Volume 29, Issue 04
Phil Knight Tops Chronicle’s List of Biggest Donors of 2016
The Nike co-founder and veteran philanthropist headlines our annual ranking, while self-made women and tech moguls herald change in the giving ranks.
Colleges Get Unusually Large Share of Contributions
Nearly half of giving by the country's biggest donors went to higher education, with $1 of every $5 benefiting elite universities with multibillion-dollar endowments.
Philanthropist Shows Her Love of Nature by Locking Up Land
Roxanne Quimby once lived in a shack without electricity or running water to be closer to the outdoors. After amassing a fortune as a co-founder of Burt’s Bees, she found a much grander way to honor nature.
Big Philanthropists Increasingly Face Scrutiny and Criticism
Praise for megadonors like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and David Rubenstein is now tinged with questions about whether their good works are really good for society.
John Arnold Defends His Philanthropy, Big Gifts, and Mark Zuckerberg
"It is easier to criticize a personality than an organization," Mr. Arnold says in an interview with The Chronicle, in which he also explains his support for a controversial Baltimore surveillance program.
With Anti-Trump Windfall, Nonprofits Are Digging In for a Fight
Nonprofits like the Natural Resources Defense Council are hiring lawyers setting up hotlines, beefing up staff, recruiting more volunteers, launching defense funds, and more.
Boxing Nonprofit Trains Young Champs In and Out of the Ring
Along with winning medals at the Olympics and other international competitions, veterans of the Alexandria Boxing Club serve as role models for teens in and around Washington, D.C.
Leaders Must Listen to Solve Big Problems, Author Says
The corporate-style leadership increasingly in vogue in philanthropy is ill-suited for tackling complex social issues, the author of a forthcoming book argues.
Girl Scouts’ 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave Is Rarity Among Nonprofits
The organization draws strong praise for its benefit to new mothers and fathers, but nonprofits in general still lag far behind the corporate world.
Flint Water Crisis Proves Mettle of New Foundation Leader
Under the leadership of 37-year-old President Ridgway White, the Mott Foundation provided money to deal with the city’s unsafe water even before a state of emergency had been declared.
New Book on Joan Kroc Tells of Her Sometimes Whimsical Philanthropy
The donor who made a $1.5 billion bequest to the Salvation Army and gave $225 million to NPR preferred handing out checks to working under the constraints of a foundation.
Opinion: How Philanthropy Can Help Usher in the Quantum Age
As quantum theory takes root in the social as well as the physical sciences, foundations should invest in efforts to better our grasp of this powerful idea and its potential for both good and ill.
Opinion: Philanthropy’s Preoccupation With Airing Failures Is a Mixed Blessing
Too often donors seem to forget that real people and communities were hurt as grant makers took approaches that didn’t work out.