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Philanthropy in a recession

Shelagh Gastrow 11 August 2017

In principle, philanthropy should be focusing on organisations that are involved in systemic change and government should be supporting those organisations that deal with basic human requirements. In that case, non-profits are unlikely to be …


The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing the Greek Crisis

European Foundation Centre 28 July 2015

This post originally appeared on the blog  of the European Foundation Center. The original article can be found here> What is philanthropy’s appropriate role in the midst of the Greek socioeconomic crisis? The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been …


Interview – Caroline Mason

Alliance magazine 1 August 2013

After much preparation and amid great publicity, Big Society Capital (BSC) was launched last year with funding from dormant bank accounts and from the four ‘Merlin’ banks (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank …

Taking a chance on longevity: a third option for endowed foundations

Richard Jenkins 1 June 2013

It wasn’t so long ago that trustees of endowed foundations could spend 5 per cent of the value of their portfolio each year on their mission, confident that the residue would maintain its value in …

Then and now

Alliance magazine 1 June 2013

When the financial crisis broke in 2008, Alliance asked a number of people around the world how its effects were playing out in their region and what they expected the consequences to be. We caught …

How is philanthropy changing?

Andrew Milner 1 June 2013

The ‘financial crisis’ is often said to have begun on 15 September 2008 when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. In North America and Europe, the world certainly changed then. For the rest of the world, …

Changing roles in a changing world

Anthony Tomei 1 June 2013

The collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 seems to mark a symbolic moment at which the world changed. The changes were felt very differently in different parts of the world, but it seems likely that …

Tomorrow’s economy: a philanthrocapitalist’s guide

Matthew Bishop 1 June 2013

‘I never make predictions, especially about the future,’ joked Yogi Berra, baseball star and legendary American wit. When it comes to predicting trends in philanthropy, his advice is particularly apt, since it requires forecasting both …

Why foundations change

Diana Leat 1 June 2013

Why endowed foundations change is a fascinating but largely neglected puzzle. At one level the puzzle is that they seem to change so little despite the huge social, political and economic changes going on around …

Good sibling, bad sibling: philanthropy and inequality

Barry Knight 1 June 2013

Increased concentration of wealth and increasing inequality are the conditions likely to give rise to philanthropy. This was true with Carnegie and Rockefeller in the US and it seems to be true in the BRICS …