“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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We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

Access to clean water is an urgent challenge in more parts of the U.S. The Mott Foundation has been a stalwart funder on this issue in its home city and beyond. What has it accomplished, and how is it staying engaged with Flint’s water crisis?

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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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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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Community Food Funders: Seeding a Different Crop of Food Movement Leaders

Community Food Funders: Seeding a Different Crop of Food Movement Leaders

While there are hundreds of nonprofit groups working on issues of food justice and the food economy, many are not even aware of each other’s work—much less collaborating. In New York, a funding network is aiming to connect the dots.

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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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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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New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

New Funding at the Intersection of the Environment and Disability Rights

Disability rights is an important component of environmental justice, but one that funders can overlook. Some are paying increasing attention to this intersection, including a collaboration between Ford and Global Greengrants Fund.

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An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

An Initiative to Improve Health in Schools Puts Trauma Front and Center

Foundations and nonprofits are becoming more interested in addressing trauma among children and adolescents, as research points to its many negative effects on life outcomes. America’s Promise Alliance is one organization taking on this issue, tapping a $6 million grant.

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After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

After Staff and Budget Cuts, a Policy Group is Looking to Ramp Up its Fundraising

The Drug Policy Alliance has gone through some tough times lately, laying off employees and closing state offices. One challenge for the group has been that there are few institutional funders in an area that’s “been a third-rail issue.”

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Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Lofty Ambitions and a Focus on "Authentic Leaders." Inside the George Family Foundation

Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.

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