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Soros gifts $18 billion to Open Society Foundation

Alliance magazine 21 October 2017

Disclosed last week, George Soros gifted $18 billion dollars to his Open Society Foundations. The foundation’s founder and chairman has now made one of the largest transfers of wealth ever, by a private donor to …


Barrow Cadbury Trust appoints Erica Cadbury as new Chair of Trustees

Alliance magazine 20 October 2017

Beginning on 21 October, Barrow Cadbury Trust will be welcoming a new Chair of Trustees. Erica Cadbury will be succeeding Helen Cadbury, who passed away at the end of June. Erica has been a part …


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 …

Max von Abendroth joins DAFNE as Brussels-based Executive Director

Alliance magazine 9 October 2017

The Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe recently made a strong addition to their team. As of 1st October 2017, Max von Abendroth took the position as DAFNE’s Brussels-based Executive Director. This addition allows DAFNE …

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 …

Andes Amazon Fund to receive $15 million in support of biodiversity conservation

Alliance magazine 5 October 2017

Home to the world’s greatest concentration of biodiversity and wildlife ecosystems, the Amazon headwaters region is one of the premier focuses of planetary health. In order to protect the environmental health and ecological function of …

Foundations call on themselves to get better

Alliance magazine 4 October 2017

Last month, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), engaged by the Skoll Foundation, and working together with a Steering Group composed of the Porticus, Ford and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, published a report looking at funder behaviour …

Interview: Lenka Setkova of the Coutts Institute

Alliance magazine 3 October 2017 For Subscribers

Lenka Setkova is executive director and a philanthropy adviser at Coutts Institute, within Coutts private bank. Setkova brings a rare set of qualifications to the task, having worked for government, foundations and think-tanks and her …