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Category: "Foundations" (133 posts)

Innovation at the Speed of Change: Exploring Knight’s Tech Innovation Portfolio
March 1, 2017

It’s become a truism to say that the world is changing, and that the pace and scale of change is ever accelerating. The Knight Foundation explains how the world of grantmaking, often criticized for its slow pace, is adapting to these rhythms.

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Soulful Innovation: Increasing Diverse Tech Entrepreneurship
February 22, 2017

Let's have a conversation about innovation with soul. The Kapor Center for Social Impact shares how the intersection of tech-for-good and grantmaking expands diverse entrepreneurship and benefits everyone.

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Tips from the Tech Sector on How Philanthropy Can Scale Impact
February 15, 2017

Why aren’t more nonprofits, like Khan Academies and Wikipedia, building software to create social change at scale? Learn how foundations can become accelerators for tech nonprofits.

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From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process
February 8, 2017

Bush Foundation shares why philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality. Truly good ideas—those that will really have a sustainable impact—are often created in deep partnership and trust between organizations, leaders, and—most critically—the people most affected by a problem.

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From Early Stage Funding to Lasting Impact: The Venture Philanthropy Approach to Funding Innovation
February 1, 2017

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation leverages a venture capital philanthropy model to solve complex social issues. DRK Foundation finds, funds, and supports early stage social entrepreneurs whose ideas have the potential to drive systems-level change.

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Fueling Innovation Through Competition
January 25, 2017

Countless ideas are abandoned because entrepreneurs could not find the proper funding or mentorship to build their idea from a mere thought to a reality. This is where foundations and philanthropies, which might be more poised to take risks, can help fill the gap by providing grants to new social impact ideas and start-ups.

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Learn from the Transparency Challenge Highlights Reel
January 19, 2017

Greater transparency and openness in philanthropy has risks and opportunities. Learn from a new Foundation Transparency Challenge infographic, which serves as a highlights reel showcasing foundations that are succeeding where most fear to tread.

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How Philanthropic Is the Trump Cabinet?
January 11, 2017

As Donald J. Trump's administration takes shape, we're taking a closer look at the philanthropic interests of those nominated to serve in his cabinet. Those nominated are of wide ranging backgrounds, from four-star generals, governors and senators, to physicians and Captains of Industry helming some of the largest companies in the world.

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Glasspockets Find – Can the Silicon Valley Giving Code Be Cracked?
December 21, 2016

Despite the Silicon Valley’s tech innovation culture, burgeoning new wealth, and new philanthropy, local community-based nonprofits struggle to attract funding from some of the world’s most generous funders – right in their own backyard. Why are 30% of local service providers reporting higher deficits than the national average? The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business. - right in their own backyard. Despite this wealth of local resources, about 30% of the community-based organizations focused on providing local safety net support – such as homelessness, poverty, troubled public schools – reported higher deficits than the national average. The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business.

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What Do We Know About…Disconnected Youth?
December 13, 2016

Recognizing the crisis facing young people and the need to create stronger pathways to education and jobs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation asked Foundation Center to create a special collection on IssueLab about the group of young people known as disconnected youth. This new online resource houses nearly 140 recent reports, case studies, fact sheets, and evaluations focused on the challenges confronting youth today, as well as lessons and insights from the field.

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