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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Good Governance—and Other Not-so Secret Recipes for Making Family Foundations Work

Good Governance—and Other Not-so Secret Recipes for Making Family Foundations Work

Some family foundations are handling the greatest wealth transfer in history better than others. We dig into a report that shows what it takes for these institutions to remain unified and achieve impact in an era of generational change.

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All in the Family: What Does it Take to Engage Next-Gen Heirs in Philanthropy?

All in the Family: What Does it Take to Engage Next-Gen Heirs in Philanthropy?

Amid the greatest generational wealth transfer in history, family foundations are struggling with how best to pass the torch to the next generation. We talk to two consultants who have a front-row seat to these (usually) quiet dramas.

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In the March Toward Equity and Justice, Foundations Need to Remember: It’s Not Our Money to Control

In the March Toward Equity and Justice, Foundations Need to Remember: It’s Not Our Money to Control

It’s not easy for foundations to give up their power. But Gislaine Ngounou of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation argues that funders need to unlearn “the internalized superiority from which we operate” to achieve greater impact.

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Bridgespan Has Been Pushing Hard to Get Donors to Give Bigger and Bolder. How’s That Going?

Bridgespan Has Been Pushing Hard to Get Donors to Give Bigger and Bolder. How’s That Going?

Since 2015, the consulting group has been engaged in a research-fueled campaign to convince wealthy donors to make more “big bets” for social change. How successful has this effort been? And why is this puzzle so difficult to solve?

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Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Which Billionaires Give—and Which Don't? This List Tells All

Forbes has released its list of the 400 richest Americans, and it includes a “philanthropy score” for each. What does the scoring tell us about the state of giving among the ultra-wealthy? We dig into the numbers to find out.

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New Study Finds Meager Giving to Women and Girls’ Groups

New Study Finds Meager Giving to Women and Girls’ Groups

Despite increased attention to gender equity, a new index finds that U.S. women’s and girls’ groups receive just a tiny sliver of overall charitable donations. Which issues receive the most support? And why is giving in this space so lackluster?

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A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

A Wall Street Winner Aims to Make Giving More Transparent and Personal

Finance veteran Scott Krase and his family launched a foundation in 2017 that’s focused on making charity more direct, customizable and impactful. We hear about what motivated the venture and how it’s going so far.

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Beyond the (c)(3): Donors Change Tactics, Driving a New Era of Politicized Giving

Beyond the (c)(3): Donors Change Tactics, Driving a New Era of Politicized Giving

In an era of intense political conflict, donors are increasingly looking beyond c3 organizations, pouring record amounts of money into 501(c)(4)s. The trend is reshaping nonprofit advocacy and scrambling how organizations operate.

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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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Generosity and Impact Aren’t Enough. Let’s Judge Philanthropy on How Well it Shifts Power

Generosity and Impact Aren’t Enough. Let’s Judge Philanthropy on How Well it Shifts Power

Even the most generous and effective funders are part of a plutocratic system that operates at odds with egalitarian ideals. So what if instead, we held the sector accountable based on how well it shifts power in society—and out of its own hands?

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As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As Foundations Reimagine Themselves, They Should Give Attention to DEI in Operations

As foundations step up efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, they’re often overlooking the operations side of their work in areas like IT. Two guest contributors explain the risks of this blindspot and how can foundations do better.

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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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In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

In Past Ties Between Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein, Troubling Questions About Elite Philanthropy

Jeffrey Epstein is dead, but mysteries remain about his financial ties to business mogul and mega-philanthropist Leslie Wexner, including large transfers between the foundations of the two men. What should other donors learn from this mess?

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From "Keep Out" to "Please Come in." Opening Up Grants Processes Leads to More Equity

From "Keep Out" to "Please Come in." Opening Up Grants Processes Leads to More Equity

Many foundations do not accept unsolicited grant proposals, making it harder for smaller nonprofits, especially those representing communities of color, to get a hearing. Here’s how some funders are trying to become more accessible.

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