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Falling Dominoes: Why More Large Foundations Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

With even the Rockefeller family turning away from fossil fuels, large foundations will need take a stand. | Opinion piece originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 23, 2014. [...]

September 28, 2014 Portfolio, Science & Environment
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The New Golden Age of Urban Parks Philanthropy (And Its Controversies)

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, September 19, 2014. Private funding is pouring into parks lately, and not everyone is happy about it. Regardless, cities are putting together creative projects with massive backing from wealthy donors, and it’s not all happening [...]

September 28, 2014 Science & Environment
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Busting the Silos of the Left: An Interview with the Compton Foundation

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, August 20, 2014. The Compton Foundation is a relatively small, progressive funder that’s been taking on some of the world’s largest problems since the 1940s. But three years ago, it turned its approach to giving [...]

September 3, 2014 Uncategorized
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The ‘Fishing Expedition’ for Weird, World-Changing Materials

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, August 19, 2014. “Weird” is my own, non-technical descriptor for new quantum materials, which the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is hoping 12 researchers can cook up over the next five years. While the grantees [...]

September 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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This Week in Science Funding: Google is everywhere! Plus New Friends and Foes of Climate Change

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This round, Google and more Google! Donors pick sides on climate change. Also the winners of the preeminent mathematics prize. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, [...]

September 3, 2014 Science & Environment
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The Quest to Link Up Large-Scale Brain Research

Originally published on Inside Philanthropy, August 8, 2014. The problem of neuroscience has rapidly been shifting from not enough information, to more than we know what to do with, or at least can handle collectively. Some major funders hope to [...]

August 11, 2014 Uncategorized
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An Ambitious Plan to Make Cities Stronger

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 30, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation believes there are some core traits cities can enhance to be prepared for looming disaster, and it’s in the process of investing $100 million directly into city governments to build [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment
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This Week in Science Funding: Schizophrenia and Reclaiming Rat Island

A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. This week, eradication of rats on tropical islands, a war on animal abuse, and a historic boost to mental health research. I blog about the latest in funding for research, science [...]

August 4, 2014 Science & Environment
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A Database for Disaster

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy, July 21, 2014. The Rockefeller Foundation is one of the most active funders working in the field of “resilience,” the capacity of communities to survive and adapt amid rapid change. One ongoing project it just [...]

July 21, 2014 Science & Environment, Uncategorized
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Hewlett is Spending Big to Defend EPA Carbon Limits

Originally published at Inside Philanthropy on July 18, 2014. The EPA’s proposal to slash emissions from coal plants has climate activists feeling uncharacteristically optimistic. It’s also likely going to draw more fire than the Obama administration has seen since the [...]

July 21, 2014 Science & Environment