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A new fund for democracy and solidarity in Europe

Stefan Schäfers 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

A group of 18 foundations have set up a €4 million fund to support civil society and improve the public discourse Liberal democracies in the European Union have been under stress over the past few …


Riding the tiger of technological change

Rhodri Davies 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

Philanthropy support organizations have a vital role in ensuring that disruptive technology leads to change for the better Technology is opening up new opportunities to empower marginalized and disenfranchised communities around the world, and new …


The infrastructure behind the infrastructure

Lucy Bernholz 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

The digital space is the infrastructure that we all depend on. But for civil society to secure its freedom of thought and action is a major challenge   Support organizations are not the only kind …

Why community philanthropy enables people-powered, sustainable development from the ground up

Clara Bosco 8 May 2018

This blog is part of a series that provides reflections on a new GrantCraft Leadership Paper “How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Make That Happen”, published with the GFCF and Global …

Funding – and power – in the hands of people and communities

Julia Unwin 1 May 2018

Many years ago in The Grantmaking Tango I wrote that funders get the voluntary sector they deserve, and decades later that rather provocative phrase has been ringing in my ears. What I meant then was that short-term project …

Debunking two myths to avoid agony in Italian civil society

Carola Carazzone 28 April 2018

Why should Italian philanthropic foundations take the lead and start financing strategic goals and organizations rather than just projects? Two intertwined vicious circles are resulting in Italy in an agonizing civil society sector, dotted with …

Unleashing the true potential of philanthropy to transform lives and communities

Michael Mapstone 25 April 2018

Over the past couple of years, I have spent an inordinate amount of time in meetings and conferences about the role of philanthropy in _______ (fill the blank with ‘global development’, ‘SDGs’, ‘closing space’, ‘climate …

German philanthropy should get behind LGBTI rights

Felix Oldenburg 15 March 2018

Many Alliance readers will know far more about LGBTI issues than me. However, I will not hide behind a convenient lack of expertise but rather speak out inspired by the courage of many others. I …

Down the rabbit hole – The tale of Alliance’s Communications Officer

2 Kathryn Murrell 13 March 2018

I still remember the laughter and hoots of support mixed with the boos of opposition the first time the words ‘impact heretic’ were banded around the Association of Charitable Foundations’ (ACF) 2016 AGM. I was …

How interfaith philanthropy can minimize violence in the name of religion

Retnaningtyas Dwi Hapsari 12 March 2018

Indonesia is a large archipelago nation comprised of large groups of diverse cultures, ethnicities and religions. The diversity of Indonesia society is both a gift and a challenge. In modern politics, the issue of Indonesian …