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Art and social justice: which is the higher good?

1 Caroline Hartnell 2 March 2015

It’s an old chestnut: should we fund art ‘for its own sake’ or to further some other end? Can we justify philanthropic funding for the arts when there are so many more urgent things to …

Philanthropy in transitions

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2014

The special feature of this issue of Alliance is profoundly topical. No week goes by without a mixture of news about transitions out of war or repression: it could be progress in places like Tunisia …

People matter – it’s common sense

Caroline Hartnell 1 September 2014

As a long-time philanthropy watcher, I would say ‘talent management’ is something I have thought about only very occasionally over the years, probably when new presidents/CEOs are appointed at big foundations. The appointment of Judith …

Glass half full or glass half empty?

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2014

If you’re looking at impact investing, do you see a glass half empty or a glass half full? It all depends which end of the looking glass you’re looking through. If you consider that the …

When is repetition a virtue?

Caroline Hartnell 3 March 2014

When proofreading the contents page for this issue of Alliance, I came across the expressions ‘game-changer’ and ‘game-changing’ just a few lines apart. For an editor, repetition is anathema: the reflex reaction is ‘must change …

A new vision for how the world works?

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2013

Is it possible that the next generation of donors are coming up with a new and better vision for how the world works? Take Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, the 25-year-old American Google engineer who gives away around …

Living with power

Caroline Hartnell 1 September 2013

‘As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” … …

Clear directions, but more questions than answers

Caroline Hartnell 1 June 2013

The special feature in this issue of Alliance looks at ‘philanthropy in a changing world economy’. We wanted to explore how philanthropy has responded to economic changes since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. …

New horizons for maturing philanthropy sectors

Caroline Hartnell 1 March 2013

The topic of the special feature in this issue of Alliance is philanthropy in emerging markets. This is a topic we come back to often. Two previous special features, in March 2007 and December 2009, …

The power of networks

Caroline Hartnell 1 December 2012

As I read each article that came in for the special feature, I became more aware that engaging in, and supporting, networks involves a very specific way of relating to others – and one that …