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Andrew Milner

Analysis Andrew Milner 5 December 2017

What is philanthropy infrastructure for?

The featured topic of the June 2018 issue of Alliance will be the evolution of philanthropy infrastructure – the organizations underpinning philanthropy worldwide. As the world changes, how can infrastructure organizations help philanthropy navigate and …

Special feature Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Philanthropists who own or back media

The following is a small selection of philanthropists who have exploited the potential power of media as part of a wider philanthropic or commercial arsenal: Pierre Omidyar Founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar has, in his …

Special feature Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Foundation programmes on the media

A number of foundations run programmes on the media in different parts of the world backing investigative journalism, maintaining journalistic standards in the digital age, increasing credibility of news and maintaining open channels of information …

Special feature Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Selected media organizations backed by philanthropy

Malaysiakini The philanthropically-backed Malaysiakini in Malaysia was founded by Premesh Chandran and journalist Steven Gan in November 1999 as a space for uncensored journalism. It has become a significant news source in Malaysia, and claims to …

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 …