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Keeping faith with the promise of a private foundation

Lisa Jordan 12 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Hague, Netherlands There are hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations across the planet, but private foundations are still a relatively rare breed. While their forms vary according to context, what typically sets a private …

Effective philanthropy: why you cannot go it alone!

Francois Carbonez 11 September 2017

If there is one lesson I have learned during my eight years working in development, it’s this: you cannot go it alone! For an NGO to make a real difference in people’s lives, it has …

Why crowdfunding is important for philanthropy to support

India Development Review 8 September 2017

Sometime in 2013, Bill Gates said, ‘Philanthropy should be taking much bigger risks than business [and] if these are easy problems, business and government can come in and solve them.’ Think risk While most philanthropists …

A foundation gives $1 billion in one city and things (mostly) get worse. What’s the lesson?

David Callahan 7 September 2017

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation recently announced that its total giving in Flint, Michigan—its home city—hit a historic milestone of $1 billion in grants, stretching back to the foundation’s creation in 1926. That’s an impressive figure and, …

Open dialogue and the future of philanthropy

Caspar Kolster and Nike Pulda 6 September 2017

Round tables, waving strips of colourful paper, a room humming with conversation.  Practitioners, policy thinkers, foundation representatives and politicians took the stage in a passionate testimony to the power of conversation, the Open Dialogue and the …

Nothing about us without us – Philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017

The September edition of Alliance is out now with a special feature on philanthropy’s diversity challenge. ‘Nothing about us without us’ was a slogan coined by to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full …

Foundations should not accept compromise 

James Corah 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

It was encouraging to read Andrew Milner’s article ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. Whether it be through applying negative screens to listed equity portfolios or by making allocations to social, impact or mission-related investment, …

Investing for positive change 

Casey Verbeck 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Andrew Milner’s piece ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’ does a very good job of identifying how foundations evolve their thinking about how they can change the world for the better.   At Veris Wealth …

Investment managers focus on asset gathering above missions 

Sunny Mann 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Our experience has shown us that foundations have struggled with the issues raised within Andrew Milner’s article on foundation investments ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. The limits presented by negative screening, and how to align a foundation’s …

Efforts under way to build philanthropy ecosystem 

WINGS 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Foundations and private social investors are increasingly concerned about leveraging their impact and tackling systemic change. Investing in strengthening philanthropy and civil society ecosystems, or infrastructure – networks, associations and other support organizations – can …