Monthly Archives: July 2012


In Education Philanthropy, a Look at Who Finances What

A new online database financed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation aims to shed light on the nonprofits and donors working to improve America’s education system.

The database, which is still in beta form, enables users to identify which organizations are supporting areas like technology, school choice, teacher quality, and charter schools. It also helps users identify which policies and research are shaping those fields and others.

New Leaders for New Schools, for example, is listed among th…


Few Grantees Pay Heed to Foundations on Social Media

Few nonprofits pay much attention to the videos, Facebook pages, and tweets of their foundation backers, according to a new study by the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

The study surveyed more than 6,000 grantees that receive money from a set of 34 large foundations. Social-media use among those grant makers was widespread: About 68 percent post videos, 59 percent use Facebook, 56 percent are registered on Twitter, and 29 percent write blogs.

But only 16 percent of nonprofits surveyed said th…


American Indian Groups in Pacific Northwest Are Raising More Money

Nonprofits that work to improve the lives of American Indians in the Pacific Northwest are having more success raising money from foundations, according to a new study of 76 philanthropies. That growth comes even as giving to Native American organizations elsewhere appears to be shrinking.

Grant makers in the study gave $19-million to benefit Indian organizations and communities in the Pacific Northwest in 2010, 16 percent more than in 2008. The gains came despite a 24-percent overall decline in…


How a Change in Foundation Strategy Can Upset Beneficiaries

As foundations adjust their approaches to dealing with the tough economy and changing needs, they often face a big challenge in how to tell grantees that money is about to disappear.

The situation can be even tougher when a grant maker takes a new approach to dealing with some of society’s most vulnerable, as the Annie E. Casey Foundation has learned the hard way in recent weeks.

Casey announced last month that it was getting out of the business of providing direct support to foster-care familie…


Ford to Provide $50-Million to Human-Rights Groups

With a new $50-million program, the Ford Foundation is seeking to build human-rights organizations in far corners of the world.

The money will be awarded over five years to advocacy groups in non-Western countries in recognition that new voices on human rights are emerging around the globe.

“What today’s grants recognize is how powerful the idea of human rights has become in every corner of the world and how much growth there has been in recent years among rights organizations in the [Global] So…


Atlantic Lays Out Strategy for Final Years of Giving

Ten months after appointing a new president to conduct a review of its final years, the Atlantic Philanthropies is giving nonprofits some additional clues about what to expect between now and the time its last grants are announced in 2016.

In a letter Tuesday to grantees, Christopher G. Oechsli, Atlantic’s leader, says that “not all program work will continue to 2016.”

The foundation’s giving in Australia concludes this year, while grant making in South Africa and Vietnam will finish in 2013. A…


Gates and Bloomberg Commit $610-Million for Family Planning

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 15 other foundations, governments, and United Nations agencies announced today they would increase their support of family-planning programs by $2.6-billion in an effort to help an additional 120 million women gain access to contraception.

The Gates fund, whose co-founder, Melinda Gates, has made family planning her philanthropic priority, plans to double its annual giving for such programs to $140-million per year over the next …