We encourage everyone to check out this article from the New York Times. Major funders – such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations – are making new commitments to tackle the crucial social issues of our time, such as income inequality, criminal justice, and climate change. This represents a shift away from the traditional funding approach, where large foundations typically donate gifts of $10 million or more to hospitals, universities, or major cultural institutions. Given that these foundations are now looking to directly fund programs that address social change, this represents a major opportunity for burgeoning organizations with potential solutions, and The Unfunded List will be looking to facilitate connections that result in funding for the best ideas.
Major Foundations Aim to Address Big Ideas
Lynn O’Connell is a philanthropy scholar, serial interim executive director, and a longtime evaluator for the Unfunded List. She is an adjunct professor of philanthropy