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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 …

Where is the sense of urgency about climate change?

Bevis Gillett 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

I found a sense of urgency missing in Matthieu Calame’s article, ‘The long march towards responsible money’, in the December issue of Alliance. As the mission commander famously stated on the Apollo 13 mission to …

Donor action to defend cross‑border philanthropy

James Savage 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

Human rights defenders and other social change activists are seeing their access to foreign funding seriously affected by the growing threat to cross-border philanthropy that is a key feature of the closing down of civic …

A game‑changing moment

Naila Farouky 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

In Alliance’s September 2015 special feature, Atallah Kuttab, Natasha Matic and Noha El-Mikawy wrote that ‘private foundations, no matter how independent they are of the corporate business interests of the founder, tend to stick to …

Accountability boils down to beneficiaries

Marta Rey- Garcia 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

I found the recent conversation on foundation accountability between Buzz Schmidt and Rob Reich both timely and fascinating. It reached far beyond the usual debate on the to whom and the hows of accountability rituals. …

Make more philanthropy

Phillip Henderson 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

I read Buzz Schimdt’s article, ‘Time for a new foundation for philanthropy’ (June issue) about foundation accountability with great interest.  As someone who leads a nearly century-old family foundation, I have wrestled with many of …

Philanthropy’s value? Independence

Anthony Tomei 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

Buzz Schmidt describes a world in which foundations and their overpaid advisers conspire to maintain an untroubled life for the former and plentiful fees for the latter. While I agree that foundation accountability raises important …

Take advice from community funds

Rob Williamson 1 September 2015 For Subscribers

Eric Berseth’s June 2015 article on philanthropy advice offered by banks provides a useful profile of this expanding marketplace. There is evidence of high demand for philanthropy advice among the wealthiest people, although 73 per …

Getting round the measurement dilemma

Oksana Oracheva 1 June 2015

As part of the special feature ‘Why should philanthropists fund the arts?’ in the March issue of Alliance, Michelle Coffey in her feature Weighing the imagination? and Barry Knight in his article Is access to art …

Why programme evaluation is crucial

Alessandra Valerio 1 June 2015

Writing in the March special feature, ‘Why should philanthropists fund the arts?’ Michelle Coffey expressed rebellion ‘against the idea of designing metrics to validate the impact of arts and social justice’. In the last years …