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Not by representational diversity alone… 

Jacob John 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

A commitment to diversity that includes race, caste, class, gender and religion is a central part of philanthropic programme effectiveness. With such representational diversity increasingly being used as a reference point, this article suggests that, …

Experimental conversations: perspectives on randomized trials in development economics – edited by Timothy Ogden 

Caroline Fiennes 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Caroline Fiennes. Much rubbish is spoken about randomized controlled trials (RCTs). And many of the views ascribed to the ‘randomistas’ who run them are not in fact held by them. For instance, it is often said that RCTs are …

Participatory funding – the power of letting go

Anne Burghardt 4 September 2017

If we are genuine advocates of democracy and civic participation, how come we are so sceptical of letting the public decide what to spend our money on? As a foundation professional, I was part of …

2017: Canada’s Year?

Hilary Pearson 1 September 2017

Canada is getting global attention in 2017, not just for our charismatic and youthful Prime Minister, but for our apparent social harmony, in contrast to the social turbulence being experienced in other Western countries facing …

Seven strategic philanthropy lessons

Bruce DeBoskey 30 August 2017

The field of strategic philanthropy is more sophisticated and complex than ever. Seven years ago, I began working closely with families, businesses and foundations to help them achieve greater impact for themselves and their communities …

Supporting European community foundations

Burkhard Küstermann 29 August 2017 For Subscribers

The number of community foundations in Europe has increased considerably over the past 20 years, so has the number of organizations that provide them with support. What support do they offer? What kinds of organization …

Pathways for scaling impact

Filipe Santos 23 August 2017

The rise of the social entrepreneurship movement in the last twenty years unleashed a powerful engine of innovation for society. Thousands of engaged citizens – social entrepreneurs – construct and implement novel solutions to neglected …

Five challenges for French philanthropy

Axelle Davezac 21 August 2017

Another exciting year is coming to an end. In France, foundations have continued to develop fast, to professionalize and to experiment new forms of interventions for the public good. As the largest philanthropic network in …

US community foundations making significant global impact

Natalie Ross 15 August 2017

Since I joined the Council on Foundations in early 2016, I have fielded many requests from community foundations (CFs) seeking support and guidance in facilitating international grants, often due to growing interest from members of …

Awaken the giant: Wealth managers should do more to unlock philanthropy

Juliet Cockram Agnew 14 August 2017

Wealth managers are sitting on a philanthropic goldmine. Today, the top 10 private banks hold an astonishing $7.9trn under management. And this trend looks to continue: the assets of wealthy clients – and of those …