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Social movement philanthropy - Special featureJune 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
Four issues set to dominate the decadeMarch 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
Closing Space Creeps WestSeptember 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
Moving with MovementsMarch 4, 2019
How should funders understand and respond to the forces that create systems change? Amidst Guatemala's civil war, a small group of women in Santiago Sacatepéquez came together in 1988 to address chronic malnutrition and the lack of educational opportunities. A few years later, the Asociación Femenina para el Desarrollo de Sacatepéquez, or AFEDES, developed a robust microcredit and income-generating skills building programme.Alliance Issue: Systems Change, March 2019, Volume 24 , Number 1
Putting a Foot in Europe's Closing DoorsMarch 3, 2019
Recent political developments are threatening civic space in Europe. Foundations are stepping forward to defend itThis year marks three decades since the establishment of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. Given what Europe was going through in 1989, and the ups and downs it has encountered in the 30 years since, it is quite something to observe that the political situation has never been more complicated – or precarious – than it is today.Institutional philanthropy is an integral part of civil society and many foundations work on ensuring an independent, active and flourishing civil society space. The whole ecosystem depends on the freedom to act and the ability to respond to current trends affecting this space.Alliance Issue: Systems Change, March 2019, Volume 24 , Number 1
A new fund for democracy and solidarity in EuropeMay 29, 2018
A group of 18 foundations have set up a €4 million fund to support civil society and improve the public discourseLiberal democracies in the European Union have been under stress over the past few years, at both national and regional level. Citizens are insecure about their future, reeling from socio-economic, cultural, generational and technological change, and anxious about the apparent incapacity of European and national governments to solve these problems. It makes them doubt the ability not just of the European Union but also national governments and the democratic system in general, to meet their needs and serve their interests. Among the results are the rise of authoritarian populist parties, Brexit, a more and more toxic debate around 'otherness', citizens not making their voices heard in an organized way and disengaging from democratic processes. Such challenges are evidence that democracy requires constant investment.Alliance issue: Philanthropy's Developers; June 2018, Volume 23, Number 2.
Interview: Antonis Schwarz of the Guerrilla FoundationMarch 6, 2018
What happens when a young man inherits a fortune but then uses his inheritance to challenge the systems which created it in the first place? We may be about to find out. The sale of leading German pharmaceuticals company Schwarz Pharma in 2006 changed the life of Antonis Schwarz, 16 years old at the time. He talks to Alliance editor, Charles Keidan, about his philanthropic vision and what motivates him to keep driving forward.Alliance issue: Diaspora Philanthropy; March 2018, Volume 23, Number 2.
Interview: Manuel ArangoMay 30, 2017
As the interview he gave to Alliance in 2004 illustrates, Mexican philanthropist Manuel Arango is a long-time champion of philanthropy and civil society. Thirty years ago, he founded the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and he has been connected with philanthropy infrastructure body, WINGS, since the initial meeting in Oaxaca. It was at the recent WINGSForum in Mexico City that he spoke to Charles Keidan about CEMEFI and WINGS, but also about the work of his own foundation, the Manuel Arango Foundation, and the values and vision that underlie all his philanthropy.Alliance issue: Solidarity -- more in common?; June 2017, Volume 22 , Number 3.
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