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Not fair but we’re on the right side, say Gateses

Andrew Milner 19 February 2018

Bill and Melinda Gates have used their tenth annual letter to grapple with what they call some of the ‘searching’ questions they face – from their views on the current incumbent of the White House …


UN Global Goals need effective community philanthropy, says CoF report

Alliance magazine 9 February 2018

Community foundations will be central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a leading philanthropy infrastructure body has claimed. That’s the view of the US Council on Foundations in a new report launched at the …


Ford’s Hilary Pennington appointed executive vice president for programs

Alliance magazine 9 February 2018

As of mid-January, Hilary Pennington has assumed the role of executive vice president for programs at the Ford Foundation, a leading job in the US philanthropy sector. Prior to her new role, Pennington was the …

First permanent appointee to Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations

Alliance magazine 25 January 2018

Dr Laurie Paarlberg is to become the first permanent holder of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She will take up her appointment …

Hewlett President urges foundations to give more to tackle climate change

Emily Hurley and Charles Keidan 23 January 2018

Larry Kramer, President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, has issued an urgent call for foundations to focus on the threat caused by climate change – or risk undermining progress of their work in …

Stars: different alignment, same general constellation

Andrew Milner 22 January 2018

Changes of staff and emphases are underway at the London-based Saudi philanthropy, the Stars Foundation. Following a decade of its flagship Impact Awards, Stars’ focus is shifting to the Philanthropy University in Silicon Valley set …

New cohort for Council on Foundation’s diversity initiative announced

Andrew Milner 17 January 2018

The US Council on Foundations (CoF) has announced the 2018 Cohort for its Career Pathways Development Program, a year-long leadership preparation programme whose purpose is to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in …

Why I made a film about philanthropy

Salvatore Alaimo 8 January 2018

I’ve done something unusual even for a philanthropy scholar and practitioner. Over the last decade I’ve produced a feature length documentary on the concept of giving entitled What is Philanthropy? I started the project on …

Donor advised funds – the most efficient way to channel funds for social good

1 Evita Zanuso and Karen Ng 3 January 2018

Donor advised funds (DAFs) are a growing segment of philanthropy. On the other side of the Atlantic, DAFs have been in existence since the 1930s and have combined assets of more than $80bn in assets …

Darin McKeever named CEO of the William Davidson Foundation

Alliance magazine 23 December 2017

From the 1 January 2018, Darin McKeever, will succeed Jonathan Aaron as President and CEO of the US-based William Davidson Foundation. McKeever joined the foundation in April 2015 as Chief Programme and Strategy Officer. Prior …