The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reacted more quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic began than most other foundations.
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Two scholars of philanthropy and geography who reviewed the numbers see cause for concern about the agility and priorities of grantmakers during a crisis.
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For every 0.1℃ rise in temperature, the number of sinkholes increases by 1 to 3%.
A volunteer hands out food boxes in Los Angeles before Thanksgiving.
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Nonprofits are being forced to do more with less money, which may force many of them to close within the next couple of years.
Sometimes promising innovations, such as this glass that can harness solar energy, developed by scientist Lance Wheeler, take a long time to reach consumers.
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Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
Some are financing a boost in grantmaking by selling bonds.
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Due to a 'once-in-a-century crisis,' five big foundations are spending more of their assets on grants than usual. Some are issuing bonds to finance their extra support for nonprofits.
The Ford Foundation, under Darren Walker’s leadership, is joining with other foundations to give more money away.
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It's too soon to say what will happen with philanthropy in 2020, but looking at 2019 may offer some clues.
Will Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan quickly get money to charities?
In past recessions, donors have tightened their pursestrings even as the need has grown. But two scholars explain why, at least for foundations, there's room for more generosity in tough times.
Eight charities will get the Trump Foundation’s remaining assets.
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Under a settlement reached with New York authorities, he must give US$2 million to nonprofits out of his own pocket. And if he wants to start another foundation, Trump must submit to close supervision.
Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.
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Congress can fix this by updating the tax code.
When subsistence farmers become climate refugees, who will help them pay the cost of relocation?
The $4 billion that foundations are pledging to spend within five years amounts to less than 1 percent of what businesses and governments spend on global warming every year.
H.F. ‘Gerry’ Lenfest, left, donated tens of millions of dollars to sustain Philadelphia’s newspapers.
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Without credible news and information, a healthy democracy is not possible.
Charities should not make amassing more and more money their top priority.
When organizations dedicated to doing good make money their top priority, they get into trouble.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, front, after she signed a law that allows pay-for-success funding for projects aiming to reduce female incarceration rates.
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These partnerships between investors, governments and nonprofits are a new way to pay for programs and services that help people in need and address intractable problems like mass incarceration.
Donald Trump gave this $100,000 check from his foundation to a charity during an Iowa campaign event in 2016.
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There is a risk that the foundation's alleged disregard for its duty to serve others rather than one family's personal interests could become more commonplace.
Eric, Don Jr., Ivanka and Donald Trump.
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The Donald J. Trump Foundation allegedly violated charitable norms and laws.
Students and faculty members have protested arrangements GMU made with donors.
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When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there's some transparency.
NRA volunteer shooting instructors Vern Marion and Brian Beck, firing at targets in 2002.
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The nation's biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It's a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the eponymous foundation speaks at Pretoria University, Mamelodi Campus. His foundation is particularly active in the field of health care but also finances numerous institutions dedicated to research.
American charitable foundations have gradually established themselves as key players in the African academic sector. If the benefits have been remarkable, there are risks as well.
Bill Clinton, at a wind farm in Panama’s Cocle province built with the Clinton Foundation’s support.
The foundation initially seemed well-suited for cleaning up Bill Clinton's legacy after the Monica Lewinsky scandal's ugliness. That's no longer true.
Jeff Bezos (right), now the world’s second-richest person, is charting a different course for his philanthropy than Bill Gates (left), the richest, and Warren Buffett (center), who has fallen to third place.
Amazon's founder turned to Twitter to crowdsource ideas for his charitable giving. This populist approach and his preference for short-term results set Jeff Bezos apart from other mega-donors.