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Taking the Time to Learn in Transition: How the Ford Foundation Board Revamped the Traditional CEO Search

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

GEO recently convened a diverse group of foundation trustees and CEOs at the Ford Foundation in New York. This meeting was constructed as an opportuni...

New Models of Collaboration Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

John F. Ince | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
John F. Ince

GPF has long been one of the world's premier gatherings of philanthropists and nonprofit practitioners, but it's also become breeding a ground for collaborative models addressing some of the world's most intractable problems.

Obama Announces New Plan To Improve Odds For Minority Boys

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before he arrived at the White House, Barack Obama was the son of a single mother, challenged and tempted by the same societa...

USAID Co-hosts LGBT Global Initiatives Meeting During UN General Assembly

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

With much of the recent debate on LGBT rights (or the lack thereof) focused on the Russian anti-gay laws and how they will impact the Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, it was encouraging to see the UN General Assembly include a positive focus on LGBT rights.

The Powerful Trend to Improve Schools through Expanded Learning Time

Jennifer Davis | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Davis

As the authors of A Nation at Risk pointed out more than 30 years ago, America's students simply do not spend enough time in quality learning environments to reach the high expectations of the modern global economy.

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...

Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture

NYC-ARTS | Posted 04.24.2013 | Arts

The seven honorees at the Mayor's Awards for Arts and Culture were pre-announced, yet there were still surprises at the celebratory event hosted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Whoopi Goldberg at New York City Center on February 20, 2013.

TV Worth Watching: Link TV Expands Your World View One Program at a Time

Joel Brokaw | Posted 01.01.2013 | Media
Joel Brokaw

Filling a void by bringing to light societal issues rarely covered by mainstream media is a major reason why Link TV has not only thrived but is expanding. It is perhaps the only television channel in the world that measures its success not in ratings, but in getting people off their sofas into engagement and action.

SLIDESHOW: NBC, LinkedIn, Other Top Businesses Promise To Reduce Unemployment

Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact

See the promises our partners have made to reduce unemployment over the next year. Below is a slideshow of the promises our partner organizations h...

Ford Needs a Smarter Approach to Newspaper Grants

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 08.14.2012 | Media
Pablo Eisenberg

If the newsroom needed extra help, this responsibility should have fallen on the owners of the paper. Why did a foundation reward a publication that has shown an inexcusable disregard for its reporters and editors, not to mention readers?

Scars: The Complicated Making of Historic Moments and Progressive Philanthropy

Maxim Thorne | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

To make and record history is a privilege. We learn so much from it. Now that I am teaching Philanthropy in Action at Yale University, I feel compelled to see these huge moments also in a philanthropic context.

SAVED: American Folk Art Museum Gets Bailed Out

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

The American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) has been in dire financial straits in recent months, but the establishment announced this week that it will contin...

Let's End Child Marriage in a Generation

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 11.22.2011 | Women
Jennifer Buffett

On a learning trip to Ethiopia, where 49 percent of girls are married before they are 18, I came face to face with one of the biggest challenges that holds back the world's female population and keeps countries mired in poverty: child marriage.

Crisis Philanthropy: Partnerships & Co-Investment

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.05.2011 | Impact
Michael Likosky

Tough economic times demand that not only foundations but also individuals and governments embrace this leveraging. I call this new approach to giving Crisis Philanthropy.

Documentaries Storm the Nation's Capitol at Silverdocs Festival

Michael Rose | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Michael Rose

What do Elmo, the New York Times, McDonald's coffee, transsexual tennis star Renee Richards, a chimp using sign language, electric cars, the real horse whisperer and Al Franken have in common?

Documentaries and the Truth We Can Still Tell (But for How Long?)

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.13.2011 | Media
Vivian Norris

Documentaries tell us who we are, what our world is about, and give us the truth. But more and more these filmmakers find themselves, especially in the US, attacked by layer upon layer of lawsuits funded by corporations with deep pockets.

Alex Wagner

Ford Announces $100K Award For 'Courageous Leaders' | Alex Wagner | Posted 07.04.2011 | Impact

NEW YORK -- For the last 20 years, Guatemalan architect Teddy Cruz has focused on the physical and cultural barriers that divide urban areas, especial...

My Trip to Nairobi

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Nairobi presented a study in contrasts. It is a large city. Not as large as Lagos, but it still has a big city feel with millions of people and an ast...

Despite Early Setbacks, Officials Hope Denver Education Summit Proves Groundbreaking

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The nation's education chief chastised teachers and their bosses in equal measure Tuesday as he launched what the Obama administration ...

Watchdog: Education Foundations Not Doing Enough For Vulnerable Children

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

SEATTLE — A philanthropic watchdog group is hoping to light a fire under charitable foundations that support education by releasing a report Wed...

NFL's Latest Family Feud: Jim Brown vs. the Cleveland Browns

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Eric Ehrmann

Famous running back Jim Brown could score one last touchdown by reminding everybody that equal opportunity does not exist in the current world economic order.

Wynton Marsalis' Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Traveling To Cuba

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is traveling to Cuba next month for a series of concerts in Havana with bandleader W...

Foundations: Don't Pat Yourselves on the Back Just Yet

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

There's a new report touting how the foundations came to the rescue of nonprofits during the recent recession. I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but nonprofits don't feel that foundations should pat themselves on the back yet.

A Fundamental Problem With Our Arts Ecology

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Over the last year I have noticed a change in the reactions by major donors, especially foundations, to serious fiscal problems experienced by importa...

Culture Clicks: Weekly Art News Roundup

Emily Waldorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Emily Waldorf

Koons's BMW 'Art Car' to Run at Le Mans Endurance Race in June (Bloomberg), Annie Leibovitz Sued by Brunswick Capital for Finance Fees (Bloomberg), and more!