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Barry Knight

Special feature Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 29 November 2016

#ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy

In this special feature on community philanthropy, we propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’. This involves shifting power closer to the ground, giving agency to local people and their organizations on the principle that …

Special feature Barry Knight 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

Foundations keen to collaborate on SDGs

We are at a pivotal moment in the history of the relationship between philanthropy and official development assistance. The key question is: will foundations take part in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? To find out, …

Special feature Barry Knight 2 March 2015 For Subscribers

Is access to art a human right?

Two years ago the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) began to investigate the relationship between social justice and art, leading to the recent publication Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work: …

Analysis 1 Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 16 December 2014

Community philanthropy and a new model of development

What role can community philanthropy play in development post-2015? Comments on Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight’s article come from Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Romania, the UK and the US. As discussion hots up around the United …

Analysis Caroline Hartnell, Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight 18 August 2014

Strategic or emergent: why are we stuck in the swimming pool?

Gerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre, once commented: ‘Philanthropy tends to get stuck in the swimming pool, when the real action is in the sea.’ The recent controversy about strategic philanthropy and …

Special feature Barry Knight and Jenny Hodgson 1 March 2014

Bringing grantmaking in from the cold

Increasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism …

Special feature Barry Knight 1 June 2013

Good sibling, bad sibling: philanthropy and inequality

Increased concentration of wealth and increasing inequality are the conditions likely to give rise to philanthropy. This was true with Carnegie and Rockefeller in the US and it seems to be true in the BRICS …

Conference Report Barry Knight 1 June 2012 For Subscribers

Exciting times for philanthropy in Brazil

During the recent GIFE conference in Brazil (26-30 March), someone turned to me and said that the discussions at the conference reminded him of the United States during the 1960s: optimism, energy, openness to doing …

Special feature 1 Barry Knight 1 June 2012

Risky business: the survey

A session on ‘Risky Business’ at the European Foundation Centre (EFC) conference this month will explore the relationship between risk and creativity. In preparation for the session, Selim Iltus and Barry Knight surveyed EFC member …

Barry Knight 20 April 2012

Exciting times for philanthropy in Brazil

During the recent GIFE conference in Brazil (26-30 March), someone turned to me and said that the discussions at the conference reminded him of the United States during the 1960s: optimism, energy, openness to doing things …