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The Future of Philanthropy

September 6, 2023

The task of this report is threefold: first, to review the progress of those trends (where this is possible – an important caveat); second, to present a general picture of global philanthropy, but with specific reference to three regions – South-East Asia, Africa andthe Middle East (the focus areas for the present report); third, by a series of interviews with key figures in the philanthropy sector, to highlight important developments and trends for the future of philanthropy in these three regions and to offer ways tobuild on them.

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.

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.

Interview: Antonio Zappulla - Positioned for maximum leverage

June 2, 2020

Charles Keidan talks to Antonio Zappulla of the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) about how it uses its media and legal expertise to drive systemic change.Alliance Issue: Social movement philanthropy; June 2020, Volume 25, Number 2


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


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


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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Indigenous philanthropy - Special feature

March 3, 2020

Indigenous Peoples are invaluable partners in solving many of today's complex problems, such as climate change, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable management of natural resources. Its Peoples constitute the world's largest minority encompassing more than 475 million people in over 90 countries -- around 6 per cent of the global population. Indigenous territories cover almost a quarter of the world's land surface and 80 per cent of the earth's global biodiversity. As the philanthropy world begins to recognise that support and funding for the self-determination efforts led by Indigenous Peoples are critical, this ground-breaking special feature will discuss effective ways to partner with Indigenous Peoples and place Indigenous values at the heart of philanthropic practice.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1

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Interview: Phil Buchanan - Non-profits are unsung and undervalued

March 3, 2020

Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and author of Giving Done Right: Effective philanthropy and making every dollar count, tells Charles Keidan why he thinks the US non-profit sector is so important to the health of a democratic polity and why it's a mistake to tar all philanthropy with the same brush.Alliance Issue: Indigenous philanthropy; March 2020, Volume 25, Number 1


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