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Philanthropy is booming in the 21st Century

Alliance magazine 29 April 2018

One boon of the explosion in global wealth over the last two decades has been an explosion in  philanthropy across the world. Should there be any doubt the two go hand-in-hand, consider this: 44% of …

Unleashing the true potential of philanthropy to transform lives and communities

Michael Mapstone 25 April 2018

Over the past couple of years, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in meetings and conferences about the role of philanthropy in _______ (fill the blank with ‘global development’, ‘SDGs’, ‘closing space’, ‘climate …

How community philanthropy shifts power: what donors can do to help make that happen

Alliance magazine 19 April 2018

While slogans like “think globally, act locally” have been around for decades, so much decision making about philanthropy and development aid still happens by stakeholders outside of affected communities. This GrantCraft Leadership Series paper by …

Study finds human rights funding up by nearly 50 per cent since 2010

Andrew Milner 17 April 2018

Though human rights funding often features in philanthropy news because it is inadequately resourced, funding for the issue increased by almost half since 2010, according to a new study. The Advancing Human Rights initiative, a …

UK’s largest charitable funder publishes £6 billion of grants data

Alliance magazine 16 April 2018

360Giving’s campaign to open up UK grants data and make grantmaking more informed and effective has received a huge boost with over £6 billion worth of grants published by the Wellcome Trust. The UK’s largest …

Philanthropic sector evolving under Trump administration, study finds

Alliance magazine 13 April 2018

The flexibility, nimbleness, and willingness to collaborate demonstrated by the philanthropic sector over the past year in response to a rapidly changing policy environment could serve as a model for the sector going forward, a …

OECD report is welcome spotlight on opaque philanthropy sector

1 Penelope Lewis 12 April 2018

Private philanthropy is big and getting bigger. Money flowing to development averaged almost $8 billion a year between 2013 and 2018, according to a new report by the OECD, with foundations amongst the biggest financers …

Foundation board diversity: Five things we can do to break from the current reality

Kevin Walker 11 April 2018

This blog post is the third in a series written by foundation leaders in response to a new research report published by BoardSource titled Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading …

Epic Quest: a big-picture look at private philanthropy for global development

1 Alliance magazine 9 April 2018

While philanthropic giving for development is pretty modest when stacked up against official development assistance (ODA), this money is playing a major role in some sectors. So says a new report from the Organisation for …

Is impact investing the next big thing for donor-advised funds?

Alliance magazine 8 April 2018

Private foundations have been taking bolder steps toward impact investing in recent years. But with more individuals turning to donor-advised funds (DAFs) to facilitate their giving, how can those funds also be invested today to improve …