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Help Wanted: A Funders Alliance Rallies Newcomers to Science Philanthropy

Help Wanted: A Funders Alliance Rallies Newcomers to Science Philanthropy

When public science funding declined in 2012, major foundations formed the Science Philanthropy Alliance to step up their game. President Marc Kastner tells us what they’ve learned since about private funding’s role in basic research. Kastner was 27 and just embarking on a career in condensed matter physics when he landed his first NSF grant […]

Beloved Aunt Inspires Tradition of Giving

Beloved Aunt Inspires Tradition of Giving

Known throughout Santa Barbara County for her philanthropic efforts, Anne Smith Towbes has given time, energy, resources, and leadership to create positive impact in the community. For Anne, this spirit of generosity was largely instilled in her by a favorite aunt, Miriam Tabor. Miriam traveled the world extensively with her husband Amson, made new friends […]

How This AT&T Commercial Star Is Helping Refugees

How This AT&T Commercial Star Is Helping Refugees

    Milana Vayntrub is best known as the quirky, lovable character Lily in those comical AT&T commercials. Now the actress and comedian is using her platform to bring awareness to the global refugee crisis. Earlier this year Vayntrub launched Can’t Do Nothing, an organization that works with human rights groups on the ground, providing aid to refugees. […]

Philanthropy As A Platform for Civic Leadership

Philanthropy As A Platform for Civic Leadership

Philanthropy often is the tie that binds communities together. From city to city, state to state, country to country, the vast majority of people benefit from andor participate in philanthropy. The true power of philanthropy, however, lies beyond the art and practice of grantmaking and is tied up with its ability — and responsibility — to equip […]

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Rosemary’s husband sold his company for well over $200 million and thought they were set for life. Then he died and as she moved through the grieving process she realized she needed to fill the void in her life with something meaningful, and she also wanted to do something to acknowledge and honor the wonderful […]

Commemorating A Lifetime Of Leadership And Service In The Santa Maria Valley

Commemorating A Lifetime Of Leadership And Service In The Santa Maria Valley

Joe and Jean Olivera have called Santa Maria home for 92 years. They attended Santa Maria High School, married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, raised four children, and recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. Throughout their lives, the Oliveras have epitomized a strong work ethic, commitment to family, and service to their community and country. Growing […]

Africans for Africa: Where are the Philanthropist?

Africans for Africa: Where are the Philanthropist?

According the 2016 Africa Wealth report, there are 165,000 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) living in Africa with a combined wealth holdings of US $860 Billion. This reflects that the number of HNWIs on the African continent has grown by over 150% within the last decade and more than doubled the global rate. It might […]

Engaging Youth Means Listening — And Acting

Engaging Youth Means Listening — And Acting

“Youth engagement” is all the rage these days in philanthropic circles — and for good reason. Young people are among our most innovative thinkers and passionate advocates — especially when it comes to tackling the problems they and their families experience firsthand. This why increasing numbers of social justice funders are realizing that if we […]

When the Economy and Philanthropy Aren’t Compatible

When the Economy and Philanthropy Aren’t Compatible

Ray was successful, and his lifestyle reflected that. He had made a lot of money in stock investments, in real estate and by investing in startups. When the economy took a nose dive in 2008 his net worth dropped significantly. But he was committed to continuing to try to make a difference in how key […]

Philanthropy Is Good Business

Philanthropy Is Good Business

When she was growing up, Joley and her mother used to experiment with the natural herbs they grew, and would create creams and lotions that they gave as gifts. Then people wanted to buy them. So she started a company, got funding and hired the technical help needed to ensure the quality of the products, […]