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Nothing about us without us – philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay 5 September 2017

This issue of Alliance investigates philanthropy’s diversity predicament. How can philanthropy do the most good if it doesn’t reflect the society it seeks to serve? Our guest editors, Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay, ask some hard …


White and wealthy 

Caroline Fiennes, Helen Owen and Charles Keidan 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Alliance diversity survey reveals some gaps but we only know so much. Introduction When Alliance magazine was planning its special feature, it wanted the issue to be informed by data on diversity in institutional philanthropy in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, class and disability. As limited data are available, Alliance decided to conduct its …


Diversity in the social investment field  

Stephen Bediako and Gemma Rocyn Jones 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Just over year ago, a number of organizations in the social investment market came together to better understand our diversity and inclusion. We were spurred on by research from the  Young Foundation which found gender equality to be a blindspot in our sector. We wanted to understand what is really happening. …

Indonesian philanthropy must embrace the country’s diversity 

Kamala Chandrakirana 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For Indonesia, ‘unity in diversity’ has necessarily been a core principle of nation building and the capacity to manage diversity a matter of survival. With a population of 250 million, Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority …

Feminist philanthropy comes to South Asia 

Tulika Srivastava 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For decades, the donor-grantee power relationship has been skewed. Those who ‘give’ have power over those who ‘receive’. This is even more pronounced in south Asia where the state, donors based in the global north and corporate foundations dominate. It is crucial, therefore, that women’s funds in particular are challenging the current politics of aid as well as the status quo that exists …

Revisiting diversity in European philanthropy 

1 Karen Weisblatt 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Nearly a decade ago, a group of European foundations, loosely organized in a European Foundation Centre (EFC) interest group, set out to develop a collective plan to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the philanthropic sector. The premise was that people from ethnic minorities …

Diversity, equality, inclusion – there’s a long way to go

Floyd Mills and Natalie Ross 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

In 2016, women represented over three-quarters of foundation staff in the US but among the largest grantmakers, fewer than half of foundation CEOs were women. In the same year, racial and ethnic minorities made up only 10 per cent of …

The world has changed. Why can’t philanthropy?

Karisia Gichuke 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Two things struck me at a panel session of a recent gathering of foundations in Europe. First, the lack of visible diversity in the room, and second, the advice being given to foundations: have more open dialogue with grantees, be more responsive in your grantmaking, with more …

The glass ceiling: cracked but not dismantled  

Bharat Mehta 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

‘The glass ceiling for black achievement in the management of charities and trusts is finally beginning to crack open.’ That’s what Brenda Kirsch wrote in an article for the UK Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) house magazine about my appointment in March 1998 as clerk to …

Foundations have public responsibilities – it’s time to improve their governance 

Sachin Sachdeva 5 September 2017

Most grantmaking organizations in India are registered as trusts and their governance is vested in a small group of people who are either friends or family of the founder. To date, this approach has not been contested. There was an underlying acceptance of the fact …