How the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation Gives Locally in New York City

How the J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation Gives Locally in New York City

Back in 1939, a New York couple created a foundation committed to people with disabilities, the people of New York, and the Jewish community. Here are key details to know about the Butler Foundation’s approach to local grantmaking.  

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Giving the Public a Voice: How a Community Funder Uses Public Votes to Make Grants

Giving the Public a Voice: How a Community Funder Uses Public Votes to Make Grants

Grantmaking decisions are typically made behind closed doors in boardrooms, far away from open view and public input. Here’s an alternative to that traditional approach that invites the public to vote on grantees in New York.

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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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“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

“If You Want to Go Far, Go Together." In Connecticut, an Ambitious Collective Impact Push

A new fund quarterbacked by a community foundation is aiming to close opportunity gaps from “cradle to career.” The initiative has a strong focus on building the capacity of local funders to have greater impact in a state with deep inequities.

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Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Car Fighter: A Donor Goes All in to Build the Livable Streets Movement

Tech and finance winner Mark Gorton might be best known for launching Limewire. But for some two decades, he’s devoted his time and money to advocating for transportation alternatives in New York City and a “better way to live.”

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Youth, Hunger, and the Environment: How This Long Island Grantmaker Has Been Giving Lately

Youth, Hunger, and the Environment: How This Long Island Grantmaker Has Been Giving Lately

The Long Island Community Foundation has been on the local grantmaking scene since 1978 and recently awarded its first round of grants for 2019. We take a look at where the money is going and the priorities of this local funder.

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With a Focus on New Jersey, the Burke Foundation Supports Early Childhood and Arts Education

With a Focus on New Jersey, the Burke Foundation Supports Early Childhood and Arts Education

Johnson & Johnson’s long-time CEO, James Burke, established a grantmaking foundation with his wife that focuses on New Jersey. Here are a few details to know about the James E. and Diane W. Burke Foundation’s grantmaking.

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Debrah Lee Charatan: A Pioneering Female Real Estate Mogul Gives to Causes in New York City

Debrah Lee Charatan: A Pioneering Female Real Estate Mogul Gives to Causes in New York City

Like many philanthropists, Charatan is laser-focused on the community where she made her fortune. We talk with her about how she thinks about her giving and which nonprofits draw support from the foundation she started with her partner Steven Holm.

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