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Category: "Philanthropy" (63 posts)

Apocalypse Later? Philanthropy and Transparency in an Illiberal World
March 6, 2017

How long will it be before nonprofit transparency takes its place alongside diceros bicornis on the endangered species list? Hopefully never, but in a world that's growing more technologically sophisticated and more illiberal, Foundation Center president Brad Smith is beginning to think that if it's not Apocalypse Now, maybe it's Apocalypse Later.

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Glasspockets Find: “Dear Warren” Accounts for Impact of His $30 Billion Gift to the Gates Foundation
March 3, 2017

Bill & Melinda Gates recently posted their foundation’s annual letter, sharing progress from their work. This year's letter, "Dear Warren," had a personal twist and revealed how the largest private foundation accounts for its progress to a key stakeholder, Warren Buffet.

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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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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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George Michael's Quiet Philanthropy
December 27, 2016

Although iconic pop singer George Michael was well known for hits like “Last Christmas” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” few knew about his generosity to strangers and the causes he cared about. His random acts of kindness included an anonymous payment for a woman’s IVF treatment and contributions to United Kingdom fundraisers.

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