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Soros gifts $18 billion to Open Society Foundation

Alliance magazine 21 October 2017

Disclosed last week, George Soros gifted $18 billion dollars to his Open Society Foundations. The foundation’s founder and chairman has now made one of the largest transfers of wealth ever, by a private donor to …


Why term limits are great for foundations

Helena Choi 19 October 2017

On September 20, 2009, I walked into the Hewlett Foundation as a brand new program officer in our Global Development and Population Program. Exactly eight years and some 265 grants later, I would ‘graduate’ from the …


Interview: Lenka Setkova of the Coutts Institute

Alliance magazine 3 October 2017 For Subscribers

Lenka Setkova is executive director and a philanthropy adviser at Coutts Institute, within Coutts private bank. Setkova brings a rare set of qualifications to the task, having worked for government, foundations and think-tanks and her …

Free development programme launched for emerging philanthropy leaders

Alliance magazine 26 September 2017

American organisation NonprofitCoach has launched the Global Leaders Fellowship, a free exclusive leadership development programme for new and emerging nonprofit executives, between the ages of 25 to 35 years old. Applications are being accepted for …

Paul G. Allen Philanthropy partners with NOAA for oceanographic climate change research

Jacob Beck 15 September 2017

With much turmoil surrounding the topic of climate change, the world seems uncertain about the effects on the environment. With that in mind, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has embarked on a new philanthropic endeavour …

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, …

US grantmakers are watching American politics closely 

Exponent Philanthropy 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

A new survey by Exponent Philanthropy shows most of its members (82 per cent) expect the institution of philanthropy to play a more important role in society because of political changes in Washington DC.   Issued …

Diversity, equality, inclusion – there’s a long way to go

Floyd Mills and Natalie Ross 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

In 2016, women represented over three-quarters of foundation staff in the US but among the largest grantmakers, fewer than half of foundation CEOs were women. In the same year, racial and ethnic minorities made up only 10 per cent of …

Experimental conversations: perspectives on randomized trials in development economics – edited by Timothy Ogden 

Caroline Fiennes 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Caroline Fiennes. Much rubbish is spoken about randomized controlled trials (RCTs). And many of the views ascribed to the ‘randomistas’ who run them are not in fact held by them. For instance, it is often said that RCTs are …

Localizing SDG impacts through the philanthropy sector

Heather Grady 4 September 2017

If we as a global community are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the 17 goals that the world’s governments committed to achieve for all people by the year 2030–philanthropy must be a …