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Analysis Andrew Milner 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Next stop for venture philanthropy

When the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) was set up in 2004, venture philanthropy seemed like a vogue – a novelty embraced by the financial industry, whose precepts it drew on, but that the rest …

Conference Report Andrew Milner 20 June 2017

Social investment in Asia: philanthropy’s new venture

‘How many people here don’t have their smartphone within easy reach?’ asked Ong Peng Tsin, Chair of Solve Education in the opening plenary of this year’s Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) conference in Bangkok, 7-9 …

Analysis Andrew Milner 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments

Low-risk investment companies that channel a small percentage of their assets into philanthropy – that’s how Clara Miller, president of the Heron Foundation described foundations in an interview with Alliance a year ago. It’s on …

Conference Report Andrew Milner 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

‘Critical’ WINGS nails its colours to the mast in Mexico

There was a whiff of impending crisis in the air at the 2017 WINGSForum in Mexico City in February: the growth of populism, increasing restrictions on the freedoms of civil society, social problems that seem …

Andrew Milner 2 May 2017

Tales from a philanthropy lab

We were sitting on the stage in a circle, which seemed in itself to presage a worryingly participatory session. As an observer, I hate to be drawn into this kind of thing, but sitting out …

Andrew Milner 2 May 2017

Can funders and activists work together?

The EDGE funders conference is one of those rare events where funders and activists can get together. That’s good, right? In principle, yes. At the Barcelona conference, there was an evident desire to embrace the …

Conference Report Andrew Milner 2 May 2017

EDGE needs to be sharper still

‘If you know everyone at your table, you may be at the wrong table’, declared the facilitator at the start of the 2017 EDGE Funders Alliance conference in Barcelona, a remark which was emblematic of …

Analysis Andrew Milner 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Shading in the blanks on the philanthropy advice map

Our article on the role of banks in the provision of philanthropy advice in the September 2016 issue concluded that asking for and giving advice was, overall, a growing phenomenon. In taking a bird’s-eye view, …

Special feature Andrew Milner 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

What motivates giving – insights from behavioural science

If you think of academic research into philanthropy, you’d probably associate it with its conceptual elements – what philanthropy is, whether it should happen, what are its effects and so on. However, academic research has …

Andrew Milner 19 February 2017

Giving in Brazil: a philanthropy boom is not yet benefiting NGOs

This blog is the second in a series of four drawing on the initial findings of a new study of philanthropy initiated by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. These will …