Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Tapping Billions, a Young Donor and Her New Foundation Focus on Equity

Bay Area lawyer Nicole Shanahan recently launched the Bia-Echo Foundation, committing $100 million over five years to a mix of causes. We find out more about this emerging giver, who is married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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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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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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Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

In the 1990s, George Soros set out to make a difference in a single U.S. city. He chose Baltimore, and today, the institute created by his foundation is still going strong, addressing entrenched urban problems. What are some takeaways?

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New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

New Koch Funding for Criminal Justice Reform Keep Keeps Coming

The Charles Koch Foundation has quietly become one of the largest supporters of research on criminal justice reform. Most recently, it gave nearly $5 million to support a new center headed up by a leading legal scholar at Duke.

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Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

When the Gates Foundation took a significant turn toward U.S. poverty last year, work on “narrative change” was part of the equation. Now, we’re seeing movement in the form of an open call for ideas, in collaboration with other foundations.

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Grants to Reform Probation and Parole Aim to Tackle a Top Driver of Mass Incarceration

Grants to Reform Probation and Parole Aim to Tackle a Top Driver of Mass Incarceration

Many of the inmates in U.S. prisons have returned because their parole or probation was revoked, often for minor infractions. Arnold Ventures is zeroing in on this issue as part of its expanding criminal justice push. Who’s getting funding?

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To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

Conversations about the workforce “skills gap” often skip over the fact that millions of educated immigrants are un- or underemployed. A new grantmaker is supporting efforts to get them on track to fill open roles. Where’s the money going?

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Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Some of the nation’s wealthiest philanthropists have lately swung behind new work to make city economies more equitable and inclusive. We look at a data-driven initiative that is attracting big grant money.

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"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

"I Can Certainly Relate." The Personal Forces Behind a Cuban-Born Businessman's Giving

Mike Fernandez is another top Republican turned off by Trump and the GOP’s rising xenophobia. Through his philanthropy, he’s been supporting immigrants under pressure in Florida. He‘s also deeply committed to education.

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A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

A Foundation Created by an Adopted Child Pays it Forward

Society pays a heavy price when foster care systems fail children. To change that, a grantmaker founded by an adopted child who went on to great wealth gives millions every year to programs supporting foster care transitions.

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These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

These Collaborative Funds Listen to Groups on the Ground in Backing a Justice Agenda

At Borealis Philanthropy, taking cues from movement leaders is paramount. Its new fund to back justice reform organizers just awarded its first grants, and it’s renewing the call for applications for its immigration litigation fund.

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Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Who's Behind This New Effort to Reform Parole and Probation?

Around 4.5 million Americans are on probation or parole—over twice the number of adults incarcerated. Here’s who’s backing a new initiative to organize reform-minded local officials toward a leaner, less punitive model of community supervision.

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A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

A Foundation Takes a Grassroots Approach to the Growing Border Crisis

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has been paying attention to immigration issues at the border for years, starting long before the 2016 election. We talk to its CEO about what it's doing now and philanthropy’s role in this urgent area.

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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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New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

New Funder-Backed Alliance Advocates for Criminal Justice Reform

It’s not often you find the Ford Foundation and Koch Industries on the same side of an issue. But criminal justice is one such issue, and both are backing a new policy group focused on advancing reform, along with other prominent funders.

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