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Under the same roof, but not (yet) in connubial bliss: philanthropy and global development

Bathylle Missika and Emilie Romon 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

While policymakers and philanthropists both support sustainable development and social justice, prior to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they had been doing so on parallel tracks. Now the SDGs are part of philanthropy’s shared language. …


A new era for African philanthropy research

Gideon Boako 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Academics with an interest in the African philanthropy landscape will gather at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference in Accra, Ghana from 21–24 June. It is a gathering that is overdue. One …


Strategy for breakfast?

Rana Kotan 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast.’ This remark by Peter Drucker is quoted by people who see culture at the heart of all successful institutions. The values of the organization and the way employees collaborate and …

Foundations have no need to fear minimum payouts

Krystian Seibert 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

I have observed with interest the debate playing out in Alliance magazine on whether UK foundations should have a minimum payout. The debate is an important one because it relates directly to the legitimacy of …

Foundations should be more transparent but payouts are not the answer

Paul Ramsbottom 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

The issue of mandatory payout for UK foundations is re-emerging as a hot topic of debate. The suggestion of enforcing a blanket minimum payout (generally drawing from North American models and arbitrarily taking 5 per …

Why we need to talk about payouts

Angela Kail 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Why is the amount of money that charitable foundations pay out each year important? The term for this – ‘payout ratio’ – can sound dry and technical. However, questions about payout ratios go to the …

The inexcusable absence of foundation minimum payouts 

Jake Hayman 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

The foundation sector should be embracing minimum payouts but instead sits silent or works in active opposition to them. This will not change, but it should. Foundations are averse to regulation. It is a thing …

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

Gayle Peterson 7 February 2017

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

“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 …