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Donor advised funds – the most efficient way to channel funds for social good

1 Evita Zanuso and Karen Ng 3 January 2018

Donor advised funds (DAFs) are a growing segment of philanthropy. On the other side of the Atlantic, DAFs have been in existence since the 1930s and have combined assets of more than $80bn in assets …


Hewlett Foundation to step up its climate funding – by $600m

Alliance magazine 20 December 2017

The California-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will donate $600 million over the next five years to work on climate change around the world. The pledge, the largest the foundation has made to climate issues, …


‘Smart risks: how small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems’ – edited by Jennifer Lentfer and Tanya Cothran

John Harvey 5 December 2017

Reviewed by John Harvey Smart risks: how small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems has an unusual origin story. One of its editors, a passionate writer herself, put out a …

Has the time come for participatory grant making?

Chris Cardona 24 November 2017

At the Ford Foundation, we know that having genuine connection or access to the lived experience of the people we seek to serve is key to the success of our decisions, impact, and legitimacy. That’s …

Finally! A global (data) language!

Lauren Bradford and Larry McGill 22 November 2017

Trying to get global consensus on anything is nearly impossible. But in collaboration with a dynamic cohort of individuals and organizations, we’ve managed to develop a new manifesto with respect to the structure and sharing …

Funders can set a powerful precedent by involving service users

Shona Curvers 30 October 2017

I am slowly growing accustomed to meetings stocked with an ample supply of sour worms and tropical juice. Meetings with snacks are a recent development in my working life. This was prompted by my involvement …

Africa’s sleeping bear – the continental youth bulge

Jacob Beck 24 October 2017

The continent has the world’s youngest population with over 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. In fact, the continent’s working age population is expected to exceed 1 billion within just 17 …

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 …

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 …

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 …