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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 …


Foundation programmes on the media

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

A number of foundations run programmes on the media in different parts of the world backing investigative journalism, maintaining journalistic standards in the digital age, increasing credibility of news and maintaining open channels of information …


A Conversation about fake news that we need to have 

Misha Ketchell 5 December 2017

Anyone looking for evidence that public discourse can’t handle complex ideas need look no further than the rapid demise of the term ‘fake news’ in 2017. After the 2016 US presidential election, BuzzFeed journalist Craig Silverman …

Beijing philanthropist commits $1.5 billion to conservation 

Alliance magazine 3 December 2017

Chinese philanthropist He Qiaonv has announced the largest-ever philanthropic commitment to wildlife conservation. Her pledge, totalling $1.5 billion over seven years, will go towards establishing and maintaining wildlife reserves and conservation parks in partnership with the Chinese government. It …

A conflict of interests: when foundations invest in arms and tobacco

Laura Starita and Timothy Ogden 21 November 2017 For Subscribers

How much good must a foundation do in order to justify investments in companies whose products cause harm? Take the Rockefeller Foundation, which invests some of its assets with Cerberus Capital Management, an American private …

The changing face of philanthropy

India Development Review 6 November 2017

It’s not just the nature and extent of development problems that have changed over the years. Philanthropy has been changing and evolving, too. And in several ways: the points of entry have grown more diverse, …

What role for philanthropy in India?

Chandrika Sahai 25 October 2017

According to a recent research paper by economist Lucas Chancel, ‘income inequality in India is at its highest level since 1922’. Earlier this year in January, an Oxfam report said that India’s richest 1 per …

#NCFF17 – Simple yet powerful lessons

Sarah Matthee 24 October 2017

I’m always interested in the ‘vibe’ of conferences – the feeling in the room. I feel that it reflects the undercurrent of purpose and values that brings people together, guides the narrative, and sets the …

Australian National Community Foundation Forum: the ‘SMIRF’ capital of community foundations

Alliance magazine 24 October 2017

Alliance is proud to have been part of the media coverage for this year’s Australian National Community Foundation Forum, in Melbourne, Australia. We provided coverage of the event from: Ben Rodgers, Executive Officer at the Inner North Community Foundation, Australia. …

#NCFF17 – Exploring the Soul of Community Foundations

Jane Jose 24 October 2017

In Australia, the community foundation movement is both old and young depending on where you live. Melbourne’s funds have maturity and yet are still reinventing their focus and giving to meet the needs of communities …