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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 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 …