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Nature Philanthropy

Donated lands have become some of our most beautiful national treasures.

by Evan Sparks

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

When you think of parks, whether Yosemite or your corner playground, you probably think of them as quintessentially public institutions—as the Ken Burns documentary puts it, “America’s best idea.” And while parks are indeed public institutions, a great many owe their existence, growth, and endurance to the generosity of creative donors.

Gas Heat

A small foundation uses focused academic, media, and activist grants to redirect a policy debate

by Jon Entine

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

A small foundation uses focused academic, media, and activist grants to redirect a policy debate.

Protecting Animals and People

How donors are using research, security, and economic incentives to save Africa's wildlife

by Caitrin Nicol Keiper

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

How donors are using research, security, and economic incentives to save Africa's wildlife

Walk the Line

Donors convert old rail lines into popular recreation trails

by Kara Runsten

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

Rail trails are generating public enthusiasm as rural paths, as creators of green space in tight urban quarters, as ways of boosting health and wellness, as canvases for appealing landscape design and outdoor art, as connectors of communities, and as spurs to city redevelopment.

Land Law

A new court decision preserves a popular and important form of nature philanthropy

by Zachary Janowski

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

A landmark ruling in May could have nationwide consequences for the future of American conservation.

Sharing Health

Mutual aid lives on in the battle against medical bills

by Liz Essley Whyte

From Philanthropy magazine, Summer 2014

Today’s health-care sharing organizations, for the most part, were founded by people who wanted to pool medical bills with like-minded religious believers, putting their trust in faith communities rather than government or insurance companies. 

Philanthropy and the Press

The future of journalism

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

The Newseum—perched opposite the National Gallery of Art on Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation’s capital—is an emblem, in a way it never wanted to be, of journalism today. Just like the...

Profit and the Free Press

An ink-stained veteran doubts that philanthropy can solve today's crisis in journalism

by Seth Lipsky

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

An ink-stained veteran doubts that philanthropy can solve today's crisis in journalism.  

Investigative Philanthropy?

Local news and research journalism as charity causes

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

Local news and research journalism as charity causes. 

Building Religion IQ in Reporters

A donor-funded conference educates the media on faith

by Andrea Scott

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

A donor-funded conference educates the media on faith. 

New Balance

Training the next generation of conservative journalists

by Justin Torres

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

Training the next generation of conservative journalists. 

Charity TV

A California philanthropy and a television station join forces to stimulate giving

by Chris Weinkopf

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

A California philanthropy and a television station join forces to stimulate giving.

Giving It All

Alan Barnhart and his brother Eric owned a $250 million company. Owned. Past tense. Because they gave it away.

by Liz Essley Whyte

From Philanthropy magazine, Spring 2014

Alan Barnhart and his brother Eric owned a $250 million company. Owned. Past tense. Because they gave it away. 

Solving the $2 Trillion Problem

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation mixes research and politics to help solve today's public-pension crisis

by Zachary Janowski

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2014

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation mixes research and politics to help solve today's public-pension crisis.  

Making Forever Families

Churches and donors lift thousands of children out of the foster-care bureaucracy

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2014

Churches and donors lift thousands of children out of the foster-care bureaucracy. 

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