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Graduates of Cal State Fullerton, one of many universities with nonwhite majorities that billionaire MacKenzie Scott is supporting. Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

5 ways MacKenzie Scott’s $8.5 billion commitment to social and economic justice is a model for other donors

By not attaching any strings to the money, championing representation and generally taking care to respect nonprofit leaders, she's following five best practices.
Some extremely rich people are paying a much smaller share of their income on taxes than other folks. Nuthawut Somsuk/iStock via Getty Images Plus

A new reason Americans are getting leery of billionaire donors

News about how little income tax some of the richest Americans reportedly pay is adding to questions about the value to society of their massive charitable donations.
Prominently placing fresh produce can encourage healthier choices. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Giving food pantry clients choices – and gently nudging them toward nutritious foods – can lead to healthier diets

Behavioral economics, long employed in grocery stores to guide customers to certain products, could be employed by food banks and pantries to encourage healthier choices.
These students at the University of Pittsburgh urged their peers to vote in the 2020 presidential election. Aaron Jackendoff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Civics education isn’t boosting youth voting or volunteerism

Civics education is not boosting youth voting, volunteering or even scores on academic tests about government – and may be related to QAnon support.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reacted more quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic began than most other foundations. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Only a handful of US foundations quickly pitched in as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, early data indicates

Two scholars of philanthropy and geography who reviewed the numbers see cause for concern about the agility and priorities of grantmakers during a crisis.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, left, speaks with Michael Bloomberg, who has given the school more than $3.3 billion. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Alumni gratitude and support for causes are behind donations of $50 million or more to colleges and universities

In some cases, big donors are supporting higher education to support a philanthropic strategy that includes racial and economic justice.

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