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Excellence in Philanthropy

Eyes on Ospreys

Twenty years ago, D.C.'s Anacostia River had few fish and no ospreys—the big, yellow-eyed fishing birds that often thrill waterside observers. But thanks to local D.C. philanthropy the ospreys are returning to...

Philanthropy’s Toehold in China

Though China is home to an estimated 358 billionaires, exactly none have signed the Giving Pledge. But views on charity in China may be evolving.

Failing One’s Way to Success

The Up Side of Down offers a candid reckoning of how badly things really can go wrong, and a field guide to why and how “failure can be the best thing that ever happened to you (though it may sometimes feel like...

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An award-winning nonprofit leader is hauling junk out of our grimiest rivers.

Interview with Terry and Mary Kohler

The donor couple discusses rescuing cranes and swans, marriage, and more.

Nature Philanthropy

While parks are indeed public institutions, a great many owe their existence to creative donors.

Gas Heat

A small foundation is turning up the heat on fracking.

Protecting Animals and People

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

Walk the Line

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy estimates that more than 1,600 abandoned railroad lines have been turned into trails.

Excellence in the Classroom

How can philanthropic investment help bring about a world where every child has a string of good teachers?


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