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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 …

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 …