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Wednesday
Aug242016

Once Again, the Media Gets It Wrong on the Clinton Foundation

Another week, another misleading story about donor access and the Clinton Foundation. Why can't reporters understand this place, or grasp how politics and philanthropy are ever more entwined?

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Wednesday
Aug242016

Latest Concern for a Major Health Funder: Drought and Extreme Temps

Water quality and supply in the U.S. is a huge and growing issue among funders, including those worried about health and equity. How's this playing out so far with grantmaking?

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Tuesday
Aug232016

So Many Pritzkers, So Much Philanthropy: Meet This Top Family of Givers

With a combined net worth of $29 billion and nearly a dozen billionaires among them, the Pritzkers are a philanthropic force to be reckoned with. Ever wondered what they're all up to? Take a look.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

What the Latest Big Koch Campus Gift Tells Us About the Interests of a Feared Mega-Giver

Charles Koch has said that he wants to cut back on political giving and focus on his true passions, which are ideas and shaping the minds of the next generation. That may mean larger university gifts.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

Mashup: A Funder Puts Diverse Scientists Together To See What They Come Up With

RCSA pulls together groups of early career scientists to put their heads together around important topics, then cuts checks for the multidisciplinary, potentially groundbreaking projects that emerge.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

How a Nonprofit is Funding a 3,000-Mile Bike Path Connecting the Entire East Coast

An effort to connect the entire East Coast with protected bike paths has been pedaling along since 1991. The nonprofit behind the effort has been on fire lately. Here's what is driving its mix of public and private support.

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Monday
Aug222016

As Antibiotics Lose Their Punch, Alarm Bells Are Ringing at Some Foundations

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria claim tens of thousands of lives globally, and this problem could become a catastrophic public health crisis as new "superbugs" emerge. Which funders are paying attention?

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Monday
Aug222016

Just Say No: When Should Arts Organizations Refuse a Gift?

Conflicts of interest. A mismatch with an organization's mission. Dodging unsustainable capital projects. When should arts organizations channel their inner Nancy Reagan?

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Friday
Aug192016

Now What? A Campus Gift Plants the Seed for Rural Economic Development

How does a rural area adapt after its primary source of economic activity—in this case, the tobacco industry—fades into oblivion? For an answer, we turn to a big and intriguing university grant in North Carolina.

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Friday
Aug192016

An Activist Actor's Climate Group Is Moving Rapid Grassroots Grants

Mark Ruffalo’s The Solutions Project has quickly grown into a legit clean energy campaign, and in the past year, a grantmaker. Here's a look at its plan to deploy nimble community-based grants.

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Friday
Aug192016

Ever Onward: Meet the Outfit Backing Artists Who "Redefine Technology"

We hear a lot about artists embracing technology, but real-world examples are a bit more scarce. So when we came across a nonprofit integrating art with "new forms of computation," we were intrigued. Who wouldn't be?

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Thursday
Aug182016

The New Collection Basket: Will Crowdfunding Take the Place of Religious Charity? 

As Americans become less religious, a historic driver of mass philanthropy is in serious trouble. Meanwhile, crowdfunding has made it easier to give than ever. Is a charitable sea change underway?

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Thursday
Aug182016

In a Trip Around the World, a Window into a Tech Couple's Growing Philanthropy

VC investor Kevin Efrusy and his wife Molly have been expanding their family philanthropy, with attention to global health and development. To know what they're into, take a look at where they've traveled.

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Thursday
Aug182016

With an Eye on Profits, Another Car Company Gives Big for Campus Research

The race is intensifying to build self-driving cars, and AI research has become a hot commodity. But what are we to make of major university grants that clearly aim to advance corporate bottom lines?

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Thursday
Aug182016

When It Comes to Promoting Peace, Where Can Funding Do the Most Good?

A philanthropist intent on reducing armed conflict describes his quest to identify the most cost-effective approaches to fostering peace. It hasn't been easy.

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Thursday
Aug182016

As Philanthropy Grapples with an Aging Nation, Where do the Arts Fit In? 

The number of Americans aged 65 is soaring. Meanwhile, research suggests that arts programs help seniors lead healthier lives. Will more donors get behind "artful aging?" Some already have.

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Wednesday
Aug172016

Welcome to Fundraising Hell: When Relations With Colleagues Turn Toxic

It's hardly a secret that things can get ugly in development land. With the help of experts, we take a deep dive into the key drivers of dysfunctionality and misery.

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Wednesday
Aug172016

As Gates Moves Forward on K-12, Can It Rebuild Trust to be a "Neutral Broker"? 

Melinda Gates said last week that the foundation was sticking with its education agenda and also wants to be an impartial referee of what ideas work. Is that a total fantasy?

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Wednesday
Aug172016

Under Pressure From Growth, Wildlife Has a Friend in a Deep-Pocketed Local Foundation

Sonoma County, California, is one of many places where wildlife populations are being hemmed in by new growth. Nonprofits and funders are searching for solutions. Here's what the Moore Foundation is up to.

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Wednesday
Aug172016

So a Collector Just Donated a Bunch of Art. Not a Big Deal, Right? Actually...

Contemporary art is all the rage, but it's in short supply. So when a collector donates such work, rather than start a separate gallery or keep it in storage, it's important for a whole host of reasons.

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