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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 …


US grantmakers are watching American politics closely 

Exponent Philanthropy 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

A new survey by Exponent Philanthropy shows most of its members (82 per cent) expect the institution of philanthropy to play a more important role in society because of political changes in Washington DC.   Issued …


Foundations have public responsibilities – it’s time to improve their governance 

Sachin Sachdeva 5 September 2017

Most grantmaking organizations in India are registered as trusts and their governance is vested in a small group of people who are either friends or family of the founder. To date, this approach has not been contested. There was an underlying acceptance of the fact …

From diversity to representation – a road map for foundations 

Jenny Oppenheimer 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

There are at least two good reasons why foundation boards and senior management should be representative of the communities they serve. First, they will naturally produce a greater variety of viewpoints and a wider range of experience, which arguably improves …

The class ceiling 

Jake Hayman 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Three months ago I had some cursory research done into the educational backgrounds of the chairs of the top UK foundations. Of the 57 people in the sample, seven were educated in normal state schools (non-selective), four in selective grammar schools and the overwhelming majority, 46, were educated in private, fee-paying schools, the most popular of which was …

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 …

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 …

Is grant-making fit for the digital future?

Tris Lumley 22 August 2017

As pretty much everyone has noticed, we’re in the middle of a great revolution driven by digital technology and the internet. It permeates almost every aspect of our lives—as consumers, citizens, friends, communities, donors and …

Towards a more inclusive diversity in the philanthropic sector

Floyd Mills 18 August 2017

The philanthropic sector has taken steps to address the lack of inclusion of women and people of color in its talent pool. But newly released research from the U.S. Council on Foundations reveals that several demographics often …

Community foundations learn to #shiftthepower in Belfast

Alliance magazine 8 August 2017

Foundations from around the world attended a three-day meeting in Belfast during the week of July 27, held by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The event was …