Category: Funders and Foundations

A transformative moment for philanthropy

If ever there was a time for foundations to consider permanently accelerating the pace and volume of giving, it’s now. Here’s how the positive changes in individual and institutional philanthropy sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic can take root and grow. The philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the sector at its best. From the launch of community-based rapid-response funds to the development of diagnostics and vaccines, philanthropy is showing up both to help flatten the curve in the short term and to address the inequities the crisis will exacerbate over the long term.

New Single-Cell Technologies Help Scientists Understand COVID-19 Disease Progression

oday, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $750,000 in funding to support five distinct projects studying how COVID-19 progresses in patients at the level of individual cells and tissues. This work will generate some of the first single-cell biology datasets from donors infected by SARS-CoV2 and provide critical insights into how the virus infects humans, which cell types are involved, and how the disease… Read more »

Percentage of Americans Donating to Charity at New Low

At a time when more Americans are in need of assistance but fewer are in a financial position to be able to provide it, Gallup finds a new low in the percentage of Americans reporting they donated money to charity. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults say they donated money to a charitable organization in the past year, surpassing the prior low from the Great… Read more »

New CEP Study Sheds Light on Foundations’ Efforts to Influence Policy

Foundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny.  How many foundations are working to influence policy? What are they seeking to accomplish through this work? What… Read more »

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation Welcomes a New Executive Director!

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) Board of Directors and staff welcome their new Executive Director, Amy Hone to the organization. Hone succeeds Interim Executive Director Tim Plant, who in turn succeeded long term President/CEO Tracey Bennett.  Hone will lead the SAPLF efforts in support of the San Antonio Public Library system, working to strengthen libraries in service to the community. The SAPLF… Read more »

Astros’ Alex Bregman Launches $1M Campaign to Help Feed Houstonians Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Alex Bregman, famed third baseman for the Houston Astros, has launched FEEDHOU, a $1M fundraising campaign to help feed Houston-area residents experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. Proceeds from the campaign directly benefit the Houston Food Bank, a nonprofit committed to feeding the hungry in the Houston area. “While the Astros are off the field, I want to create a new team to… Read more »

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows to $3.7 million for Nonprofits Serving San Antonio’s Most Vulnerable Populations

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and other partners have awarded $1.1 million so far, with more grants in progress.   During normal times, the House of Neighborly Service on the city’s West Side provides services for children, families and older adults from its headquarters in one of the city’s most distressed zip codes, 78207.  Since the onset… Read more »

Houston Endowment Headquarters Design Competition Finalists’ Gallery Published

Leading philanthropy Houston Endowment and competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) today [February 26 2020] released the full set of competition imagery — including all four shortlisted design concepts — for the Houston Endowment Headquarters International Design Competition. Previously unaired proposals by the three runner-up teams, led by Deborah Berke Partners, Olson Kundig and Schaum/Shieh Architects, are now available to view on the competition… Read more »

Dallas Area Funders Award $320,000 to 38 Organizations in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, community philanthropic partners came together to create the 19th Amendment Centennial Fund, which has provided $320,000 in grants to create a yearlong series of events to recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. This funding supports effective, inspirational and authentic ways to create conversation, drive positive change and build strategies to… Read more »

The Rockefeller Foundation Announces $65 Million Investment in America’s Working Families

The Rockefeller Foundation today announced a comprehensive $65 million investment to help more than 10 million low-wage workers and their families across the United States meet their basic needs and have a path to a better future. As part of this investment, the Foundation is also launching the U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative ($36.5 million from 2019-2021) to transform economic stability and mobility… Read more »

New Study Predicts Increases in Charitable Giving in Each of Next Two Years

The Philanthropy Outlook 2020 & 2021 from Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Marts & Lundy Projects Solid Growth in Individual, Foundation and Bequest Giving Total U.S. charitable giving is projected to grow by 4.8% this year and by 5.1% in 2021, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2020 & 2021 released today. The report is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School… Read more »

Having contributed close to $10 Billion, this foundation focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture

Bloomberg Philanthropies faces societies challenges by looking for unmet needs, engaging strong partners, remaining flexible, relying on data, focusing on cities, and leading from the front & utilizing advocacy.

Blackbaud Institute Releases 2018 Charitable Giving Report

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the release of the 2018 Charitable Giving Report by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact™. The seventh annual report, which represents the earliest and largest analysis of overall and online giving in the U.S. nonprofit sector in 2018, shows continued year-over-year growth and another record high for online giving. “The 2018 Charitable… Read more »

A great article to read: What I Learned as a Funder: Frank Tips for Nonprofits

Over decades in the social sector, I spent countless hours in the grant-seeking trenches and saw my share of things that left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. But then I became a foundation funder and encountered a prospective grantee’s “toxic diaper excuse” (more on that later), which truly left my head shaking. Reflecting on my experiences, I am aware of how deeply… Read more »

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the development, expansion and collapse of complex societies during the Middle Horizon Period of Peru. The three-year grant was awarded by the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and will fund Conlee’s research project, “The Cyclic Rise and Fall of Complex Societies.”… Read more »

Nearly One in Six Young People Nationwide Has Obesity, New Data Show

Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent. Texas is 7th. UGH. The data and analysis were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They come from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey… Read more »

2018 U.S. Trust Study Finds High Net Worth Donors’ Average Giving Amounts Increased Since 2015

New Study Contains Revealing Data on Giving by High Net Worth Women, Millennials and Other Groups

The 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, published today in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, finds that wealthy Americans continue to be generous with their time and money, increasing the amount they gave on average to charitable causes and organizations in 2017, including giving in the wake of natural disasters. The biennial study shows that 90 percent of high net worth (HNW) households gave to charity last year, and 48 percent volunteered time to nonprofit organizations and causes.

Could This Be Modern Philanthropy’s Day of Reckoning?

Something pretty interesting is happening in the world of philanthropy. Anand Giridharadas, journalist and former Aspen Institute fellow, has just written a  pretty major indictment of modern philanthropy in his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas takes big philanthropists to task for reinforcing the social problems they claim to be solving. He’s creating lots (and lots and lots) of buzz, and adding… Read more »

Jeff Bezos on his Billion Day One Fund

I talk often about the importance of maintaining a Day mentality. It’s always Day 1, and I work hard to apply that mindset to everything I do. It was a Day 1 outlook that made me reach out to ask for suggestions on approaches to philanthropy last year. By so many important measures the world keeps getting better, and it’s one of the fantastic… Read more »

The Best of Planet Earth in Action When Government Fails Us: The Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

Last week, 29 philanthropists pledged $4 billion over the next five years to combat climate change—the largest-ever philanthropic investment focused on climate change mitigation. The announcement, made at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, represents a broad global commitment to accelerate proven climate and clean-energy strategies, spur innovation and support organizations around the world working to protect the air they breathe and the communities they call home.