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Philanthropy’s deliberate leaders: the story of the ClimateWorks Foundation

Gayle Peterson 7 February 2017 For Subscribers

The Wall Street Journal described recently-elected Donald Trump’s leadership as ‘deliberate chaos’. We know chaos. We live it. A barrage of destructive tweets and policy bombs have resulted in widespread protests in the United States …


The state of European philanthropy

Andrew Milner 24 January 2017 For Subscribers

“Philanthropy in Europe is rooted in a rich past and is moving towards a promising future,” claimed Norine MacDonald and Luc Tayart de Borms[i], writing in 2008. Can the same claim be made today? A …


Should philanthropy help people leave?

Timothy Ogden 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Imagine a young woman with children in a dangerous domestic situation. Every moment she stays she risks further harm to herself and her children, harm that not even time can heal. Her abuser has promised …

Is there any value in imposing annual payouts?

Cathy Pharoah 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

A recent headline-grabbing speech claimed British foundations should raise their spending through being compelled to spend a mandatory proportion of annual capital assets.The claim suggested that foundations are ‘warehousing’ assets that could be put to …

EVPA Annual Conference 2016 – a sketch from the floor

Andrew Milner 8 November 2016

The European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) 2016 conference was its biggest yet attended by over 500 delegates. Held in Paris for the first time in a decade, Andrew Milner shares his offbeat impressions. The opening …

The echo of constituent voice

Alliance magazine 25 October 2016

Just over a year ago, Alliance ran a special feature on the role of feedback in the social sector. With upcoming summits in Washington DC and London, Alliance wanted to catch up with contributors to …

When all else fails

Timothy Ogden 6 September 2016

The details of the Flint water crisis continue to shock: through a stunning sequence of incompetence and malfeasance from public officials in Michigan and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the people of Flint were poisoned …

Hostile takeover of civil society pays dividends for new Polish government

Ewa Kulik-Bielinska 6 September 2016 For Subscribers

The victory of the right-wing Law and Justice Party in the Polish elections of September last year has been followed by legislative changes which are little short of a dismantling of liberal democracy and the …

What do Europeans think of British philanthropy?

Alliance magazine 14 June 2016

On 23 June 2016, the UK holds a referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union (EU). As highlighted in Alliance Extra, the vote is on the minds of British foundations. But …

Ending American poverty: the SDGs in the global north

Lauren Bradford and Natalie Ross 7 June 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a turning point in development. They apply equally to the global south and north, creating a universal agenda for a different planet by 2030 that ‘leaves no one behind’. …