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NCVO report reveals growth in social sector spending

Jacob Beck 14 September 2017

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac provides us with some interesting perspectives on the trends seen throughout the philanthropic community in the past several months. As we enter the final …


Keeping faith with the promise of a private foundation

Lisa Jordan 12 September 2017 For Subscribers

The Hague, Netherlands There are hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations across the planet, but private foundations are still a relatively rare breed. While their forms vary according to context, what typically sets a private …


Foundations should not accept compromise 

James Corah 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

It was encouraging to read Andrew Milner’s article ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. Whether it be through applying negative screens to listed equity portfolios or by making allocations to social, impact or mission-related investment, …

Investing for positive change 

Casey Verbeck 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Andrew Milner’s piece ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’ does a very good job of identifying how foundations evolve their thinking about how they can change the world for the better.   At Veris Wealth …

Investment managers focus on asset gathering above missions 

Sunny Mann 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Our experience has shown us that foundations have struggled with the issues raised within Andrew Milner’s article on foundation investments ‘What happens to the rest of it? How foundations make investments’. The limits presented by negative screening, and how to align a foundation’s …

Nothing about us without us – philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay 5 September 2017

This issue of Alliance investigates philanthropy’s diversity predicament. How can philanthropy do the most good if it doesn’t reflect the society it seeks to serve? Our guest editors, Sumitra Mishra and Angela Seay, ask some hard …

Indian philanthropy won’t be taken seriously until Dalits have a seat at the table 

Gagan Sethi 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Shouldn’t non-profit boards, registered as public bodies, represent the ‘public’? Shouldn’t they uphold the principle of diversity in board management? We believe they should. When we set up Dalit Foundation, we saw it as important that we didn’t limit support to scheduled castes. We took a broader view of Dalits as those who …

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, …

US foundations are changing in response to Trump administration, CEP finds

Amanda Aguilar and Sarah Sabatke 23 June 2017

The philanthropy research and consultancy organization, Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), has released a report showing that, of the US foundation CEOs who responded to their survey, almost three quarters have changed or are planning …

Donations to Eric Trump Foundation funnelled to Donald Trump’s business, says Forbes

Alliance magazine 22 June 2017

The Eric Trump Foundation is ‘dedicated to raising money for terminally-ill children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee,’ according to its website. However, it appears that an increasing amount of that money …