Forward features

Below you can find information about upcoming issues of Alliance including special features, areas of discussion, and guest editors.

March 2017
Special feature: What does philanthropy scholarship offer policy and practice?
Philanthropy is finally achieving global academic visibility. The world’s first school of philanthropy opened at Indiana University in 2013. The establishment of new chairs and centres in India, Africa and Europe in recent years adds to this momentum. Yet, what should be researched and taught about philanthropy, and for whose benefit?

There is no consensus on how much priority should be given to serving the existing philanthropic sector and coming generations of philanthropists, foundation professionals and fundraisers. Our March 2017 issue will look at how the field should develop and how the tension between skills and scholarship should be navigated.

Guest Editor – Marta Rey Garcia, Associate Professor of the University of Coruña, Spain.

Coming up later in the year:
June 2017 – Solidarity
Coinciding with the European Foundation Centre’s AGA in Warsaw, this feature will explore what means solidarity in today’s world? Can the term be re-defined so it works for everyone or will solidarity always be in the eye of the beholder?

The guest editor for this issue will be Stefan Schaefers of the King Baudouin Foundation.

September 2017 – The diversity issue
Who leads foundations and philanthropic organisations? To what extent do the people working in philanthropy – members of foundation boards, foundation staff, ‘thought leaders’, wealth advisors and consultants – reflect the people and communities they aim to serve? Do gaps between the make-up of the philanthropic workforce and the beneficiaries of philanthropy undermine its efforts? If so, what steps should be put in place – by foundations or others – to change the status quo?

December 2017 – Philanthropy and the media
Drawing on the Turin gathering on the future of non-profit media, this issue will focus on either the rise of a ‘philanthropy media’ or philanthropy’s growing role, motivations and effects in supporting media enterprises.