As a philanthropist, Lucas may be best known for his quest to reinvent education. But he's also keen to bring changes to how people experience museums and art.
Some reassuring news: Donors who get the importance of the liberal arts to success in the 21st century are actually a diverse bunch. The latest example hails from the arid oil fields of West Texas.
As we've reported, Bloomberg Philanthropies is quietly becoming an ever more important funder in Africa. Unsurprisingly, it's been keen to plug some glaring gaps in data.
While robotics continues to be a heavily male-dominated field, there is movement to get more girls involved. Here's a new partnership that's moving this ball forward.
RSF Social Finance is a supporter of social enterprise financier and it has an eclectic past. It's also propping up ethical animal husbandry against factory farming.
The Oak Foundation has been on the move this year, making big shifts within its environment program. The latest development sets aside $20 million for the underfunded cause of climate justice.
The Mary Kay Foundation is one of a small cadre of funders addressing domestic violence and abuse. We discuss its annual shelter grants program, and how other funders are pitching in.
Last fall, we wrote about the Chicago Community Trust's shift to general operating support, a trend that's gaining steam among funders. How's this going for CCT?
Issues of race may be front and center these days, but African American studies has been in decline on campuses. Now, a (white) financier is giving heavily for new research in this area.
Didn't think the Laura and John Arnold Foundation could tackle yet one more issue? Think again. It's putting up some serious dollars to help opiate addicts become ex-users rather than criminals.
Amazon's philanthropic giving has come into sharper focus lately, especially in the higher ed space. We dig into a major gift for computer science, and where the company's philanthropy might be headed.
Female playwrights are underrepresented in the theater world. Female directors are scarce. And should a production fail, female playwrights rarely get a second look. A funder hopes to change all this.
Before Michael Saylor founded MicroStrategy and made his fortune, he was a working-class kid who attended MIT on scholarship. Now he wants to help others get educations without sinking into debt.
There’s a big disparity in breast cancer deaths between white and black women. Now, one of the nation's wealthiest African-Americans is getting behind an effort to help close that gap.
Slowly but surely, awareness is growing of how the liberal arts can complement the sciences. The Mellon Foundation has proved particularly integral in driving this paradigm shift.
Over decades, philanthropy has failed to make much headway against entrenched placed-based poverty. Could an influx of new donor dollars and new thinking change that?
While Gates has dedicated billions to end global poverty, its education funding has largely stayed in the U.S. With new action on schooling in poor countries, is that starting to change?
The humanities crowd is pushing back against the takeover of higher ed by STEM-crazed administrators and donors. Furman University, thanks to $47 million in gifts, is on the forefront of that effort.
Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, funders have been working with city government on an ever wider range of challenges. Here's who is involved and where the money is going.
Not only a storied Hollywood actress, Jane Fonda is also well known for her activism. But what about her philanthropic giving? We take a look.