March 2010

Small grants

Volume 15 , Number 1

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Small grants

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The guest editor for this Alliance special feature is Chet Tchozewski, president of Global Greengrants Fund. With the global financial situation under the spotlight, many organizations are having to rethink their grantmaking strategies. What place will small grants have in future funding plans? What may seem like a drop in the ocean now can have long-term effects that may go way beyond the original scope of the grant, says Tchozewski.

The feature includes contributions from individuals and organizations around the world with experience of making small grants. These include Wangari Maathai, Marion Rockefeller Weber, Jacqueline Delia-Brémond and Nonette Royo. Both Ezra Mbogori and Stephen Pittam focus on small grants and social justice. Other articles look at Mama Cash’s recent move towards making a broader range of grants and Global Fund for Children’s new approach to measuring impact.

The March issue of Alliance also includes the first in a series of columns focusing on philanthropy advice, a report on the extraordinary response to the Haiti earthquake, and further articles, reviews, letters, opinion pieces, and global updates.

Guest Editors' Article

Getting to maybe

1 March 2010
Chet Tchozewski

The cover photo of a butterfly poised for flight represents the so-called ‘butterfly effect’, the idea that seemingly trivial events can have a great impact on complex adaptive systems. The tiny movement of air from the flapping of a butterfly’s wing, for instance, might somehow contribute to the emergence of a tornado. For scientists, the butterfly effect illustrates the idea that sometimes a tiny force – even far away or long ago – can ultimately …

 
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