About This Project

The articles and charts in this special report rely on interviews with more than 100 people and on data from the Foundation Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. The Foundation Center supplied information on more than 2,000 grants of $10,000 or more from 2006 through 2011, the most recent years for which the center had data. The Chronicle reviewed each grant and determined that 961 of them described efforts to improve