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Funders need to use knowledge and exert influence

Lena Baumgartner 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The topic at the last Alliance breakfast club, How much influence does philanthropy have? provoked much debate. One of the speakers, Linsey McGoey, used the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to illustrate her argument. The author of …

Give power to grantees

Angela Seay 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Alliance magazine is to be commended for its September issue special feature contributing to the ongoing discussion of philanthropy’s increasing influence. Often philanthropy has too much influence depending on the cause and the donor. There …

Choose carefully: thoughts on philanthropy’s bankers

Karin Jestin 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Passionately convinced of the need to advance philanthropy, I welcome banks’ engagement on this issue, as highlighted in the article on banks acting as philanthropy advisers in the September 2016 issue of Alliance. The more …

Engagement needs more time to prove itself

Julian Poulter 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

In the June issue of Alliance, Ellen Dorsey, Sian Ferguson and Clara Vondrich made the case for divestment of assets from fossil fuel companies on ethical, financial and fiduciary grounds. Mark O’Kelly disagreed, arguing that …

Climate change should be central to all philanthropy

Catherine Brown 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

As a participant in the Funders Initiative (run by the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the European Climate Foundation) at COP21, I found many points of agreement as I read the June issue of Alliance. It …

Act fast and fairly on climate

Florence Miller 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

Alliance’s June 2016 issue highlighted the tiny amount of philanthropic funding directed towards climate change: just 2 per cent of total US and UK foundation spending. Yet it’s hard to imagine another philanthropic cause that …

Serbian philanthropy fosters solidarity with refugees

Ana Koeshall 7 June 2016

In the March issue of Alliance Boris Strečanský and Juraj Mesík reported negative attitudes to migrants in Poland and Slovakia. Our experience in Serbia has been a positive one. In the summer of 2015, refugee …

See yourself as others see you

Amy Arbreton 7 June 2016

Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger’s opinion piece in the March issue raises important points about the value of independent specialists, feedback from beneficiaries and systemic reviews. I’ve seen firsthand the value of independent assessments, both …

Taking a pragmatic view of impact assessment

Pieter Stemerding 7 June 2016

We recognize the challenges for impact measurement described in Caroline Fiennes and Ken Berger’s article in the March 2016 issue of Alliance. Adessium Foundation is focused on generating impact across a variety of issues and …

Time for European foundations to get on board with the SDGs

Gerry Salole 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Vikki Spruill’s article on the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals to US foundations working domestically gives food for thought for European foundation. In September 2015, the world’s governments adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable …