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Museums Across America

A creative cornucopia of galleries from math to space to baseball is brought to the public by the generosity of donors

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2015

A creative cornucopia of galleries from math to space to baseball is brought to the public by the generosity of donors. 

Heartland Art

A new exhibit at Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum showcases the full range of American artistry

by James Panero

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2015

Artist and scientist Isabella Kirkland depicts an imaginary rainforest canopy (Isabella Kirkland, “Emergent,”)

A Tribute to Life

With major support from Tad Taube, the Polin Museum honors a millennium of Jewish history

by Andrea Scott

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2015

With major support from Tad Taube, the Polin Museum honors a millennium of Jewish history. 

Patriots and Papers

Philanthropists fulfill George Washington's dying wish and build a Presidential library

by Marques Chavez

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2015

Philanthropists fulfill George Washington's dying wish and build a Presidential library.  

The Power of Ownership

Fighting poverty from the ground up

by John Murdock

From Philanthropy magazine, Winter 2015

Fighting poverty from the ground up. 

Suing for Reform

An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow?

by Ashley May

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2014

An education donor went to court; will other givers and other causes follow? 

Beethoven in the Barrio

The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is bringing symphonic beauty to new audiences, thanks to Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

by Caitrin Nicol Keiper

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2014

The Youth Orchestra of the Americas is bringing symphonic beauty to new audience, thanks to Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg

Campus Crusades

Philanthropically supported groups helping students grow in their faith are embraced by participants, but also face threats

by Liz Essley Whyte

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2014

Philanthropically supported groups that help students grow in their faith are being enthusiastically embraced by young participants—but also threatened by opponents. 

Drug Donors

While some philanthropists fought for decades to legalize marijuana, others are gearing up to address undesirable consequences

by Justin Torres

From Philanthropy magazine, Fall 2014

While some philanthropists fought for decades to legalize marijuana, others are gearing up to address the undesirable consequences. 

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. 

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