Stream: Race & Social Justice
An early twentieth-century foundation tried using its endowment to support for-profit projects that also would achieve a social goal.
In 1968, the Ford Foundation began to make social investments using a new tool borrowed from the for-profit world, the Program-Related Investment.
How a simple grant request seeded the launch of a full program addressing inequality.
How battling hookworm on rural farms laid the groundwork for a global public health system.
One small grant gave enduring voice to one of the most famous critiques of postwar urban renewal.
In the years before Brown v. Board, a philanthropic fund hoped research and data would turn the tide on attitudes toward segregation.
A college prep program increased admissions rates for at-risk students, but it also raised larger questions about systemic inequality.
How the largest US foundation began supporting market-based projects in the late 1960s.