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Why term limits are great for foundations

Helena Choi 19 October 2017

On September 20, 2009, I walked into the Hewlett Foundation as a brand new program officer in our Global Development and Population Program. Exactly eight years and some 265 grants later, I would ‘graduate’ from the …


What does it mean to be a resilient funder – and why does it matter more than ever?

Global Greengrants Fund 13 October 2017

In January 2017, the Chinese government began requiring all not for profit foreign organizations, including foundations, to register in order to continue to operate in the country. Funders have responded by registering, leaving, or muddling …


Latin America: sharing philanthropy, not hoarding wealth

2 Florencia Roitstein 10 October 2017 For Subscribers

Buenos Aires, Argentina Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. In 2014, the richest 10 per cent kept 71 per cent of the region’s wealth. If this trend continues, according to Oxfam’s …

Reflections of the 2017 Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Benjamin Bellegy 6 October 2017

I recently had the pleasure in attending the Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo organized by the Brazilian WINGS member, the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS). As every year, IDIS gathers a …

Shrinking, closing, shifting; A changing space for civil society

Sarah Albrecht 3 October 2017

Looking at the global state of civil society, two aspects emerge at first glance: It seems more alive and active than ever and, at the same time, it seems to be operating under an ever-growing …

Day of foundations and donors celebrated across Europe

Alliance magazine 30 September 2017

The European Day of Foundations and Donors, founded in 2013, is a day to reflect and celebrate the advancements in philanthropy throughout Europe and promote a culture of giving. Celebrated on 1 October, events will …

If it isn’t about money, then what is it about?

Amy McGoldrick 25 September 2017

Outside of Westminster and London and England entirely, ECFI finds its first conference nestled in the historic Cardiff City Hall, Wales, to a select 100 attendees. ‘Twenty two countries and eighteen languages are here,’ was …

The best idea is found in these rooms

Anja Böllhoff 22 September 2017

The best idea is in these rooms! A conference that only has one goal – exchanging as much knowledge as possible – is only as good as the ideas that are shared. Its success is …

Community philanthropy: true to life?

1 Carola Carazzone 20 September 2017

Community Foundations are local – local people, local assets, local donors, local agencies, local capacities, local trust. They can easily exist in splendid isolation without interacting with other peers around the world. Last Sunday in …

Trust. Impact. Passion

Sandra King 19 September 2017

Trust. Impact. Passion. Three words ringing in my ears as I leave Cardiff following the inaugural European Community Foundation Initiative (ECFI) Conference and the UK Community Foundations Conference (UKCF). After 9 years away, I re-joined …