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Who serves philanthropy? New research puts infrastructure in focus

Alliance magazine 17 March 2017

The Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) has published new research on the state of philanthropy infrastructure worldwide. Launched at the 2017 WINGSForum in Mexico City, the study takes an inside look at the backbone …


WACSI: ISTR and WACSI in partnership to coordinate African research network 

WACSI 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

In a new collaboration, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in Ghana will house the regional secretariat of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR). WACSI’s aim is to strengthen the institutional and operational …


Edge Funders: Shake the foundations! 

Edge Funders 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Last April, funders and movement partners gathered at the EDGE Conference in Berkeley, California to participate in an Engagement Lab on regenerative finance and equity-based strategies across grants and investments. Out of these conversations was …

Cemefi: Conferences on volunteering for social change 

Cemefi 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

In November 2016, Cemefi hosted two major conferences: the 24th World Volunteer Conference and 8th World Youth Volunteer Conference, both organized in partnership with the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).   The main topic of …

Against all odds: civil society under fire

Danny Sriskandarajah 23 February 2017

Civil society is under fire—sometimes literally—in many countries and in all regions of the world. Governments are clamping down on fundamental civic freedoms. This year’s Global Risks Report highlights the threat to civic space, noting …

Giving in the Arab region: from ‘giving for God’ to ‘giving for good’

Caroline Hartnell 21 February 2017

This blog is the last in a series of four drawing on the initial findings of a new study of philanthropy initiated by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. These will …

Global South/Global North – the necessity of invention?

1 Marcos Kisil 27 January 2017

I cannot agree more with the excellent work of Andrew Milner regarding the terms Global South/Global North. It seems that, in the absence of a good explanation for the inequities among countries, and internally between regions …

Civil society resourcing: “Revolutions do not occur because of good project proposals”

Ine Van Severen 5 December 2016

It’s undeniable: the space for civil society organisations (CSOs) and philanthropy is shrinking. According to new research by CIVICUS Monitor, an online platform that tracks trends in the conditions for civil society in countries around …

Data needed … and more besides

1 Susan Wilkinson-Maposa 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) collect data for the purpose of donor compliance – numbers of grants awarded, people served, training sessions held, etc. What they don’t tend to collect are data on the other form …

Resourcing community philanthropy

Danny Sriskandarajah 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

The international development landscape is shifting rapidly. In many ways, we’re witnessing the end of the ‘development-industrial complex’ that has dominated the sector for the last two decades. The days of rich northern countries delivering …