To Celebrate New Series, NBC Donates Grants to High School Drama Programs

NBC’s new series Rise, based on a true story, is about a high school drama teacher tackling the prejudices and systems of a small, poor town. It’s about the cultural ecosystems of small towns, and how to make change happen within them. It’s not perfect—the writer consciously made the main character straight, despite the actual […]

College Student’s Charity Fundraiser Goes Viral

For college student Danni Messina, Thanksgiving this year was good. She went home to spend the holiday in the comfort of her family. But a conversation with her friend reminded her how many people didn’t have such a simple luxury. “I was talking to my friend on Thanksgiving and he told me that he was […]

Merck Foundation Launches Diabetes Care Initiative

The Merck Foundation has launched Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, a five-year initiative to help improve diabetes care and health outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations in the U.S. The initiative will bring $16 million over five years to eight clinics across the United States. The funding will help the grantees bring […]

Women Are the Key to Stronger Communities

It’s been shown time and time again that if women are supported in their communities, they can bring out increased health, financial benefits, and opportunities for everyone involved. That’s why charity organizations supporting women—especially young women—are so important. The American Association of University Women The AAUW, based out of Washington, DC, has worked to empower […]

The Philanthropic Sector Needs to Be More Diverse

The Council on Foundations recently released a report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector. In it, they reveal that their research shows that women and people of color are still underrepresented in the philanthropic sector. For example, the researchers found that despite the fact that […]

Bezos Crowdsources His Next Philanthropic Effort

On June 15, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wrote a tweet nobody expected. It was an image with the text “This tweet is a request fro ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time—working on the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the […]

Gund Sells Painting to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, a former president of the Museum of Modern Art, sold one of her most valuable paintings to provide seed funding for a nonprofit criminal justice reform fund. Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” hung on Gund’s mantel until she sold the piece in January for $165 million, including fees. Most of that money—$100 million—went to […]

Town & Country Names Top 50 Philanthropists of 2017

On May 8, the editors of Town & Country magazine shared the names of 50 men and women who are committed to changing the world through their philanthropy. Most of them are not household names, although a few are. Here are some of the people—with a combined giving power of $321 billion—who are making their […]

NASCAR Puts Philanthropy In High Gear

NASCAR CEO Brian France and his wife, Amy, have set the pace for the sport’s philanthropy. With a recent million-dollar partnership with Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone, the family has helped many children who otherwise may not have received medical care. “We don’t charge patients for our services, so we rely […]

EBay Founder Pledges $100M to Fight Fake News and Hate Speech

Taken aback by the way “fake news” has wormed itself into mainstream political discourse, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is pledging to fight misinformation and hate speech. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will be among the independent and investigative media outlets that will receive funding from Omidyar’s coffers over the next three years. According […]