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Payouts ensure philanthropy is not MIA

Krystian Seibert 10 April 2017

As an Australian observer, I have watched with interest the debate playing out in Alliance Magazine on whether UK foundations should have a minimum payout. The debate about minimum payouts for foundations is an important one …


Why we need to talk about payouts

Angela Kail 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Why is the amount of money that charitable foundations pay out each year important? The term for this – ‘payout ratio’ – can sound dry and technical. However, questions about payout ratios go to the …


The inexcusable absence of foundation minimum payouts 

Jake Hayman 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

The foundation sector should be embracing minimum payouts but instead sits silent or works in active opposition to them. This will not change, but it should. Foundations are averse to regulation. It is a thing …

The campaign in the era of major political shifts

Shona Curvers 30 January 2017

At the time of writing, President Trump has been busy tweeting about the future of healthcare in the States. Specifically, he is claiming ‘the “unaffordable” Care Act will soon be history!’ As Trump settles into …

Offshore philanthropy

Timothy Ogden and Laura Starita 17 January 2017

Organized philanthropy exists because a few individuals are able to accumulate a vast surplus of resources. Given how much good is done with philanthropic donations, it seems ungrateful to look too closely at the source …

Report calls on foundation umbrella body to lead on data

Alliance magazine 10 November 2016

Grant-making needs to take a lead from other sectors and start seeing data as a valuable resource, research by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has found. NPC’s recent report ‘Valuing data: how to use it in …

The echo of constituent voice

Alliance magazine 25 October 2016

Just over a year ago, Alliance ran a special feature on the role of feedback in the social sector. With upcoming summits in Washington DC and London, Alliance wanted to catch up with contributors to …

Civicus: DataShift – knowledge is power and it’s now in the hands of people

CIVICUS 7 June 2016

Companies and political parties have been quick to embrace the potential of ‘big data’ to sell their products and to target voters.  What if the production of information could be democratized? The DataShift initiative hopes …

Debunking the 15% Overhead for Good

Guidestar 2 February 2016

Can we please stop the management consultants and charity evaluators of the world from poisoning the water with their mantra of 15% overhead? I know they mean well, but constantly harping on this 15% ideal …

SDGs may trigger tax reform

John Christensen 1 December 2015 For Subscribers

The recent global summit in Addis Ababa on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals revealed an important policy shift away from the aid-focused 2000 Millennium Development Goals towards what is known in the jargon as ‘domestic …