Location: New York

In Brief: James Baldwin’s Creative Writer’s Fellowship

How a foundation provided the final ingredient to an era-defining novel.

“Investment Philanthropy” Investing for Social Good, a Century Ago

When Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage created her general-purpose foundation, her adviser Robert de Forest proposed a new concept: “investment philanthropy.” This meant using the endowment to engage in for-profit projects that also achieved a social goal. The Foundation’s first such investment was the Forest Hills housing development in Queens, New York…

Philanthropy Helps Save the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

More than 700 major contributors and countless individual donations helped restore the Statue of Liberty and create a museum devoted to immigration on Ellis Island. This massive fundraising campaign underscores the power of philanthropy and philanthropic giving to preserve important symbols of history and culture…

In Brief: The Rockefeller Foundation Supports Renowned Urbanist Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities is one of the most famous critiques of urban renewal in the postwar US. However, the book might never have been published if not for a vote of confidence from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1958…