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Valuing Asian social enterprise

June 2, 2020

As the coronavirus ravages businesses and communities, people are isolated, thrown out of work, cut off from medical care, and in need of services often provided by social enterprises. But new research shows that social enterprises themselves need helpIn our study, Business for Good: maximizing the value of social enterprises in Asia[1], we examined the challenges social enterprises face, conducting over 700 surveys and interviews of founders, impact investors, enablers and policy-makers. The study covers six countries – Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan and Thailand – with 1.2 million social enterprises among them, and spotlights China and India, which have an additional 3.5 million.Alliance Issue: Social movement philanthropy; June 2020, Volume 25, Number 2

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Learning from the past to create the present

June 2, 2020

Two stories of philanthropy in the 1940s and 1950s show how the effects of funding can reverberate down the years.In writing for our online storytelling platform, RE:source, I use the archival records of foundations and not-for-profit organisations to bring to light stories that relate to current concerns. In the case of gender and economic inequality – major societal challenges that philanthropy is currently trying to mitigate – two seemingly disparate stories come to mind.The first is the story about a relatively small philanthropic investment in Alfred Kinsey's sexuality research in the 1940s and 1950s.The second, by contrast, is the story of how a staggeringly large amount of funds in the 1950s set out to revolutionise the private sector, professionalising business practice for the greater good.Alliance Issue: Social movement philanthropy; June 2020, Volume 25, Number 2

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Home-grown giving in Africa and Asia

March 3, 2020

Attracting local donors can pay big dividends -- more than just financial ones -- and it's not just about wealthy donors, eitherThe Merti Integrated Development Programme is based in Isiolo, a town in northern Kenya on the road to the Ethiopian border. Since its founding in 2000, Merti has supported over 300 adolescent girls to complete their education. This has opened up new possibilities for marginalised girls whose opportunities have traditionally been very limited.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1

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Window of opportunity for women's funds

March 3, 2020

The time is ripe to push for gender equality and social change. Women's funds hold the keyWhen Melinda Gates made her groundbreaking pledge of $1 billion to address gender equality in the US last year, she noted "a window of opportunity" to grow women's "power and influence". She rightly credited this opportunity to the efforts of millions of women and the rise of women-driven social movements. Empowered women running for office and advocating for the rights of the marginalised are crucial to advancing gender equality. Gates also pointed out a simple truth -- this opportunity has a shelf life and now is the time to seize it. Such fleeting opportunities to create significant social change come along once every few generations. So, how do we capitalise on it?Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1

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Four issues set to dominate the decade

March 3, 2020

As the ground shifts under our feet, the foundation sector has some major issues to face in the 2020s. In a UK context, the following are among the most pressingCivil society will face many challenges over the next ten years. Foundations, with their financial clout, privileges and independence, have the opportunity to lead the response in both their own practice and by supporting others. Here, I suggest four challenges from my UK vantage point that are emerging as the most urgent to address in the 2020s.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1

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Memories of a philanthropy pioneer

March 3, 2020

A moving and personal tribute to the late Mott Foundation chairman, William S. White, from colleagues and friends Wendy Richardson and Leticia Ruiz-Capillas.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1

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Transforming the CSR landscape

December 3, 2019

A new Microsoft fund illustrates how companies can engage with communities where they have operations to help create real change.Recently, Business Roundtable leaders acknowledged that corporations have a responsibility to benefit not just shareholders but all stakeholders and the environment. While the statement signals a new direction, what might this stance look like in practice? Among other things, it will mean moving away from the transactional nature of corporate social responsibility to programmes and processes that build transformational relationships with communities. One such example is Microsoft's new Community Empowerment Fund1, which combines elements of community-led development and participatory grantmaking to create transformational relationships through shifting and sharing power.Alliance Issue: Feminist philanthropy; December 2019, Volume 24, Number 4

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Stars to steer by

December 3, 2019

New destinations require new navigational tools. Four very different books from within the 'social change' profession highlight the complexities of achieving systemic transformation of the current economic and political ordersA significant reassessment of our current economic and political orders is underway. The need to better address our most grave societal threats -- poverty, inequality, environmental collapse, social trauma, and technological overreach -- is increasingly apparent. In this article, I look at how four very different books from inside the 'social change' profession, that self-selecting community of people who dedicate their careers to the common good, are contributing to this reassessment and inspiring hope and action.Alliance Issue: Feminist philanthropy; December 2019, Volume 24, Number 4

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Ups and downs of celebrity foundations

December 3, 2019

Being or being associated with a celebrity philanthropist has both advantages and drawbacks when attracting attention to social causesAlthough there is no shortage of cynics who categorically dismiss celebrities as only in it for the publicity, or having no impact on social causes whatsoever, I have been fascinated by celebrity activists and philanthropists ever since I witnessed their enormous convening power. Whenever I've struggled to get people to attend a philanthropy event, I have learned that getting a boldface name celebrity to show up often works wonders in getting other people to do so.Alliance Issue: Feminist philanthropy; December 2019, Volume 24, Number 4

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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

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Closing Space Creeps West

September 3, 2019

It's time for philanthropy in western Europe to take action on its own doorstep to protect democracy and civil society from a restrictive onslaughtIn recent years, the philanthropic sector has experienced many examples of measures that are restrictive to democracy and civil society. A decrease in public funding, legislation that regulates the non-profit sector, detention of activists, curtailment of public assembly – all are symptoms of the so-called democratic and civic 'shrinking space'. This is not just something happening on another continent or to our neighbours, it is happening on our doorstep. Numerous examples illustrate the situation. In France, the corruption monitoring association Sherpa had its status as a civil party in court cases removed. In the UK, 'gagging clauses' in the Transparency in Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act have resulted in anti-advocacy clauses in public grant agreements. In Germany, a major court case is questioning the sphere of charitable activity, with a chilling effect on what might be perceived as anything too political.Alliance Issue: Human rights philanthropy; September 2019, Volume 24, Number 3

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Europe Has an Opinion on Philanthropy

September 3, 2019

The call for an enabling environment from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) may prove a milestone for giving in EuropeThe first European Economic and Social Committee Opinion entirely dedicated to philanthropy comes at a crucial time and sets the tone for philanthropy-related debates throughout the new mandate of the European Parliament and Commission. At a time when core values such as democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights are being challenged in some Member States, philanthropy has a crucial role to play alongside wider civil society to defend our core values.Alliance Issue: Human rights philanthropy; September 2019, Volume 24, Number 3

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