Children in Abyan,
Yemen watch
women bringing
water from a well,
built through
donations of
external funds
and citizen
volunteering.
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Arab philanthropy: from social giving to social change?

1 September 2015
Atallah Kuttab, Natasha Matic and Noha El-Mikawy

Members of the public take part in a creative session at an event organized by Nitra Community Foundation in Slovakia in September 2014 where non-profits from Nitra showcased their activities.
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Community foundations: creating social cement

Learning to use ‘safe’ words and projects can help ensure that advocacy work does not prompt government reprisals.
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To shield advocacy, foundations seek safe words

Protestors dressed as UK Chancellor George Osborne call for action on hunger as part of CAFOD’s IF campaign. Many argue the UK Lobbying Act restricts such campaigning activities in the run‑up to elections.
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New opportunities, bigger barriers: how to open space for philanthropy

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Interview with Hilary Pennington


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Meet this year’s Olga Prize finalists – starting with Marta Cabrera of EMpower

2 September 2015
Alliance magazine

The six finalists for this year’s Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize are announced in a special supplement published with the September issue of Alliance. They come from Brazil, China, India, Romania, …

We’re There When You Need Us

1 September 2015
Foundation Center

Do you expect your street to be plowed after a big storm? Yep. Do you expect that bridge to remain standing as you drive over it? Of course. Do you …

Summer Downtime Provides Private Foundations with an Opportunity to Learn, Develop Skills, and Prepare for Year-End

28 August 2015
John Oddy and Elizabeth Wong

It’s widely accepted in the world of philanthropy that foundation work will slow to a crawl in August. We travel, we play golf, and we enjoy time with family. We …


Thanks to the Biomimicry Institute, we appreciate that our species is anything but unique in its reliance on feedback. Perhaps few feedback loops are as striking as that between acacia trees and giraffes.

Feedback as democracy in social change practice

feature David Bonbright, Elizabeth Christopherson and Fadel Ndiame 1 June 2015

A huge shift is happening in the social sector. Dennis Whittle traces it all the way back to the birth of democracy in Greece circa 594 BCE. The people are …

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LIFT: The search for a predictive indicator

feature Alliance magazine 1 June 2015

Last year, LIFT started working with a man named Mr Assefa who, despite working full time, lives several thousand dollars below the US federal poverty line of just $28,410 annually …

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Digital Green: Video-based learning within rural networks

feature Alliance magazine 1 June 2015

Digital Green’s video-enabled, knowledge–sharing work has smallholder farming communities at its core. Small farmers in low–income countries like India and Ethiopia typically make do with dated and abstract agricultural information …