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Nothing about us without us – Philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017

The September edition of Alliance is out now with a special feature on philanthropy’s diversity challenge. ‘Nothing about us without us’ was a slogan coined by to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full …


Isabel Mota takes charge of Portugal’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

One of Europe’s largest foundations has elected its first female president. Isabel Mota took charge of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in May 2017.  The remit of the foundation, whose assets of €2.8 billion put it among the biggest in Europe, is …


Vois Africa gives voice to young African philanthropists 

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Vois Africa was established after the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference in Arusha, Tanzania in 2015. The conference revealed the lack of a youth agenda in philanthropy and that young people were not adequately represented or included on the relevant platforms where …

Nothing about us without us – philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay 5 September 2017

This issue of Alliance investigates philanthropy’s diversity predicament. How can philanthropy do the most good if it doesn’t reflect the society it seeks to serve? Our guest editors, Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay, ask some hard …

White and wealthy 

Caroline Fiennes, Helen Owen and Charles Keidan 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Alliance diversity survey reveals some gaps but we only know so much. Introduction When Alliance magazine was planning its special feature, it wanted the issue to be informed by data on diversity in institutional philanthropy in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, class and disability. As limited data are available, Alliance decided to conduct its …

Diversity in the social investment field  

Stephen Bediako and Gemma Rocyn Jones 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Just over year ago, a number of organizations in the social investment market came together to better understand our diversity and inclusion. We were spurred on by research from the  Young Foundation which found gender equality to be a blindspot in our sector. We wanted to understand what is really happening. …

Indonesian philanthropy must embrace the country’s diversity 

Kamala Chandrakirana 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For Indonesia, ‘unity in diversity’ has necessarily been a core principle of nation building and the capacity to manage diversity a matter of survival. With a population of 250 million, Indonesia is the largest Muslim-majority …

Feminist philanthropy comes to South Asia 

Tulika Srivastava 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

For decades, the donor-grantee power relationship has been skewed. Those who ‘give’ have power over those who ‘receive’. This is even more pronounced in south Asia where the state, donors based in the global north and corporate foundations dominate. It is crucial, therefore, that women’s funds in particular are challenging the current politics of aid as well as the status quo that exists …

Revisiting diversity in European philanthropy 

1 Karen Weisblatt 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Nearly a decade ago, a group of European foundations, loosely organized in a European Foundation Centre (EFC) interest group, set out to develop a collective plan to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the philanthropic sector. The premise was that people from ethnic minorities …

Diversity, equality, inclusion – there’s a long way to go

Floyd Mills and Natalie Ross 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

In 2016, women represented over three-quarters of foundation staff in the US but among the largest grantmakers, fewer than half of foundation CEOs were women. In the same year, racial and ethnic minorities made up only 10 per cent of …