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Charles Keidan 5 April 2017

Ford Foundation ploughs $1 billion into mission related investments

The Ford Foundation, one of world’s largest charitable foundations, has announced that it will invest up to $1 billion of its $12 billion endowment in Mission Related Investments.

Charles Keidan 29 March 2017

Time to talk payouts

Foundation payouts – how much a foundation spends as a proportion of their assets each year – might sound obscure and esoteric but the reality is anything but that. In the United States and Australia, a …

Special feature Charles Keidan 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Hands-on philanthropy 

A remarkable experiment in philanthropy is under way in America. At universities across the country, students are being entrusted by philanthropists with thousands of dollars – real dollars – to give to charity. These courses, …

Special feature Charles Keidan 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Challenges ahead in funding the study of philanthropy 

The growth of philanthropy studies, the increasing number of academics who would call themselves philanthropy scholars and the fact that philanthropy is attracting interest from leading scholars across the disciplinary spectrum are encouraging developments for …

Editorial Charles Keidan 6 March 2017

Philanthropy scholars at our service

Philanthropy is now achieving global academic visibility. The world’s first school of philanthropy opened in the US in 2013 and new philanthropy centres and chairs have emerged in recent years in Africa, India and Europe. Such interest is likely to intensify as philanthropists assume growing influence over public policy and practice. …

Charles Keidan 27 February 2017

Douglas Rutzen wins WINGS Philanthropy prize

Douglas Rutzen, President of the International Center for Non-profit law (ICNL), which campaigns for open societies and enabling legal environments worldwide, has won the 2017 Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) IMAGine Prize. The prize is …

Charles Keidan 27 February 2017

WINGSForum heads to Africa in 2020

The global philanthropy infrastructure body WINGS will hold its next major gathering in Africa in 2020. The WINGSForum, which brings together umbrella bodies of foundations and professionals will take place in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, it …

Interview Charles Keidan 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Interview: Beate Eckhardt

Swiss foundations operate in a permissive legal environment. But although they don’t have to disclose publicly what they do or how they do it, Beate Eckhardt, chief executive of their umbrella body, SwissFoundations, argues that …

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 …

Editorial Charles Keidan 29 November 2016

Philanthropy must shift power

‘The most radical way to advance meaningful change is to shift economic, social and cultural power to those who don’t have it.’ (Peter Buffett and Jennifer Buffett, Novo Foundation) The emergence of community philanthropy offers …