Recent + Relevant News


  • Philanthropy in Trump era - Inside Philanthropy outlines six ways philanthropy has changed and responded to Trump over the past year.

  • GOP and State Power - A Rolling Stone article details how the GOP has successfully and systemically “rigged” elections through voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering and dark money.

  • Progress on Voting Rights - Organizers in Florida collected enough signatures for a 2018 ballot measure to restore voting rights to 1.5 million former felons, mainly people of color. It needs 60 percent approval in November to become law.

  • Cities & Economic Development - Amazon narrowed their list to 20 cities for their second headquarters location. More thoughtful discussionabout how cities balance incentives and the needs of their communities.

  • New! Opportunity Zones: Will a brand new tax incentive program help drive private capital to under invested communities? What we know so farabout this effort. A new think tank, Economic Innovation Group, helped push the idea in the 2017 tax bill.

  • Climate Change - An in-depth feature in New York reveals the inside story of how Rockefeller family members used their philanthropic resources to pressure Exxon for its climate change denial.

  • Times Up! - 300 prominent actresses and female entertainment executives formed a new initiative, Times Up!, to fight systemic, workplace sexual misconduct beyond just Hollywood, joining forces with farmworkers and domestic workers and others. Read their letter of solidarity.

  • Corporate Philanthropy - JP Morgan Chase announced it would increase its philanthropic work by 40%, giving around $1.75 billion over the next five years.

  • Big Foundation News - Where will the Gate Foundation go with their new study on pathways out of poverty in the U.S.? MacArthur Foundation backs International Rescue Committee and Sesame Street Workshop with $100M in its big bet challenge.

  • Debating the Role of Philanthropy in Democracy - The Stanford Social Innovation Review posts the audio from a 2017 discussion among Reed Hastings and Darren Walker.