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Settling into the new year? Don’t get too comfortable, yet…

Alliance magazine 13 February 2017

What will 2017 bring for the philanthropy sector? A difficult time, thinks philanthropy expert and Alliance editorial board member Lucy Bernholz. In the eighth annual version of her New Year predictions, she foresees more experiments …


Understanding user journeys creates a more strategic funding approach

Jennifer Shea 15 December 2016

At New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), we’ve been thinking a lot lately about the most meaningful ways to incorporate the voice of beneficiaries or service users into charities’ services and activities, especially into their impact practices. …


Global Summit on Community Philanthropy: #ShiftThePower

Alliance magazine 6 December 2016

Alliance is proud to have been part of the media coverage for this year’s Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1 – 2 December 2016. We provided coverage of the event from: Aimi Zhou, …

About grantmaking and effective interventions

Ine Van Severen 6 December 2016

Imagine the following scenario: as a donor you come across an informal community group with a great idea that would substantially benefit the community. Downside? It’s an informal group, a loose network of activists, with …

Shifting the power? An alternative to ‘big aid’ in community philanthropy

1 Aisha Mansour 6 December 2016

While new to the community philanthropy world, I have been an advocate for change in the international aid system for nearly 10 years.  After living in one of the highest recipient per capita countries of …

Extractive Resources – An Alternative Source of Funding?

Aimi Zhou 5 December 2016

The open session during the second day of the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy centred on a rarely discussed, but frequently controversial topic: communities receiving funding from extractive companies. Increasingly, communities are looking for alternative …

On Language and Power

Dana Doan 5 December 2016

I walked into the Global Summit for Community Philanthropy breakout session on narrative and language a bit late and yet my heart started racing as soon as I overheard the inter-related issues the discussion sought to address… …

Neighbors in values: philanthropy and civil society across borders

Michael Alberg-Seberich and Diya Khanna 30 November 2016

This article originally appeared on The Center for Effective Philanthropy‘s blog, on 29 November 2016. The original article can be found here> Bob Dylan reminds us that “the times they are a-changing.” That very change …

Data needed … and more besides

1 Susan Wilkinson-Maposa 29 November 2016 For Subscribers

Community philanthropy organizations (CPOs) collect data for the purpose of donor compliance – numbers of grants awarded, people served, training sessions held, etc. What they don’t tend to collect are data on the other form …

The new African philanthropy

Elizabeth Coleman and Halima Mahomed 22 November 2016 For Subscribers

African philanthropic institutions are demonstrating how donors can more effectively foster independent action and strengthen movements for change. This different approach may hold the key to durable development on the continent. Although many donors recognize that …