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Small, locally-focused but willing to work together: new picture of Colombian foundations

Andrew Milner and Charles Keidan 21 June 2018

The Colombian foundation sector is relatively young, operates its own programmes, and is overwhelmingly focussed on young people and education. These are some of the most striking findings of a new study of the sector …


Total giving in US up in 2017 but proportion of GDP stays at two per cent

Alliance magazine 19 June 2018

Annual total giving in 2017 is up by an inflation-adjusted three per cent to a record $410 billion, although contributions as a percentage of GDP stayed at around two percent according to The Giving USA …


Asian SPOs need continuum of capital, not support in silos, says AVPN

Alliance magazine 18 June 2018

If they are to succeed, social purpose organisations (SPOs) in Asia need different forms of support at different stages of their development. To allow this to happen effectively, funders should think of the provision of …

Mobilising social finance for climate action in Asia

David Venn 17 June 2018

Asia is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. A confluence of man-made factors ranging from industrial agriculture practices to widespread deforestation to a reliance on conventional energy sources present serious threats to the …

Revisiting philanthropy in Russia

Ross Maclaren 16 June 2018

I come to PSJP’s working paper on Philanthropy in Russia two and a half years removed from direct engagement in the Russian philanthropic sector since the Mott Foundation halted grantmaking to organizations there. Reading the paper, published …

NoVo Foundation announces $34 million Radical Hope Fund

Alliance magazine 15 June 2018

The NoVo Foundation has announced $34 million—up from $20 million committed originally—in Radical Hope Fund grants to 19 organisations from among 1,000 applicants doing bold and transformative social justice work in the United States and …

Governance changes at the EFC following 2018 Annual General Assembly

Alliance magazine 14 June 2018

The Annual General Assembly of Members took place on Thursday 31 May in Brussels as part of the 29th EFC Conference, with several key changes approved to the EFC governance. Katherine Watson (European Cultural Foundation) …

Alliance Breakfast Club: #LiftUpPhilanthropy

Amy McGoldrick 12 June 2018

Alliance magazine travelled outside of London in late May to host a quarterly Breakfast Club in partnership with WINGS at the EFC Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The mission was to illuminate philanthropy’s global infrastructure to …

Make tax breaks for grantmakers conditional on more transparency, suggests philanthropy think-tank

Charles Keidan and Andrew Milner 6 June 2018

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a leading philanthropy think-tank and consultancy has called on the UK government to consider removing the tax privileges of foundations who don’t conform to improved standards of transparency. NPC argues that …

The Global Philanthropy Environment Index 2018 – A storm front ahead in Europe?

Michael Alberg-Seberich 4 June 2018

In Bob Dylan’s song Subterranean Homesick Blues it says “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows…” Well, in philanthropy we at least need a weatherperson to map the environment overall …