It’s been cool to see a top foundation throw open its doors to any and all ideas, as MacArthur has done with its offer of a single $100 million grant. But this drawn out competition has also sent a wrong message.
Ted Turner's $1 billion pledge to U.N. causes in 1997 ushered in a new era of big philanthropy. Twenty years later, we look at what this gift achieved.
Chris Stone is out as president of OSF. What led to his departure from one of the world's largest foundations? And what challenges, internal and external, does OSF face as it confronts a new era of authoritarianism?
Sean Parnell of The Philanthropy Roundtable and David Callahan, author of The Givers, have an extended debate over the book's ideas and policy prescriptions.
With ever more untraceable money moving through philanthropy to shape public policy and public life, it's time to reckon with the dangers of this trend and overhaul an outdated set of disclosure rules.
Rockefeller's many decades as a leading figure in philanthropy were marked by a patient belief in the power of institutions to make change. Here's an in-depth look at what he believed and how he gave.
The Mars family has been engaged in steady philanthropy for years, but at a small scale that flies below the radar. This track record offers hints as to where big Mars money might go one day.
For many people chasing grants, program officers can be hard to read and the ways they operate can seem mysterious. A recent study offers some much-needed insights regarding these agents of wealth.
It's hard to think of a top foundation head who's been more successful in recent decades than Lavizzo-Mourey. As she departs her post, here's a deep dive into what she did and how she did it.
Another key takeaway from the Zuckerberg/Chan announcement is the triumph of Pierre Omidyar, whose hybrid approach to investing for social good is fast enveloping the philanthrosphere.
It's hard to think of another top foundation CEO who has more dramatically remade the organization he or she leads. What has all this change added up to? And where's Knight going next?
The top 1 percent of U.S. households—who are collectively worth at least $30 trillion—only donated about $130 billion to charity in 2016. Is shame a way to get them to loosen the purse strings?
Major foundations have a long history of shortchanging the American South. And when they do engage, they can be high-handed. We look at a push to change all that as advocacy efforts grow in the region.
Many philanthropists are far wealthier than they were just a few ago, and that's unlikely to change much even when there is a stock market correction. Here's what this run-up in assets could mean for giving.
A new foundation backed by wealthy donors in Kalamazoo is mainly designed to stabilize the finances of this struggling Rust Belt city. It's another example of the growing role of private money in public life.
The Ballmer Group is just the latest player in philanthropy that believes in providing big chunks of unrestricted funding. Why do the newer donors operate so differently from legacy foundations?
The foundation of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s family always had a progressive streak in its innovation-focused giving. Now, it's helping "resist" Trump with with fellowships for activists.
Did The Givers go too easy on "arrogant" wealthy donors? Or is it an alarmist attack on philanthropy that offers "damaging" solutions? Here's what the critics said—and why they're (mostly) wrong.
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.
Let's stop buying the excuse that top philanthropists can’t find smart ways to give away more of their wealth—and start pushing them harder to give more and give now.
Here's a sweet deal: The Cummings Foundation in Boston will make annual grant disbursements to top grantees for undefined extended periods of up to a decade—without making them apply for renewals.