Big things are afoot at the Blandin Foundation, a Minnesota funder that just announced a new batch of grantees, has welcomed several new board members, and is searching for a new CEO.
Penny and Bill George are hands-on philanthropists who work with a tiny staff to pursue large-scale changes around health and medicine, as well as other goals. Like many donors, they’re more focused on backing great leaders than tracking metrics.
Thanks to a lawsuit settlement with a local landfill, was made, the St. Louis Community Foundation is managing a fund that is allocating grants to neighborhoods in Bridgeton, Missouri.
It seems like every time we look, there’s a new local giving circle rallying the philanthropic efforts of women and people of color. As we expand our coverage of the Upper Midwest and Great Plains, we learned about the I Be Black Girl circle in Omaha, Nebraska.
Foundations have scored some notable successes in expanding access to contraception and reducing unwanted pregnancies. The latest such effort taking flight is focused on Missouri, where a local health funder is backing a $20 million initiative.
Giving circles that mobilize money from African-American communities for work that benefits these communities is on the rise. One example is Sisters’ Circle GKC in Kansas City, which has been growing since its creation in 2016.
Should a donor have a say in a university's hiring decisions and research priorities? While the answer to this question might seem obvious, St. Louis University has pushed aside criticisms of a $50 million strings-attached gift from a wealthy libertarian benefactor.
The Ann Bancroft Foundation in Minnesota was founded by an accomplished polar explorer and has a novel girl-focused grantmaking model. How does it help young people access diverse new experiences, and how is it evolving in 2019?
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, an international law firm based in Minnesota, supports the communities where its lawyers work—in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at its grantmaking, local employee engagement, and pro bono legal services.
In recent years, women’s funding groups have played a key role in securing legislative victories at the state level that advance gender equity. Two leaders from this world share key takeaways and offer advice for other grantmakers.
Including young people in its governance structure is just one way Minnesota-based Youthprise is fostering philanthropy’s next generation. What can be learned from its model?
Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?
Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.
The bad news? Many public universities are in dire financial straights. The good news? Donors are often keen to step in to help, with different kinds of big gifts—like we've just seen in Iowa.
A Twin Cities-based funder network sees workforce development as a way to reduce poverty, stem homelessness and build racial equity. Advocacy and research are a big part of the picture.
The Bush Foundation backs community programs in the Midwest with recurring themes of diversity and equity. Lately, it’s been supporting local immigrant communities that have come under fire.