What Grantseekers in Alaska Need to Know

The Arctic Slope Community Foundation: What Grantseekers in Alaska Need to Know

There are quite a few community foundations in the state of Alaska, many of them affiliates of the Anchorage-based Alaska Community Foundation. But there’s another community funder in Anchorage worth discussing as well, and this one is interested in the small communities in the far-northern reaches of the state.

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How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

How the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Casts a Wide Net to Bolster Health in Pennsylvania

This funders latest round of grants underscores its multifaceted approach to supporting Pennsylvanian’s health and well-being. We look at how this funder is setting an example in local health funding, especially in relation to the opioid crisis.

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Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

Spirit of Adventure: A Local Funder Helps Girls Chart Their Course

The Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota was founded by an accomplished polar explorer and has a novel girl-focused grantmaking model. How does it help young people access diverse new experiences, and how is it evolving in 2019?

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“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

“Rise and Thrive.” What This State Fund is Doing to Fuel Women’s Success

The Vermont Women’s Fund aims to help girls and women reach their full potential. Its priorities and recent grants echo women’s funding trends across the U.S., including a new effort to “draw men into the conversation about gender equity.”

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As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

As Sea Levels Rise, This Community Funder is on the Front Lines

While there’s a growing focus by funders on helping communities adapt to climate change, local groups in vulnerable areas still struggle to get attention from major foundations. Players like the Bayou Community Foundation in Louisiana are helping fill the gap.

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“Breathing Room.” How the Abney Foundation Helps South Carolina Youth Attend College

“Breathing Room.” How the Abney Foundation Helps South Carolina Youth Attend College

The Abney Foundation is another funder chipping away at the tuition crisis through scholarship awards. We take a closer look at its local grantmaking in South Carolina, and how it aligns with the founder’s original youth-centric mission.

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The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.

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Myths and Opportunities: What's Happening in Rural Philanthropy?

Myths and Opportunities: What's Happening in Rural Philanthropy?

Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realize. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.

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A Regional Funder Gives Big to Upstream Solutions to Chronic Illnesses

A Regional Funder Gives Big to Upstream Solutions to Chronic Illnesses

Health legacy foundations have become big, important players in regional philanthropy. And more of them are tackling the social determinants of health. A case in point: a Texas funder with $1.2 billion in assets. 

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