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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Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

Grand Experiment: Behind An Influential Funder's Big Bet on "Equitable Neighborhood Development"

A couple of years ago, Detroit's Marygrove College was running out of cash. Now, it's the fulcrum of a big push by the Kresge Foundation to use a higher ed institution to drive place-based development.

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Testing Ground: A Closer Look at a Big Push on Early Childhood in Detroit

Testing Ground: A Closer Look at a Big Push on Early Childhood in Detroit

Two longstanding funders in Detroit recently pledged $50 million to help kids there. Meanwhile, some newcomers have arrived on the scene with deep pockets for anti-poverty work. Can all this move the needle? 

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