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Participatory grantmaking helps to shift power relations in Mexico

Jenny Barry 15 February 2018

Amidst the resurgence of authoritarianism and rising conservatism in many countries around the world, an increasing number of human rights funders are doubling their efforts to support resilient social movements. Because these movements are sparked …


Brazil’s CASA Communities initiative brings philanthropy to the local level

Emily Hurley 10 February 2018

CASA, a regional grassroots grantmaker, has developed a community initiative to support local groups in Brazil. The CASA Communities project embraces the idea of community philanthropy and its focus on amplifying the voices of local …


Mexico’s indigenous youth have been left behind – here’s how philanthropy can help

Eliza Brennan 2 February 2018

There is no quick and simple way to improve opportunities for young indigenous people in Mexico. By the time indigenous youth reach 15 to 17 years of age, only 65 per cent attend school, compared …

Recipe to increase Brazilian giving? More money, more transparency and tax incentives, says CAF research

Andrew Milner 30 January 2018

‘The strong growth of giving has been one of the striking developments in Brazil over the past quarter century,’ announces the foreword to a new report, Brazil Giving 2017, from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). …

The media’s enlightened despots

Gustavo Gorriti 5 December 2017

The death and re-birth of journalism? In Latin America, it’s a bit more complicated. There is in the United States a publication with an ominous masthead and an intriguing motto. The first is ‘Newspaper Death …

Latin America: sharing philanthropy, not hoarding wealth

2 Florencia Roitstein 10 October 2017 For Subscribers

Buenos Aires, Argentina Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. In 2014, the richest 10 per cent kept 71 per cent of the region’s wealth. If this trend continues, according to Oxfam’s …

Reflections of the 2017 Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Benjamin Bellegy 6 October 2017

I recently had the pleasure in attending the Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo organized by the Brazilian WINGS member, the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS). As every year, IDIS gathers a …

Andes Amazon Fund to receive $15 million in support of biodiversity conservation

Alliance magazine 5 October 2017

Home to the world’s greatest concentration of biodiversity and wildlife ecosystems, the Amazon headwaters region is one of the premier focuses of planetary health. In order to protect the environmental health and ecological function of …

New Philanthropy and CSR House 

Cemefi 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Cemefi has celebrated laying the first stone of the building that will become its hub for philanthropy, civil society initiatives and corporate social responsibility – La Casa de la Filantropia y la RSE  (Philanthropy and CSR House) in Mexico …

Colombia’s historic peace deal: philanthropy must not miss the boat

Merybell Reynoso and Juan David Ferreira 12 July 2017

The new peace process offers the opportunity for philanthropists to improve the lives of Colombia’s poorest communities While the peace deal and disarmament of FARC is a remarkable milestone, the fact is that the peace …