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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 …

Opinion Andrew Milner 24 January 2017 For Subscribers

The state of European philanthropy

“Philanthropy in Europe is rooted in a rich past and is moving towards a promising future,” claimed Norine MacDonald and Luc Tayart de Borms[i], writing in 2008. Can the same claim be made today? A …

Andrew Milner 3 January 2017

Could you direct me to the Global South?

A few weeks ago, someone asked me what I meant by the Global South. I didn’t have a good answer then and I still don’t. It led me to reflect, though, that the term has …

Analysis Charles Keidan and Andrew Milner 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Corporate foundations: last legs or new legs?

‘A brave new world’ is how Michelle Wright of philanthropy consultancy Cause4 describes corporate foundations in a 2014 Huffington Post article. David Grayson of Cranfield University’s School of Management, on the other hand, strongly believes …

Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

Venture philanthropy and the Paris Agreement

‘What is venture philanthropy’s role in the emerging climate financing landscape after the Paris Agreement?’ Well, it’s long but at least you won’t be able to say you went to the wrong session because the title was …

Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

Migration and refugee crisis: Is venture philanthropy reactive enough?

The short answer to this is probably ‘no’ and the long answer would probably have been the same, though the session didn’t in the end address it. Instead, three panellists presented the projects they were …

Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

Learning from failures

It’s something that’s often talked about but seldom done in practice, especially in an open session. At EVPA 2016, three funders humbly gave examples their organization’s previous failings and then drew on the lessons learnt. …

Opinion Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

EVPA Annual Conference 2016 – a sketch from the floor

The European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) 2016 conference was its biggest yet attended by over 500 delegates. Held in Paris for the first time in a decade, Andrew Milner shares his offbeat impressions. The opening …

Analysis Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 6 September 2016

Philanthropy’s bankers: why do banks offer advice on philanthropy?

The Financial Times noted in 2012 that ‘in less than a decade, philanthropy offices have become an integral part of the world’s largest private banks and wealth management providers’. Among those cited by the article …

Analysis Andrew Milner 23 August 2016

20 years of Alliance: an insiders’ story

It’s twenty years since the first issue of Alliance. Much has happened in the meantime, both to the magazine and the world it reports on and tries to represent. This account looks at its progress, …