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Localising the SDGs - September 2023

September 1, 2023

Translating SDG language into local dialectsThe SDGs are the international community's flagship for social, economic and environmental welfare. If they are to mean anything and if the world is to come anywhere near achieving them, they must meet the real needs of communities in all countries. How effectively is this being done, what are the challenges and what is the role of philanthropy? The feature is guest edited by Emilia Paz and Rodrigo Villar of CEFIS in Chile. It features expert contributions from Colombia, South Africa, Uganda, India, Italy, the US and Chile. Elsewhere, we talk to Shahira Ahmed Bazari, CEO of Yayasan Hasanah, the philanthropic arm of the sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia. Maja Spanu and Axelle Davezac call for gender equality on foundation boards and make the case for quotas to make it happen.

Philanthropy & Politics: Where should the dividing line fall?

May 12, 2023

Many philanthropic foundations are ambivalent about political involvement or eschew it altogether. Yet, there is a lively trend within philanthropy to support political action through growing civic involvement and building trust in democratic institutions. This feature is guest edited by Sarah Durieux and Jeff Kwasi Klein of the Multitudes Foundation. It includes expert perspectives from around the world shining a light on a new political philanthropy acting in the service of democracy.Elsewhere, we talk to Rena Greifinger of the Maverick Collective, a group of leading female philanthropists driving resources to reproductive justice and changing the conversation about women in philanthropy. Katy Love and Diana Samarasan respond to sceptics of participatory philanthropy and we hear from Gaston Wright in Argentina about philanthropy's role in regulating the internet.

Transformation on the Agenda - March 2023

March 7, 2023

Transformation on the agendaTransformation is more than change. Transformation requires a more thoroughgoing shake up of what we do and how we do it. That's the central message of our latest special feature guest-edited by Michael Seberich of Wider Sense and Erin Ganju of Echidna Giving.The feature includes a provocative peer dialogue with Romy Kramer and Kavita Ramdas who provide an insider's view on the limited appetite for transformation within philanthropy.

Crises Happen, Get Ready - December 2022

December 6, 2022

Crises happen. Get ready.The special feature in this issue of Alliance magazine explores the role of philanthropy in crises and suggests that acting before the fact, rather than simply reacting after it is the way ahead. The issue is guest-edited by Patty McIlreavy and Regine Webster of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.We also hear from contributors on the important role narratives play in determining who gets what when it comes to crisis funding.

Decolonising Philanthropy - September 2022

September 6, 2022

What does decolonisation mean when it comes to philanthropy? And should more foundations be practicing it?The special feature in this issue of Alliance magazine explores how to decolonise philanthropy and why it should be on the agenda of all foundations committed to a more equitable world. Guest edited by Shonali Banerjee of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge University and Urvi Shriram at the Indian School of Development Management.

Learning from Failure - June 2022

May 31, 2022

Philanthropy naturally wants to be defined by its achievements. But those achievements will be much more modest if it does not learn from its failures.The special feature in this issue of Alliance explores what it takes to learn from failure with people and organisations who have set out to change not only their practice but also their outlook. Guest edited by Donika Dimovska, Chief Knowledge Officer, the Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland.

Investments - September 2020

September 1, 2020

The philanthropic world is facing mounting challenges from the impacts of climate change to inequality, global pandemics and authoritarian populism increase. At the heart of sector debates is the question of how foundations use their resources: not just the small amount for grantmaking and other charitable spending but the totality – most of which is invested in global capital markets in sectors such as aviation and pharma, through vehicles such as hedge funds and private equity and managed by discrete investment houses, many of whom are unknown to philanthropy practitioners let alone the wider public.

Social movement philanthropy - Special feature

June 2, 2020

In this time of uncertainty and upheaval, philanthropy in all its forms, from mutual aid to major gifts, has come to life. The world's largest foundations have made substantial commitments, sector bodies have called for endowments to be drawn on and for funding practices to change. Core funding has become philanthropic orthodoxy amid an impressive willingness to respond to immediate needs.The dramatic events of recent months are likely to generate a new wave of social movements at the cutting edge of social change. The relationship of social movements to philanthropy is the focus of this long-planned issue guest edited by Halima Mahomed in South Africa, Graciela Hopstein in Brazil and Romy Krämer in Spain.Here is an area in which institutional philanthropy has been missing in action with data from Candid suggesting that less than one per cent of funding goes to support movements. Could this be the moment when philanthropy finally gets behind social movements?Alliance Issue: Social movement philanthropy; June 2020, Volume 25, Number 2

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The Quest for Collaboration in Asia

September 3, 2019

The potential advantages of far-reaching collaboration underpinned AVPN's conference in Singapore. But it is a virtue more often preached than practised.Underlying all the themes at the recent AVPN conference in Singapore was the idea of partnership and collaboration. It was almost a leitmotif of the whole proceedings and was present by implication in the conference's overall aim – breaking the boundaries between social and more mainstream finance and encouraging cooperation along what AVPN calls the continuum of capital in pursuit of social goals. What the conference also showed, however, is that collaboration is a virtue more often preached than practised. Yet, the advantages appear self-evident – greater concentration of funding on key areas, a greater pool of expertise and experience to draw on.Alliance Issue: Human rights philanthropy; September 2019, Volume 24, Number 3


Peace Building - Special feature

June 4, 2019

Peace-related philanthropy, at less than 1 percent of all grantmaking, seems irresponsibly small given that armed conflict has spoils lives, divides societies and ruins economies.This issue of Alliance goes in search of philanthropy's role in peaceful development. Guest edited by a new generation of philanthropy practitioners, Lauren Bradford (Candid), Rasha Sansur (Dalia Association) and Hope Lyons (Rockefeller Brothers Fund) share their hopes for the future and discuss ways to open up the field to new voices and partners.The issue also highlights findings from a landmark survey of peace philanthropy. It discusses whether the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals can give new impetus to peace-building, the role of community philanthropy in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Palestine, and the need to re-think existing peace and security paradigms.Alliance Issue: Peace building; June 2019; Volume 24; Number 2

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The State of French Philanthropy

March 4, 2019

It's an auspicious moment for philanthropy in France but the sector is still finding its feetIn May, the European Foundation Centre will hold its annual conference in Paris and 2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of Fondation de France, founded with the support of Général de Gaulle to promote philanthropy in France. The sector has undergone prodigious growth since the turn of the century. It's a bit like a baby giraffe, though – it's grown quickly, but sometimes seems as if it hasn't entirely found its feet. Traditional ambivalence towards philanthropy is still evident in France and the conservative stance of its foundations towards the most divisive issues of French society – the gilets jaunes protests are still fresh in the mind – raises questions about its role and purpose.Alliance Issue: Systems Change, March 2019, Volume 24 , Number 1


Philanthropy's Developers - Special feature

May 29, 2018

This issue is devoted to philanthropy's developers -- the people, organisations and networks central to the growth and development of philanthropy worldwide.Whether that's data and research, advice and consulting, training, advocacy or representation, there's an essential and vibrant but under-appreciated eco-system of philanthropy support worldwide.Alliance issue: Philanthropy's Developers; June 2018, Volume 23, Number 2.

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