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Charles Keidan

Charles Keidan 20 February 2018

Foundations aren’t transparent enough, leading corporate funder tells Alliance

The chief executives of two leading philanthropy sector organisations have sharply criticised foundation practice in the UK. In the latest Alliance podcast debating their philanthropy provocation paper Paul Streets of corporate funder the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Dan …

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 7 February 2018

Foundations celebrate venture philanthropy results in Africa and call for others to follow suit

On 30 January, 5,000 smallholder farmers came together at Mulindi Tea Factory in Rwanda to celebrate the success of their work, and that of two influential British foundations who have helped make it happen. Since …

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 3 February 2018

Hong Kong philanthropist has Commonwealth in his sights

A campaign led by philanthropist and businessman James Chen has launched an online petition to lobby Commonwealth leaders to put vision on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The meeting, which …

Kathryn Murrell and Charles Keidan 1 February 2018

Philanthropy in Russia report released

Leading philanthropy infrastructure bodies, CAF Russia and WINGS, have published a working paper on philanthropy in Russia. The report, titled simply Philanthropy in Russia is part of a wider series, developed by Philanthropy for Social Justice …

Emily Hurley and Charles Keidan 23 January 2018

Hewlett President urges foundations to give more to tackle climate change

Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has issued an urgent call for foundations to focus on the threat caused by climate change – or risk undermining progress of their work in …

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 16 January 2018

Regulation is handicapping philanthropy’s work in Europe, say sector bodies

European foundations are spending more than €60 billion annually, yet their contribution is being hindered by ‘discriminating’ regulations. That’s the view of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) and Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) …

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 15 January 2018

Local community organisations: support them or lose them, warns major UK funder

Small community organisations, which provide vital services in local areas, risk closure without more support from philanthropy. That’s the view of the Garfield Weston Foundation, one the UK’s largest foundations which has launched the Weston …

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 27 December 2017

Dolby gifts £85 million to revamp Cambridge University research facility

The UK’s Cambridge University has received a donation of £85 million to help build a new physics research centre. The gift, from the estate of Ray Dolby who pioneered noise reduction recording technology, is the …

Interview Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Interview: Adessium Foundation

Adessium is an endowed foundation in the Netherlands, established in 2005 by commodities trader Gerard van Vliet and his family. Today, it spends approximately €18 million annually on programmes including marine conservation and efforts to …

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 …