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Journey of a Philanthropist, Part IV

Journey of a Philanthropist, Part IV In the spring of 2018, when philanthropist Ross Brown first entered the offices of the Science Philanthropy Alliance (Alliance) seeking advice on making impactful investments in science philanthropy, the outcome of his philanthropic journey was unpredictable and seemed very much in the future.  However, his quest to contribute the…

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Opportunities and Gaps In Science Philanthropy

When deciding which areas to support, funders have often asked, “How do we stay at the cutting edge of science that is being developed?” and “Where is funding needed most?” The Science Philanthropy Alliance diligently works not only to increase funding but also to educate philanthropists in making judicious, effective and satisfying investments in this…

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The Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning shared interests group’s knowledge exchange in London

One of the continuing challenges faced by science funders relates to designing and to implementing effective approaches to measuring grantmaking progress.  This issue is especially acute for discovery science funders since the value of such work may not be apparent until years or even decades after its completion.  Despite these difficulties, funders in this space…

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Alliance President Congratulates Nobel Prize Winners

The Science Philanthropy Alliance congratulates two pioneers in medical research on their well-deserved Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Drs. Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman. The Nobel “for their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19” brought to fruition the vast potential that pioneering research in DNA…

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Research Institutions Meeting Highlights

On March 8-9, 2023, the Science Philanthropy Alliance welcomed over 250 attendees from nearly 140 research institutions to a virtual Research Institutions Meeting, aligned with our strategic plan goals of fostering partnerships and facilitating shared learning and collaboration. We hope the highlights shared below and the recordings and resources available on the event landing page…

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Science Philanthropy Alliance Welcomes Two New External Science Advisors

The Science Philanthropy Alliance today announced the addition of two external science advisors. Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., and Carla J. Shatz, Ph.D., will join the Alliance’s existing cadre of distinguished external science advisors in advancing the organization’s mission to expand philanthropic support for discovery science. “We are excited to have Margaret and Carla join our team…

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