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The predicament of strategic philanthropy

India Development Review 14 February 2018

Strategic philanthropy was born a generation ago to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of philanthropy over the past century. Moving beyond traditional notions of giving back and charity, strategic philanthropy believes the way to create change …


Nine conversations to be a part of

Yvonne Trask and Tony Paine 13 February 2018

There are at least nine conversations which Philanthropy New Zealand sees happening internationally and locally as philanthropists and grantmakers think about the challenges of doing more and doing better. What’s your take on these crucial …


Philanthropy in China: It’s time for the teachers to learn

He Jin 6 February 2018 For Subscribers

Beijing, China ‘Giving someone fish is not as good as teaching him fishing. For giving a man a fish can feed him for a day, but teaching him to fish can feed him for a …

Chinese environmental funders join forces as Hewlett chief warns of urgent need to tackle climate change

Alliance magazine 4 February 2018

A new coalition of major environmental grantmakers was launched in Beijing on 29 January. The news comes days after Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the US called on foundations …

Hong Kong philanthropist has Commonwealth in his sights

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 3 February 2018

A campaign led by philanthropist and businessman James Chen has launched an online petition to lobby Commonwealth leaders to put vision on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The meeting, which …

‘Doing Good Index’ suggests Asian philanthropy could be doing better

Andrew Milner 31 January 2018

A crucial first step to increasing philanthropy in Asia is to overcome the lack of trust many Asians feel towards the region’s non-profit sector. This is both a finding and an intention of the Doing …

Resourcing social justice: understanding philanthropy in India

Tulika Srivastava 29 January 2018

Sarojini Naidu once quipped to Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Bapuji! It takes a lot of money to keep you poor!’ Conversations about philanthropy and social justice as a sector are few in India, which makes Caroline Hartnell’s paper extremely relevant and timely. She has …

Transparency and philanthropy – an oxymoron in India? Not anymore.

Sumitra Mishra and Chandrika Sahai 4 January 2018

India has traditionally been a philanthropic culture with giving ingrained in all of its major religions, a part of everyday life. However, both formal and informal giving in India have mainly been private matters, the …

‘Philanthropy in India’ report sparks questions…and opportunity

Lauren Bradford 15 December 2017

Recently, Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP), in association with Alliance magazine, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), and the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University, released a highly anticipated thought piece on …

Sasakawa launches first gender-lens Asian impact investment fund

Alliance magazine 6 December 2017

Japan’s Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) has launched Asia’s first impact investment fund specifically aimed at the empowerment of women.  Through the Asian Women’s Impact Fund, the Foundation will invest some USD100 million of its endowment …