Author Archive:

Michael Alberg-Seberich

Michael Alberg-Seberich and Diya Khanna 30 November 2016

Neighbors in values: philanthropy and civil society across borders

This article originally appeared on The Center for Effective Philanthropy‘s blog, on 29 November 2016. The original article can be found here> Bob Dylan reminds us that “the times they are a-changing.” That very change …

Michael Alberg-Seberich 9 November 2016

Reconciliation as a driver for engaged philanthropy

From 1st till 3rd November,  the members of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) gathered for their bi-annual conference in Vancouver. From an outsider’s perspective, this was not the usual philanthropy conference. It was a very thoughtful, energetic …

Michael Alberg-Seberich 21 March 2016

Merge and invest: The new face of corporate philanthropy

On the 7th of March 2016 BMW celebrated its 100th birthday by looking at the future of cars and mobility. They also announced two significant decisions for corporate citizenship and philanthropy in Europe: The merger …

1 Michael Alberg-Seberich 25 February 2016

Giving Beneficiaries a Voice: Youth Giving and Grantmaking

Youth Philanthropy is the key to raising future philanthropists and inspiring them to become active citizens. Young people have time, knowhow, and creativity to give, as well as financial funds, particularly when they become grantmakers. …

Book review Michael Alberg-Seberich 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

Getting Beyond Better – How social entrepreneurship works
 Roger L. Martin and Sally Osberg

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich This is a book about systems change or, as the authors call it, ‘equilibrium change’. It may be a cliché, but in social sciences or humanities this issue often implies complicated …

Book review Michael Alberg-Seberich 1 June 2015

Doing Good Great: An insider’s guide to getting the most out of your philanthropic journey – Doug Balfour

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich As a closet Trekkie I always sensed a connection between Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction saga Star Trek and philanthropy. Exploring the various unknowns in our world is part of philanthropy. It …

Michael Alberg-Seberich 28 November 2014

EVPA conference 2014: which walls to tear down next?

Berlin is a good place to look back and ahead. There is history at every corner; on the other hand, the city is driven by its start-up and creative industry culture. This year’s European Venture …

Book review Michael Alberg-Seberich 1 September 2014 For Subscribers

Philanthropy and Education: Strategies for impact

This academic and research focused title adds a different perspective to philanthropy, but reading it was like climbing a high mountain: the way up is rather bumpy and the reader has to take a couple …

2 Michael Alberg-Seberich 24 June 2014

Going for gold? Active Philanthropy publishes a different book on impact investing

What really is this ‘impact investing’? Some readers might sigh ‘Not again!’ Still, it is a question that we hear every day from donors, foundations, public officials, company representatives and others. In the philanthropy and …

Michael Alberg-Seberich 28 May 2014

The river runs through it … notes from Germany’s Foundation Day

Let’s start with some trivia for the philanthropy junkie: The largest gathering of foundations in Europe just took place in Hamburg, Germany (21-23 May). The motto of the conference was ‘Foundations: In the middle of …