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John Harvey

Book review John Harvey 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

TrustAfrica’s first decade edited by Halima Mahomed and Elizabeth Coleman – reviewed by John Harvey

The concept of agency is a driving force behind a great deal of emergent global philanthropy, perhaps no more so than in Africa. In the context of its particularly traumatic history of colonialism, ‘agency’ refers …

Analysis John Harvey and Andrzej Kozlowski 7 June 2016

Internationally engaged foundations: coping with the disabling environment

As readers of Alliance will be aware (see especially the September 2015 edition), over the past several years, internationally engaged foundations have faced unprecedented challenges from governments around the world. This is just one element …

John Harvey 14 April 2016

2016 US Council on Foundations: Community foundations join the ranks of global grantmakers

Over the past decade, an increasing number of community foundations in the United States have joined the ranks of global grantmakers. What’s brought about this trend? In large part it has been the result of …

John Harvey 11 April 2016

2016 US Council on Foundations: The importance of investing in the talent pipeline

The programmatic content of the Council on Foundations’ annual conference ended with a fine plenary on diversity, equity and inclusion in U.S. philanthropy. Council Board Javier Soto of the Miami Foundation introduced the session by …

1 John Harvey 11 April 2016

2016 US Council on Foundations: How US funders can lead the SDGs at home

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) made a helpful appearance during the first day of the Council on Foundations’ 2016 conference in Washington, DC today. Helpful and somewhat unusual for this annual gathering of mostly U.S. …

Book review John Harvey 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy – Edited by Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy

Review by John Harvey The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy calls itself a ‘comprehensive reference guide to the practice of philanthropy’. This description is perhaps not quite on the mark: while certainly comprehensive, the book …

John Harvey 12 January 2016

AIDS Philanthropy Summit 2015

AIDS Philanthropy Summit 2015 For funders working on HIV/AIDS globally, these are indeed the best of times and the worst of times. This Tale of Two Cities reference showed up on multiple occasions within speaker …

John Harvey 29 July 2015

Should human rights funds just say no to corporate alliances?

Without a doubt, the highpoint of the IHRFG conference 14-15 July in New York City was a formal live debate – unfortunately a rare form of discourse at philanthropy conferences. The resolution under discussion: ‘human …

John Harvey 28 July 2015

IHRFG: Choosing when to take a rights-based approach

‘The Rights-based Approach: The Right Approach?’ was the theme of the International Human Rights Funders Group’s most recent gathering, 14-15 July 2015 in New York City. Having attended IHRFG gatherings for nearly 15 years, I …

John Harvey 16 July 2015

Conference puts social justice grantmaking permanently on map of Brazilian philanthropy

Social justice-oriented grantmaking foundations in Brazil are truly a vanguard movement within emerging market philanthropy. Their social justice orientation sets them apart from the vast majority of foundations, which tend to favour work that is …