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Our voices are strong: why self-led activism works

Susan Jessop and Kellea Miller 7 December 2017

Every voice matters. But impoverishment, injustice and violence in communities around the world routinely serve to silence women, girls and trans people. This leaves them little choice but to fight to be heard and 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 …


Rule of the road for non-profit journalism funding

Tom Rosenstiel and Kevin Loker 5 December 2017

As the traditional advertising model for media continues to shrink, the role of philanthropic funding in journalism has reached a new moment of importance. It is merely the latest sign, that in September 2017, the …

Legacy award honours social justice in US philanthropy

Alliance magazine 30 November 2017

The Marguerite Casey Foundation with The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) recently announced the winner of the 2017 Patiño Moore Legacy Award, awarded to The Rev. Dr. William J. …

Finally! A global (data) language!

Lauren Bradford and Larry McGill 22 November 2017

Trying to get global consensus on anything is nearly impossible. But in collaboration with a dynamic cohort of individuals and organizations, we’ve managed to develop a new manifesto with respect to the structure and sharing …

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 …

Arming for justice: charge to philanthropy

1 Melanie R. Brown 17 November 2017

Early into his address at the London School of Economics, Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, posed a question I have felt tugging at my conscience many times over the past decade I’ve spent …

Changing philanthropy to challenge inequality

Rose Longhurst 16 November 2017

‘Philanthropy is not a sector that likes to change’, Darren Walker asserted at a recent lecture at the London School of Economics. Although the Ford Foundation (where Walker is President) has been changing in recent …

Perspectives from the field: journalism, media and the role of philanthropy

Jennifer Davis and Michelle Nelson 15 November 2017

Americans’ attitudes about the news media are increasingly divided along partisan lines, with claims that we have entered a ‘post-fact’ era of diminished trust in the role and capacity of the media to foster and …

New disaster giving report shows greater focus on risk management

Alliance magazine 14 November 2017

The Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) have recently announced the fourth edition of their annual research report, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2017: Data to Drive Decisions. The new report documents $23 …