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Interview: Benjamin Bellegy of WINGS

Alliance magazine 31 January 2017 For Subscribers

Benjamin Bellegy, the new CEO of philanthropy infrastructure organization WINGS, is a French national living in Brazil. This is emblematic of the breadth of experience he brings to the role. Working previously for NGOs and …


Interview: Sandra King of Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

Alliance magazine 3 January 2017 For Subscribers

Sandra King is the recently appointed Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, the UK’s largest community foundation. It’s an unusual job title but perhaps revealing of the growing maturity …


Interview: Beate Eckhardt

Charles Keidan 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Swiss foundations operate in a permissive legal environment. But although they don’t have to disclose publicly what they do or how they do it, Beate Eckhardt, chief executive of their umbrella body, SwissFoundations, argues that …

Interview: David Emerson of ACF

1 Charles Keidan 1 November 2016

Foundations’ stock-in-trade is not just money, it’s knowledge. David Emerson, the outgoing chief executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) tells Charles Keidan how ACF has concentrated on providing a forum for sharing and …

Interview: Henrik Lehmann Andersen of Nordea-fonden

Charles Keidan 20 September 2016

Nordea-fonden is a Danish foundation set up to promote ‘good living’ in Denmark. Its CEO, Henrik Lehmann Andersen talks to Charles Keidan about how it has taken this broad idea and refined it and how, …

The expanding world of philanthropy advisory: interview with Melissa Berman

Charles Keidan 6 September 2016

As president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Business School, Melissa Berman is closely involved in philanthropy’s growing – and increasingly global – ecosystem. She talks to …

Interview: Rhodri Davies, Charities Aid Foundation

Charles Keidan 28 June 2016

Rhodri Davies of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has just published a book on the history of British philanthropy, Public Good by Private Means. In doing so, he discovered more to that history than a series …

Are most foundations in breach of their fiduciary duty? Interview with Clara Miller and Toni Johnson

Charles Keidan 7 June 2016

Most people think of foundations as institutions which dispense funds for public benefit. But, in reality, foundations are more like low-risk investment companies that channel a small percentage of their assets into philanthropy. That’s the …

Interview with Stephen Heintz, CEO of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Charles Keidan 3 May 2016

Courageous philanthropy Foundations should take risks – it’s one of the sector’s truisms – but they often don’t. But there are exceptions. Stephen Heintz, the long standing CEO of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) has …

Interview: Cliff Prior of Big Society Capital

Charles Keidan 5 April 2016

Social Investment: the new opportunity agenda Social investment – the use of finance to achieve returns which are wholly or partially social – is growing. According to a recent report social investment has doubled in …