A Quick Look at Cardinal Charities, the Grantmaking of the NFL Team in Arizona

A Quick Look at Cardinal Charities, the Grantmaking of the NFL Team in Arizona

Cardinal Charities is one of the longest-running team foundations in the NFL and also an accessible one for local grantseekers. Here are a few things to know about Cardinal Charities if you’re running a nonprofit in Arizona.

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Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

These aren’t the best of times for charter schools, with political pushback growing and some disappointed donors losing interest. But IDEA Public Schools, a southern charter network, is doing better than ever. What accounts for its success?

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How a Big Community Foundation Embraces Impact Investing in Arizona

How a Big Community Foundation Embraces Impact Investing in Arizona

Along with prominent community funders like the Cleveland Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation, the Arizona Community Foundation is emerging as a national impact investing leader. Here’s how ACF approaches nonprofit loans.

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How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

Texas has more counties—254—than any other state in the U.S. Not every county has its own community foundation, but many do, including Montgomery County. And the Montgomery County Community Foundation is interested in a lot of things going on in this part of Texas.

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Inside the Walton Family Foundation’s “Unprecedented” Giving for the Colorado River

Inside the Walton Family Foundation’s “Unprecedented” Giving for the Colorado River

In a conservation push with few parallels in philanthropy, Walton has given many millions of dollars to ensure a healthy future for one of America’s most important rivers. Along the way, it’s become an unlikely—and controversial—power player on Western water issues.

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Billionaires to the Rescue: What’s the Role of Philanthropy When Government Falls Short?

Billionaires to the Rescue: What’s the Role of Philanthropy When Government Falls Short?

A rising tide of local crises and public disinvestment is pulling private funders into roles once thought of as government’s domain. How are these dynamics playing out in different places? And how far should philanthropy go when public systems falter?

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New Name, Big Expansion: The Texas Women’s Foundation Takes Flight

New Name, Big Expansion: The Texas Women’s Foundation Takes Flight

The Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, was a pioneer in women’s philanthropy. Now, it’s transforming itself into a statewide operation at a time when Texas is awash in wealth and women are playing a growing leadership role in philanthropy.

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This Billionaire’s Foundation Will Pay You $10,000 to Work Remotely from Tulsa

This Billionaire’s Foundation Will Pay You $10,000 to Work Remotely from Tulsa

Economic development and entrepreneurship are on the forefront of many funders’ minds these days as they seek to catalyze urban growth. But some foundations are taking these goals to a whole new level to give their hometowns a boost.

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More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

Houston’s philanthropic old guard, steeped in oil riches, is welcoming a new crop of funders with diverse sources of wealth and interests as the city undergoes profound demographic and economic change.

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A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.

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Three Things Texas Nonprofits Should Know About the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Foundation

Three Things Texas Nonprofits Should Know About the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Foundation

Robert Bass is a billionaire and a big name in Texas. He and his wife Anne are also active philanthropists. We take a look at where their giving flows and what grantseekers should know about their foundation.

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Learn for Life: A Major Southwest Bank Backs Financial Literacy for Youth

Learn for Life: A Major Southwest Bank Backs Financial Literacy for Youth

BOK Financial’s Learning for Life program is an exemplar of the popularity of financial literacy among financial services funders. We also check out its other giving and community involvement in its seven banking divisions.

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"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

The effort of a wealthy tech entrepreneur to transform San Antonio is another example of “destination philanthropy,” as big donors step up place-based giving, often in partnership with local universities.

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“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

With Central Texas experiencing rapid population growth and demographic change, the Austin Community Foundation is engaged in new efforts to close opportunity gaps for women and Latinos.

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