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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 …

Interview – Jeremy Leggett

Alliance magazine 1 May 2013

On 18 April Carbon Tracker, a UK-based foundation-led initiative, released its second report, Unburnable Carbon: Avoiding wasted capital and stranded assets. We need a managed, rapid and complete retreat from the use of fossil fuels …

World Giving Index shows declining generosity

Alliance magazine 1 March 2013

The latest edition of CAF’s World Giving Index reveals that the world became a less generous place in 2011. Worldwide giving appears to be mirroring global economic patterns in what the Index calls a ‘double …

GIFE: Brazilian philanthropy growing in spite of financial crisis

Alliance magazine 1 March 2013

The sixth edition of Census GIFE, the report of GIFE’s biennial mapping of the performance of its members, indicates that Brazilian philanthropy grew by 8 per cent compared to 2010. The total social investment of …

What can donors do to mitigate the pain of the new normal, asks ASF conference

Betsy Brill 1 December 2012

I had the privilege to attend the 2012 Association of Small Foundations Conference in San Francisco, 6-8 October, attended by more than 1,000 people – trustees, staff and advisers to small staffed foundations and some …

Interview – Jed Emerson

Alliance magazine 1 July 2010

Written following the closing of Uhuru Capital Management around six months ago, Jed Emerson’s recent paper Beyond Good Versus Evil has attracted unexpected criticism from those supportive of his previous work. Why is this, Caroline …

Coping with the crisis: how European donor associations fared

Alliance magazine 1 March 2010

How were donor and foundation associations in Europe affected by the financial crisis and how did they respond? To find out, in summer 2009, Donors Associations and Foundations in Europe (DAFNE) began to collect information …

Private Equity Foundation, UK and Germany

Alliance magazine 1 December 2009 For Subscribers

Founded in 2006, the London-based Private Equity Foundation (PEF) very quickly positioned itself as an important venture philanthropy fund in the UK. Its volume of financial investments reflected the success of its backers in a …