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Mobilising social finance for climate action in Asia

David Venn 17 June 2018

Asia is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. A confluence of man-made factors ranging from industrial agriculture practices to widespread deforestation to a reliance on conventional energy sources present serious threats to the …


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 …


Nathan Cummings Foundation commits 100% of endowment to mission-aligned investing

Alliance magazine 5 April 2018

The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) have announced that they will align 100 per cent of their nearly half-billion dollar endowment with their mission to reduce social inequality and mitigate climate change, making it the largest …

Andes Amazon Fund to receive $15 million in support of biodiversity conservation

Alliance magazine 5 October 2017

Home to the world’s greatest concentration of biodiversity and wildlife ecosystems, the Amazon headwaters region is one of the premier focuses of planetary health. In order to protect the environmental health and ecological function of …

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

1 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 …

How ‘catalytic philanthropy’ could solve global waste

Doug Woodring 17 August 2017

The world faces a looming challenge of handling our waste, an increasing percentage of which is made of plastic, which simply does not go away. Plastic usually accounts for up to 20 percent of a …

What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments

Andrew Milner 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

Low-risk investment companies that channel a small percentage of their assets into philanthropy – that’s how Clara Miller, president of the Heron Foundation described foundations in an interview with Alliance a year ago. It’s on …

Make a clean break – a new guide published on fossil fuel free investing

Alliance magazine 15 May 2017

Trillium Asset Management, Green Century Capital Management, and 350.org have released a new guide for investors on fossil fuel free investing titled Make a Clean Break: Your Guide to Fossil Fuel Free Investing. The new …

Why philanthropy must do more on climate change

Larry Kramer 11 April 2017

This article was originally posted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, on 14 March 2017. The original article can be found here.   History is replete with examples of societies that vanished when the local climate …

CIVICUS: Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources 

CIVICUS 7 March 2017 For Subscribers

Today, natural resource campaigners are facing increasing pushback from political leaders and powerful corporations intent on defending vested interests. The new report  Against all odds: the perils of fighting for natural resources, from CIVICUS and Publish What …