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How foundations can address poverty in the UK

Cristina Andreatta 29 December 2017

Looking at the history of UK charitable foundations, it is not difficult to establish that a significant proportion of them have a longstanding tradition of working to relieve poverty across Britain. However, in the current …

Dolby gifts £85 million to revamp Cambridge University research facility

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 27 December 2017

The UK’s Cambridge University has received a donation of £85 million to help build a new physics research centre. The gift, from the estate of Ray Dolby who pioneered noise reduction recording technology, is the …

£10m donation to fund Edinburgh University Futures Institute

Alliance magazine 14 December 2017

Scotland’s University of Edinburgh has received an anonymous £10m donation to fund its Futures Institute. The Institute will scan wide horizons. It will bring together research and teaching from across the University and, beyond, it …

How can funders use theory of change to promote systems change and tackle systemic problems?

Rosanna Thomasoo and NPC 11 December 2017

Systems change remains a hot topic in the social sector. For good reason. The complexity of the challenges we face today is hard to grasp—from homelessness and poverty to climate change and the refugee crisis. …

When it comes to refugees, German foundations can do more and better

Susan Hennessy 8 December 2017

Living in Uganda between 2013 and 2105 and now in Berlin has given me a unique insight into attitudes of citizens and the responding governments and agencies of two countries which opened their borders to …

Interview: Adessium Foundation

Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Adessium is an endowed foundation in the Netherlands, established in 2005 by commodities trader Gerard van Vliet and his family. Today, it spends approximately €18 million annually on programmes including marine conservation and efforts to …

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 …

Underwriting independent media

Nienke Venema 5 December 2017

Over the last 30 years, digital disruption has caused media business models to struggle and sometimes fail. As a result, CEOs and boards of directors are faced with decisions that might benefit revenue but not …

The opportunities and limits of foundation-funded journalism

Barbara Hans 5 December 2017

Journalism, it is said, is in crisis. But that isn’t strictly accurate. Journalism is actually beset by at least two different crises: a funding crisis and a credibility crisis. Philanthropy can help solve both, but …

Safeguarding the Guardian

Rachel White 5 December 2017

At a time when challenges to media independence pollute and distort the news landscape and traditional revenue models continue to erode, independent media organizations are thinking innovatively about how best to fund high-quality independent journalism. …