Grantmaking that puts community residents in the driver's seat keeps popping up. Here's how a New York funder is trying to be more responsive—and why.
Libraries tend to have a hard time attracting major private support. But in the wake of another big recent library gift, it looks like more funders grasp how giving to libraries can advance their varied goals.
Conventional wisdom suggests national funders are stepping away from "legacy" institutions in favor of nimbler, more socially focused upstarts. Recent news out of New York shows otherwise.
Robin Hood's training program for New York nonprofits is now entering it's second year. What's this effort all about? And which organizations can get in on it?
A grants competition to support local branches of the New York Public Library drew an impressive 24,000 suggestions for how funders might distribute $20,000 grants.
While there's growing research on the effectiveness of after-school and extended learning programs, this isn't an area that attracts a ton of funder attention. We look at one foundation on the case.
Banks are ideally positioned to be leaders in impact investing, growing the marketplace of loans available to nonprofit groups. We look at TD Bank's expanding nonprofit lending in New York City.
With grantmaking topping $200 million last year, there's a reason we watch JPMorgan Chase's philanthropy so closely. Another reason: Its grantmaking in low-income communities has been rising fast.
Former president of Apollo Global Management Marc Spilker and his wife Diane run a foundation with a grantmaking focus on New York City.
Long Island billionaire media mogul Charles Dolan and family focus much of their giving on the New York City area. Health is one interest. We tell you about that and others.
Rapid-response grantmaking has become an important feature of philanthropy since Trump's election—driven by a sense of urgency we rarely see outside of natural disaster relief. Here's what's happening in New York.
Robin Hood Foundation recently announced its newest board members. One takeaway: The organization is thinking more about its role in national anti-poverty debates.
Philanthropy to bail out struggling cities raises legitimate concerns—but can also spark real hope. The latest example of controversial emergency giving comes from Hartford.
Empowering healthcare consumers is a focus of NYSHealth's grantmaking. Local nonprofits play a key role in that work, which is why the foundation has special grants for help them keep up with the field.
Poses is a low-profile New York City funder that makes grants in five focus areas with a particular interest in learning and attention issues that affect one in five children.
News out of New York City points to how bold, forward-looking programming can lead to incredible financial dividends—and relatively quickly, no less.
Over recent years, the Revson Foundation has been a key player in strengthening New York's libraries. We look at its strategy, and its new parter in this work.
Community foundations need to keep a diversity of stakeholders happy, including donors with different political beliefs. So what happens at moments like this?
A gold medal rower who once served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, J. Michael Evans has a pretty interesting background. Much of his philanthropy focuses on New York. We take a look.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation recently launched an Immigrant Rights Fund with initial grants going out to a range of nonprofits. What's the plan, here?
It's worth keeping an eye on where money from the New York Women’s Foundation is going given its prominent place in the larger women's funding world.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation continues to be at the forefront of backing community-based groups with a racial justice lense. Grants for youth are key to its strategy.
A lot of funders talk about empowering the groups they're trying to boost. But here's a collaborative that's really walking the walk in how it makes grants.
The Pinkerton Foundation is a leading funder of programs for at-risk youth and their families in New York City, flying largely under the radar. Its top staff explains how this place operates.
At the end of each year, we like to take a quick look at how NYCT’s year-end grantmaking played out in comparison to past years and speculate as to what might be coming next.
What would grantmaking look like if it was being driven by young women and girls from diverse backgrounds? The New York Women's Foundation and the YWCA of New York are about to find out.
With Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner set to wield significant influence in the new administration, we dig into his family's philanthropy, which focuses heavily on Jewish causes.
Despite talk of more risk-taking and big bets, lots of individual donors still play it safe. We look at a couple that isn't by investing in a public-private effort to change kids' lives in NYC.
Earlier this year, we highlighted how NYSHealth steps outside its priority areas to consider other approaches. But what about the backbone of NYSHealth giving? Where has that been focused lately?
The funder won't invest in three industries that just don’t jive with what it’s trying to do in Brooklyn: private prisons, gun manufacturers, and predatory lenders.